What is the Best Method to Ship Your Car Internationally?
Posted on December 6, 2013
When it comes to shipping your vehicle, two main options are open to you: You can ship it via Roll-On Roll-Off (RORO) or in a container. While either method is equally suitable for vehicles from a practical and safety point of view, there are other considerations that may influence your decision of choosing one over the other.
RORO is very convenient and indubitably cheaper than container shipping. Your car will be driven directly on and off the ship without the need for crating, container packing, organising port delivery and collection, making it not only a cost-effective solution but also a faster way to get your vehicle door to door. Although it won’t be inside a reinforced metal box during transport, it will be as safe, secured to the decks in the vessel, where it will be protected from the elements.
RORO carriers are not limited to cars. They are also suitable for larger vehicles such as trucks, motorhomes and caravan, and even boats (on a trailer with wheels). In the case of heavy machinery, RORO might actually be a better alternative, as it will eliminate the need to partially dismantle your equipment to fit it into a container, and then having to put it back together at your destination, meaning that it will be where you need it to be quicker.
However, you can’t ship your belongings in a vehicle if you choose RORO, in which case container shipping will be a better solution.
In addition, not all ports are equipped to cater for RORO shipments. There are many global routes available to this form of transportation but not as many as for container shipping so smaller ports and less travelled destinations may not be accessible. Some smaller countries are even entirely devoid of RORO transport option.
In doubt, talk to your freight-forwarder who should be able to advise you on the best course of action.
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