If you are interested in shipping a car or some other vehicle overseas, there is some helpful information you should know about in advance. First of all, when it comes to international vehicle shipping you have options. Your car or other vehicle can be shipped in a shipping container or it can be rolled on and off of the cargo ship. This type of international shipping is typically referred to as “roll on roll off” or RO/RO transport.
If you are looking for the cheapest way to ship a car or other type of vehicle overseas, chances are you will want Ro Ro shipping. This tends to be a less expensive option for vehicle shipping than container shipping. The benefits of container shipping are, though, that you can also put some personal items, household goods, or other cargo with your vehicle in the shipping container so in the end you have the opportunity to ship more than just a car.
When you ship a vehicle, car, equipment or any other type of item internationally it is helpful to know country-specific rules and regulations. When you ship a car internationally, it will likely pass through some type of customs process. A good cargo shipping company will have brokers and agents ready to help handle all of the details involved in international vehicle shipping. Certain countries like the Netherlands and Germany require that your vehicle undergoes a thorough technical inspection upon arrival. Similarly, when you ship a vehicle to Kenya it must be inspected by the Kenyan Bureau of Standards upon arrival.
It is also important to note that you may be responsible for import duties and various taxes depending upon your final shipping destination. Customs rules and regulations about importing vehicles, cars, machinery and other items vary country by country so it is important to be informed about customs rules before you ship to a particular location. Some countries allow you to ship a vehicle duty free but typically there are restrictions on what you do with the vehicle once you arrive in the country – generally you must keep ownership of the vehicle and not sell the vehicle for a set period of time.