There are many things you need to do to prepare your car for international transport. In addition to making sure that your car is in shipping-shape, you also need the right paperwork to clear customs.
First and foremost, you need to submit the title of the vehicle to customs at least three days prior to your shipping date. If the vehicle is being shipped overseas, then the car and title must be presented together for a customs inspection. If the car has a lien against it, then you will also need authorization paperwork from the lien holder allowing the car to be transported.
If the car has not been titled, you will need a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin instead. You can get a copy of this from the dealership where the car was purchased. If you are unable to obtain a copy of the title or Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (which commonly happens when trying to ship antique vehicles), then you will need to present a bill of sale.
These documents are used to confirm that you are the true owner of the vehicle, and that it hasn’t been stolen. As long as your paperwork is in order, the process should go smoothly. For more details about required paperwork, number of copies needed, or the customs process, consult the World Customs Organization.