Auto Shipping and Car Moving Guide
AUTO SHIPPING GUIDE SERVICE:
From the U.S.A. to
many overseas destination's service is available via modern
Ro/Ro (roll on roll off vessels. These special ships allow
the vehicle to be driven on and driven off and for no motorized
vehicles they can be towed on and off the ship. These ships
have special decks that are enclosed and are much the same
as a regular multi story parking garage your any city or town.
Except in this case they are the length and width of the ship
and are a little like an aircraft carriers deck but they are
inside the ship to give the vehicles protection from the elements.
However, not all destinations of the world are served by these
special Ro/Ro vessels as they are only operating to certain
countries such as most of Europe, Japan and a few more places.
It is possible to ship a vehicle using one of these special
Ro/Ro vessels from the U.S.A. to a major hub port overseas
and then transship the vehicle using another smaller vessel.
This smaller vessel might be another Ro/Ro type of ship where
available or if not available it would be a conventional break
bulk vessel or even a container vessel. In the case where
these special vessels are not available it is necessary to
use a conventional break bulk ship or where possible put the
vehicle into a container for shipment on a container vessel.
Conventional break bulk vessels are not the most desirable
choice as a vehicle is subject to damage during loading and
or discharging as they must use ropes, chains or a platform
using a crane to get the vehicle on and off the ship.
Using a container also has drawbacks as the vehicle has to
be loaded into the container, blocked and braced so it will
not move and this must be done off the pier in a warehouse.
Once done the loaded container needs to be trucked to the
pier and then can be loaded on the ship. As a added problem
it has been know for the US Customs to stop container containing
vehicles and have them opened up so that they can make a physical
inspection so make sure that they are not stolen or on a stolen
list. The shipper could be help responsible for the costs
of this unloading and then re-loading. It could cost a bundle
and it is just the hazard of the trade.
The first thing to do is to ascertain what service is available
from the port you want to ship from and to the port you want
to ship to. Know your shipping options. Make sure in advance
if you do really want to ship your vehicle. No matter what
you do it is not cheap and you should not even consider shipping
your vehicle if you do not have a serious purpose in mind.
Some people think that they will ship their car and pick it
up in Europe so they can save money on renting a car for their
vacation. In most cases it will not save you money unless
you are planing to stay in Europe for a long visit. Even to
the nearest places it will cost well over $1000. to ship a
small car if you consider the port costs, the ocean freight,
the charges at the other end and the formalities. For example
if you ship your car for temporary use such as a vacation
you in most cases would not have to pay any import duty. However,
in some countries they impose a VAT or TVA (tax) that can
be hard to get back even if your do not keep the car in that
country for long. You can always check in importation regulations
with the Embassy or consulate of the country that you want
to ship your vehicle to.
If you are shipping your vehicle for personal use overseas
such as for a vacation or if you are going to live overseas
then you must decide if it does make economic sense to ship
it. You must be clear about the purpose you want to ship your
vehicle for and come to a firm decision.
SHIPPING CARS TO THE U.K.:
Many people from other countries that go to the U.K. want
to also take their car. There are a number of points to keep
in mind. If you have already paid VAT in another EU country
then you do not have to pay this again in the U.K. If you
bring the car from the USA to the UK you do not have to pay
any import duty or VAT as long as you have not lived in any
Common Market country for at least one year. If you move to
the UK as part of your job or business for a specific period
you should have a letter from your company stating the period
you will be in the U.K. If your stay in the U.K. is for a
fixed period then you do not have to pay duty or VAT. However,
if your stay if for more then six months you will need to
register your car and pay the local road tax that at present
is 140. pounds per year or 77. pounds for six months. If you
do not meet the requirements and have to pay duty and VAT
the rate will be 10% for import duty and 17.5 % for VAT. When
in the U.K. you must have vehicle insurance. This can either
be by extending your regular auto insurance cover for the
time you are in the U.K. or by getting a local insurance cover
note from any local auto insurance agent.
SHIPPING CARS FOR RESALE:
If you are shipping the vehicle for a commercial purpose
such as for resale you should have already come to an agreement
with your overseas customer about the price of the vehicle
and who pays the cost of shipping. Most vehicles are required
to be shipped on a PREPAID basis with most carriers and due
to that you should build the cost of shipping the vehicle
into your selling price to your customer. How you get paid
is the most important matter and should be settled early.
Do not wait to settle this point later on and cause yourself
a lot of hassle at the last moment.
INLAND CAR TRANSPORT ORIGINS:
If you are for example located in Chicago or any other inland
point and want to ship you vehicle directly from there. It
is possible and it is just a question of cost and logistics.
If you hope to ship using a Ro/Ro vessel that we outlines
above it is possible to use one a many reliable auto carriers
that ship cars on special trailers via the road to the port
of loading. You can arrange this or your shipping agent or
carrier can arrange it. Costs vary but are reasonable. There
are also 'drive away' services that arrange to find some one
to drive your car from point a to point b. This is much cheaper
but is not very fast and some times not reliable. It is possible
to have your vehicle loaded into a container at any inland
location and have the container moved to the port by rail
or truck. The arrangements to have the vehicle (assuming it
will fit into a container) loaded into the container, blocked
and braced and shipped to the port, can do made by you or
your shipping agent. As mentioned before this can some times
cost you more if US Customs want to make a physical inspection.
Get advise and make your decision accordingly.
CAR MOVING DOCUMENTATION:
You can either prepare the shipping documentation yourself
or have your shipping agent arrange it for you. In most cases
the following is necessary: For the Port: -6 copies of the
Dock Receipt that should specify the year, make, model, serial
number of the vehicle plus the carriers booking number, vessel
name, port of loading and port of discharge. -3 notarized
copies (back and front) of the title or Certificate of Origin.
For the Carrier: -2 copies of the Export Declaration (government
form) -1 master of the Bill of Lading for the carrier For
the shipping agent you use: The shipping agent will handle
all the documents mentioned above for you but you will need
to give the shipping agent some information so that they can
prepare the above. You should give them 4 notarized copies
of the title as noted above plus your name and address that
would be shown as the SHIPPER on the carriers Bill of Lading,
the address you want the shipment consigned to overseas. You
will also need to decare declare a value of the shipment.
AUTO SHIPPING INSURANCE:
You are of course recommended to take out 'Marine Insurance'
cover on any goods you ship. In the case of vehicles it is
a must and marine insurance is not expensive and it would
be pound wise and penny foolish not to take have this insurance.
This can be arranged by your shipping agent as it is a special
type of insurance cover and is not part of your normal vehicle
insurance and is not offered by regular insurance brokers.
DO'S & DON'T'S IN AUTO SHIPING:
Do give serious consideration to the shipment up front. Do
use a shipping agent to arrange your shipment. Do use an expert
shipping agent not just any one. Do take the Marine Insurance
as the carrier / shipping lines liability is a max. of $500.
even if your vehicle is a total loss. Don't put things inside
the vehicle when you ship it on a Ro/Ro vessel. Most Ro/Ro
carriers do not allow goods to be left inside the vehicle
even in the trunk. They are not responsible for any thing
left inside and it might encourage some one to break in and
steal it. Don't leave too much gas in your vehicle when you
ship it but make sure that there will be enough to get it
on to the ship and off again at the other end. You will need
enough gas to get you to the filling station at the destination
There are too many ports of destination for us to list here
but service can be arrange to most of them in some way or
GENERAL AUTO SHIPPING INFORMATION:
Of course we can do it all for you. That's our job! However,
this brief guide is mean to give you a quick understanding.
Of course each type of vehicle has to be handled in it's own
way. We handle all types of vehicles from private cars to
construction machines, cranes, garbage trucks, trucks, we
handle them ALL! If you want us to handle your shipment we
would be honored. If you want to use your own shipping agent
make sure they know what they are doing and serve you well.
We are available to give give you rates, suggestions, advise
and handle your shipments.
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