Auto Shipping Glossary: Overseas Auto Transport Services
Overseas auto transport is, in a nutshell, when you ship a vehicle over the ocean, as opposed to overland. Overland transportation services are usually done by an auto transport truck, either of the open or enclosed variety, but sometimes overland transportation requires other methods such as flatbed transportation or even auto transport by rail, if it’s available on the route – there are multiple methods of shipping a vehicle overland, but only one method to ship overseas, and that method is via an overseas cargo ship. Typically, vehicles shipped overseas will be secured in a cargo container or in the hold of one of those massive cargo ships that you often see with decks stacked high with containers. These ships are the largest and fastest when it comes to commercial transportation services, and they haul a plethora of different goods for many different companies across many different industries. With American Auto Shipping, you can get overseas auto transport services to Alaska, Hawaii and most outlying inhabited U.S. territories. Read below for more on each. Unfortunately, we cannot transport vehicles to other countries.
Auto Transport to Hawaii
Hawaii is the only island state in the United States, so getting there will require overseas auto transport services. When shipping to Hawaii, your vehicle will be picked up wherever in the U.S. it is and then transported via an overland transport truck to the port in Long Beach or Los Angeles, depending on which port your overseas shipper is located at. From there it will be loaded onto a cargo ship and taken overseas to the port in Hawaii, typically Honolulu but it can also be somewhere else in the island chain.
Auto Transport to Alaska
Shipping a vehicle to Alaska works much the same way as shipping to Hawaii in that you can get your auto transport company to find a carrier and pick your vehicle up anywhere in the country to haul it to the port. Instead of going to a port in California, shipments to Alaska will go to a port in Washington State, usually up in Seattle or Tacoma, depending on who you book with and who ships your vehicle. Most shipments to Alaska are taken to the port in Anchorage, though Fairbanks and Juneau are also options as well.
Auto Transport to Outlying U.S. Territories
The United States owns several territories but auto transport services are not available to all of them. The U.S. owns a lot of different territories, but only five are inhabited: Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Marianas Islands. Fortunately, we can get you quotes to ship to all five, or at the least the capitals thereof. While not all our shippers will offer services to outlying U.S. territories, which means you may only get three or four quotes from different shippers instead of up to ten, you can fill out our free quote form to get quotes to ship to any inhabited outlying U.S. territory via our free online quote form.
If you have further questions or concerns about overseas auto transport services or where exactly you can get quotes to ship to or from, make sure to give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. A quick phone call can get you information on shipping a vehicle from and to anywhere in the United States, including outlying territories and Alaska and Hawaii, and you can get the full scoop via our helpful professionals. Of course, you can always take matters into your own hands and fill out our free online quote form yourself. If you do, you’ll get multiple quotes from top-rated auto transport companies that we pre-screen for reliability ahead of time, so you know you’re only dealing with the best in the industry.