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November 08 2013

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Shipping a Car Overseas

There are a lot of people in the USA that ship their vehicles overseas at least once in their life. There are many families which make international moves and most of them believe in taking their cars with them. But, the process of international auto transport can be quite time consuming and may end up being extremely expensive if not done properly. So, if your car doesn't cost too much, you might just end up paying more to ship your car than you would have paid to buy a new car in the country you are moving to.  

First of all, let me take you through some of the problems which may make the process more time consuming and expensive:

1. You will have to pay customs duty in the country to which you are importing your car. This can be anything from 20 % to 90 % of the value of your car. You will also have to pay additional fees for licensing and registration as well. This is extremely high as considering that you will have to pay a measly 2.5 % for importing a car into the United States.

2. There are a lot of countries that don't accept cars which are over a certain age. While most countries keep this figure at 20 years there are also countries like China where you cannot import cars which are 1 year or older.

3. Most countries require imported cars to go through extensive testing to ascertain whether they are in proper working condition. They are also put through strict emission tests. An experienced car shipping broker will explain you all that as well as any of the car shipping leads providers.

So you see shipping your car overseas isn't exactly a piece of cake. But if you still insist on taking your car along with you, here are a few things for you to remember.

Before your car can actually be shipped, you will have to drive it or get it driven to the loading port. After this, there really are only two choices in front of you:

1. Roll-on/roll-off- This is a very common method for shipping cars between countries. The main reason for its popularity is that it's very simple. It's quite cheap as well. You just have to drive your car onto the ship and park it in a designated area. Your vehicle will be driven off the ship similarly at destination. You will still have to go through all customs formalities before you can actually take delivery of your car though.

2. Containers- This is a far more expensive way of shipping your car. Here, you car will be placed into a container and then loaded onto a ship just like a regular piece of cargo. The chances of your car getting damaged are lesser in this method but the increased costs often outweigh the amount of money it would cost you to repair your car if you use the other method.

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