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SHIPPING CARS (AND OTHER TYPES OF VEHICLES) FROM THE USA USING OCEAN FREIGHT SERVICE

Any motorized vehicles that require DMV registration (autos, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, jet skis, ATV’s) are considered by U.S. Customs (and Foreign Customs) as motor vehicles. Shipping cars (and other types of motor vehicles) from the USA overseas using international ocean freight is subject to certain special procedures related to customs and safety issues. Procedures on shipping cars (and other types of motor vehicles) from the USA overseas using international ocean freight service make shipments containing motor vehicles slightly different from shipping general cargo from US.

Notice: This topic does not cover procedures on shipping cars (other types of motor vehicles) using international ocean freight service to the USA. Import procedures on shipping cars in the international ocean freight to U.S. govern by different special U.S. rules. Being a U.S. international ocean freight Freight Forwarder and NVOCC we currently do not offer service on import cars to the USA. If you are intended to import cars to the USA then please search for an international freight forwarder, which specializes in shipping cars to U.S in a country of origin.    

You may ship cars (other motor vehicles) from the USA using international ocean freight service in two ways:

  • RO-RO - "Roll On/Roll Off"; a term used in the international ocean freight industry for shipping wheeled cargo, which is driven on and off the vessel: cars, trucks, trailers or railway carriages etc.


     
  • Shipping cars from the USA, which are loaded and secured in multimodal ocean freight containers. A single vehicle only or consolidated with other vehicles or another type of cargo for the import from US using international ocean freight service.    

Notice: International shipping of smaller motorized vehicles (motorcycles, mopeds, jet skis, ATV’s etc) from U.S. by ocean freight will not be permitted to move as LCL sea freight. This is due to U.S. International Customs Regulations that will not recognize any international ocean freight carrier's warehouse as an exam site for inspection.

It is permitted to ship auto parts using international LCL ocean freight service. Refer to this link for shipping auto parts from the USA using LCL ocean freight.

GENERAL U.S. CUSTOMS REQUIREMENTS FOR SHIPPING CARS FROM THE USA OVERSEA IN THE OCEAN FREIGHT INDUSTRY

U.S. Custom regulations require the original title along with at least three copies (non-notarized) of the title, front and back to be submitted when ship cars (motor vehicles) from the USA overseas using international ocean freight service. These must accompany the vehicle to the port of origin (international ocean freight carrier's Container Yard - CY or pier). If there are any liens against the vehicle, a notarized letter from the lien holder authorizing the export of the vehicle must also accompany the vehicle.

If owner of vehicle, as in the vehicle title, cannot accompany the vehicle to the port of departure, then the owner may issue a power of attorney to the person or company that represents the vehicle's owner before customs in the port of departure (international ocean freight shipping company, international ocean freight freight forwarder, quality loading warehouse on cars shipped from U.S. overseas etc).

The original title must be presented to the destination customs. If a vehicle had been sold to the consignee (recipient) and shipped using international ocean freight service, then bill of sale should be presented at the destination as well. I.e. as soon as your vehicle had passed U.S. customs, in order to avoid extra charges at the destination due to lack of proper shipping documents, we suggest you to express mail all original documents to the consignee without delay.   

If cars (motor-vehicles) are being shipped from the USA in an ocean freight container, then doors of the ocean freight container must not be sealed and locked at a time when U.S. customs officer checks the vehicles and its VINs inside of the ocean freight container. Easy access for the U.S. customs officer to vehicles and its VIN numbers (as a rule on the left side under windshields) must be provided. Otherwise, the loaded ocean freight container may be rejected to the international shipment from the USA by U.S. customs and require to be returned to an international ocean freight carrier's loading dock for the reload. While loading and securing cars (motor-vehicles) in ocean freight containers we strongly recommend considering to hire a quality loading company experienced in shipping cars from the USA oversea.   

INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FREIGHT CARRIERS REQUIREMENTS ON SHIPPING CARS FROM THE USA. SAFETY ISSUES:     

RO-RO – as long as vehicles are not on trailers (cars, trucks etc) then it must be filled with gas, but no more than 1/2 tank of gas (1/4 is recommended). All keys must accompany vehicles shipped ro-ro.

To see our current international ro-ro ocean freight rates please refer to this link http://ro-ro.internationalshippingusa.com/Home.aspx.

Vehicles should be in running condition for the Ro-Ro (roll on/roll off) international ocean freight service. As long as it is not in running condition then extra charges related to towing not-running vehicles on/off the ocean freight vessel will apply.

As long as your vehicle is on a trailer (boat, jet, motorcycle etc) then safety requirements are similar to shipping cars from US in ocean freight containers. See below. 

When you ship cars from US using Ro-Ro international ocean freight service, it must be completely empty, except for factory installed equipment.
 
SHIPPING CARS FROM THE USA IN MULTIMODAL OCEAN FREIGHT CONTAINERS:

We have created and continue to develop this web-based application - http://ro-ro.internationalshippingusa.com/Home.aspx, which is a global logistics management enterprise related to shipping cars, singles and/or consolidated, in FCL ocean freight containers from the USA overseas. The access to the FCL ocean freight application is always available via the upper menu of our website 'How much?'.

Unlike with RO-RO, when shipping cars in FCL ocean freight containers from the USA overseas, all fluids must be drained and fumes purged from the gas tank, the battery disconnected and the battery terminal cables secured.

You may not leave keys inside of vehicles. You should not use salons and trunks of cars as an additional room for your international shipment by sea. If you need to ship smaller cargo from the USA along with your car, then we recommend considering our international Economy LCL Ocean Freight service. Shipping spare items from the USA inside of your car may result to problems with U.S. and the destinations customs. However, if you still intend to shipping something from US using the salon or trunk of your car then make sure that VIN is not blocked for the view when a customs officer will match it with the title of your car exported from U.S. 

As an international U.S. Freight Forwarder, as a rule, we offer quality loading warehouses (loading docks), which specializes in loading and securing cars in ocean freight containers for international shipments and complete U.S. Customs formalities on shipping cars from US. Get instant shipping cost on shipping cars in containers from US using international ocean freight in this link http://cars.internationalshippingusa.com/CarsHome.aspx

If a shipper is going to pickup an ocean freight container from ocean carrier's container yard and load cars in the ocean freight container by themselves, then we can offer an ocean freight booking for FCL ocean freight only. Then the shipper is held responsible to complete all procedures related to load cars in sea freight containers, U.S. Customs formalities for shipping cars from the USA etc. Any surcharges added to total shipping cost to the ocean freight booking related to shipping cars from US will be on shipper's account. 

Notice: You may compare shipping costs on shipping cars from US offered by international moving companies Vs. international ocean freight shipping companies (freight forwarders, NVOCCs or VOCCs, particular our service). Possible you will find that service from an international moving company appear more convenient than from an international ocean freight shipping company. However, when you will compare shipping costs from an international moving company with shipping cost from an ocean freight international shipping company and get a little bit dipper in procedures on shipping cars from the USA, you should make your right choice.

READING OCEAN FREIGHT RATES FOR SHIPPING CARS FROM THE USA

INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FREIGHT RO-RO – there are no standards in the Ro-Ro international ocean freight rates structure for shipping vehicles from the USA Ro-Ro. Shipping cost differs depending on type of vessels and Ro-Ro international ocean freight carrier's standards.  

Since Ro-Ro vessels desks designed for shipping different types of vehicles (compare shipping of small size cars and huge excavators for example) then, in general, ocean freight shipping cost (price quotes initially offered on your ocean freight shipment using Ro-Ro service) will be based on overall volume of your vehicle in cubic feet - CBF (or cubic meters - CBM) calculated based on measurements provided by shipper and depends on type of vehicle. Mostly ocean freight rates per CBF (CBM) vary depending on size of vehicle shipped Ro-Ro.

Exempt are ocean freight rates on shipping cars from US using Ro-Ro ocean freight service. For export cars from the USA,  international Ro-Ro ocean freight rates depend on make, model and year of cars. However, actually these cars's Ro-Ro ocean freight rates are based on its overall volume as well. Ro-Ro international shipping companies had created and use in its practice special ocean freight rates matrixes, which refer to overall volumes of cars shipped from US based on it make, model and year information. For example: Cars up to 600 cubic feet of total volume and up to 1.6 meters high - $1,300 lump sum + BAF & CAF etc.

Notice that vehicles shipped from the USA will be measured at a SSL's (Steam Ship Line, Direct international shipping company) pier. If dimensions will differ from the dimensions given by the shipper at a time of booking of his/her international Ro-Ro shipment, then additional shipping cost will apply on the total shipping coast initially quoted. Your total ocean freight cost will be calculated as a total volume of your vehicle in CBF or CBM multiplied to the rate per CBF or CBM depending on type of vehicle.

In the international Ro-Ro ocean freight there are other types of ocean freight cube tables used by ocean freight carriers besides of on shipping cars from US overseas. As long as a shipper provides make, model and year of vehicle, the total volume in CBF or CBM may be defined directly by the international shipping company and ocean freight per CBF or CBM offered for the calculation of total shipping cost of the Ro-Ro ocean freight.    
 
SHIPPING CARS FROM THE USA IN CONTAINERS USING INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FREIGHT SERVICE 

International ocean freight rates can be as per:

  1. Ocean freight for entire FCL sea freight container with cars loaded by shipper;
  2. Ocean freight per one car consolidated by a freight forwarder in a multimodal sea freight container with other cars OR per entire ocean freight container containing two, three or more cars loaded, secured to be shipped from the USA on behalf of one international shipper (owner).

    See samples of types of loads and international ocean freight rates that corresponds with these types of loads in our online freight calculator for shipping cars from US in containers in this link. Shipping costs in this online freight calculator are all-in.

1. OCEAN FREIGHT RATE PER ENTIRE SEA FREIGHT CONTAINER: Other word per an FCL ocean freight booking only. It means that shipper is completely responsible for stuffing and securing cars in containers. Read this ocean freight rate as an FCL – Full Container Load ocean freight rate. Often FCL ocean freight rates (shipping cost related to an ocean freight booking offered) on international shipments of containers that contain cars (other tupes of motor-vehicles) will include additional surcharges on top of the ocean freight rate itself. Certain international shipping companies do not accept shipping cars from the USA in ocean freight containers.

2. OCEAN FREIGHT RATE PER CAR CONSOLIDATED IN A OCEAN FREIGHT CONTAINER WITH OTHER CARS, OR per entire ocean freight container containing two, three or more cars loaded, secured for the shipping from the USA on behalf of one shipper (owner):

Usually cars will be consolidated in a 40’ High Cube ocean freight container. Sometimes it can be most convenient and economical way to ship cars from US using service from international shipping companies. However this service is not always available. This ocean freight freight rate will include loading and securing cars in a ocean freight container by a professional quality loading company. Shipping cost will include passing U.S. Customs formalities with title(s).

Shipper (or freight forwarder on shipper's behalf) should arrange delivery of automobile(s) to a parking lot of quality loading company (international shipping company's loading dock) and leave it there along with all required documents for the international shipment by sea. As long as cars are ready to be loaded in ocean freight containers, this quality loading company should take care of everything including passing the U.S. customs formalities. As long as vehicles had passed the U.S. customs, all international shipping documents will be returned back to the shipper or (by shippers request) forwarded directly to the consignee or to a destination receiving terminal.

Depending on sizes of cars being shipped from the USA, it may be up to four cars consolidated in one multimodal 40' or 40HC ocean freight container. However, usually it can be three or even only two cars only. For shipping luxury or antique cars from US we would recommend shipping single cars in entire 20' ocean freight containers.

If you are shipping only one car consolidated in an ocean freight container, then the international ocean freight rate should be offered as a lump sum per car depending on make, model and year, i.e. its dimensions (size). For example: Toyota Corolla, 2004 - $750 lump sum + BAF & CAF etc. And finally like this:

International ocean freight rates on shipping consolidated cars from US are all-in - including loading and securing cars in container, U.S. Customs formalities and ocean freight to the destination.

Not included:

1. SED in AES (optional) - $35 -- refer to this link 
2. Insurance (optional) - 1.1 - 1.5% @ value declared
3. Destination charges

If you export numerous cars of deferent makes and models then the international ocean freight rate should be offered per entire sea freight containers including an offer for most efficient way of staffing of your cars for the international ocean freight shipment. I.e. freight forwarder will discuss with the loading dock and specify how many particulars cars will fit in a particular ocean freigh container for the international shipment from the USA. For example: international ocean freight rate for 1 x 40HC containing two Dodge Neon, 2003 and one Chevrolet Cavalier, 2006  $2370 + BAF & CAF etc, including stuffing cars in the sea freight container and customs formalities.

AVOIDING COMMON MISTAKES WHEN EXPORT CARS FROM THE USA USING OCEAN FREIGHT:

A. Original titles for cars imported from the USA must be presented at the destination

Original titles of cars imported from USA must be presented to destination customs. If a vehicle had been sold to the consignee (recipient) before its international ocean freight shipment, then bill of sale should be presented at the destination as well. I.e. as soon as your vehicle had passed U.S. customs, in order to avoid extra charges at the destination due to lack of proper documentation, express-mail all original documents to the consignee without delay. 

If shipping cars from US using ocean freight service is a new business for you, then in order to predict shipping cost related to recovery of your imported cars, we would also suggest you discussing procedures on recoveries cars at destinations, including your destination customs formalities on cars imported from the USA, with someone experienced in the shipping cars from USA business. It can be an individual whom you can trust to, an international ocean freight freight forwarder or an international shipping company in your country, your customs broker etc.  

B. Do not confuse international ocean freight services on shipping cars from US offered by an international shipping company with a service from an international moving company

Internatoinal ocean freight service on shipping cars from US offered by an international shipping company differs from a service from an international moving company on shipping cars overseas (as a rule on ocean freight shipments related to shipping household goods oversea).

With an international moving company your can gat a sea freight container delivered to your door and get your car(s) loaded and secured by the international moving company along with the rest of your household goods.

International ocean freight shipping companies do not offer such service. Loading and securing cars in containers for the ocean freight shipment, unless you request the load in a quality loading warehouse, is shippers responsibility.

When you ship cars from the USA overseas we suggest you always to compare prices and service packages offered by international ocean freight shipping companies Vs. international moving companies.   

C. Be aware of origin and destination charges, which may not be included in an ocean freight rate

As a rule international ocean freight rates offered include port fees at origin. However, should your vehicle needs to be stored at the port of origin or at a parking lot of quality loading company for any reason (i.e. lack of proper international shipping documents, waiting time for your other vehicles coming to be consolidated in the same ocean freight container etc), storage fees, which will increase shipping cost of your import are the responsibility of the shipper. Please plan your international shipment from U.S. in advance.

International ocean freight prices in quotes on shipping cars from US do not include storage fees (if any), handling and custom related charges and fees at the destinations.

D. Shipper's responsibilities on filing shipping documents for shipping cars from US using international ocean freight service

In respect of dealing with an international freight forwarder (an international ocean freight shipping company), shipper should clearly understand that he/she is completely responsible for description and legality of commodity and sufficiency of shipping documents submitted to an international ocean freight shipment.

Carrier's international ocean freight bill of lading is the final shipping document that acts as a title to the goods shipped from US overseas, as a rule states 'SHIPPER'S LOAD AND COUNT' and 'SAID BY SHIPPER TO CONTAIN'. That means that the direct international ocean freight carrier (and a freight forwarder who represents this carrier) is not held responsible on information provided by shipper at a time of booking of international shipment. 

A freight forwarder should guide shippers in complexity of international ocean freight shipment's procedures. However, it is shipper's responsibility to provide all necessary documents related to his international ocean freight shipment that will be required by origin and destination country officials.

Below is the list of common used shipping documents required to be submitted when you ship a vehicle from the USA oversea using an international ocean freight service:

  • The original title along with at lest three copies (non-notarized) of the title, front and back.
  • Liens against the vehicle (if applicable), a notarized letter from the lienholder authorizing the export of the vehicle exported from U.S.
  • Bill of sale (if applicable)
  • Power of attorney to the person or company that represents the vehicle's owner before customs (if applicable)
  • International ocean freight Bill of Lading - Carrier's transport document. The title on shipped goods. Shows cargo routing, consigner, consignee, cargo description, etc.

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