The following are some notes and
tips about shipping a car from the United States.
Before calling a shipper, have the following
- Full address of sender in U.S.A.
including phone number and e-mail (if available).
- The current location of the
- The U.S. port you can have the
car delivered to.
- The name, address and phone
numbers of the person (or consignee) to whom
you will be shipping the car.
- The year, make, and model of
the car including the V.I.N./Serial No.
- The unladen weight, length,
width, and height of the car. (Check reference
books to find this info, or you can ask the
- If you would like to ship the
car on an open 'ferry style' ship, or enclosed
in a container.
- Proof of Ownership (Required):
3 Notarized Copies of Title (both sides) and
3 Notarized Copies of Lien holder Authorization
Shipping 'RO/RO' which stands for
'Roll-On/Roll-Off' is generally the cheapest
way to go. But the car MUST run and drive. Sometimes
shippers can save you money on enclosed containerized
shipping, by 'consolidating' your shipment with
someone else, for instance, two or more cars
in a single container. Here you must find a shipper
who handles 'consolidated shipments', and bear
in mind that there will be a 'stuffing' charge,
that's what they call it when they put packing
around your car in the container to stop it moving
around during shipping.
A word of caution regarding Marine
Insurance. Most policies offered by shippers
only cover TOTAL LOSS, as in 'the ship goes down'
or the container or car is dropped. Often, you
can do better by visiting your local insurance
agent in your home town - tell him you've just
purchased a car and that you are having it shipped,
and you require temporary insurance to cover
it during shipping and forwarding to you house.
Some companies in America now offer this type
of policy, so ask your shipper what is covered,
and check out our 'Insure a Classic Car' page.
Most shipping companies can handle
freight from any port in the United States, but
some are 'coast' or 'port' specific so shop around.
Two final points, when you have
the car delivered to the docks for shipping to
your home IT MUST BE EMPTY do not have it loaded
to the roof with spares, they will be removed
at the docks and thrown in the trash or stolen.
Any extra parts will have to be crated and shipped
separately. So have the seller weed through them
and only forward you what is worth the cost of
freight. Lastly, take some 'photos' of the car,
the ones that show the date preferably, and if
you can do it at the docks just before you hand
over the keys, that would be ideal. It sure helps
you case if you have to put a claim into the
shipping, or insurance company for damages!
It is recommended that you read
what the US Customs requirements are before shipping
a vehicle from the United States.
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