Requirements for Shipping a Car Overseas


Shipping a vehicle alone is a stressful process but shipping a vehicle overseas is a whole different experience.  We are here to make it easy!  There are 3 parts to shipping a car overseas. We begin with shipping your vehicle to a port/facility that handles overseas shipping by placing vehicles/motorcycles in containers so that they can be placed on the ship. After your vehicle has made it to the facility, it goes through the mandatory inspection procedures. When it has cleared the inspection, it then gets loaded into a container which is then loaded onto a huge cargo liner ship. In order for the facility/port to take your vehicle, the following requirements must be met:


  • Vehicle/1motorcycle should have no more than a quarter tank of gas
  • Vehicle/motorcycle should be in a clean condition
  • Vehicle/motorcycle should be empty of any contents such as baby seats
  • Vehicle/motorcycle should have no cracks in the windshield or any of the windows
  • Must possess proper documentation such as title/notice of lien to clear customs


There are other questions you might have in regards to shipping your beloved vehicle/motorcycle overseas.

Here are those questions and the answers to them:

Q: How much does it cost to ship a car/motorcycle overseas?

The Answer:  The cost to ship a vehicle/motorcycle overseas varies on the size of the vehicle and the final destination.  Shipping rates vary depending on where in the world you need to ship to.  Cost also varies depending on the time of year because more people ship in the summer thus creating higher pricing.  

Q:  How long does it take to ship a vehicle/motorcycle overseas?

The Answer: Shipping a vehicle overseas typically takes anywhere from 3 weeks to 2 months depending on the final destination and time of year (availability concerns).

Q:  What documents do I need to ship a car overseas?

The Answer: The documents required for shipping a vehicle overseas are your personal identification (id/license), vehicle information, ownership information and shipper/consignee information.

What documents do I need to ship a vehicle overseas?

Q:  Can you ship a car anywhere in the world overseas?

The Answer: It really depends on where in the world you are trying to ship. For example, shipping a vehicle to the remote part of Russia will be extremely difficult whereas shipping a vehicle to France is much easier and cost effective.


Most of the vehicles which get shipped overseas go to Europe, Asia or Africa.  Shipping overseas has become more common in recent years as moving abroad has always gained popularity.  Other reasons for shipping a vehicle overseas include military relocation, work relocation or part time living related.  Another popular reason to ship a vehicle overseas is for business purposes including vehicle exporting and importing to promote sales in ones’ market.  Whatever the reason for shipping your vehicle overseas may be, we’ve got you covered!  Call TCI today at (312) 224-8620 or by visiting

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