International Boat Shipping to Brisbane, Australia, from the United States!

International Boat Shipping to Brisbane, Australia, from the United States!

For clients that are looking to transport a watercraft overseas, K International Transport can help! As an experienced international shipping company, K International Transport can help shippers transport cargo through every step of the process. Transporting boats and other watercraft to Port Brisbane in Australia can be easy and affordable!

K International Transport loves to transport all watercraft to Australia. These include:

• Motorboats
• Jet Skis
• Yachts
• Fishing Boats
• Canoes
• Sailboats

The first step to transporting a watercraft overseas to Australia is to provide the freight forwarding company with the required documents. Similarly to overseas car transport and international construction equipment shipping, clients need to provide prepayment for the shipment in full, a power of attorney allowing K International Transport to legally handle the shipment, the identification of both the shipper and the consignee, including the address of the shipper in the United States and abroad, and the original title of the boat or watercraft. This list, however, is not all inclusive. Shippers may need to produce more documentation if Australian customs demands it, or if it is otherwise needed. In addition to the documentation, clients should also inform K International Transport of their preferred schedule so that the shipment is timely.

Once the documents are in and the date of shipping is set, the boat or watercraft will need to be transported to a domestic port in the United States. Clients can usually ship from ports in New York, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, California, and Washington. If the shipper cannot transport the boat or watercraft to the port, K International Transport can arrange for a reliable inland trucking and transportation services company to transport the watercraft. Otherwise, the shipper can transport the watercraft from a warehouse or their door to the pre-determined port in the United States. There, the watercraft will be loaded in a container, or with roll-on/roll-off (RORO) shipping.

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Deciding between container and RORO shipping can be easy with the consultation of an expert international shipping company. Although K International Transport will help you with your decision, there are a few things prospective shippers should know. First, containers are better suited for watercraft that are neither wheeled nor self-propelled. Additionally, a container is the only option if the shipper intends to transport a few small personal effects and items with the watercraft, because RORO can only accommodate the watercraft itself. However, clients should know that the loading process is much easier with RORO shipping, becuase the watercraft can simply be driven onto the vessel if it has such capability. When shipping with RORO, clients should be aware that there are size restrictions that may preclude boats of certain sizes from being transported by RORO. Typically, the maximum height, including the height of the trailer, is approximately 12 to 13 feet.

Another decision left to international boat shipping clients is the choice between cradles and trailers for holding the boat. Both options are effective at securing the watercraft and getting it overseas safely, but trailers are typically recommended. Cradles are usually custom-made to fit the dimensions of the particular watercraft being shipped, which increases the cost of the shipment overall. When the boat is placed into the cradle, the cradle is then strapped to a flat-rack and secured into the ship. This can bring up the costs as well, because of the labor required to load the watercraft. Alternatively, boats on trailers can simply be towed onto a RoRo vessel, which makes this the most simple and economical way to transport a watercraft.

Before beginning the shipping process, shippers should also know that the boat or other watercraft must be completely paid off, and there cannot be a lien on it. Clients still paying off their watercraft are advised to settle their debts before attempting to transport the watercraft overseas. A small exception exists for clients who have not paid off their boat. These clients may still transport their boat overseas if they get a letter from the financing bank authorizing the export of the watercraft. Normally, banks will allow this if the customer has sufficient finances or assets.

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Once the boat or other watercraft is loaded, it will travel abroad to Australia. Port Brisbane is an especially efficient and dependable port. Located on Australia’s eastern shore at the mouth of the Brisbane River, Brisbane is a busy and important port in Australia. Port Brisbane has everything that international shipping clients can possibly need, including several plants around the port for various industrial and commercial activity. For example, the port is surrounded by food processors, sawmills, oil refineries, paper mills, shipyards, and manufacturers of fertilizers, automobiles, rubber products, and cement. The port is also conveniently close to Brisbane’s white collar industrial sector, which includes the availability of many services including government, information technology, education, and financial services. Thus, shippers are well-taken care of when shipping to the Port of Brisbane.

Interested shippers can request a price quote for the shipment. To get a quote, visit the rate request page or contact K International Transport by phone, email, or Skype. Once K International Transport gives you the lowest possible rate for your shipment, you can proceed by telling an agent your preferred schedule for export, submitting the necessary documents, and paying the price in full. Once the process has started, K International Transport will take care of all clients through every step of the way.

With a reliable international shipping company like K International Transport, transporting jet skis, motor boats, yachts, sailboats, and more to Australia is hassle-free and affordable. Call us at 212-267-6400 or send us an email at You can also reach out to us on Skype at kinternationalny. We look forward to working with you!