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If you’re looking to ship belongings along with your vehicle then you are best off using a 20ft shipping container.

When using this method of shipping you can fill the vehicle / tray with as much cargo as you like, and you can also use the remaining space around the container to put some additional items.

It can often be difficult to imagine just how much space you have around a vehicle once inside a container so we have drawn up the following graphics to illustrate what usable space is available when loading a ‘standard’ size sedan into a 20ft container.

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Of course depending on your specific vehicle, this free space will differ but this should give you a good idea.

Generally we can fit 2-3m3 worth of cargo against the back wall behind the vehicle – so if you wanted to add items like your fridge, washing machine, several tea chest size removalist boxes this will normally fit with no issues.

Internally, 20ft container dimensions are as follows:

Lenght Width Height
5.90m 2.34m 2.28m (door opening)

If you have any questions or want to speak to one of our experts on whether or not your cargo will fit inside a container along with your vehicle then please don’t hesistate to give us a call on 07 3267 3694.

If you would like an instant quote to move your vehicle between Australia and New Zealand or Australia and the UK via either roll on, roll off or inside a container, then please click here





While we have a lot of experience in high end and high value vehicles, this one certainly caught our eye as something pretty special.

We paired up with the highly experienced team at Autofreight UK   in order to prepare, secure and ship this vehicle half-way around the world, all the way to Ireland.

Such a long journey requires a certain level of expertise so the lucky new owner entrusted Willship / Autofreight to handle the logistics of sending their car to its new home.

The car in question was a very rare and beautiful 1930 Bentley Speed 6.

This is not only is it a rare car now, but it was even a rare car when it was first made. In fact, only 182 were ever built making this car a real piece of history from the moment it was produced.

At almost 90 years old, don’t let its age make you think it can’t compete though. It has a huge 6.5-liter engine that can produce 180hp. It’s no wonder that it recently sold for well over half a million dollars.

The Bentley Speed 6 itself is as legendary as it is powerful. Its features were extremely advanced for the time it was produced and included aluminium pistons, a twin-spark ignition, a high-performance cam, and a square-section intake manifold.

Willship Nz Experience Shipping Half Million Dollar 1930 Bentley From Sydney to Ireland
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The story goes that in the 1930s, Bentley’s chairman at the time Woolf Barnato bet that his Speed 6 would be able to beat the “Blue Train Express” in a race. This was a train that ran from Cote d’Azur in the south of France all the way up to Calais in the north.

Coming from a man who was a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this was a claim to be taken seriously. With an average speed of 43mph he won the bet and even managed to freight the car to England and drive to London before the train arrived in Calais.

Now, this journey, while impressive, isn’t quite as long as the one our Speed 6 had to make to arrive at its new home in Ireland.

First, we carefully loaded the Bentley in an enclosed carrier to move it from its prestige dealership in Sydney to our loading depot. Once onsite, we secured it inside a 20ft container using high-quality chocks and lashing straps to ensure that it wouldn’t move an inch on its journey halfway around the world.

The loaded Bentley Speed 6 transhipped via Singapore and Southampton ports before making its final movement up to Dublin, completing the journey in just over a month and is now safely at its new home in Kilkenny, Ireland!

If you have a car that needs a little extra care and attention then Willship have the expertise to help. Please feel free to use our AUTOMATED QUOTE CALCULATOR, shoot us an email at or give us a call on 07 3267 3694.


What if my vehicle is still under finance?

If your vehicle is still under finance in Australia we can potentially still ship it across to New Zealand.

Every financial lender is different so the first step will be to contact your current finance company and ask for their terms regarding taking the vehicle out of the country.

Quite a few finance companies operate in both Australia and New Zealand so it could potentially be no problem at all.

The real ‘issue’ from their perspective would be that if the vehicle is the security against the loan, and you were to default on your payments, they would repossess the vehicle – Of course if you shipped this outside of Australia then of course this removes their ability to do so.

If the finance company will NOT allow the export of the vehicle outside of Australia you still have a couple of options:

Pay your loan out here in Australia if you have the funds available to free up the encumbrance on the vehicle.
Re-finance the loan through an Australian company that will allow the movement of the vehicle across to New Zealand.
Re-finance the loan through a New Zealand based Finance company and pay off your loan in full in Australia.


We here at Willship have shipped thousands of vehicles across to NZ and are industry leaders when it comes to anything vehicle related.

There isn’t a question we can’t answer or give advice on, so if the above isn’t clear, or you have any further queries then please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

If you would like a quote to ship your vehicle across to New Zealand

then please use our automated quote system –


How to Ship a Boat Overseas

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Owning a boat can be the ultimate expression of freedom, the open seas allow you to travel wherever you want before mooring at whichever beautiful seaside town takes your fancy.
Of course, despite this, when it comes to exporting a boat across the ocean from Australia, even the most reliable boats out there can often use a little help from something a little bigger.
Unlike cars and motorbikes, boats come in a huge array of sizes, shapes and types which means there are a few more options when it comes to shipping a boat.



There are four methods you can use to ship a boat and ultimately the type of shipping you go for will most likely come down to the specifics of your boat.



The first is roll-on/roll- off. To use this method the boat will need to be on a trailer for the entire trip so that it can roll onto and then off the carrier. It is possible to reduce the cost of this method of shipping by removing any antennas, radars or sails that boost the height or volume of your boat.



Another option is container shipping. Containers come in either 20ft or 40ft options and as such whether or not you can use this option will obviously come down to whether or not your boat can fit into a container!

In container shipping the boat is loaded into the container and then the container is loaded onto the boat. The container is never opened so this can be one of the most reliable methods of shipment if your boat is the correct size.



Flat rack is an option that is mainly used for bigger boats. The boat is shipped in its own custom cradle and strapped down to the vessel. As with roll-on/roll- off, it is recommended that you remove anything that adds height or volume to your boat. This can end up saving you a lot of money.



The final method is the submersion method. If you use this method your boat will be loaded and unloaded directly from the water.



When exporting a boat from Australia the exact legal/import requirements will vary depending on which country you are exporting the boat to. However, some things to consider are the customs procedures and any registration requirements of the country you are exporting too.

Another thing to check before exporting your boat is that if you have a boat with air con or a fridge you may need to apply for a license from the department of environment and heritage.

With so many things to think about it can be much more difficult to ship a boat than other vehicles such as cars or motorcycles.

However, if you are considering shipping your boat, please feel free to give us a call on 07 3267 3694 or email us at to discuss your requirements. If you are looking to ship your boat to New Zealand you can find more information on boat shipping here.

What is the best way to ship a motorcycle overseas?

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Whether you are selling you bike, moving house or going on a road trip, there are many reasons for shipping your motorcycle abroad.

Much like shipping a car, there are two main ways that you can ship a motorcycle abroad. Both ways are quick, safe and effective and should see your motorbike arrive at its destination without any problems.

If you are shipping a motorcycle/motorbike to New Zealand we have more specific information on this page.

These two methods are roll-on/roll-off shipping and container shipping. Read on for an overview of these two shipping methods.



In roll-on/roll-off shipping, each individual motorcycle is brought onto the ship individually, using its own wheels.

Once on board the bikes are strapped onto the deck with all the other vehicles, making the boat look like a giant floating car park.

One of the important things to notice if you decide to use roll-on/roll-off shipping is that your motorcycle’s engine must be able to be turned on. This is because your bike needs to be driven up the ramp and onto the ship.

Roll-on/roll-off shipping is the cheapest option for sending your motorcycle abroad and is recommended for most situations. For more information and pictures on roll on roll off (RORO) shipping please check out this article.



When shipping a motorcycle abroad there are of course other things to think about as well as the shipping method.

These include customs fees, whether or not your bike will need to be registered, shipping dates and time, and if you need to get a carnet de passage en douane.

Each country will have its own requirements when it comes to these conditions. As an example of the type of things you will need to consider when shipping a motorcycle or other vehicle abroad check out these two guides.

Shipping a motorcycle from Australia to New Zealand
Shipping a car from Australia to the UK



Container shipping involves loading your motorcycle into a container and then loading the whole container onto the ship.

A container is generally 20ft or 40ft and as such is usually much too big and expensive if you simply want to send a motorcycle abroad.

However, there are some situations were shipping your motorcycle via container shipping can be beneficial. For example if you are sending more than one motorcycle it can be possible to save some money when compared to sending each bike individually via the roll-on/roll-off method.

Another time it can be advantageous to ship using a container is if you are shipping your motorcycle along with other items. For example, if you are moving house, a 20ft container will provide plenty of room for both your bike and some of your other items. Therefore, it could well be worth considering using a container if you are moving house abroad. This article goes into further detail about the differences between roll on roll off (RORO) and container shipping.



In conclusion whether you choose roll-on/roll-off shipping on container shipping will ultimately come down to your specific situation.

If you are simply shipping one motorbike, it is almost certainly going to be the case that roll-on/roll-off shipping is the best, most convenient, and cheapest option.

However if you are shipping more than one bike, or you need to ship other items as well as your bike, container shipping could well be the way to go.

And remember, if you need any help with any part of shipping your motorcycle abroad, make sure to give Willship a call on (61) 7 3267 3694 or enquire online to find out how we can help you! Our total service can help with everything from the collection of your bike to customs and compliance.

What is a Carnet de Passages and how to get one?



If you are moving temporarily to a foreign country, taking your vehicle with you can be a great way to travel around and make the most of your time away.

Of course, there are a lot of fees and expenses that can quickly build up when traveling abroad. Traveling with a vehicle can be especially costly.

Because of this, if you want to avoid paying customs duty and taxes on your vehicle, an easy way to ensure your car will still be granted entry into certain countries is by obtaining a Carnet de Passages en Douane.

This is common for travelers with motorhomes or caravans due to it often being quite expensive to rent these vehicles for a long period of time while overseas.



A Carnet de Passages en Douane is a document that you need if you want to take your car temporarily into certain foreign countries, without paying import taxes.

It is almost like a passport for your car, it basically allows customs officials to see that you are only bringing the car into the country temporarily. This, in turn, means you can avoid costly taxes.

The conditions are that you must make sure your vehicle leaves the country by the time limit on your carnet. If you don’t do this you could end up having to pay the duties and taxes that would normally be required.

Your Carnet de Passages is usually valid for one year after its issue date.

A Carnet de Passages is required in a number of countries throughout the world including:

– Australia
– New Zealand
– The United Kingdom
– South Africa
– Indonesia
– India



You must apply for your Carnet de Passages in your country of residence. In Australia, if you wish to gain a Carnet de Passage it is recommended that you contact your nearest motoring club for an application form or contact the team at Willship International for advice and links to obtain one.

As well as your application form you should also provide security for your carnet. This can come in the form of either an indemnity executed by an approved financial institution, a cash deposit in the form of a bank check or a premium paid for a special indemnity insurance policy.

The exact amount you will have to pay will depend on the type of car being used, the market value of the car and the country you are visiting.

Of course, the security will be released after your trip when you bring your car back and return you carnet to the place from where it was obtained.

On top of this, there are still some things you should watch out for applying for/using a carnet.

First, if you plan to drive the vehicle on the roads at your destination, then your vehicle must be registered in your home country for the duration of your carnet, however if the vehicle is strictly used for motorsport or off road purposes then this will not apply.

You should also check if your home country vehicle insurance covers traveling abroad. Most don’t so you may need to purchase extra insurance.

Hopefully, this guide has been able to offer a bit of an insight into what a Carnet de Passages en Douane is and how you can get one.

If you are traveling abroad and need help with shipping your car, Willship offers a range of shipping options that can help your vehicle arrive in the country you are visiting quickly and safely.

For more info give Willship a call on (61) 7 3267 3694, or enquire online to find out how we can help you!

Best motorcycle road trips in New Zealand

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Taking some time off to motorcycle through New Zealand is a dream for many people.

The spectacular scenery, beautiful weather and temperate climate make it the perfect location to spend some time out on two wheels.

However the sheer choice of places to go can make it a struggle to decide what to do. Here are some of the top places to ride your bike on your next road trip in NZ.

And remember, if you need any help shipping your motorcycle to New Zealand. Be sure to give us at Willship a call.


Mountains, minimal traffic and beautiful coastlines, what isn’t to love about riding a motorcycle on the south island? Here are some of the top places to take a road trip on the south island:


The top of South Island has an absolute abundance of fantastic motorcycle rides. However Buller Gorge is arguably the best of the lot. This winding road follows the river through the gorge and past some stunning scenery. This makes it a top choice for a motorcycle trip in New Zealand. Once you have finished this route you will also have easy access to some of South Islands other top motorcycle routes.


This trip over the Southern Alps in New Zealand gives you access to some of the best views in the whole country. The road reaches a total height of 562 metres and passes beech forests and waterfalls before finally ending up at the start of two of New Zealand’s famous glaciers.


One of several rides around Queenstown, Glenorchy is only 40 minutes from the city. However while it may be a short ride it is certainly packed full of incredible views. Banking Lake Wakatipu and with very little traffic it is the perfect place for a day trip from Queenstown.


While a lot of the best of New Zealand’s motorcycling is to be had on the South Island, the more populous North Island has its own fair share of stunning scenery and exciting rides.


Cape Reigna is based at the northern end of the North Island. It is one of the newer rides on our list as the final 19kms of the road was gravel up until 2010. It is a quiet road and offers spectacular views of blue sea and rolling hills. It also has a relatively mild climate which means it is possible to do this route throughout most of the year.


The Coromandel Peninsula is a popular place to ride full of winding roads, sea views and temperate rainforest. Passing by some of the best beaches in New Zealand there are plenty of places to take a break after a long day riding. The road follows all the way around the peninsula meaning you can circle around and end up back where you started without seeing the same thing twice.


This route, starting in Aukland, sees you ride country roads through vineyards, and coastal roads along the Wild West Coast. Here you will have plenty of opportunities to take in the majestic views and maybe even grab a bottle of wine to share post ride.

The whole ride around the peninsula is around 270km and depending on how long you spend eating fine food along the way should take you around 4 hours.

These six routes are just a small selection of the motorcycle rides New Zealand has to offer. If you are thinking about spending a long time biking around New Zealand and you need some help shipping your bike over you can check out this article we have written, or give Willship a call on (61) 7 3267 3694, or enquire online to find out how we can help you!

How to Get Your Car From House to Port?

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An often overlooked part of shipping your car is how to actually get the car from your house to the port. While not quite as complex a process as shipping your car across the world, it can nonetheless cause a few headaches if not planned for properly.

Read on to find out about the best way to get you car from your house to the port!


There are two main ways to get your car from your house to the port. These are dropping your car off at the shipping company yourself, or getting the shipping company to pick-up your car. The method you choose will depend on a few variables, including:

● The shipping method (container or roll-on/roll- off)

● How far away you live from the port

● Your type of car

You will also need to think of a convenient date to pass over your car, as well as making sure you have fully prepared your car for shipping before this date.


If you live close to your port of departure it is possible to simply drive your car into the port yourself.

All you need to do is arrange your drop off date with your shipping company, and drive your car to the port on that date. The drop-off date is usually around three to five days before shipping which ensures that nothing is being left to the last minute.

This is a fairly simple option and other than the problem of how to get home once your car is in the port, there isn’t much to worry about.


This is probably the easiest option, although may result in a slighter higher fee than if you drop the car off at the port yourself. It is perfect if you live too far from the port. Also as you may be arranging other things relating to your move or trip, getting your shipping company to pick up your car can save you a lot of hassle during a busy time.

Like with the drop-off method, you must arrange a pick-up date in advance and this will be around three to five days before your shipping date.

Another benefit to getting your shipping company to pick up your car comes when you are shipping via container. Depending on the size of your car and the size of your container, you may be able to put some additional things into the container.

This can be a massive help if you are moving abroad and have a lot of personal possessions that you need to take with you.

The pick-up method is also the best method if you are shipping a classic car that has any mechanical problems as it means you won’t have to worry about driving your car to the shipping company.

At Willship we can ship all types of vehicles overseas such as cars, motorcycles, motorhomes, caravans, boats and most other large vehicles.

If you need any help or extra info about how exactly to get your car from your house to the port, please don’t hesitate to give Willship a call on (61) 7 3267 3694 or email us at to discuss your requirements. Or get an instant quote now.

Mistakes to Avoid When Shipping a Vehicle Overseas

Shipping a car, bike or motorhome overseas is an incredibly safe and easy way to send a vehicle to another country. Whether you are moving house, going on an extended holiday, or simply selling your car, shipping is often the best way to do this.

However, in order to make the process go as smoothly as possible, there are some mistakes you should avoid when shipping a vehicle overseas. Read on to find out what they are!


When moving house to another country or going on a long trip you are bound to have a ton of stuff you need to move. As such, filling your car with as much of these things as possible may seem like a great way to move some of this stuff to your new home.

Things like clothes and bedding aren’t fragile, don’t have sell-by- dates and will easily fit in a car’s trunk or the inside of a motor home. Because of this, transporting them in your vehicle seems perfect!

However, if you are shipping via the Roll on/ Roll off method (the cheapest/most common method), you are unfortunately unable to put anything in your car. In fact, you must make sure that absolutely everything has been taken out of your vehicle’s interior.

If you really want to fill up your car, then you will need to send it via a shipping container. However, this is a more expensive option.


Not only will cleaning your vehicle fully mean it arrives at your destination looking at it’s best, not cleaning it could lead to delays getting through customs.

Any plant material stuck in your wheel arches, the floor of your car, or anywhere else could lead to it either not being allowed on the ship or it being quarantined on arrival at its destination.

If you are worried about not cleaning your car well enough, you can pay someone to fully detail your car. This is especially useful if you have an off road vehicle and it should ensure your car makes its journey without any problems. Please check out THIS link for a more info on preparing your car for shipping.


While the 24 hours plus it takes to takes to travel to the UK from Australia by plane may seem like a long journey, that is nothing when compared to the 70 odd days it will take your vehicle to travel by boat. New Zealand, however, is a much shorter transit, shipping times can be as little as only 4 days (Melbourne to Auckland) although can extend to up to around 21 days if shipping in a container from Fremantle across to the south island of New Zealand.

As such you will need to think carefully about when exactly you will need your car to arrive at the destination and try to set up a shipping date to best accommodate this.

You can view the current roll on roll off (RORO) shipping schedule here.


While it may not seem like much, things like checking your tank is around a quarter full, making sure you have extra keys and checking your car is working properly are all crucial things that you must do before shipping.

Forgetting about any of these requirements could cause delays so it is best to double check everything is fully prepared before shipping your vehicle!

Shipping your vehicle with a professional shipping service is one way that you can reduce the chances of anything going wrong during its journey. To find out how WIllship can help please feel free to give us a call on 07 3267 3694 or email us at to discuss your requirements.

Best Way to Ship Multiple Cars Overseas

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Perhaps you are moving home, perhaps you are a car dealership who has just taken a big order from one client, whatever the reason shipping multiple cars to one destination brings up its own set of challenges.

However, the main choice is essentially the same as if you were shipping a single vehicle. That is, whether to ship via the Roll-on/Roll-off shipping method or the container shipping method.

Both methods have their upsides and downsides so please read on to find out about each shipping method.


Roll-on/Roll-off is generally a great way to ship a car. It is a fairly easy and cost effective way to send you car overseas.

However, when it comes to shipping multiple cars, there are a couple of extra things to take into consideration when thinking about Roll-on/Roll-off shipping.

First is the basic problem of how to drop your car off at your shipping company. If you are just shipping one car, it is simple enough to drive it in. Shipping two cars, on the other hand, means either making multiple trips or using a car carrier trailer. Whether this a good idea for you will depend on a number things including your budget and how far you live from your shipping company.

As well as this, you should remember that while Roll-on/Roll-off shipping is generally the cheapest option for shipping your car, every car that you add will increase the cost. This means that if you ship three or four cars, the price will be three or four times as much as if you just ship one car.

To learn more about roll on roll off (RORO) shipping and to see photos of the vessel please visit this page.


This brings us to the main advantage of container shipping. If you choose to use the container shipping method, you will be able to ship up to four cars in the same container for no extra shipping cost. This is because the space taken up by a container on the ship is the same no matter what is inside the container.

You will also get the extra benefits of container shipping such as a higher number of potential destinations and a slight reduction in the chance of superficial damage to your car. This can also be beneficial if you are planning to ship high value cars.

When it comes to down to which method of shipping is best for you, the main factor will likely be the overall price.  We’ve written another article to help you better understand which shipping method would be best for you visit this link. To get a quote or to find out more information about which is the best shipping method for your needs please don’t hesitate to contact Willship. You can give us a call on (61) 7 3267 3694 or email us at to discuss your requirements.