There are two very popular questions we always receive from customers who are shipping a car overseas for the first time:
- Question #1: What is the difference between roll-on / roll-off (ro/ro) international car shipping and container shipping? What is the least expensive way to ship my car?
- Question #2: What is the safest way to ship my car?
The above questions are easy to answer, and as one of the best international car shipping companies in the United States, you can trust that we will provide you with the safest and most affordable international car shipping service. We want to make sure that all of our fist-time customers have a general understanding of how overseas car shipping from the United States works.
What is the difference between roll-on / roll-off (ro/ro) international car shipping and container shipping? What is the least expensive way to ship my car?
Roll-On / Roll-Off shipping vessels are specially designed for all rolling cargo. Cars and other wheeled cargo are simply driven onto the vessel and secured inside. Because roll-on / roll-off shipping requires minimal handling and you do not have to “rent” a container to put it into, it is usually the least expensive way to ship a car overseas.
The second option for international car shipping is in a container. The car is loaded inside a 20′ or if it is more than 1 car, a 40′ container, and it stays inside this container while it is being shipped. Normally, cars with a high value are shipped inside a container to protect the car from being handled too many times in order to lesson the chance of damage. Also, customers shipping 2-3 cars at a time can save money loading their cars inside one container. A third reason for using a container is for customers who need to ship other personal items with their car including furniture, household goods, and clothing. When shipping a car on a ro/ro vessel you cannot keep any personal items inside the car. Because the car has to be professionally loaded into the container, the cost to ship a car overseas in a container is normally more expensive than ro/ro.
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What is the safest way to ship my car?
People normally feel that container shipping is safer because no one will handle the car except the warehouse. But in general, both methods of overseas car shipping from the United States are safe. The car is well protected inside a ro/ro vessel and it is not exposed to the elements. The inside of a ro/ro vessel is clean, and it is even air-conditioned! Your car will travel across the ocean in style and comfort!
Whether you are looking to ship your car overseas on a ro/ro ship or in a container, you have plenty of safe and affordable international car shipping options. For more information on our international car transport services from the United States, give us a call at 212-267-6400 or on Skype at kinternationalny. To receive international car shipping quotes from the United States, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to all car shipping rate requests within 1-2 business days.