Are you looking to possibly transport your vehicle overseas? Maybe looking to ship a vehicle to Canada? Before exporting or importing a vehicle it's always a good idea to make sure your vehicle is eligible to be imported in the first place, or even worth it depending on the import duties. Always make sure to contact the local government's consulate office for help in regards to eligibility and duty rates.
Generally for import and export there are two methods each. Direct to and from Canada, or to and from USA via in-bond services.
You should also take into consideration how you want to ship a vehicle. There are several methods available. RO-RO, LCL, FCL etc. We'll explain all this later as you scroll down.
Here at Fidelity Auto Shipping, we find RoRo to be the most suitable for POVs (Privately Owned Vehicles). RoRo service translates to, roll-on, roll-off. Which means the vehicle will be driven onto the vessel, and at the POD (port of discharge), driven off. This allows for easy loading and unloading without any unnecessary costs for packing and bracing into a container.
LCL is known as less-than container load, also known as consolidated. This method of shipping is exactly as it sounds. Yyour vehicle is taken to a warehouse for it to be packed and braced into a container. It shares a consolidated space with up to 3 other vehicles in the same container all going to the same destination. The container is then sent to the POL (port of loading) and then sails to the POD. Upon arrival the container is then removed from the vessel, loaded into another warehouse to be unpacked. This service generally saves on costs, but not necessarily on time as other vehicles need to be consolidated into the same container.
FCL is know as full container load. It is where the vehicle, or vehicles, are packed and braced into the container solely for one client. This method is generally used break bulk cargo but also for shipping vehicles as well. Mostly dealers and other professionals alike generally in the auto parts and vehicle business. This method isn't dependent on time as it's only for one client. It will also increase profit margins for the shipper as well depending on what type of cargo is being sent and what it is used for.