Auto Transport Tips: Tips for Overseas Car Transport
Overseas car transport companies are almost a dime a dozen – most every large transport broker is able to ship vehicles to and from Alaska, Hawaii and other overseas U.S. territories such as Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands, but not everyone can. Still yet, some companies offer international shipping services, while many more do not. Understanding the differences between them is easy – either they do some overseas shipment or none at all, and what they do will vary widely. This is why it’s important to do some research, get some idea of what you’re looking at and what you can expect when it comes time to ship something overseas. So read on for some helpful tips about overseas car transport services and what American Auto Shipping can do for you.
To start, if you fill out our online quote form you can get free quotes to ship to or from anywhere in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as the overseas territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. These are most all located in the Pacific Ocean, which means that most places are going to be easily accessible (well, as easily accessible as overseas territories are) by shipping out of western ports, usually Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle. If you’re not located on the west coast, your vehicle will likely need to be trucked out west and shipped to the port, which will cost a bit more – but it’s required unless you drive it to the port yourself.
Overseas car transport is not as readily available as transportation services within the U.S. because only some companies are able to ship overseas. This means higher prices and longer wait times, but they’re generally worth it if you have to ship overseas. If you’re having to ship to the port first, you’re going to likely be waiting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for your vehicle to actually be loaded onto the cargo ship to haul it to its destination on the other side of the ocean. You can usually arrange international auto shipping as well, though not as many companies ship internationally as they do to overseas U.S. territories, and oftentimes international shipments ship out of eastern ports like Baltimore instead of western ones like Seattle. Talk to your agent to learn more.
If you are interested in overseas car transport services to Alaska, Hawaii or any U.S. territories, you can and should take a minute to fill out our free online auto shipping quote request form. It’s completely free and nets you multiple free quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry. Not all of our advertisers transport vehicles overseas, so you will likely get fewer quotes than you would if you were shipping among the states, but you’ll still get free quotes that you can use to compare prices and services and find the right shipper for your needs. You should also talk to some agents over the phone – it’s important to get as much information as you can about your overseas shipment. To talk to one of our agents, for information or help getting your quotes, you can contact us any time at 800-930-7417.