Tips for Selling and Shipping Cars Overseas

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After 40 years of shipping cars overseas at Schumacher Cargo, we know that international car sales are much easier than you might think.

Cars from the United States are favorable overseas; they’re generally in better shape than what you’d find in other countries. Classic American cars are especially popular abroad because it’s easier to find these vehicles through a private seller in the States than in, say for example, Germany.

We frequently ship classic American cars overseas, usually after they sell at auction or through private parties, with our specialized service Schumacher Secure. The Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Charger are the most popular classics exported to Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

International Car Sales

You may be able to make a nice profit selling your car to a foreign buyer, especially a classic car in good condition.

Posting your car online makes it easy for interested buyers to find it. Millions of people around the world use these websites for buying and selling American cars overseas.

Be sure to include plenty of detailed photos and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in your listing. For classic cars, use our handy inspection checklist to answer all your buyer’s questions ahead of time.

The buyer should pay via a trusted wire transfer service. A cashier’s check works, too, but it needs to be from a reputable domestic bank. Get the full payment before you release the car, otherwise there’s a chance you’ll never receive it all.

How to Ship a Car Overseas

After you and your buyer have settled the deal, it’s time to get your car from Point A to Point B. Schumacher Cargo Logistics is fully licensed and bonded and a world-class expert in shipping cars overseas to popular destinations in Europe, Asia, Oceana and the Middle East.

The cost to ship a car overseas depends on the vehicle’s starting location, final destination, shipping method and any extra details. You can tailor these details to your, or your buyer’s, specifications.

Shipping Your Car With Schumacher Cargo Logistics

Roll-on/roll-off and containerized shipping are the most common and economic ways for shipping cars overseas, while air freight is the fastest option.

For extra convenience, you can get door-to-door delivery service which includes ocean transport to the destination port. Once it arrives, our overseas agents can contact a local service to deliver the vehicle to its new home.

No matter which shipping method you choose, our services always include 24/7 online tracking and U.S. customs clearance.

Get your free shipping quote online or call our shipping experts at 1-800-599-0190 to learn more about international car shipping with Schumacher Cargo.

The 2019 Chicago Auto Show: Hours, Dates, Tickets, Parking and more!

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The annual Chicago Auto Show is the nation’s largest and best-attended auto show. The 2019 Chicago Auto Show will take place from February 9-18, 2019, at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

First staged in 1901, the 2019 event will be the 111th Chicago Auto Show. It is owned and produced by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.

What You’ll See At the Chicago Auto Show

The show takes up more than 1 million square feet of McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. Exhibits will feature nearly 1,000 of the newest cars, trucks and SUVs. Vehicles on display include production cars, debut models and concept cars.

If you’re unable to attend but still want to follow along, check out the hashtag #CAS19 on social media to see live updates from attendees and exhibitioners. Get a glimpse of last year’s concept cars here:

Chicago Auto Show Hours & Dates

The show takes place in February, giving Chicagoans a great excuse to get out of the blustery cold coming off Lake Michigan. The 2019 Chicago Auto Show dates are Saturday, Friday 9 to Monday, February 18 (Presidents’ Day).

The Chicago Auto Show hours of admission are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day, however the show will close at 8 p.m. on its final day in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Chicago Auto Show Tickets & Parking

Tickets for the Chicago Auto Show are available online or at ticket booths within McCormick Place. Adult tickets are $13, and tickets for children (7-12) and senior (62+) are $7.

Chicago Auto Show discount tickets are available in a few ways:

  • CATA Member New-Car Dealers: Visit a participating local dealer and ask for a $6 weekday discount.
  • Women’s Day: On Tuesday, February 12, women are admitted for $7.
  • Food Drive: Attendees who donate three canned foods will receive $5 off adult admission for February 13-15. All food collected will benefit A Safe Haven Foundation.

Chicago Auto Show parking is available on-site in the three main McCormick Place parking lots: A, B & C. Parking in Lots A & C is $23, and parking in Lot B is $15. After 6 p.m. during the Chicago Auto Show, the parking rate is $10.

More information for tickets, parking and the show in general can be found on the show’s official website.

Things To Do in Chicago in The Winter

While you’re in town, take advantage of the other attractions in Chicago. Don’t let the chilly February weather deter you from touring around; there are plenty of things to do in Chicago in the winter:

  • Museum Campus: Spend the day wandering around world-class museums like the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium or Adler Planetarium.
  • Millennium Park: Skate at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, or take a mirror selfie at Cloud Gate (also known as “The Bean”).
  • The Magnificent Mile: Shop along Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s premier commercial district. Or just window shop, if that’s what your wallet is telling you.
  • Broadway in Chicago: Chicago is a main stop in the Midwest for national productions of Broadway musicals. Touring shows in town at the time will be box-office hits “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”
  • Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory: Discover a jungle in the middle of the concrete jungle. Admission to the zoo and conservatory is free, but you’ll still see incredibly flora and fauna.

Shipping Your Car with Schumacher Cargo Logistics

If the Chicago Auto Show inspires you to take your vehicle on the road, we’ve got you covered. Schumacher Cargo Logistics has 40 years of experience in international car shipping. Get a free shipping quote from our moving specialists and call us toll-free at 800-599-0190 now to get started!

The Top 10 Best Countries to Retire Abroad in 2019

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Ah, retirement. The golden age of new opportunities and looking back on a life full of hard work. You have the time now to pick up new hobbies or take on the adventure of a lifetime. And while many retirees may feel inclined to stay close to home and loved ones, this is the perfect chance to settle down someplace new and discover a whole new world.

Every January for the past 29 years, International Living updates its list of the top 10 countries for retirees to move to every year. These countries receive an average score based on the International Living Annual Global Retirement Index. This index considers the overall quality of life for expat retirees, according to a number of metrics.

So if you’re soon approaching retirement and planning this next chapter, already retired and looking for a change of pace, or even years away and simply daydreaming, consider an international retirement! There is no better time than now to pack your bags and jetset for a new life across the world in the best international retirement locations.

The 10 Best Places to Retire Abroad in 2019

10. Spain

Spain

This western European country is a prime beach destination for the rest of the continent. And since it’s a first world country, expats will find a comfortable standard of living and many of the familiar amenities of home. Traveling around the country and to other parts of Europe is easily done via train.

The country’s warm provides long farming seasons, meaning there is plenty of fresh and inexpensive produce at the market. The southern region, close to the Mediterranean Sea, is hot and dry, while further north toward the Pyrenees Mountains is mild and cool.

Spain boasts one of the lowest costs of living in western Europe. A couple could comfortably live on $2,500 a month in many parts of the country. Additionally, the World Healthcare Organization ranks Spain as having one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

9. Thailand

Thailand

Nestled in southeast Asian, Thailand is a tropical paradise. The tropical and humid climate means there is no threat of a cold winter; perfect for snowbirds.

The cost of living is considerably low; a modern studio apartment can be rented for $400 a month. Utilities and groceries are also low. Travel within the country is also inexpensive, and it’s easy to hop on a plane to explore the rest of southeast Asia.

For those who are really looking for an all-immersive experience, Thailand boasts a rich culture that’s completely its own. The country has never been colonized by western or European countries. However, there are plenty of bustling expat communities for you to make plans with new friends.

8. Peru

Peru

This mountainous country of ancient Incan ruins and llamas has recently become a favored retirement location. There is a large number of expats living throughout the country. In Lima, the country’s capital, you can find incredible restaurants, art museums, galleries and theaters. The international airport is constantly seeing direct flights to and from neighboring South American countries.

The weather is mild with sunshine for 300 days out of the year. This temperate climate means that fresh and local produce is always available at a low cost. The overall cost of living stays low, too. A couple can easily live on a budget of less than $2,000 a month in most regions.

Since there are not many English-speakers, anyone moving here should learn Spanish to fit in and get around. However, the community is still friendly and welcoming of expats.

7. Portugal

Portugal

Portugal is known for its friendly community. The people are happy to share their culture with others, and they make an effort to welcome visitors and expats. English is widely spoken in the more populous urban areas of Porto and Lisbon, so English-speakers can easily get around.

Portugal is the second least expensive country in Europe, just after Bulgaria. You can modestly live here on a comfortable budget of $2,500 a month. Additionally, the 2018 Global Peace Index rated Portugal as the fourth-safest country in the world.

6. Colombia

Colombia

If you can’t start your day without a cup of coffee, Colombia might be the perfect place for you. The country is known for its incredible coffee industry, and the Coffee Triangle offers beautiful and lush mountain scenery. If the mountains aren’t calling your name, don’t worry. You can head down to the Caribbean for tropical and hot beaches. Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, so there is no shortage of incredible landscapes.

Retired expats can easily attain a retirement visa that’s good for three years. You’ll also have easy access to affordable yet high quality healthcare. The World Health Organization ranks Colombia’s health system at #22 (for perspective, the United States is at #37 and Canada is at #30).

5. Malaysia

Malaysia

Malaysia is a popular choice for those who love an outdoor lifestyle. More than 878 islands make up the country’s geography, and there are amazing hiking trails through the beaches and rainforests. Discovering the rest of Asia can be done through direct and inexpensive flights right out of the Penang International Airport.

Don’t worry if you don’t speak Malay; English is the unofficial first language. Malaysian law is based on the British system, and all road signs are in both English and Malay.

A couple can comfortably live on the island of Penang for $1,800 a month, including rent. And don’t forget the affordable healthcare. Medical services can be done day-of and on a low budget, so it’s an especially attractive feature for expats.

4. Ecuador

Ecuador

There is something for everyone in Ecuador. Choose to live along the tropical coast or up in the temperate Andes mountains. Get caught in the bustle of the big-city life and all of its conveniences or choose to watch the world go by in quaint villages. You’ll find a fascinating mix of indigenous, Inca and Spanish cultures, great for those always trying something new. There are plenty of expat communities that take advantage of the local laidback lifestyle, and you’ll want to jump right in.

Another benefit is the affordability. It’s entirely possible to buy a beach home for less than $150,000. Utilities, household help and personal services are also low cost. The warm climate allows for year-round growing seasons, so food is fresh and inexpensive at local markets.

3. Mexico

Mexico

Mexico’s proximity to the United States has made it a popular vacation destination for generations, so why not choose to move here? Expats will find incredibly affordable healthcare and a low cost of living. Depending on the location, a couple can comfortably live on $1,500 to $3,000 a month, including rent and healthcare. After you are granted residency, you can sign up for a national healthcare plan. Residents over the age of 60 can also acquire a national senior discount card.

Geographically, Mexico is a huge country. The vast landscape includes farmland, beaches, mountains, oceans and lakes. You can choose to live in the warm beach towns or up in the spring-like Colonial Highlands. Wherever you go, you’re sure to find a community that is welcoming to expats.

2. Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a healthy history of a peaceful culture and stable democracy. The country abolished its army in 1948 and dedicated that budget to its education and healthcare instead. The country has plenty of options for healthcare services, and the socialized medicine program is available once you acquire residency.

For active retirees who love the outdoors, there is no shortage of activities to get you outside. The tropical rainforests, pristine beaches and lush mountains supply the perfect backdrop for fishing, golfing, horseback riding, hiking, yoga and diving.

Costa Ricans, locally known as Ticos, are warm and welcoming to expats. There are plenty of expat communities as well to help you fit in.

1. Panama

Panama

One definite perk to Panama is its location. It’s warm and tropical near the Caribbean, but it’s also outside of the hurricane belt. It’s located close enough to the United States that a visit home is easy; Miami is only a 3-hour plane ride away. The U.S. dollar is the country’s accepted currency, so no need to figure out a new exchange rate.

The capital, Panama City, is Central America’s only first world city. This bustling metropolis also boasts stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Outside of the city, you’ll find amazing mountains and beaches.

Retirees in Panama have access to the country’s Pensionado Program. It’s considered one of the best retiree programs in the world and is open to everyone. Program participants have access to incredible discounts on everything from medical expenses to entertainment and travel.

How International Living’s Global Retirement Index Works

The Retirement Index was developed in 1990 and weighs the financial, health, lifestyle and governance pros and cons of each country. Such metrics include Cost of Living, Fitting In, Healthcare, Climate and Development. Every factor is carefully considered to determine the best retirement destinations abroad.

These retirement havens are given scores based off of International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index. These scores are then averaged and the highest scores make the list for the new year. Additionally, the International Living team is spread throughout 5 continents and is able to provide a personal take on what life is like for an expat in these countries. With their help, International Living annually publishes who’s on top of the Global Retirement Index list.

Retire Overseas with Schumacher Cargo Logistics

Ready to take on the next chapter in life in a new and foreign land? Our Moving Specialists are here to tell you how to move abroad. With 40 years of internationally shipping vehicles and household goods, our team ensures a safe and efficient move. Whether you’re moving just across the Atlantic to Spain or around the world to Malaysia, you can get your free shipping quote and call us toll-free at 1-800-599-0190 today.

Your Guide to Driving on the Autobahn

What is the Autobahn?

It’s known across the world as the German highway with no speed limit. But it’s more than that. For speedsters and auto fanatics, the Autobahn is the ultimate place to take your shiny new sports car, especially with luxury European automakers close by.

Where is the Autobahn?

The word autobahn translates to “motorway,” so technically speaking, any country has an autobahn. However, the Autobahn references Germany’s highway system. Since Austria and Switzerland also speak German, their highways are also called autobahn.

How long is the Autobahn?

The Autobahn in Germany is 12,993 km (8,073 miles) long. To compare, the United States’ highways are 77,540 kilometers (48,180 miles) combined. When you think about the size of the United States and the size of Germany, the length and density of the Autobahn is impressive.

Autobahn Speed Limit – Myth or Fact?

Famous for being the fastest highway in the world, there actually are speed limits on the Autobahn, believe it or not. Specific limits are posted near urban areas, like Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich, or for construction and heavy traffic. These limits will be posted as black numbers with a red outline on a white circular sign.

Outside of these areas, there is a recommended top speed of 130 kilometers per hour (50-80 mph). These will be posted as white numbers on blue square signs. While there are a few sections of the Autobahn without a speed limit, it’s wise to not go above 130 km/h, especially if you’re new to this highway.

You’ll see electronic signs that display “dynamic speed limits,” giving live updates to control traffic if there is an accident, construction, severe weather or special road conditions. Some may even show different limits for the specific lane that you’re driving in, so pay close attention to these.

Autobahn Highway Laws

Like every road system, there are traffic laws that all drivers must obey. Some of these are obvious, but some are specific to the Autobahn.

  • It is illegal to pass on the right. You can pass only on the left.
  • Stay in the right lane, especially if you’re new to the Autobahn. The left lane is for drivers going extremely fast or for passing vehicles in the right lane.
  • Stopping, parking, u-turns and backing up on the Autobahn is illegal.
  • It is illegal to run out of gas on the Autobahn; it’s seen as a preventable circumstance and it leads to stopping, which is illegal.
  • Entering and exiting is only allowed on the marked interchanges.
  • Pulling over onto the shoulder is prohibited, unless your car breaks down.

Autobahn, Germany Travel Tips

The following tips aren’t as mandated as the laws above, but they are social customs that every driver on the Autobahn should follow.

  • Triple check your mirrors before changing lanes. Because cars travel so fast on the Autobahn, someone may come zipping up when there was no one there a second ago.
  • Most rental cars will have standard transmission. If you’re used to automatic, that feature is extra otherwise you need to quickly learn how to drive standard.
  • Police don’t run speed radar the way they do in the United States. Instead, there are cameras in area with strict speed limits that will take a picture of your license to deliver an electronic ticket. Just because you don’t see a police car doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.
  • Rest stops and service stations are available every 40-60 km. Drivers are encouraged to take a break at these areas every 100 km (or two hours) as the highway can be draining. These stops can include gas stations, cafes, restrooms and hotels.
  • Embrace the local driving culture. German drivers don’t need as much elbow room as Americans do on the road, so don’t take it personally if it seems like a fellow driver cut you off. Chances are they thought you had plenty of space.

Helpful Terms to Know When Driving in Germany

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Learn the following terms to help you out when driving in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

  • Ausfahrt = exit; posted on road signs to indicate a rest stop or on/off-ramps.
  • Stau = traffic jam; you’ll hear radio announcements informing drivers where congestion or even stopped traffic affects nearby roads.
  • Unfall = accident; another term you may hear on the radio or see on electronic live-update signs.
  • Rettungsgasse = free lane; during a Stau, the stopped traffic forms an open lane to allow emergency vehicles to pass through, especially for accidents on the Autobahn.

Shipping Cars to and from Germany

Ready for life in the fastest lane? You can export your car to Germany from the United States with Schumacher Cargo Logistics. As an auto shipping specialist, we regularly ship cars to Germany. There’s no one better to trust your vehicle with. We’ll get your car to Germany safely and efficiently, so you’ll be burning rubber in no time! We offer a handful of shipping services to Germany.

Want a taste of the German auto life, but can’t quite make it to Deutschland? You can now import a car to the United States from Germany with Schumacher Cargo Logistics, too! Interested? Get your free shipping quote from the moving specialists at Schumacher Cargo Logistics now, and we can get started today.

The Most Common Export Documentation

Passport and others identity paper and cards

At Schumacher Cargo Logistics, we’re experts in shipping vehicles overseas or exporting household goods. However, not everyone knows what’s required and we receive a lot of questions about what documents our customers need when moving internationally. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a helpful guide to explain some of the most common documents required when exporting an automobile or household goods.

Documents for Vehicle Export from USA

  1. Passport
    • A clear scanned copy with the passport number
    • If it’s a U.S. passport, it needs to include the Employer Identification Number (EIN)
    • If it is not a U.S. passport, no EIN is needed
    • Receive your Employer Identification Number with the EIN Assistant
  2. Certificate of Title
    • The shipper’s name has to be the current owner of the vehicle listed on the title
  3. Bill of Sale
  4. Power of Attorney, depending on the port

Documents for Exporting Household Goods

  1. Passport
    • A clear scanned copy with the passport number
    • If it’s a U.S. passport, it needs to include the Employer Identification Number (EIN)
    • If it is not a U.S. passport, no EIN is needed
    • Receive your Employer Identification Number with the EIN Assistant
  2. Valuation of the shipment, as required by U.S. Customs
  3. Signed Schumacher Quotation
  4. Marine Insurance Form, if applicable

For Temporary Exports

If you are only exporting your vehicle for a temporary amount of time, you can get an ATA Carnet. This specialized document allows you to bring your car and household goods overseas for up to a year, and then the item(s) need to be brought back. For example, you would use this document if you were shipping your car overseas for a race or a show; after the event, the car would be returned to the United States.

Using this document gives you the benefit of bringing your vehicle and household goods into the country duty and tax free. In addition, you cannot sell the item(s) with a carnet overseas.

Documents for Exporting Items, by Country

Note that the lists above are not exhaustive; these documents are only the most commonly required. Each country will have its own specific requirements for exported items. Here are some examples of the different documentation required by Australia, France and the United Kingdom.

Australia

  • B534 Form – Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement

France

  • Inventaire pour la Douane Française / Inventory for French Customs
  • CERFA 10070*02
  • Certificate of Non-Resale

United Kingdom

How Schumacher Cargo Logistics Can Help You Export Your Items

To keep things in order, Schumacher Cargo Logistics provides to our customers a checklist to ensure that all required documents are received, as well as assistance if you need help completing the documents. In addition, you will receive a booking confirmation letter containing details of your shipment and information for the documents required by your destination country.

For more information about moving and shipping internationally, call our moving specialists toll-free at 800-599-0190 or request your free shipping quote today.

What to Pack as an Expat

Packing for a move is an exhaustive chore, and it can seem even more daunting if you’re moving to a different country. Not only are you making sure that all your items get to your destination safely and efficiently, you have to figure out a foreign country’s laws, culture and overall way of life. This list of important items to take with you as an expat is a great place to start and refer to during your move abroad.

Packing a Passport for Expats

Important documents to bring as an expat:

Be sure to have copies of these tucked away in a safe spot, and provide copies of these to a trusted contact back home in case of emergency.

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Debit and credit cards; remember to notify your bank of your move so the activity on your account isn’t marked as suspicious.
  • Immunization records, health insurance, and other key medical records for all members of your family
  • Birth certificates, marriage certificates, and any other kind of legal documentation that affects you and your family
  • Physical list of important contacts in case technology fails; don’t forget to have the address and contact information of the nearest Embassy or Consulate of your home country.

Expat Following a GPS Map Abroad

Tech-related items to bring as an expat:

  • In case the plugs are different, bring a universal plug converter
  • Voltage converter
  • Cell phone and coverage plan that both work in your destination country
  • Handy apps for your smartphone: language translator, a currency calculator, navigation and maps that can be saved offline, etc.

Medicine Specific to Your Home Country

Health-related items to bring as an expat:

  • Prescriptions: renew and fill these prior to moving, and do your research to make sure that your prescriptions can be filled in your destination country.
  • Over-the-counter medicines: probiotics, antihistamine, cold and flu care, etc. Living in a new country, your body may take a while to get used to the unfamiliar elements.
  • If you are particular about your brands of toiletries, be sure to stock up on those if they aren’t carried in your destination country.

Nostalgic Photos to Remind you of Home

Comforts of home to bring as an expat:

While you should do everything you can do embrace the culture of your new country, having a couple items to remind you of home can help with homesickness and the ease of moving.

  • Personal mementos
  • Favorite snacks and other foods that might not be available
  • Books in your native language; if you want to lighten the load and save space in your new home, look into an e-reader, like a Kindle, or find downloadable copies of books that you can access on a smartphone.
  • Tape measures, measuring cups and related items in case the system used is different than what you know
  • Clothes or shoes that fit you if you need a specific, hard-to-find size

While this isn’t a definitive list of items you should bring, it’s a good place to start. Feel free to do your own research or contact the Embassy or Consulate of your home country in your destination country if you have questions.

Trust Schumacher Cargo Logistics with your move

You want your items to reach their destination as securely and efficiently as possible. Schumacher Cargo Logistics can do exactly that. Trust Schumacher Cargo Logistics to safely move your vehicle, boat, motorcycle and household goods.

Convertibles and Your Hair

The scene is set: you’re driving in your convertible with the top down. It’s a beautiful summer evening with the sun setting behind your back. Your favorite song is playing on the radio, and you’re singing along at the top of your lungs. Everything is warm, breezy and perfect. Nothing can ruin this moment.

Until your hair becomes a tangled mess and is no longer freely flowing. Suddenly you feel less like Pocahontas painting with all the colors of the wind

and more like…

You don’t want to put the top up, but you also don’t want to live with a rat’s nest on your head. What’s a girl (or boy) to do?

  1. Hair Styles
  2. Your locks deserve to flow in the wind, but you don’t deserve to look like Medusa. A classic choice is the ponytail. It never goes out of style, and its simplicity makes it easy to dress up or down.

    Another option, the top knot. You’ve already got your ponytail down, so why not step it up a notch? A favorite of lazy girls everywhere, and you can sneakily hide the fact that you haven’t washed your hair since Tuesday… or was it Sunday? Anyway, twist your pony around the hair tie and secure it with another tie or bobby pins.

    In case ponytails and top knots aren’t your thing, braids are always an easy style. This is also a super simple look that you can take to the next level by doing a French, Dutch or milkmaid braid. Go on, be like Elsa and let it go.

    Leaving extra hair ties and bobby pins in your car helps for when you’re in a pinch.

  3. Headscarf
  4. Movie stars quickly figured out how to keep hair in place while nailing that classic convertible scene, as mentioned above. Silky scarves became an actress’ best friend, and with the help of a bobby pin or two, you have the perfect top-down look. Aim for the look of Audrey Hepburn, as opposed to Damian from Mean Girls.

    She doesn’t even go here!

  5. Other Accessories
  6. If the headscarf isn’t your thing and your hair just won’t cooperate with a style, there are other options out there. A baseball cap keeps hair close to the head all while repping your favorite team, or a large sunhat protects against the sun and ups the vacation vibe in your convertible. Get creative! Any way to get your hair up and out of the wind is a great solution. Just please, don’t purchase a fake hair piece like the clip on man bun. There are children around.

Adventure is out there

Don’t limit yourself to one set of roads. You and your convertible should be free to explore the rest of the world. Convertible enthusiasts have trusted us for over 40 years to safely and efficiently ship their vehicle overseas.

How to Ship a Car Overseas: Complete Guide with Tips!

car loading in 40ft containerHow to Ship Your Car Overseas Step-By-Step Guide

Do you need help shipping a car overseas or truck but feel slightly overwhelmed? Our complete guide on how to ship your car overseas breaks down the process.

Contents:

  1. Research Car Shippers
  2. Request and Compare Quotes
  3. Choose Your Preferred Shipping Method
  4. Select a Shipper and Submit Documents
  5. Make a Vehicle Inspection Report
  6. Send the Car Overseas and Complete Payment

Except for a handful of destinations, the process is straightforward so don’t worry.

We’ve also included a few additional suggestions that we propose based on our own experiences over the past 40 years of shipping cars internationally, as well common questions and myths that have come up over the years.

If you are shipping a much larger vehicle, like an RV or motorhome, visit our resource on RV shipping preparation.

So without further ado, let’s get started.

How to Ship Your Car Overseas

Step 1: Do Your Research

So one of the first steps in any purchasing decision is to do the research and when shipping a vehicle overseas, research is a very important step.

When we say do your research, there are a few things that need to be considered and we’ll explain how they should be done.

Company Research

The first things is to gather a list of international auto transporters and shipping companies that you’re considering.

Search in Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc., but also use sites like BBB.org, FMC.gov, as well as forums. Don’t forget to use friends or acquaintances for references either.

Look at each company’s credentials and certifications. See whether or not the company is licensed, insured, and bonded.

If a company is all of the above they won’t hide it.

shipping company licenses

The licenses will vary also by the type of company you deal with. For example, freight forwarders will have FMC licensing and some may also have a special license if they operate as an NVOCC.

All domestic transporters are required to have their DOT license and if the international shipping company has an in house domestic pickup department, ask for their DOT information.

Additionally, make sure to ask each and every company, no matter how trivial it may seem, whether they are fully insured and licensed and whether they use licensed and insured carriers/third party services.

Go a step further and ask for those companies names and conduct some research on them as well.

Tip: Do this before you go out and request a quote from tons of websites. Anyone working from a computer can email you a price that looks great but it could be from an unlicensed company, for an uninsured transporter or a broker that never actually handles your automobile.

Most people searching for “how to ship your car overseas” rarely consider the entire process and all parties involved.

Cost Research

If you want to determine how much it cost to ship a vehicle overseas without requesting a quote, you can check the actual websites for rates. Although, not all freight forwarders or transporters will disclose rate information online.

It’s important to note that the rates on their websites are usually for the ideal shipment (smallest size vehicle, to a popular destination, at their best rate).

Also, rates can change quite frequently with the rise of fuel costs and other surcharges so online prices may not be 100% up to date.

Another way to research shipping costs is by visiting a few forums and seeing what others paid for international auto shipping. The price that you’ll find will vary based on vehicle type, the company used, the shipping method used and their departure location.

Make sure to look at the date of the response as some of the forums may contain responses from 5 or even 10 years ago.

So although you may not get an exact number using either of the two strategies it should give you a pretty nice ballpark figure, that way you have an idea of the budgetary requirements and can determine whether it is worth it to ship your car.

Step 2: Request Quotes and Compare Them

When comparing quotes, obviously the first thing that we do is look at that dollar amount. We don’t always look to see exactly what it includes. So make sure to read through each quote you receive carefully…and we mean carefully.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car Overseas?

There’s a lot more to it than simply the ocean freight costs. Below are some key points to look for and they can all have a direct impact on cost but need to be predetermined before booking with a company.

  1. The type of service quoted: Are you paying for a port to port, door to port or door to door service?
  2. The method used: Is it shipping via roll on roll off vs. ocean container? Is it in a shared container or sole 20ft?
  3. Inland transportation: This goes hand in hand with number one. Some companies quote with domestic transport included, others only include the ocean transport.
  4. Destination Fees: Note: There will always be destination fees at every port, no matter the destination. This also relates to number one. If you are paying for door to port or port to port, this handles everything on the exporting side including US customs clearance. Unloading, customs clearance at the destination and transport from the arrival port all vary by destination. Make sure to ask about this!

Use our Online Quote Form to get a quick custom quote for your particular car shipment.

Ask About Insurance

Most of the time, international auto transporters will offer this to you either through their own in house program or through a company they work with. Once again, these numbers differ by carriers and providers.

The rates can vary between 1.85% of the value to 2.5%. Make sure you understand exactly what the insurance covers and ask your company! Are you purchasing a policy for total loss or all risk? When does coverage start?

Just like any type of insurance, when shipping an automobile abroad, the insurance is there for peace of mind. You will almost never need it, but when you do you’ll be glad.

Step 3: Determine Your Cost vs. Time Trade Off

This consideration is really all about your shipping preferences. Do you want the car shipped asap or are you more concerned with getting the cheapest rate?

Most people are uninformed of how long the process can take and how much it varies based on the method you choose.

Determining Shipping Method

car-consolidationIf you are trying to determine how to ship your car quickly, then the answer is simple. Book your own 20ft container, supply all the paperwork and pay the bill.

As soon as it gets into the hands of your shipper with the documentation, the company will clear US customs and it will be loaded on the next available vessel then shipped.

The trade off here is the cost so expect to pay hundreds of dollars more than you would for some the next methods.

The middle ground for time vs. cost could be considered roll on roll off. Your automobile is driven into the hull or belly of a RORO vessel and then secured and braced. This method is slower than the one listed above but costs substantially less.

Three things to consider with this method are that these vessels often transship, meaning they don’t go directly to your final destination. So they can end up taking longer. This isn’t always the case.

The other problem is that it lacks the added protection and security that transporting a in a container offers. So it will be open to the elements such as sea water, moisture, etc.

Lastly, using RORO, absolutely nothing is allowed inside the vehicle other than standard tire jack, spare tire, etc. So if you wanted to supply a small manifest and place items inside, that’s out of the question with this method.

Note: This does not mean that the automobiles are showered with ocean water, but cars do end up getting more exposure to the elements.

Consolidated vehicle shipping is the last and most popular shipping method. With this method, your car ships in a container with other vehicles bound for the same final destination port.

This form of shipping generally takes longer since the company must have other vehicles to fill the container before it can be shipped overseas.

However, the benefit is the added protection of a container while saving money at the same time.

Selecting a Departure Port

Oftenly, the shipper will give you their best rate from their closest departure port.

departure mapThey should also give you other options. So, for example let’s say you are shipping your ford truck to Australia and you live in New Jersey.

A company may have a location in New York and you may want to ship out of New York but they offer you a rate from the west coast in Los Angeles as well. At first it seems obvious that you’ll want to ship from the east coast, but there are two reasons it may be beneficial to move it to California first.

 

  1. West coast to Australia is a much quicker sail time and shorter distance meaning…the ocean freight will cost less.
  2. Most of the time there is a higher volume since Australia is a more common destination from the West coast.

*This type of scenario is more relevant to overseas consolidators but it is still useful when you’re trying to figure out how to ship your car overseas.

Step 4: Choose Your Shipper and Gather All the Paperwork

The first part is a result of the previous three steps and hopefully by this point you’ve already selected your shipper.

The next step is to gather all the paperwork and send it as soon as possible. This will allow your company to speed up the shipping process.

Requirements for Shipping a Car Overseas

Most of the time the documentation is straightforward. Documents needed to ship include a:

  • Clear original title
  • Copy of bill of sale
  • Copy of your US Passport

*If you’re shipping via RORO, then we’ll only need copies and the originals can stay with you.

Particular ports and final destinations require additional forms and documentation. We won’t list every example because the list is exhaustive, but here are a few for an idea.

  • Shipping a car overseas from Miami requires a special notarized power of attorney
  • New York requires proof of payment on vehicles newer than 2016.
  • If you want to ship a vehicle to Australia, you absolutely must have an import approval prior to shipping.

These are just a few examples but our representatives are fully capable of answering these types of questions.

Step 5: Vehicle Inspection and Condition

When shipping any type of vehicle overseas, always do your own vehicle inspection report and take pictures. We recommend first servicing and washing your vehicle before handing it over.

auto inspection sheetThis way, you know for sure the running condition of the vehicle and it will be much easier to spot any exterior dings or damage that your exterior already has to include in your report.

Most overseas auto transporters will also do this as soon as the vehicle arrivals at their warehouse or office but two inspection reports are better than one.

Step 6: Send The Car Overseas and Complete Payment

Once we have everything to send your car, it’s ready to ship internationally. Your representative will then send you your invoice. Complete the payment and you will be done with everything on this side of the trip.

Additional Advice on How to Ship Overseas

Establish a Connection With Your Overseas Agent Early

You will need to work with partners or agents overseas for most shipments. Many shipping companies provide their own for each destination.

Make sure to ask for the agent’s information and contact them well ahead of time. They’ll be able to answer more destination oriented questions.

In the end, there are numerous details and things that may come up during this process. Being more informed about these processes will help you out in the end.

Now that you know how to ship a car overseas, request a free online estimate with Schumacher Cargo Logistics today.

Best High Performance Convertibles for A Summer Cruise

Written by Damien Shields

Summer’s just around the corner, and that means so is convertible season. I mean, what better way to enjoy the weather than by going on a long cruise with the top down. But in order to do that you’re going to need the right the car. Here are some of the best convertibles for the 2014-2015 season.

And if you need help getting your dream convertible to your joy ride launch point–be it Dubai, the Australian Coast, or Hawaii–Schumacher Cargo can help. We ship thousands of cars every year and have the experience and skill to get yours to your new home safely.

Best Convertibles of 2014-2015:

2014 Ferrari F12 Spider:

While certainly not in everyone’s price range, if you can afford this gallant machine you won’t regret it. This retractable hardtop features 730-hp from a 6.3 liter, 12-cylinder V-engine–and might be Ferrari’s fastest roadster yet!

2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible:

Although significantly cheaper than the F12 Spider, the Mustang is in no way a significantly lesser ride. The start of a whole new generation of mustangs, the design is one of the best they’ve had since the late 60s and the iconic Shelby Gt500. The 2015 GT convertible features a 6-speed manual transmission and a 5.0 liter V-8 engine. This horse gallops!

2014 McLaren MP4-12C Roadster:

McLaren took the top of their famous MP4-12C model to give their customers a convertible experience with all the style and speed of the hardtop model. Capable of reaching speeds up to 205 mph, this beast is driven by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine with 592-hp and can do 0-60 in a whopping 3.2 seconds. This car will turn heads and break hearts.

2014 BMW 4-Series Convertible:

The 4-series is a newer line but one that still has all the power and grace of their other iconic lines. This stylish hardtop has several different engines to choose from: starting with a 2-liter diesel 420d, advancing up to the 3-liter inline 6-cylinder turbo 435i and ending at the mind-blowing 8-speed ZF automatic. Bad drives are not to be had in this beauty.

2015 Lexus LF-CC:

Lexus’s new convertible–scheduled for release in 2015–is a challenge to BMW’s convertible above. It is still in the works and remains very secretive but the company’s stated goals are to produce a GT as sleek and powerful as any of the German models.

Prepping You For Your Move to Norway

Written by Alex Bach

Norway is one of the most fascinating countries in the world: they convert their garbage into fuel and even import garbage from other countries.

In summer you can schedule a midnight tee-time since the sun does not set. Also the country is considered a kingdom and they’ve even knighted a penguin. And with an excellent cost of living, moving to Norway is one of the best decisions you can make for a quality expat experience.

Economy:

Norway has an excellent economy at the moment. It would have been even better had the financial collapse not decimated the country’s retirement fund, but they’re still very well off. Most jobs offer very competitive living wages…much more than their US equivalents. The country offers free healthcare and college tuition for their residents as well.

On top of that, the US dollar to Norwegian Krone is trading very favorably to the US; approximately $0.17 to 1 Krone. As such, the US dollar will help make up for the higher cost of living.

Rent:

Rent is very affordable in Norway.  Even their most expensive 1-bedroom apartments in the city center are cheaper than in your average American city: approximately $1,600 a month, which would be hard to put you into a studio in Manhattan! And while the city can be a bit competitively priced to other American cities, the suburbs offer much cheaper solutions.

Transportation:

Norway’s public transportation system makes it very easy to get around the country. They have long-distance buses that can carry you from city to city, as well as the more traditional trains and planes. A local ticket will typically cost around $5.50 USD. Gas in Norway is about 14.74 Kroners per liter, or about $2.46 USD.

And if you want to bring your car with you, Schumacher can assist with that major move as well. Find out how we can ship your car to Norway.

Food:

Due to certain shipping restrictions, getting quality groceries in Norway is not always an easy or a cheap thing. US citizens accustomed to grocery stores like Trader Joes and Whole Foods will be in for a rough surprise. So while it might cost a bit more to find quality produce and foreign items (kiwis, tea, lemons), you can still get your staples like milk for fairly cheap.