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Helpful Information

Commonly asked questions and concerns you might have.

Important info when shipping a car overseas from the USA.​

Do you need an original title to ship a vehicle?

You will need the original title or contact our office if your car has a lien.

How much fuel should I have in the tank?

For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a 1/4 tank of gas.

How long does it take to ship a car overseas?

The average transit time for shipping cars to Europe and West Africa takes approximately three weeks and depends on the destination.

 

How much does it cost to ship a car overseas?

Price varies depending on discharge port – please contact our office for a complete quote.

Can there be personal items in the vehicle when shipping RORO?

No. If there are any personal items in the vehicle, the port will not accept the unit at the time of delivery.

What documents are required to ship a car overseas?

The documents you will need are:

 

  • The original Certificate of Title of Ownership of the vehicle.

  • If the vehicle is used or pre-owned, the existing Certificate of Title can be endorsed by the seller to the new owner.

  • Depending on which Port the vehicle will sail from, you may need a Bill of Sale or a Notarized Bill of Sale.

  • When a new vehicle is purchased, an original Certificate of Origin must be obtained from the Dealership who sold you the car. We need this to get Custom Clearance. A Bill of Sale is also required.

How to prepare your car for shipment?

  • Disable any alarm systems your vehicle may have.

  • Your vehicle will be transported on a truck, not driven, so there is no need to fill up the gas tank prior to transporting. No more than 1/4 tank of gas will be accepted.

  • Check the undercarriage for any noticeable leaks. If your vehicle has a leak, make sure to get it repaired prior to the transporter picking up.

  • Check tire pressure

Can anyone pick up the vehicle at the destination port?

You can nominate any person to pick up the vehicle at the destination Port.

 

They will be required to identify themselves with a picture ID as well as produce the Title of Ownership and a Power of Attorney to pick up the vehicle if they are not the consignee.

 

There is a charge by the shipping line if you notify us of any changes after your cargo has been loaded on the vessel.

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