December 14, 2007, Newsletter Issue #93: International Vehicle Shipping

Tip of the Week

Before making the decision to take your car with you overseas, investigate the laws of the receiving country. Some places may require you to make modifications to your vehicle, or may charge extra for insurance on vehicles imported from abroad.

Most vehicles can be easily shipped aboard cargo containers or roll-on-roll-off ("ro-ro") vessels, which allow vehicles to be loaded without cranes. The cost of your shipment will depend in part on the size of your vehicle, so be sure the measurements you report to the shipping company are accurate when requesting a quote.

In dealing with foreign ports, your shipping company should be able to help you with required paperwork. The receiving port may have documentation and loading fees, and in some situations you may have to pay an import tax.

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