Below are actual examples of units of freight that Sefco has
shipped in the past year. The dims. noted and prices quoted from US port
to arrival ports of call are real. There are many factors that influence
shipping rates. There are many things to consider when shipping oversized
equipment overseas. Below the rates quoted are some notes that we made with
each particular shipment. Also below the rates are some questions we ask
you to consider when shipping freight overseas.
from ports of NY/Balt. to arrival port of Le
Trailer with race car inside the trailer with confirmed dims
of: 307" x 102" x 103" @ $5565.00
Note: trailer with race car valued over 200k and we were able
to provide shipper with insurance against total loss at a very competitive
from port of Long Beach to arrival port of Southampton:
1987 BMW Vixen RV with confirmed dims. of : 250" x 85" x 76" @
Note: when buying units from auction sites around the US
you must actually own the unit before we will quote you on the shipping
from the port of NY to arrival port of Gdynia:
trailer with 2 autos/2 motorcyles inside with confirmed dims:
48' x 8' x 11' @ $13,885.00
*Note: no hdhs. gds. allowed in these types of trailers and
all other units inside the trailer must be confirmed with SS Line ahead of
from the ports of Balt./MIA to arrvial ports of Valparaiso/San
Pickup Camper with Camper Shell with confirmed dims.: 24' x 8'
x 11' @ $7370.00
Note: due to cutbacks by the SS Lines in service to
West Coast South American ports like those in Chile rates have shot up
substantially over last years rates. Rates by SS Lines can change every 30
from the port of Jacksonville to arrival port of Le
Travel trailer (nonmotorized) with confirmed dims.: 31' x 8' x
9' @ $5450.00
from the port of NY to Callao, Peru/Iquiqui, Chile:
Mobile Crane with dims. of 50' x 11' x 11' /50 tons
*Note: not every veesel has a ramp that can handle
this type of weight of this particular unit. So the sailings of this
unit will depend on the availability of the right type of ramp that can handle
the weight of this unit.
from the port of Long Beach to arrival port of Drammen,
Box truck with confirmed dims.: 30' x 7'
x 10' @ $10,660.00
Note: Ports of Long Beach and LA are very
congested at the present moment and expected to stay this way for quite
from the port of Baltimore to arrival port of
Trailer with Asphault Paver with dims. 26' x 8' x
8' @ $4720.00
Note: when you have a unit like Paver on trailer it
it the total volume of the whole unit that will determine the shipping the
rate. Also both units have to clearly identified on the bill of
from the port of Long Beach to arrival port of
RV (Motorhome) with confirmed dims.: 26' x 8' x 9'
Note: Zeebrugge a major base port in
from the ports of NY/Balt. to Lome, Togo:
Box Truck with confirmed dims.: 25' x 8' x 9'
Note: Lome very popular port right since there are
no roro vessels going into Tema, Ghana due to port congestion.
from the port of NY to arrival port of Lagos,
Bus with confirmed dims.: 40' x 8' 5" x 10' @
Note: rates are very similar Lagos when shipping to
from the port of Baltimore to arrival port of Hong
Dump truck with confirmed dims.: 312" x 102" x 132"
/ 13 tons @ $13,475.00
Note: When shipping freight to China, shipper must
check ahead of time with Chinese Customs Broker to see if you will be able to
ship the unit and if so, the duties applied on the allowed unit.
from the port of Long Beach to arrival port of
Travel trailer (empty) with confirmed dims.: 36' x
8' x 11' @ $11,280.00
Note: roro rates to Aust./NZ are higher than other
parts of the world.
from the port of Long Beach to arrival port of
Airstream Trailer (non motorized) with dims.: 324"
x 96" x 117" @ $14,880.00
Note: US ports with roro services to NZ/Aust. are
from the port of Savannah to arrival port of
Powerboat on trailer with dims.: 47' x 10' 4" x 12'
Powerboat on cradle with dims: 36' x 10' 4" x 11'
Note: see the difference in the rates due to the
cradle made the overall length of the unit shorter/smaller so the rate is quite
from the port of Miami, FL to arrival port of
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica:
Box truck with confirmed dims. 35' 8' x 12' 6" @
Note: Miami is the main port for all points South
from the port of NY to arrival ports of Cotonou,
Benin or Abidjan, Ivory Coast:
Motorgrader with confirmed dims.: 330" x 96" x 124"
Wheel Dozer with confirmed dims.: 271" 96" x 131" @
Note: 2 units were delivered together but weren't
on a trailer and so rated as 2 separate units with 2 separate
from the port of Galveston to arrival port of
Powerboat on trailer with confirmed dims.: 35' x
10' x 10' @ $8740.00
Note: availability of vessels servicing a
particular port can change due to many factors. Always check ahead of time
From the port of Long Beach to Vado, IT and from
Long Beach to Zeebrugge, BE:
Airstream trailer with confirmed dims.: 240" x 98" x 101" @
$6480.00 and $5480.00 respectively.
Note: sometimes shipping to a baseport like
Zeebrugge/Bremerhaven can be alot cheaper than shipping to your desired port of
From the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia to Valencia,
Trailer with Hang Glider inside of it with
confirmed dims: 30' x 6' x 6' @ $4690.00
Note: some units could fit into a std. container
but it's not highly recommeded due to the difficulty of loading/unloading the
units from the container.
from the port of Jacksonville to arrival port of
Bus with confirmed dims. 360" x 96" x 113" @
Note: 1 sailing/mo. so this fills up way ahead time, you are
advised to book early with ports like Durban.
from the port of Miami, FL to Port au Prince, Haiti:
Tractor with confirmed dims: 269" x 120' x 125" @
Note: even with donated equipment for impoverished countries
freight must be prepaid or it will not be shipped.
from the port of Southampton, Uk to arrival ports of Port
Hueneme, or Tacoma, WA:
Escavator with confirmed dims.: 29' x 10' 5" x 10' 2" @
Note: We can do imports from the base ports of
Southampton, Zeebrugge, and Bremerhaven
from the port of NY to arrival port of Cotonou, Benin:
Tractor Trailer with confirmed dims: 850" x 99" x 114" @
Office Trailer with confirmed dims: 36' x 10' x 10' @
Note: we have the capability of providing pickups for all
types of units but will need 2 weeks advanced notice to schedule the pickup
from the port of Houston to arrival port of
Vacuum truck with confirmed dims.: 418" x 96" x 153" @
Note: MiddleEast ports like Kuwait are booked weeks in
advance of scheduled sailing due to high demand.
from the ports of Portsmouth, VA/Jacksonville to arrival ports
Valetta, Malta and Civitavecchia, IT:
Boat on trailer with confirmed dims.: 379" x 113" x 115" @
$14,105.00 and $7240.00 respectively
Note: For certain ports of discharge like the ports in IT it
is highly recommended that your work with an Agent/Customs Broker in getting the
freight released easilyt from IT Customs.
from the port of Long Beach to arrival port of Manzanillo,
Camper (Travel) trailer with confirmed dims.: 381" x 96" x
148" @ $7270.00
Note: as fast as new ports of call are opened they can also be
terminated by the SS Line in a month's notice. Always check ahead of time
with a Sefco representative for up to date sailings and sailings
When shipping RV's, buses, heavy equipment (high
& heavy), boats, travel trailers or anything else that can't fit inside a
std. container and needs to be shipped via roro service please keep the
following in mind:
1. What is the year, make and model of the unit to
be shipped oversea?
On the dock receipt and bill of lading that
document specialists prepare we have to state, year and model of the unit so
please provide us with this info. when requesting a shipping rate from
2. What are the exact dimsensions (l x w x h)
and weight of the unit to be shipped overseas?
This seems to baffle many perspective shippers, yet
it's very easy. Your bill of sale should state what the dims. are, if it
doesn't go out and measure the unit. Keep the following in mind when
measuring: the length, width and height of unit
have to take in anything that is on the unit.
-Length: how long is the unit? Eg. if the
unit like a boat is on a trailer and the trailer is bigger than the a boat
then the length of the trailer must be take into account in the overall
-The width: how wide is your unit. The
width must include all items that are on the unit. Eg. when measuring a
truck please take into account items like rearview mirrors which can add an
additional 1' to 2' to the width
-For height, it's the highest point on the unit in
relation to the ground. An eg.can be with a boat that may have be the same
height with the exception of something that sticks out an addiitonal 2' or 3'
and this is what will be measured. Another Eg.a truck cab may be one height but the trailer might be a totally
different height. If these 2 unit's come in together as one unit then it's
the highest point on the unit regardless of if it's on the cab or
If you can reduce the overall length, width, and
height of the unit that's fine with us. Keep in mind it isn't the
responsibility of Sefco, the SS Line, nor the people at the terminal to
reduce the volume of your unit. It's your responsibility!
We can't stress this point enough that your unit
will be remeasured at the terminal and if you have provided us
measurements then the shipping rate is going to off.
Eg. a 1' difference
in the height of a boat can mean several hundred dollar difference
when shipping from US to UK, but can mean a
thousand dollar difference when shipping from US
3. Are you the property owner of the
This is important when calculating shipping
rates. Most owners know the exact dims. of the unit being shipped whereas
people looking to buy a new unit or used from an auction site are just looking
for an idea of the shipping costs. To get a shipping quote from us you
must own the property. If you don't and you want us to give you an idea of
the costs then you will have to fill out our ESR report for $250.00 and we will
quote you as many rates as you want.
It's very important to understand the following
when calculating shipping rates: Rates are done on individual, case by
case basis. There ane no rate grids like you many have seen for autos
and SUV's. Rates can't be prorated based on one size to a larger size like
you may see on our lcl rate grids. Shipping rates for these units
can't be quoted in general terms like our fcl econo rates, they have
to be worked on and this takes time. If you are not serious about using our company please
don't waste our time if you are looking for general rate guidance. Our website and pages like this one should
give you enough of a feel for the actual costs of doing business. In all cases, our paying customers come first.
4. What is the insurance value of the
Since you are the property owner of the unit it is
highly recommended that you purchase marine cargo insurance through Sefco.
On all our rate quotes there will be a stated amount for the insurance value of
I can't tell you how many times when shippers felt
they didn't need any insurance and then something happened to the unit while in
transit causing the unit to be damaged or destroyed. It's important
to note that SS Line liability when it comes to coverage of any unit that is
damaged onboard their vessel while in transit is $500.00, that's it! This
award is stated in case after case in martime law . Therefore the
responsibility is on the shipper not the SS Line to provide for additional
marine carpo insurance for the value of unit being shipped through Sefco.
Lastly, our rates for insurance are 2% of the value
insured but if the value of the freight is valued over 100k and you wish to
pruchase insurance for your unit for 100k or more then we will contact our
insurance carrier and advise you at a later date on the rate we will charge you.
5. Where do you want the freight shipped
-Ports: Roro service out of US ports is limited to
certain number of ports. Not every US port provides this
-Routing: Keep in mind that not every US roro port
has roro service to the destination port you are looking to ship
-Logistics: If you unit is in one area of the US
and yet has to be shipped out of US roro port that has roro service to your
desired port of destiantion but is some difference away then you must be aware
of the costs for delivery to the port of loading. Every big US company
hires logistics personel or will sub out to a 3PL (third part logistics
provider) to help them with the best available routes/ports to keep these costs
down and the freight moving in and out of the US.
For routing patterns please revert back to our roro
factsheet shown here:
6. Can you deliver the frieght yourself to the port
If you can great! But if can't Sefco can help you
with delivery to the port of loading. But keep in mind the following:
-Pickup service: we only use the best carrieres out
there. Our carriers are bonded, licensed, and full insured.
-Specilaization: differecnt units require different
types of carrier services and Sefco can provide you with a wide variety of
choices for the p/u of your freight.
-Timing, it can take up 2 weeks to make these
-Rural locations: generally rural locations
or areas in the US like the upper parts of MI that are off the beaten path alot
cost more and may take more time for the scheduled pickup.
7.US Customs Clearance:
If you aren delivering the freight yourself to the
port of loading then you will be able to self clear the unit through US Customs
at no charge provided you have the proper documentation in hand. If you
can't and need Sefco to make these arrangements for you then our document
specialists will be glad to assist you on this matter. Our fees which will
be stated on the quote and are non=-negotiable. The only time we will help
somebody here with Customs charges is when they have multiple units delivered to
the port at the sametime going to the same port. Then it will be just one
fee for Customs services stated in wirting on the shipping quote.
One more thing that must be stated here with US
Customs and that is with the exception of travel trailers you can't put
personal/ household, commercial items inside the unit being shipped
overseas. Keep in mind that insurance carriiers will only cover the unit
not what's inside the unit while in transit. These items that are
inside the unit should be shipped separately via lcl/fcl services which Sefco
can provide you with shipping rates and guidance on these items.
8. Are you aware of any VAT Taxes, duties on the
unit being shipped oversea?
If you are the shipper and consignee of the freight
being shipped overseas know ahead of time what applicable duties and taxes may
apply. Tax lasws in certain countries can change yearly and there is no
way that Sefco can keep up with all these changes. Please contact the following
for more info. on this area:
-local consulate of the country you are shipping
-Customs at the port of discharge. Some
countries like the US have their duties posted online so you know what to pay on
-Customs Brokers located at the port of discharge
can assist you in this area in addition to helping you clear your
9..Is there any additional services that need to be
performed first before you the freight is shipped overseas?
Know ahead of time the countres laws regarding
imports. There maybe certain things you are unaware of and it's imprortant
that you know ahead of time before you ship the freight.
-SGS inspections are for only certain number of
countries. SGS inpectors must be set up by you the shipper in
advance of the freight being exported. On our business section we have a
link and info. regarding the countries that require these inspections and how to
-Fumigation: some countries like Australia require
that freight that has any wood products on the unit be certified as being
10. Why is the shipping rate so different from
country to country?
I don't know. The SS Lines use their own
internal pricing methods for each country. The rates are determined as
mentioned above on a case by case pricing method. They are influenced by
many factors which Sefco has detailed in our roro preamble link shown here:
RORO services for these types of units aren't
cheap. They are fast, reliable, and safe. Our promise to you is that
your freight will arrive safely and in a timely manner.
PETER DESTEFANO AND THE ENTIRE SEFCO
VP OF SALES