Auto Shipping Glossary: International Auto Transport
There are literally thousands of auto transport companies out there, and tens of thousands of customers that need to ship their vehicles every single day. It’s a daunting and time-consuming process, one that can seem complicated and heady if you don’t what to expect or how it works. We here at American Auto Shipping do not provide international car shipping quotes, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know anything about them. While you can only get door-to-door shipping quotes to and from cities in the United States via our website, we can still answer questions and help you get started on your international shipment. Read on to learn more about what to expect when it comes to international auto transport services and how to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the trip.
International auto transport is a lot different from standard state-to-state shipping namely because unless you’re shipping to Canada or Mexico, your vehicle will need to be shipped overseas. Overseas vehicle shipping can be a time-consuming and complex process, much more so than standard overland transportation, and international shipping just adds even more onto an already maddening process (or at least maddening at times). There’s a lot more paperwork that you need to fill out when shipping a vehicle to another country due to the fact that you’re shipping a vehicle to another country; there’s a lot of work that goes into that, after all. This usually results in transit times of 2-4 weeks, depending on where you’re shipping to, so keep that in mind and make sure to plan accordingly.
When you ship a vehicle overseas, you need to be prepared to abide by a different set of rules than when you ship a vehicle from one state on the mainland to another. There’s a lot of people that don’t really think about that; for instance, while you can usually get away with having some light items in the trunk of your vehicle when it’s shipped across state lines, when shipping to a separate country the rules and regulations on what comes in and what goes out of a given country are much more stringent. Big fines are awarded people who try to break the rules, the biggest one being that you can’t have anything in the vehicle that your shipper doesn’t say you can. This is due to the fact that different areas have different laws, and it’s easier to make everyone abide by one law than trying to get everyone to abide by a hundred of them.
Unlike auto transportation within the United States, there aren’t a lot of international shipping companies that can haul anywhere. There’s plenty of international shippers out there, don’t get us wrong, but unless you’re shipping to a major port in another major country (think Britain, Japan, France, China) it’s going to take a lot longer to get it there than if you were shipping in the U.S. Shipping to foreign countries is also more expensive, due to the fact that you have to sail over international waters, deal with customs and travel thousands of miles from pickup to delivery. International auto transport companies do exist, but we don’t work with them – it’s just too much work.
That said, if you’re looking to ship a vehicle to or from a port city to help make it cheaper or easier on your international shipping company, we can definitely help you with that. If you fill out our free online quote request form you can get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top-rated domestic car shipping companies. They can provide you free quotes from or to anywhere in the U.S., including overseas to Alaska, Hawaii and outlying U.S. territories such as Guam or Puerto Rico. If you have further questions about how we operate, make sure to give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions, help you get your free quotes and point you in the right direction to get your vehicle shipped today.