Shipping your car internationally is easy with our services. As a prized investment, we want you to know the process of car shipping to set your expectation.
Shipping vehicles come in several forms; offering you the best option according to your preferences. The two primary options include the following:
Roll On/Roll Off Shipping
Roll On/Roll Off (RoRo) shipping is the process of overseas shipping where cars are transported via a large shipping fleet called RoRo. This fleet has been widely used for shipping containers and even for connecting road transportation like buses. These large naval fleets have expansive lower decks that store enormous cargo for shipping and transportation. Cars to be shipped are driven inside the lower deck during the loading process. Offloading is much the same where vehicles will be driven out then prepared for delivery to the terminal.
Many clients prefer RoRo shipping because of its cheaper rate over other shipping types.
Multimodal Ocean Freight Container Shipping
Multimodal Ocean Freight Container Shipping is the shipping type where vehicles are placed inside large shipping containers, which keep vehicles secure. This shipping type has two other options that may better suit your preference depending on the car value to be shipped and container routing.
- Single Car Shipping. This option means only one car is kept inside a container for shipping and is a top choice for shipping high-valued vehicles. Having a single car inside a container lessens the probability of damage while in transit. You will be less worried about your vehicles’ condition being affected when it arrived at its destination.
Shipping a single car in a container is a great option if the point of origin or destination is a landlocked site. In this case, the shipment may depart from a port and will be delivered to its destination via land vehicles like trains and trucks.
- Consolidated Shipping. In this option, shipment containers will have more than one car to be shipped to multiple owners. Consolidated shipping is also a good option for clients shipping several cars to one owner.
The availability of different shipping options gives way to flexibility for your varying needs. However, take note that both shipping types have their own advantages and disadvantages, which are worth considering before finalizing your choice.
Due to differences in the shipping modes in RoRo and container shipping, car loading procedures may also vary. While loading is the task of a shipper, it’s recommended for you to know how your vehicle is being loaded to free your mind of worries about car handling.
Loading Vehicles into RoRo
Today’s RoRo fleet’s dimension can reach more than 800 feet long with several internal decks that can load around 6000 vehicles per trip. The number of vehicles shipped requires shippers to handle loading procedures and lay safety plans to ensure utmost care for the vehicles. Ships will only hold specific vehicle types loaded together. For example, road vehicles like SUVs and regular cars will be placed on one deck while other vehicles like heavy-duty trucks are placed on another deck. Grouping vehicles on specific decks require efficient loading that may seem complicated, but guarantees utmost safety.
Vehicles are placed in lines with eyelets securing them to their decks. Cars are placed in their own parking spaces. A heavy-duty strap will be wrapped around the wheels to keep them secure in place. These security measures will eliminate the possibility of movement when the fleet starts to sail.
Loading Vehicles into a Container
Although container shipment is more secure than RoRo, loading vehicles still requires efficient loading to ensure they won’t move. Cars are loaded inside the container and positioned properly. Braces made from wood or metal are placed on each car’s wheel to keep them secure and virtually motionless while in transit. Padded straps are wrapped around the wheels and secured within the container’s eyelets for additional fastening. By fastening them with these eyelets, cars become a part of the container and prevent extra movement even with severe road or weather conditions.
Once ensured, the container will be closed and sealed with leverage bars. These special seals serve as container identification, which can’t be removed without tampering. These seals also contain essential information about the shipment like customs documents that are protected against unauthorized access. Once everything is set, the container is good to go for shipping.
Car shipping is possible for every car type. Examples of these cars are the following:
- Regular road vehicles like sedans, coupes and others
- SUVs and ATVs
- Classic cars
- Luxury vehicles
- Sports cars
- Cars for collection
Advantages and Disadvantages of Both Shipping Types
Both shipping options are available, but remembering their advantages and disadvantages will help you know whether you’re getting the best option.
RoRo is a great shipping option for those who want to save money on shipping. This shipment is cheaper since your car will be shipped with other vehicles, which means more clients share in the expenses brought by sailing fleets. Moreover, loading vehicles inside the fleet’s deck is simpler; ,merely driving and parking. Although additional security items like straps and eyelets are used for security, the procedures of securing vehicles in RoRo are not as elaborate as in shipping containers. The disadvantage, however, is that the car is less secured than container shipping. Cars are also placed closely together, which increases the chances of damages.
Container shipping’s main advantage is that it offers more security to vehicles. The container works as an extra durable shell that protects your vehicle. Moreover, there are less vehicles in a container, and in some cases, only one to enhance security. Placing a single car in a container has also proven faster because it only has one consignee, which minimizes shipment delays.
The main disadvantage is the rate. It is much more expensive than RoRo shipping. In the case of consolidated shipping, more consignees cause longer shipment delays.
Shipping rates for delivering cars vary. Choose your best option and give us the details for a quote. If you’re still confused of your options, give us a call and we’ll be glad to help you choose.