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How Do You Ship Vehicles?

By Allison Shipping
May 22, 2024
How Do You Ship Vehicles?

In today’s globalized economy, the ability to ship vehicles internationally is crucial for businesses and individuals alike. From automobiles and tractors to trucks and specialized machinery, each type of vehicle requires a unique approach to international shipping. At Allison Shipping, we specialize in providing efficient and secure vehicle transportation solutions across the globe. This blog explores the primary methods of vehicle shipping, focusing on Full Container Load (FCL) and Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) shipping and how you can leverage these options for your shipping needs.

Understanding Vehicle International Shipping

When it comes to moving vehicles across international borders, the complexity of the task demands a thorough understanding of various shipping methods and considerations. Some primary shipping strategies — Full Container Load (FCL) and Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) — are tailored to accommodate various vehicle types and specific shipping needs. Whether you’re shipping a luxury car, a heavy-duty tractor, or a fleet of trucks, knowing these options can significantly influence your shipping decisions and outcomes. Let’s explore how these methods can be utilized effectively to meet your international vehicle shipping needs.

The Basics of Vehicle Shipping

Shipping vehicles internationally involves several key steps and considerations to ensure safe and timely delivery. The process begins with choosing the right method of shipping. The main options available are FCL and RORO shipping, each suited to different types of vehicles and shipping requirements.

FCL Shipping

Full Container Load (FCL) shipping is one of the most secure transport methods for shipping vehicles internationally. It involves loading a vehicle into a shipping container which is then sealed and placed on a cargo ship. FCL is particularly suitable for high-value vehicles, modified cars, or when shipping multiple vehicles at once. The key benefits of FCL shipping include:

  • Enhanced Security: The container is securely sealed at the origin and remains undisturbed until it reaches its final destination, offering a fortified barrier that provides a superior level of security against potential threats such as theft and damage, ensuring that your vehicles are delivered in pristine condition.
  • Flexibility: FCL shipping not only accommodates vehicles but also allows for the inclusion of spare parts or personal items within the same container, making it an exceptionally versatile option for addressing comprehensive shipping needs and optimizing cargo space.
  • Protection from the Elements: During their journey, vehicles shipped via FCL are well-protected from the harsh conditions of oceanic weather and other environmental factors, ensuring that they are shielded from the elements and arrive at their destination in optimal condition.

RORO Shipping

Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) shipping is a more cost-effective and straightforward option for shipping vehicles that can be driven directly onto the ship. It is an ideal choice for vehicles that are in operating condition and do not require the enclosure of a container. Here’s why RORO is popular:

  • Simplicity and Efficiency: Vehicles are driven directly on and off the ship, a method that significantly reduces handling risks and expedites the loading and unloading processes, streamlining the overall shipping timeline.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: RORO shipping frequently presents a more economical option for vehicle transportation because it capitalizes on the inherent mobility of the vehicles and minimizes the need for additional manpower and complex loading equipment.
  • Flexibility for Different Vehicles: RORO shipping is adept at accommodating a diverse range of vehicles, including cars, trucks, tractors, and buses, making it an extremely versatile choice for various types of vehicle transportation needs.

How Allison Shipping Facilitates International Vehicle Shipping

1. Tailored Solutions

At Allison Shipping, we understand that each client has unique shipping needs. Whether you are an automobile manufacturer, a machinery trader, or an individual needing to ship a personal vehicle, we offer tailored solutions to match your requirements. Our team of experts provides consultancy to determine the optimal shipping method depending on the type, value, and urgency of the vehicle shipment.

2. Comprehensive Services

We manage all aspects of the shipping process, including:

  • Documentation and Customs Clearance: Navigating the intricate maze of international shipping regulations presents a significant challenge. At Allison Shipping, we meticulously manage all required documentation and customs clearance procedures, guaranteeing adherence to regulations and ensuring a seamless transit process.
  • Loading and Unloading: No matter whether you opt for FCL or RORO shipping methods, our team of professional handlers is dedicated to ensuring that your vehicles are loaded and unloaded with the highest level of care and professionalism, maintaining the condition of your cargo from beginning to end.
  • Insurance and Tracking: We provide extensive insurance coverage and advanced real-time tracking capabilities, offering you complete assurance that your vehicles are under constant protection and surveillance throughout their shipping journey, thus providing peace of mind in knowing the status and safety of your shipment at all times.

3. Global Network

Thanks to our extensive network of global shipping routes and partnerships with major carriers, we can offer competitive pricing and timely delivery to virtually any destination worldwide. This network also allows us to provide flexible scheduling options, accommodating urgent shipments with ease.

Selecting the appropriate shipping method for your vehicle is crucial for cost-effectiveness, security, and timely delivery. Whether it’s the sealed security of FCL or the simplicity of RORO, Allison Shipping is here to ensure your vehicles reach their destination safely and efficiently. With our expert guidance and comprehensive services, shipping your vehicles internationally can be a seamless process.

For more information on how we can assist with your vehicle shipping needs, visit our website at Allison Shipping. Contact Us to find out more on how we can streamline your international shipments.

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