The two primary methods of shipping an automobile are Roll On- Roll Off (RORO) and containerized. The RORO method involved delivery of the vehicle to the port by a car hauler and from there it is driven onto the ship. When this method is used there should be no loose articles left in the car. Otherwise, there is a risk of theft. The containerized method involves loading the vehicle into a steel ocean container either by itself or in conjunction with the household goods.The vehicle’s wheels are blocked and braced to prevent movement within the container. The axles are lashed to the floor and if moving with household goods, a bulkhead is build separating the goods from the vehicle.
United States customs and ocean carriers have very strict regulations prior to allowing a vehicle to be exported. Please take note of the requirements:
*ORIGINAL TITLE: the original title must be mailed (by courier) to our office a minimum of five working days prior to the vehicle arriving at the port of departure. Duplicates or scanned copies are not acceptable.
BILL OF SALE:Â Clear photo copy of the bill of sale
PASSPORT: Colored photo copy or email scanned passport details of the vehicle owner
POWER OF ATTORNEY: Signed and dated power of attorney authorizing WWS to act in your behalf to present documentation to U.S. Customs
*VEHICLE IS BEING FINANCED AND NO ORIGINAL IS AVAILABLE:Â In order to then export the vehicle you must contact the finance company and obtain three (3) letters each on the original letterhead of the finance company authorizing the vehicle to be shipped overseas. The three original letters must be signed, stamped and notarized.
Prior to shipping a vehicle it is necessary to review the destination requirements. Some countries will not accept a vehicle over four years old. Others will require some basic conversions at destination such as fog lights. And, other require proof of ownership for at least six months to be eligible for duty-free entry. That proof can be in the form of such documents like vehicle insurance, registration, etc.
And finally, however the vehicle is moved, it must be clean of dirt and debris, and the fuel must be drained to 1/8 tank or less. If moving via RO/RO, it must be completely empty of all non-factory items, so remove sunglasses, umbrellas, car seats, change, and all other items that are not fixed to the vehicle. In a container, these can remain, but you will want to take inventory for liability purposes.