Q: How long in advance do I need to book my shipment?
A: We recommended that you book your shipment at least two weeks in advance.
Q: How long it takes for my shipment to reach destination via ocean?
A: Depending on a particular destination location:
Germany and ports in North Europe transit time is about 3 to 4 weeks when shipping in a container.
When shipping to Europe on a Roll on Roll of the transit time is about 4 to 5 weeks.
Q: Why does it take so long?
A: All transit times are based on estimates. Many factors go into length of time it takes to reach destination, including high or low season, customs clearance, conditions at sea and other factors.
Container are shipped about every week, or more frequently during high season. Customs clearance is done the week the container is loaded or vehicles are delivered at the terminal. Actual sailing time is about 3 weeks. Once at destination, it might take another week to clear paperwork and release cargo.
Q: What documentation I need to prepare when shipping cargo?
A: Everyone is required to fill out our Shipping Instructions Form. If shipping a car, motorcycle or boat, it is necessary to have a vehicle TITLE (without lien) sometimes a bill of sale is also required. If shipping personal effects, you will be required to provide a packing list, detailing contents of your cargo.
We are required to collect your EIN# (for individuals) and/or passport # or Tax ID# (for companies) in order to file the Export Declaration with US Customs.
Q: The title of my vheicle is with the lienholder, can I ship overseas?
A: Provide a notirized letter from your lienholder granting permission to ship your vehicle overseas. You will also need a copy of the title certified by the state as an authentic copy.
If you are a government employee you should also provide a copy of your government orders.
Q: The vehicle I purchased has a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin, can I use this document to export?
A: Yes, sumitt the Statement of Origin and the Dealer’s invoice.
Q: Is my car insured while in transit overseas?
A: Ocean carriers do not carry cargo insurance, and by law are not liable for more than $500 per vehicle. We strongly recommend that you purchase Marine insurance.
We offer three types of Marine insurance:
- All Risk Coverage with a $1000.00 deductible
- All Risk Coverage with a $500.00 deductible
- Total loss of the entire vehicle
Q: Can I insure my shipment with you and how much it costs?
Q: Who will load my cargo and can I be present during loading?
A: Container cargo will be loaded in our warehouse. You can be present during the loading process provided that you comply with safety instructions. Roll on Roll Off cargo will be loaded at the port of Export and you cannot be present at the time of loading.
Q: How will my car be shipped?
A: You have three options for shipping your car overseas.
Roll On Roll Off (RO/RO) Container shipping & Container Consolidation:
Roll On Roll Off is the least expensive, but is more suceptible to damage since your vehicles is exposed to the elements.
Container shipping is more secure and managed by our proffessional staff.
Container Consolidation services for shipments going to: Bremerhaven, Rotterdam and Felixstowe among other ports in Europe.
Q: How many cars you can load in the container?
A: Depending on the size of your car we can load 2-3 vehicles per container. We can load 4 cars in one container if the vehicles are small. Our loading procedures ensure maximum safety and security for your cargo during transport.
Q. What is the difference between ocean container shipping and roll-on roll-off shipping?
With ocean container shipping the cargo is loaded inside the metal containers and containers are transported by ocean vessel carriers. The containers have the standard sizes throughout the world and the most common ones are 20′ long containers and 40′ long containers. International container transportation is widely available to most of the ocean ports worldwide.
With roll-on roll-off ocean shipping no containers are used. Ro/Ro ships are designed as enclosed parking garages with multiple levels. They are used for carrying vehicles, boats, trailers, machinery, construction equipment, etc. The cargo is rolled on the ship at the port of loading and rolled off the ship at the port of discharge.
Roll on Roll Off Ship
Q: How do I pick up my cargo at destination?
A: Depending on destination port, you will be given contact info for our local agent, who will guide you through necessary customs procedures and safe unloading of your cargo.
Q: Can you deliver container to my address where I would load it?
A: Yes. We can arrange container to be delivered to your address and delivered to your final destination. This service is door-to-door. Please contact us for detailed instructions and price quote.
Q: What documentation I need to present at destination to pick up my cargo?
A: Passport, immigrant certificate, detailed packing list with value of contents. Once we load your cargo, you will be provided copy of dock receipt, along with booking and container number. If shipping auto, upon customs clearance we will mail you back the title. At destination, our local agent will have all information about your shipment.
Their may be other items required to pick up depending on the country you are shipping to. Contact the embassy of the country shipping to for more details.
Q: Do I pay import duties and taxes?
A: You may be subject to import duties, taxes, doc fees, and off loading fees depending on the country and port you and shipping to. Each and every country has different laws so we urge you to contact the embassy of the country concerned to clarify matters. We will be available to advise you on some countries.
Q: Do I need a driving license in a foreign country?
A: American Driver’s License will be sufficent in Europe. You can drive on your American Plates in a foreign country until they expire, when you will be required to renew your plates in the country of residence.