Auto Shipping Tips and Guide
AUTO 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 car to be driven on and driven
off and for no motorized Auto they can be towed . These 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
to give the Auto protection from the elements.
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
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 Auto into a container for shipment on a container vessel.
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
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 ship 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 ship
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
planning 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
SHIP 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 guide.
If you are ship 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 ship. Most vehicles are required
to be shipped on a PREPAID basis with most carriers and due
to that you should build the cost of ship the vehicle into
your selling price to your customer. How you get paid is the
most important matter and should be settled early guide.
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 ship 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 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.
You can either prepare the documentation yourself or have
your 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 agent you
use: The agent will handle all the documents mentioned above
for you but you will need to give the agent some information
so that they can prepare the above.
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 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'TS:
Do give serious consideration to the shipment up front. Do
use a ship agent to arrange your shipment. Do use an expert
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
PORTS: There are too many ports of destination for us to list
service can be arrange to most of them in some way
Of course we can do it all for you. That's our job! However,
this brief 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 agent make sure
they know what they are doing and serve you well.
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