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How To Prevent Delays when Shipping Cars Overseas

When shipping cars internationally, preventing shipping delays is one of the top priorities.

For those of you shipping cars overseas, there are steps you can take to help prevent delays and make sure your car, boat, motorcycle or heavy equipment arrives on time.

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  • Ensure your paperwork is correct.
    Do you have the title for the vehicle being shipped? Does the name on the title match the person you are buying from? If it's been resold several times, make sure it has all the different bill of sales to lead to you as the owner. This is an important step that will ensure your vehicle won't be delayed due to insufficient documentation. 
  • Make sure that you notify the international auto shipping company about the condition of the vehicle and if there are any modifications. If the transporter is not aware of the condition, i.e. if the vehicle runs & drives, this can result in shipping delays. 
  • Understand that a delay might be caused due to sharing a container. The nature of consolidated container shipping means that the paperwork has to be turned in correctly and on time. It can result in a delay for everyone’s vehicles if the proper steps were not taken during preparation of the documents. Using a 20ft container just for your vehicle will ensure that its ready to go out the same week. 
  • Make sure the international shipping company has the correct contact information for the overseas receiver. If this information is incorrect, this will result in delays getting the vehicle unloaded at the destination.

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