International Car Shipping
Whether you are moving overseas and bringing your vehicle or just bought a new car at auction and want to send it back home, our team of international car shipping specialists will get your vehicle to its final destination safely and at a great rate.
We make it easy regardless of your vehicle's location and final destination by offering multiple services including shared containers, sole use 20ft and 40ft containers and air freight.
**Make sure to understand the differences when it comes to selecting an overseas car shipping method. For example, consider roll on roll off vs container car shipping.
Why Ship Your Car With Schumacher Cargo?
As a fully licensed and bonded international NVOCC freight forwarder with over 38 years of experience sending cars worldwide, we have distinguished ourselves as the premier independent international car shipper in the USA.
If it has wheels, we can move it. We've been shipping cars internationally for over three decades. It's our passion and why we offer highly competitive international car shipping rates, continue to grow our network, and find ways to ship more efficiently and cost effectively for clients.
So whether you are looking for online quotations, researching or just have some common questions, you can find everything you need in later sections.
Secure Vehicle Transport and Major Destinations
Whether it is a car, truck, motorcycle, ATV or moped, one of the most important stages of international vehicle shipping is securing the vehicle for transit.
Our warehouse crews are professionally trained and have years of experience. Additionally, our team only uses specialized equipment when shipping vehicles.
Once it arrives at one of our warehouses, a full and complete dock receipt is issued. We also take pictures of your automobile, which you can view online and use our 24/7 online tracking.
Where do you need to transport your automobile? High volume destinations include:
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
- Saudi Arabia
For a full list of destinations, call us or use our quote form to select a final destination.
**For information on bringing a car back with you or importing, visit our resource on importing a car to USA.
Our Auto Shipping Service Offers
- Inland transport to warehouse closest to departure port
- Storage while awaiting consolidation
- Inspection report and full dock receipt
- U.S customs clearance and paperwork
- 24/7 online tracking
How much does it cost to ship a car overseas?
Your international car shipping cost will vary based on three main factors:1) Location of vehicle 2) Size/Dimensions 3) Final destination requirements.
So as you can imagine, each shipment varies. It depends on where, when, how, how much, and a lot of other variables.
As an example, it might cost $950 to ship a car to Europe in a shared container from the east coast, but shipping a car overseas in its own 20 foot container can cost twice that amount.
But you won't get an accurate rate without submitting the details listed above and it is is highly likely that it will change if you come across a price that looks to good to be true.
To find out more about the various service levels available and your car shipping price, call us and speak with one of our auto transport specialists or complete our quick quote form to get your custom rate.
Shipping a Car Overseas Requirements
Your Keys - We require that clients leave their keys with us when the vehicle is ready for transport and based on experience, we recommend making a spare set of keys to the ignition, trunk, gas cap and other compartment that locks if they require different ones.
Registration and Title - Have your documents ready. They'll be needed to get your car in and out of the ports. We need the originals.
You can make copies and we will send the originals to the destination agent who will give them back to you upon handover of your vehicle.
Creditor/Lessor notarized statement - If the automobile is currently financed or under a lease, a notarized statement is required stating that the creditor/lessor is aware of the vehicle shipment and they give you permission to export the car. We will also need notarized copies of the title and the letter of release.
Photo ID - You (or some other designated person) will need identification to pick up the car. **If you have a US passport, you will also need an EIN number.
International Auto Transport FAQs
We know that there are many questions you'll ask yourself when shipping, below are some of the more common ones. If you're just starting out, check out our guide on how to ship a car overseas.
How long does it take to ship a car overseas?
From the west coast to Australia and New Zealand, we have direct water service which is 12-15 days to NZ, and 21-23 days to Australia.
Depending on what port your final destination is, it may be a week later as the first port of call is usually 21-23 days, then a 5-day transshipment.
This sail time is "on the water", and does not include the time it takes to consolidate vehicles, load them and prepare your auto for shipping after you drop it off.
We also have worldwide roll on roll off car shipping options from the west coast, which can take longer as it's first transshipped through Yokohama, Japan then on to Australia.
From the East Coast to most European base ports, the sail time is anywhere between 9 and 15 days, depending on the shipping line we use, and the final port of arrival.
The Mediterranean ports in Spain and Italy are usually 18 days on the water. For all other destinations, there may be a transshipment service, and you will need to clarify with your salesperson the exact details of your particular shipment.
Can I bring other goods inside my car?
Yes and no. This depends on the transport method. Most container services will allow this no problem but only up to a certain cubic volume.
If you are moving overseas with a larger volume of household goods, you may consider booking your own 40 foot which can accommodate both your vehicle(s) and effects.
With roll-on roll-off, nothing is allowed inside the car other than spare tire, jack and items of this sort.
Is there a way to deliver a car at my new place of residence?
Yes. We do offer a door to door service which includes ocean transport to the destination port.
Once it arrives, our overseas agents can schedule to have your vehicle delivered right to your new home.
Want more information or a free estimate? Give us a call today or continue to our quote page and find out what sets Schumacher apart from other international car shipping companies.
Written by Damien Shields