Imagine a parking lot in the hull of an immense ship. The parking lot is full of different types of vehicles, including motorcycles, vans, SUVs, and sedans. That’s where your car goes when you’re sending it overseas using a roll-on/roll-off (or RORO) shipping service.
Your car is driven into the ship’s hull with all the other cars that are being sent to your destination country, secured in place to prevent it from shifting en route, then driven off the boat at the receiving port.
This method is typically one of the fastest and most economical, though it gives your car less protection than container service.
If your car is exceptionally large (like a massive SUV), RORO might be your only option.
Containerized auto transport can take one of two forms. Your car is either packed into its own metal shipping container, or it shares a larger container with several other cars.
Obviously shipping your car in its own container is safer than shipping it in a shared same container as other cars. But when you share a container, you also share the cost of shipment, so opting for a shared container can save you money.
However, when you choose to share a container, the auto shipping company won’t actually send the container until it’s full. This means you might need to wait for other customers to book shipping services to the same country with the same company before you can get your car.
If you want to protect your car, or if you need it quickly, or if you have plenty of room in your budget, go with an individual container. If saving money is more important than getting your car to your destination quickly, go with a shared container service.
Air freight auto transport is both the fastest and the safest way to ship your car internationally. Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive. In fact, it can cost more than the value of your car, so some international car transport companies don’t even offer it.
Unless you have an irreplaceable exotic car, we recommend just going with a cargo freighter for your international auto transport needs.