Overseas Car Transport Services to Port Dublin from the United States

Shipping an automobile overseas to Ireland can seem difficult. However, K International Transport can gladly help. K International Transport is a reliable international shipping company with decades of experience shipping all types of automobiles/ vehicles/ cars overseas, including vintage and classic autos, contemporary cars, and trucks. Even if you have no experience with international shipping, K International Transport can help you understand the ins and its of the shipping process.

Shipping to Ireland
Ireland is a popular destination for cars from the United States. Clients love to transport vintage cars as well as modern automobiles to Ireland via both container and roll-on/roll-off (RORO) shipping. Located on the eastern coast of Ireland, Dublin is an important port city in Europe, and a popular one among United States shippers. The port handles approximately two-thirds of the country’s trade traffic, which makes the port the busiest in Ireland. Port Dublin is operated by Dublin Port Company, which is a state-owned commercial company. However, all cargo handling activities are carried out by private sector companies, which has created a competitive market with affordable prices for shippers. Port Dublin is also extremely well-positioned, as it is a key access point for Ireland and is at the hub of the national road and rail network and is thus an effective and efficient port for transporting virtually all cargo.

Transporting to Ireland through Port Dublin is usually very affordable, because Western European countries generally offer the lowest costs. However, clients should be aware of the various tariffs on automobile imports as well as the requirements imposed on certain cars. In particular, there may be tariffs on vintage automobiles as well as a value added tax. Other regulations imposed on imports may dictate the maximum age of the automobile that can be imported and the make or model of the vehicle. The tariffs can depend on the value of the automobile or the size of the engine. Some of these costs can be determined by speaking to customs in Ireland, or by visiting Port Dublin’s website.

Maersk Ahram at Dublin (2018). Photo by Niels Johannes

Selecting RORO or Container Shipping
Typically, vintage, antique, and classic cars are shipped in containers, because they are often not self-propelled. With this option, shippers can also transport other small goods in the 20, 40, or 45-foot container alongside the automobile.

However, if the car is self-propelled and can be driven onto the vessel, RORO is also an option. RORO is efficient and can be cheaper than container shipping, because the loading and unloading process consists only of driving the automobile onto the vessel. Shippers should keep in mind, however, that no personal effects may be shipped inside the automobile with RORO shipping. If you need to transport personal effects in addition to the automobile, container shipping might be the best move forward.

With either option, the car will be well protected from the elements and various damages. However, K International Transport can also offer shipping insurance to protect the car in case something goes wrong, and there is damage to the automobile.

Fährschiff PRINSESSAN CHRISTINA (dän.) (Kiel 35.274).jpg. Photo by Magnussen, Friedrich (1914-1987)

Beginning the Shipping Process
With basic automobile shipping services, clients will be asked for several documents prior to shipping, including:

the original title of their car

their full name, address, and photo identification, as well as the consignee’s identification and contact information
prepayment in full (once all the costs are known)

proof of the commercial value of the automobile

a signed power of attorney form to allow the freight forwarding company to legally manage the shipment.

Additionally, the company will need to know the desired date of shipment, and the car’s location in the United States. On the day of the shipment, shippers can transport the automobile themselves to the port in the United States, or opt for inland trucking and transportation services. With these services, K International Transport can arrange for a reliable inland trucking company to pick up the automobile and transport it to the port, so that the shipper does not have to. The automobile will then be shipped from a port in the United States, which includes those in New York, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, California, or any other available port. The international shipping services by the freight forwarder will take care of the rest, including export formalities and customs clearance when the vehicle arrives to a port in Europe.

Although clients may be overwhelmed by the concept of transporting often valuable automobiles, a reliable international shipping company like K International Transport can help demystify the process. K International Transport is an expert in the freight forwarding field and can help clients reach their shipping goals for an affordable price.

Contact K International Transport today for questions or international shipping quotes to Ireland. Call us at 212-267-6400 or email us at inquiries@kinternational.com. You can also reach out to us on Skype at kinternationalny. We look forward to working with you and shipping your automobile!