Vehicle Shipping Guide

Shipping Guide

How to Ship a Car

As a first time shipper, it may seem like a daunting task to ship your car to your overseas destination. Simba Shipping’s goal is to make it as simple and easy as we can.

Some of the most important factors to think about when considering shipping your car are:

  • Destination import regulations: It is very important to know what rules and regulations the country you are shipping to has. There may be restrictions on the age of the car, application for vehicle import approvals, restrictions on the steering wheel side, pre shipment inspection requirements etc. Simba Shipping has compiled a list of requirements, however we stress that you also check with a clearing agent at destination as well as relevant government bodies.
  • Import taxes: It is very important to know what sort of import tax you will pay when importing your car. In certain countries the tax that you will pay may be more then the value of the car and the last thing you would want is to lose your valued car
  • Method of Shipment: RoRo, Containerized or Air Freight. Customers sometimes do not ship via RoRo due to factors such as theft at their destination country, and instead opt for containerized shipment. Often the transit time between containerized shipments and RoRo shipments are quite different and so this should also be taken into account.  Air freight is normally a very quick method of shipment, however it is  also very expensive
  • Clearing Agent at Destination: It is very important that you have a reputable clearing agent to assist you with your import procedures at the destination port. A good clearing agent can not only advise you on import regulations and expected import taxes; they will be your representative on the ground liasing with the relevent authorities and clearing your car out of the port in the shortest time frame possible
  • Documentation: It is very important to know the documentation required at the country of destination. Certain countries will accept the log book of the vehicle while others require a certificate of permanent export. It is also important to notify the DVLA that the vehicle has been exported through the notification of permanent export which can be found on the V5C
  • Marine Insurance: We feel it is very important that you take out marine insurance to cover yourself in case of any eventualities.

It is also important to know how competant the company you are choosing is, where they are located and if they are registered with any freight or regulatory bodies. Therefore we always advise our clients not to choose a company purely on the price, as we have heard horror stories of cars going missing or people who have to pay for freight twice as the freight company did not pay.

We hope this guide has been helpful to you, however please feel free to contact us if you have any questions and we will be glad to assist.