Overseas international vehicle transport

Importing and exporting from Canada to other countries abroad

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.  

Exporting from Canada

When transporting your vehicle overseas from Canada there are two viable options:

  • The first option is to have your vehicle taken to the nearest port of loading via domestic transport. Depending on your vehicle's final destination this could be Halifax NS, or Vancouver BC. The most common departures are to Europe via RoRo services. Container shipping is widely available, and to most countries. But this doesn't mean that you're limited to this service. 
  • The second option is in-bond transport services. The United States has more flexibility when it comes to transporting a vehicle internationally. Most vessels service dozens more locations in the United States than Canada has. The United States is one of the biggest importers and exporters in the world. Because of this, this allows Canadians more flexibility in exporting a vehicles to more countries. The second option consists of transporting vehicles via an in-bond Canadian carrier cross border to the USA, to an in-bond facility typically at the port of loading. This also allows for more competitive rates and additional services as more liners are available in this situation. 

Importing into Canada

When importing into Canada from overseas there are two options as well:

  • The easiest option of course is to have the vehicle taken to the nearest POD which could be Halifax NS, or British Colombia which has several ports available. This all depends on the cargo's POL. One thing to consider if the vehicle's destination is inland, for example Alberta, or Ontario. Shipping a vehicle from its respective port to your location is easily attainable and painless. It will save you time and headache as well as the vehicle must be imported formally so you yourself do not need to clear it through customs by making a trip to an in-bonded warehouse at the port.
  • The second option which is just as painless is to have the vehicle shipped to the United States to then be shipped in-bond to your location which may be cheaper vs. sending it to Canada depending on the location and times of the year. This would fall into our USA to Canada car shipping line of services which are readily available for you from us as well. We can also arrange for you freight forwarding to assist with clearing a vehicle for customs.

RO-RO, LCL, FCL and other terminology

What is RO-RO, LCL, FCL, POD, POL, and how does that affect my shipment?

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.

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