RoRo Shipping vs. Container Shipping - Which is Better?
Posted: February 26, 2015
Both options can be used for your car, motorcycle, truck, or any other vehicle you need to ship overseas. So, which shipping option is better when comes shipping your vehicle overseas - RoRo or Container Shipping?
Container shipping (LCL and FCL) is our specialty shipping. Most business shipping and household goods that we import or export via ocean freight is done by container shipping; however, when it comes to auto shipping, there are several reasons that you may wish to consider RORO instead of shipping your car, truck, or other vehicle in a container.
Let's look both options little closer.
RORO is the simplest and cheapest method of shipping for vehicles like cars, trucks, buses, heavy agricultural or plant machinery.
Vehicles are driven directly onto the RORO vessel and secured to the car decks. They are securely inside the vessel, wind-and-watertight. It is importantto know that you cannot ship personal effects using RoRo shipping method.
RORO overseas shipping is a very popular way of transporting cars to other countries. RORO carriers can handle not just cars but all types of motorized, rolling and even static cargo: trucks, yachts, boats, buses, motohomes, trailers, RV-s, tractors, excavators, cranes, and other high & heavy agricultural equipment and machinery.
RORO shipping method is very popular mainly for two reasons: cost and simplicity. The vehicle is simply rolled on the ship at the port of loading and rolled off the ship at the overseas destination. There’s no need to hire and pay export warehouse for crating, container packing, flat rack loading, port delivery, etc. Port workers take care of everything.
Shipping via RORO service from the U.S. can be arranged from the major ocean ports: Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Galveston, Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore, Charleston.
The only problem with RORO shipping is geographical coverage. While RORO transportation does have global routes, it is still not as all-encompassing as container shipping. Some smaller countries may not even have any options for international RORO transport.
Container shipping can get you pretty much anywhere you want to go.
This option should be selected for international shipping of valued vehicles. Shipping single cars in containers has higher probability to reach the destination without damages during the transportation.
Container shipping for transporting your vehicle provides the safest means of transportation to your overseas destination. Your vehicle is loaded inside the shipping container. Nylon straps are then used to tie your vehicle down and they are secured to the walls of the shipping container. Once your vehicle has been loaded into the shipping container, wooden braces are placed around each of the tires and nailed to the floor of the container.
If you ship cars in containers that entirely belong to a single shipper, then you can use all spare room of your containers, including salons and trunks of your car to ship additional cargo along with your cars in containers.
Container shipping downside is usually higher cost, unless you ship multiple vehicles at once.