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There is Not an Ocean of Difference Shipping Your Car by Sea

You have probably wondered while gazing out to sea from a distance just what those titanic-sized container vessels actually do contain. “Titanic” is a poor choice of words, don’t let that put you off the thought of shipping your car internationally. It is as simple and secure as domestic shipping over land.

If you are afraid that getting your car across a sea is not worth the trouble, make sure you compare free quotes offered by companies online. You may be surprised how much a shipping organization speeds things up and makes them easier and stress free. All car brands ship: anything from modern to vintage. Your classic and your sports, your veteran and your prestige car are guaranteed safe transport across any of the seven seas by a number of long-established large carrier companies and by a growing number of smaller but reliable modern businesses.

Shipping by sea is really not that different from land shipping. You will need maritime insurance, though, as your regular car insurance won’t cover overseas travel. Any of the three standard shipping methods will require you to prepare your vehicle for shipping just as you would over land.

To get your car into port it must be in a drivable condition. Otherwise, company trucks will be available to take it to the docks. A full tank of gas is usually unnecessary and undesirable, since it adds weight. Have enough gas to get the car into port and onto and off the ship. The three standard shipping methods mentioned above are Roll On Roll Off (RoRo), 20-foot container, and thirdly a 40-foot container.

The cheapest method is via RoRo ship, which is basically a ferry. An employee of the company will drive your car onto the ship and park it in a slot among the others. The car will then be secured in place. However, it is in just a slot, not its own garage, so it is somewhat vulnerable to damage by other cars possibly shifting a bit. RoRo remains the standard for shipping over short distances.

Containers are the safer way. With the 20 footer, the car is snuggly fitted into the container so that it does not move. A safety lock will be placed over the container door so that no one will have access to the car until either arrival or, at most, until customs, in case they want to inspect your container. The car will thus remain securely secluded and shielded form any natural elements or accidents.

These two methods will usually not allow transportation of any personal belongings with the car. In some cases (depending on your car make, for example) a 20-foot container has room to accommodate some personal belongings. With a 40-footer, personal belongings are loaded in first, secured and separated from the vehicle, which is then driven or pushed into the container.

There will be port fees to pay upon arrival – take into account the appropriate fees in foreign countries. Documentation is likely to be somewhat different from standard ground transportation, but if you consult the company before hand, there should be no problem to fully secure your property in every respect.