Can any company offer the public Ocean and Air Shipping Services?

No. Ocean exports are regulated by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and every company offering ocean shipping must be licensed by the FMC and have a bond in place. Air Cargo is regulated by the Transportation Security Administration (T.S.A.), The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) among others.

We only ship with NVOCC and Ocean Freight Forwarder that are licensed and bonded as required by the FMC. Our airfreight partner’s and associates are an Indirect Air Carrier (I.A.C.) and are regulated and licensed as required by law. For our moves within the U.S., Global Auto Depot utilizes domestic brokers and owner operators to perform haulage of ocean containers, vehicles, high & heavy cargo and smaller shipments to and from our warehouses, ocean ports or air ports.

What choices do I have when shipping a vehicle overseas?

There are 2 shipping options: using Roll-on/Roll-off (RO/RO) service or Container service.

What are the differences between Ro-Ro and Container shipping service?

A Ro-Ro service ship is specifically designed to carry wheeled and tracked vehicles. Vehicles are driven on and off the ship by means of the ship’s own ramps and are safely stowed and secured under deck. Ro/Ro ships are commercially viable and the new car Manufacturer’s prefer Ro-Ro shipping for new automobiles that are transported by ship around the world. By rolling cargo on board these vessels and rolling it off at its destination, shippers can reduce the number of times their cargo is handled, thus reducing the risk of damages.

Container service involves packing the vehicle inside the ocean container or on top of the FLAT RACK container and then placing the container on board of the container vessel.

Which option is safer: Roll-on Roll-off or Container?

Both services are safe. In most cases Roll-on Roll-off shipping service (Ro-Ro) is faster overall, especially when you take into consideration that there is not as much labor involved as loading a container but also in unloading a container at the destination.

However, this will also depend on the required destination point. Ro/Ro carrier’s offer service to many world wide ports, however container services has a much wider coverage. Global Auto Depot will provide you with your options and also provide you with the most effective means of shipment.

Who is responsible for shipping and/or shipping costs?

Global Auto Depot provides shipping at no cost for any car that is purchased through us. If you want to add additional insurance which is optional you can however the buyer must pay for extra insurance.

What documents are required to export my vehicle from the U.S.?

U.S. Customs officials require, either the Original Title or Certified copy of the title. If a certified copy is provided, the Certification of the title can only be made by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Please note all original titles are returned to you upon customs clearance and vessel sailing.

What can I leave in my vehicle during shipment?

Only items that pertain to the vehicle, such as factory issue items including the spare tire, factory issued hand tools, first aide kit, warning triangle, fire extinguisher and permanently installed accessories can be left in your vehicle during shipment. Spare parts, personal effects, cleaning fluids, aerosol products, gas cans, etc., cannot remain in the vehicle. You can arrange shipment of any spare parts or personal effects, separately. For information on shipping spare parts and personal effects, please contact us at
+1 408 317 7124

How long will the shipment take?

The transit time of an ocean shipment, depends on what port of departure and arrival are being utilized. At time of booking, we will be able to provide you with the approximate time frame as well as provide you with estimated vessel sailing and arrival dates, based on the vessel that we will intend to book your vehicle for shipment on.

Can I insure my vehicle during transportation?

Yes, after purchasing a vehicle you may purchase insurance to cover the ocean transport phase of the shipping process. This insurance can be placed at 0.9% of the vehicle value. This insurance covers both damage and total loss.

Will Customs Duty and Sales taxes apply upon entering my vehicle into my country?

This totally depends on the rules and regulation of the destination country, your working status and residence status. If we do not have this information available for you, at the time of your inquiry, we will provide you with a point of contact in the destination country that can provide you with the information or recommend a customs broker who can assist you. We also suggest that you contact the Consulate of the country of your destination, who can provide you with their importation requirements of vehicles.

Will there be other charges due at the destination port?

Yes, there will be port handling charges, which are applicable at the destination port of arrival. These charges are for terminal handling / vessel off-loading and their documentation fees. Every port varies in cost and we will be able to give you an estimation of this cost at the time of your inquiry.

Will there be anyone to assist me with the customs clearance of my vehicle?

Yes, we will provide you with full details of the destination agent at time of booking. The destination agent will provide you with information on the exact destination port charges and if necessary can also refer you to a customs broker that can assist you with the import of your vehicle.

Are there any extra shipping charges?

No. There are no extra transportation charges. The only extra charges may be for the courier of the original title to US customs and back and the courier of the original title to destination ( if required ). There may be a wire transfer fee for the payment of freight.

How do I check the status of my shipment?

Every customer receives a tracking number to the shipping where you will find the following information/dates: car ready for transport, confirmation of pick up, delivery to the port/warehouse, loading, estimated sailing, confirmation of sailing, freight invoice, container number, vessel name & voyage number and destination agent.

Can you ship to my country?

All countries are not treated the same way because of differences in national security, foreign policy considerations and Federal Regulations. Cars can not be shipped to the following countries:
Burma
Cuba
Iran
North Korea
Sudan
Syria