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When Shipping Your Vehicle Overseas

When arranging to move a vehicle overseas, there are several issues which should be carefully considered:

Know the laws and regulations of the United States and the destination country regarding what cars may be imported, and what fees must be paid.

  • Every country has different laws regarding what types and ages of vehicles may be imported and/or exported, and those laws may change without notice. In particular, many countries do not allow the importation of vehicles over a certain age. If a vehicle can be imported, there are several different calculations of tariffs, taxes, or duties, including the value of the vehicle or the size of the engine.
  • The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs) regulates goods arriving and leaving the country to ensure that the goods are legitimate and, for arriving goods, that appropriate duties and fees are paid. Prior to your move, you should check the U.S. requirements for importing and the U.S. requirements for exporting motor vehicles.


Ensure that your vehicle is properly prepared for an ocean move

Make sure you prepare your vehicle for shipment prior to loading it into the shipping container or having it delivered to the shipping terminal.

  • Check with your broker or agent at destination regards any possible Permit(s) that may be required by the country you are shipping to for importing vehicle(s).
  • The batteries have been disconnected, removed or the battery terminals are insulated.
  • The fuel tank(s) are completely drained and the vehicles have been run until stalled for lack of fuel, unless the used vehicles use a fuel that has a flash point of 38 degrees C or (100 degrees F) or higher (i.e. diesel), and they have less than 5 liters (1.320 gallons) of fuel in their tanks and there are no fuel leaks in any portion of the fuel systems.
  • Remove any and all flammable materials.
  • Do not load Household Good / Personal Effects into vehicles if shipping via RORO (Roll on Roll off). As vehicle can be rejected by US Customs and or Ocean carrier at owners expense. You must check with iLines International regarding whether you may use your vehicle for additional packing space; many carriers will not allow you to ship your vehicle if it contains loose items .
  • Determine what documentation, including the vehicle’s Original Title, Bill of Sale, Lien Release Letter (if aplpicable) and/or registration, will need to be provided for export and/or import well prior to loading or deliverying vehicle to the port terminal.

Speak to your shipping specialist or an iLines team member regards to any other requirements or questions you may have, to make sure to avoid any inconveniences such as but not limited to, penalties, fees and or delays.



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