Since overseas auto transport is typically handled differently than regular state-to-state auto shipping, we figured it’d be a good idea to include an overseas auto shipping FAQ section. In this helpful frequently asked questions page, you can read some of the most common questions we get pertaining to overseas auto transport, to help you prepare for your own overseas auto transport needs.

How long in advance should I book my overseas auto shipment?

We generally recommend booking your shipment at least a couple weeks out, to give us plenty of time to find a carrier to ship your vehicle to the port, and also to book with the shipping company at the port that will be handling your overseas auto shipping services.

How is my vehicle transported overseas?

Your vehicle will be loaded onto a large cargo ship. Most ships that transport vehicles overseas will provide what is known as roll-on/roll-off service, while others will place your vehicle in a secure cargo container. Vehicles on a cargo ship will always be stored inside the ship, typically in a massive garage, unless it is inside a shipping container, which are almost always secured on the deck of the ship to make room for more cargo below decks. You can speak to your auto shipping representative about these methods, alternatives, and which would be best for your specific vehicle and its transportation needs.

How much will it cost to ship my vehicle overseas?

Overseas auto shipping prices take into account a variety of different factors, including where your vehicle is coming from and whether or not it needs to be transported to the port. You can save money by dropping your vehicle off at the port directly, of course, as you wouldn’t have to pay for additional transportation. However, overseas auto shipping costs vary from company to company, so it’s best to call and speak to one of our representatives about your specific shipment.

How long will my vehicle be in transit?

It depends, first on where in the U.S. you’re shipping from and which port you’ll need to go to. Coast-to-coast transport will take about 10-14 days, with shorter distances taking less time (obviously). Auto transport overseas to Alaska will typically take another 14-21 days, while transport to Hawaii will usually take 7-14 days. Most overseas transporters that operate the large cargo ships run bi-weekly routes, though some offer weekly service. Again, we recommend speaking to one of our live agents in regards to your specific overseas auto shipping time table.

Can I put personal belongings in my vehicle?

No. No personal belongings of any kind are allowed during overseas transportation. Additionally, please make sure that the cab of the vehicle has no garbage, loose change, cigarette butts, etc. inside, as these could cause potential problems down the line. You should also make sure there is only 1/4 of a tank of gas in your vehicle when it is picked up for transportation.

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via e-mail or by telephone. You can also fill out our free online quote request form to the left if you’re interested in getting a free overseas auto shipping quote sent to you, or you can skip the waiting and call us directly and speak to one of our live agents, who can calculate a quote for you as well as give you information regarding overseas auto shipping. We provide a variety of services overseas, and you can read more about the services we offer by visiting the pages linked below:

We work hard to provide the best auto transport and car shipping services for all our customers, regardless of where they’re shipping from or to. We recommend, at the very least, doing your homework in regards to overseas auto shipping services, and we urge you to gather a variety of different quotes to compare transport companies and prices in order to find the right fit for your specific transportation needs. We just ask that you include us in that search, either by filling out our free form or giving us a quick call, to see what we here at Envision Auto Relocations can do for you.