Ship your Car
A- Roll-on, Roll-off vessel at port
B- Ro-Ro vessel at sea.
Notice the door latch at the rear of the ship.
This is where rolling equipment and vehicles
can drive in and out of the ship.
We ship vehicles.
Ro-Ro vessels are like having a huge,
floating, multilevel parking lot,
sailing between the US East Coast,
Northern Europe, Asia and elsewhere.
Click here to see a very interesting cut-away image
of an ACL (Atlantic Container Line) Ro-Ro vessel.
Find more info
about sending your vehicle by sea...
Visit our car shipper page.
C- If not sent on a Roll-on, Roll-off vessel, vehicles can be containerized.
One car can go into 1 x 20-ft container.
Two (or more, depending on size) can go into 1 x 40-ft container.
The majority of vehicles being shipped abroad, go via RORO vessel.
Very high value vehicles go into containers, or are sent via air.
Most vehicles are professionally loaded at special warehouses
near the ports of export, and it is not as inexpenise an option
- as compared to RORO service.
Warehouse loading, then unloading fees
and extra trucking fees can easily
add over $ 900+
to a container's basic shipping/handling cost.
Some vehicle loaders prefer to use
Tilt-back tow trucks, that allow vehicles
to be driven up onto the truck's back,
so the car can be raised
to the same level of an average ocean container.
Containers ride 4+ feet off the ground
which is why warehouse loading docks (same height)
are most often used for professionally
loading vehicles into a container.
Containers arrive from the port on a chassis (on wheels),
which is the reason why it rides 4 feet up - off the road.
It is not ever going to left at ground level, except at the port.
Private individuals can not load containers at the port.
D- Car being loaded into an ocean container.
Most vehicles are loaded into ocean containers
from the loading dock of a warehouse.
The gas must be drained, battery disconnected.
Normally the professionally loaded vehicle will be
"chocked, blocked and braced" inside the container.
"Two by Fours" wood beams are typically used
to secure the vehicle, and wooden "chock blocks" are
nailed down in front of and behind each wheel.
Some of our warehouses build a wooden "bulkhead"
inside the container. This is where a large plywood wall
is constructed and secured by 2 by 4's inside the container.
Some people will even have a couple used tires
on either side of the vehicle inside the container,
to ameliorate the possibility of the vehicle touching
the walls of the container.
More securing is always better than less.
You don't want the vehicle to shift back and forth.
Since the inside floor of most containers is wood,
blocks can be nailed down and secured
in front of and behind each wheel.
Chocks can be bought on-line and at hardware stores.
Just do a search for
"chocks" for a vendor near you.
At destination, containers need
to be unloaded the same way.
In case US Customs wants to check
the VIN number of the car,
vehicles should be loaded
so the front hood is nearest
to the container door (facing out).
Upon request, Sefco can confirm rates
for origin and destination warehouse loading/unloading services.
See a photo showing a how
a pleasure craft was secured
inside a steel ocean shipping container.
[click here to see]
Put a car in a container?
Read questions and answers
about sending a car inside a
steel ocean shipping container.
[click here to read]
In some cases, containerized vehicle shipping
can cost 2, 3 or more times the cost to ship via Ro-Ro vessel.
Want to learn more about cubic footage volume?
Have a look:
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"How To Proceed"
To: Sefco customers
Cc: our file
Subject: FOLLOW-UP IN HOW TO PROCEED FOR SHIPPING YOUR AUTO OVERSEAS
HI, REGARDING THE STEPS TO PROCEED PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:
Follow our step by step instructions:
Please down load and fill out quote contract found here:
Please forward preshipment deposit
($500.00 min to open file; total quotation amount to be prepaid if going in less than 60-days) to Sefco. Payment
instructions are found here:
Please forward a copy of your original title to the auto. Please note
that if there are any outstanding loans owed then you will need to get
notarized written permission to ship the auto overseas from the lien
holder allowing you to ship the auto overseas.
Please forward copy of your passport ID.
Standard Fed Ex service is recommended when forwarding all info. and documents to us.
ONCE WE HAVE RECEIVED YOUR INFO. OUR AUTO EXPORT DEPT.
WILL MAKE THE BOOKING FOR YOUR VEHICLE ALONG WITH ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS TO INSURE A SMOOTH SHIPMENT.
Sefco Export Management Company, Inc.
One Ascan Avenue, Suite PH-74
Forest Hills Gardens, NYC - NY 11375 - USA
Tel: 718-268-6233 (main office)
Here's where you can find the rates for shipping/handling vehicles for export,
from the USA to destinations all over the world:
Back - Ports #5
Next - Ro-Ro Service #2
Guidance on exporting your car
by RORO method
To get a Vehicle Shipping rate
...please fill in
our on-line form.
Meet our colleagues at...
Sefco's Auto Export Shipping Center
Thinking about importing your car into the US?
First, please read our:
US Car Clearance advice
Sefco-Export Site Map