International Auto Shipping 12 Most Asked Questions
Shipping to Latin America
Posted: February 19, 2015
1. How long it takes for my cargo to reach destination port?
Depending on a particular destination port location:
- Germany and ports in North Europe transit time is about 3 to 4 weeks when shipping in a container.
- When shipping to Europe via RoRo ship the transit time is about 4 to 5 weeks.
2. Why does it take so long?
Many factors go into length of time it takes to reach destination, including high or low season, freight departing dates, customs clearance, weather conditions and some other factors.
Container are shipped about every week, or more frequently during high season. Customs clearance is done the week the container is loaded or vehicles are delivered at the terminal. Actual sailing time is about 3 weeks. Once at destination, it might take another week to clear paperwork and release cargo.
3. How much earlier do I need to book my shipment?
It is recommended that you book your cargo at least two weeks in earlier.
4. The title of my vehicle is with the lienholder, can I ship overseas?
Provide a notirized letter from your lienholder granting permission to ship your vehicle overseas. You will also need a copy of the title certified by the state as an authentic copy.
If you are a government employee you should also provide a copy of your government orders.
5. The vehicle I purchased has a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin, can I use this document to export?
Yes, submit the Statement of Origin and the Dealer’s invoice.
6. What documentation I need to prepare when shipping cargo?
If shipping a truck, car, motorcycle, boat or other vehicle it is necessary to have a vehicle TITLE (without lien), also sometimes a bill of sale is also required. If shipping personal effects, you will be required to provide a packing list, detailing contents of your shipment.
7. Can I insure my shipment with you and how much it costs?
Yes. Please fill out our Shipping Instructions Form and indicate which type of insurance you will require. Te cost will depend on the value of your shipment.
8. Who will load my cargo and can I be present during loading?
Container cargo will be loaded in our warehouse. You can be present during the loading process provided that you comply with safety instructions. Roll on Roll Off cargo will be loaded at the port of Export and you cannot be present at the time of loading.
9. How will my car be shipped?
You have three options for shipping your car overseas.
Roll On Roll Off (RO/RO) Container shipping & Container Consolidation:
- Roll On Roll Off is the least expensive, but is more suceptible to damage since your vehicles is exposed to the elements.
- Container shipping is more secure and managed by our proffessional staff.
- Container Consolidation services for shipments going to: Bremerhaven, Rotterdam and Felixstowe among other ports in Europe.
10. How many cars you can load in the container?
Depending on the size of your car we can load 2-3 vehicles per container. We can load 4 cars in one container if the vehicles are small. Our loading procedures ensure maximum safety and security for your cargo during transport.
11. What is the difference between ocean container shipping and Ro-Ro (Roll-On Roll-Off) shipping?
With ocean container shipping the cargo is loaded inside the metal containers and containers are transported by ocean vessel carriers. The containers have the standard sizes throughout the world and the most common ones are 20' long containers and 40' long containers. International container transportation is widely available to most of the ocean ports worldwide.
12. Is my car insured while in transit overseas?
Ocean carriers do not carry cargo insurance, and by law are not liable for more than $500 per vehicle. We strongly recommend that you purchase Marine insurance.
We offer three types of Marine insurance:
- All Risk Coverage with a $1000.00 deductible
- All Risk Coverage with a $500.00 deductible
- Total loss of the entire vehicle