Finding auto transporting companies is a challenge in and of itself. However, finding companies who can provide services to areas such as Alaska, Hawaii and international destinations is another challenge entirely.
Most companies offer services overseas to Alaska, Hawaii, and overseas U.S. territories. However, shippers that provide services to and from both Alaska and Hawaii shipments are bigger in size and scale.
We at American Auto Shipping can ship your vehicle to and from Alaska, Hawaii, and overseas U.S. territories. If you’re interested in an overseas auto transport quote, makes sure to read more on the process involved via the paragraphs below.
How auto transporting companies move vehicles to Alaska and Hawaii
When talking to auto transporting companies about shipping to Alaska and Hawaii, it’s important to know how the process works. Vehicles that are going overseas need to be shipped on a large cargo ship. These are known as roll-on/roll-off transport ships.
Typically, if shipping to Hawaii, vehicles ship out of ports in Los Angeles. If shipping to Alaska, vehicles usually move out of the port in Seattle or Tacoma, Washington. Other ports in other cities service other destinations as well. For instance, many east coast ports will be used to move freight internationally.
Naturally, your vehicle will need to be trucked to whichever port it will be going out of. Luckily, the transportation company you choose will handle the entire shipment. They will find a carrier to take it to the port and also organize shipment overseas with the port shipper.
This is also why the process is more expensive. You have to pay for both the overland carrier as well as the port shipper. Make sure to compare prices from different auto transport companies to find the right rate for you.
About shipping to overseas U.S. territories
You can get quotes to ship not only to Alaska and Hawaii, but also to various U.S. territories such as Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Puerto Rico.
Not all companies offer shipping to U.S. territories, so it can be harder to find quotes. Outlying U.S. territories are not the most popular of destinations for the purposes of auto transport, and not all auto transporting companies that offer overseas shipping to Alaska or Hawaii will offer shipping services to those U.S. territories.
Shipping to outlying territories requires a few changes from the standard services of shipping to Alaska or Hawaii. For starters, the port your vehicle will ship out of will likely be different. Many of the ports that ship to the territories are on the east coast. This will impact prices depending on where in the continental U.S. you’re shipping from.
It can also take longer depending on which territory you’re shipping to. Keep this in mind and make sure to plan accordingly. For the latest time estimates, make sure to speak to an agent.
About international shipping services
Though American Auto Shipping cannot get you a quote to ship internationally, we can still tell you about it. International shipments are handled much differently due to the fact that you’re shipping to another country.
No U.S. company can ship into the U.S. from another country. They can only handle shipments to other countries from the U.S. mainland. It will require additional paperwork, and your vehicle will be subjected to different rules and regulations than it would if it were going to a U.S. controlled area.
If you’re searching for international transportation, make sure to do your homework and plan accordingly.
Ship overseas today with American Auto Shipping
As mentioned, we cannot get you quotes to ship to foreign countries. However, we can get you quotes to ship a vehicle from anywhere, to anywhere in the United States, including to and from Alaska, Hawaii and outlying U.S. territories.
If you fill out our free online quote request form you will receive a free quote immediately directly from our office. We understand what it takes to get a vehicle moved when you need it moved, so don’t worry on that front.
If you have questions about our services or the quote that you received, give us a call at 800-930-7417. You can speak directly to one of our representatives that way. They can answer any questions you have, get you a quote, and give you helpful advice in regards to shipping your vehicle. So fill out our form or give us a call to see what American Auto Shipping can do for you.