Car shipping myths: Busted!

When shipping your car overseas, it’s only natural that you want to ensure you make the best choices when it comes to how you ship your car. However, there are loads of things to think about, which can make choosing the best options more difficult than it first seems.

To ease your fears and give you a little help, we at Willship have busted five common shipping myths apart. This will help you to know exactly what you are getting into next time you ship your car.

ROLL-ON/ROLL-OFF SHIPPING IS CHEAPER THAN CONTAINER SHIPPING.

 

While in many cases this one is certainly true, whether it is actually cheaper or not can also depend on what exactly you are shipping.

If you are just shipping one car, then roll-on/roll-off will almost certainly be cheaper. However, if you are shipping more than one car, or even shipping a car along with some other items, then you may be able to save some money by shipping via container.

For more information about the differences between roll on roll off (RORO) shipping please visit this link.

IT’LL BE CHEAPER JUST TO BUY/RENT A CAR WHEN I ARRIVE.

 

Like the other options on the list, whether this is true or not will depend on your specific situation. If you are just going abroad for a short holiday, then, of course, renting a car will be cheaper.

If, however, you are going away for a longer period of time, or even to live in another country, then shipping your car can be more cost effective.

Not only can you save some money, but you will have your own car to use when you get to your destination!

I CAN SIMPLY SHIP MY CAR AND DRIVE IT WHEN IT ARRIVES.

 

This one is a little unfortunate, but depending on the country you go to, you will often have to go through a process to check and register your car.

The good news, however, is that as long as you prepare your documents in advance it is usually a fairly simple process to go through.

MY CAR WILL GET DAMAGED DURING THE SHIPPING PROCESS.

 

Vehicle shipping is massive industry used by everyone from huge car companies exporting their vehicles abroad, to individuals bringing their cars with them as they move house.

The whole process is done every single day and almost all of the cars that get shipped arrive at their destination without even a scratch.

Visit this page to see more about the safety of shipping your car overseas.

YOU CAN SHIP YOUR CAR AS IT IS

 

Before shipping, and depending on the type of shipping that you choose, your car will have to be well prepared. If you choose roll-on/roll-off shipping you will have to make sure that your car is (amongst other things) completely empty, thoroughly cleaned, and has a little bit of gas.

Container shipping doesn’t require your car to be completely empty, however, you should still make sure it is clean to reduce the chance of your car being quarantined when you arrive at your destination.

IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEED A BIT OF HELP WITH PREPARING YOUR CAR FOR SHIPPING, OR YOU WANT TO DISCUSS ANYTHING ELSE ON THE LIST PLEASE GET IN TOUCH! YOU CAN GIVE US CALL ON (61) 7 3267 3694, OR ENQUIRE ONLINE TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

How to get a statement of compliance in New Zealand

In order to get your vehicle registered for use on New Zealand roads it will need to undergo compliance after importation into New Zealand. Compliance is basically just to check that your car is suitable and safe for use on the roads in New Zealand and that it meets or exceeds all the required standards.

Compliance checks things such as the safety standards of your car as well as the emissions requirements. Getting a statement of compliance will allow you to then go on to register your car to be used in New Zealand.

It’s always best to touch back with a compliance depot prior to deciding to ship the vehicle across, they will be able to confirm right away whether or not your vehicle meets NZ emissions and frontal impact standards and can confirm the costs for you so there are no surprises on arrival.

We here at Willship have been specializing in the Australia to New Zealand route for years now so we can certainly provide information or recommendations for compliance if required.

Most Australian built vehicles require very little work in order to become NZ compliant and the process generally takes less than 24 hours. Of course, if there are any major mechanical or safety issues with the vehicle that prevents it from passing a warrant of fitness, then this timing can increase.

In terms of paperwork, the three papers you will need are your car’s title or registration papers, the bill of lading which we will supply to you, and proof of ownership and identification.

The whole process costs around NZD 420.00 + GST as long as the vehicle does not need any additional work to meet NZ safety standard and you will end up with a Warrant of Fitness and an MR2A form which can be used to register your car for use on the roads of New Zealand.

For more information on shipping a car or vehicle to New Zealand please visit this link.

IF YOU ARE SHIPPING YOUR CAR TO NEW ZEALAND AND YOU THINK YOU MAY NEED SOME HELP WITH THE PROCESS, WILLSHIP CAN HELP WITH EVERYTHING FROM GETTING YOUR CAR READY FOR SHIPPING, TO GAINING COMPLIANCE ON THE OTHER SIDE. TO FIND OUT MORE GIVE US A CALL ON (61) 7 3267 3694, OR ENQUIRE ONLINE TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS

How to Safely Ship a Classic Car Overseas

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Classic cars are often more than just a car to their owners. They are prized possessions that come with their own individual histories and huge sentimental value.

As well as this they often have individual quirks and requirements that only their owner or a classic car specialist has knowledge about.

Because of this unique set of conditions, shipping your classic car overseas is a different challenge when compared to shipping a regular car.

It also means that the utmost care must be taken to ensure they are delivered safely.

SHIPPING METHOD

 

Normally when choosing to ship your car overseas you have two choices; roll-on/roll-off shipping and container shipping.

However, when shipping a classic car it can be advantageous to choose container shipping.

WHY ROLL-ON/ROLL-OFF SHIPPING IS NOT THE BEST OPTION FOR SHIPPING CLASSIC CARS.

 

With roll-on/roll-off shipping your car will be quite simply driven (or towed) straight onto the ship using its own wheels. It is then tied down into what essentially looks like a giant floating car park.

There are a number of problems with this way of shipping when it comes to classic cars.

Firstly unless your car is in absolute tip top condition, classic cars are not the most dependable. This means that when it comes to driving your car onto the ship if your car fails to start it could lead to delays and possibly even your car being unable to load.

Furthermore, while you are likely an expert who knows all the little quirks of your car, the employees of the ocean line are more likely to be familiar with modern cars which can compound the problem.

As well as this, small problems your car may have that may be ok for general use of the car on the roads, (leaks, wiring etc), could turn out to be a liability risk for the liner. If it turns out that this is the case it will also cause problems and delays when trying to board the ship.

WHY IS CONTAINER SHIPPING BETTER FOR CLASSIC CARS?

 

Container shipping is a better option for classic cars because before boarding they are safely tied down inside a shipping container.

This means that any slight problems with the way the car runs will not matter as from the moment the car is inside the container it does not need to be moved.

The container is simply placed onto the liner and sent on its way. The fact that the car is never out of its container on the ship also minimizes the chance of any issues.

Here is some more information about the difference between roll on roll off (RORO) shipping and container shipping.

CHOOSE A SHIPPING COMPANY WITH EXPERIENCE IN SHIPPING CLASSIC CARS.

 

Of course no matter which method of shipping you choose, if the company you pick doesn’t have experience with shipping classic cars problems could still arise.

The company you pick must have the knowledge and the experience of classic car shipping to ensure that nothing goes wrong with the shipment. As well as this they must have all the tools that a classic car needs.

If you are thinking of shipping a classic car abroad, we hope this article has been a good introduction into some of the things you need to think about.

IF YOU DECIDE YOU WANT ANY OUTSIDE HELP WITH SHIPPING YOUR CLASSIC CAR, GIVE WILLSHIP A CALL ON (61) 7 3267 3694, OR ENQUIRE ONLINE TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU WITH SHIPPING YOUR CLASSIC CAR.

What to prepare when shipping a caravan abroad

Caravan holidays are the ultimate expression of travel freedom. Being able to move around a country and park up in one of many campsites is a holiday experience unlike any other.

The feeling is even more so when you are exploring a foreign country. When doing this you are able to take in a whole new world of sights, sounds, and smells that are completely unlike what you are used to in your home country.

While it is possible to just rent a caravan in the country you want to vacation in, if you are going on a longer trip the expenses involved in this can quickly build up. And that is before you take into consideration things such as the personal value of using your own caravan.

The problem, of course, lies in getting your caravan across the seas to your destination of choice. With a bit of preparation, and perhaps some help from the experts, the shipping process can be much easier than you perhaps first thought.

Here are some things to prepare and think about when shipping your caravan abroad.

METHOD OF SHIPMENT

 

There are two possible methods of shipment when it comes to sending a vehicle abroad. These are roll-on/roll-off and container shipping.

While container shipping would, in theory, be perfect for shipping a caravan for a holiday as you are able to keep things inside the vehicle, it is quite likely that your caravan will be too large to fit inside a container.

If this is the case, roll-on/roll-off shipping will be your only option. The good thing is that roll-on/roll-off is usually cheaper than container shipping so while you won’t be able to store anything in the caravan, you will save yourself some money.

CHOOSE A SUITABLE SHIPPING DATE

 

Shipping a caravan can take up to a week from Australia-New Zealand and around a month for Australia-UK. Because of this, it is important to choose a shipping date that fits in with your overall travel plans.

DE-GAS THE FRIDGE OR AIR CONDITIONING.

 

Depending on the age of your caravan you may need to de-gas the fridge and air-conditioning units before your caravan is allowed to board.

CLEAN THE CARAVAN

 

You must make sure to clean your caravan before sending it abroad. This includes all cobwebs, grass clippings, and any seed or plant matter. As well as making your caravan look in tip-top condition, the port authority can block a dirty vehicle from loading onto a ship.

CHECK THE CUSTOMS/IMPORT FEES AND PROCEDURE

 

Customs fees vary depending on the country you are planning to visit.

Assuming your trip will last for less than twelve months, many countries such as Australia and New-Zealand allow you to get a ‘Carnet de Passage en Douane’. This document allows people who are staying in the country temporarily to forgo customs/import fees.

However, you should apply for this before you travel to make sure your journey goes without a hitch.

CHECK THE SPECIFIC REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE COUNTRY YOU ARE GOING TO.

 

If you are just traveling temporarily, it is often possible to forgo registering your caravan in the new country.

For example, caravans that are registered in Australia for the duration of the trip don’t need to be registered in New-Zealand. However, you should make sure to check the specific requirements of the country you are visiting as well as the length of time you are staying for.

That is all for our guide of what you should prepare when planning to ship your caravan abroad. A caravanning holiday in a foreign country is a great experience that should not be avoided just because of the perceived difficulty of shipping a caravan.

If you are looking to ship a caravan or camper trailer to New Zealand you can view this link for more detailed information.

IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF THE WHOLE PROCESS FOR YOU, MAKE SURE TO GIVE WILLSHIP A CALL ON (61) 7 3267 3694 OR OR ENQUIRE ONLINE TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU!

Roll on, Roll off Shipping – How it’s done.

The WillShip NZ Roro Shipping Vessel for All Your Shipping Needs

ABOUT ROLL ON ROLL OFF SHIPPING

 

You are probably wondering “what is roll on, roll off? What will actually happen to my car?”

Purpose built car carrying vessels are used to ship vehicles internationally, the inside of one of these vessels look like a huge underground carpark. Vehicles are driven from the port, up a ramp and onto one of many decks on the vessel and are secured into place using lashing straps.

The pictures included were taken aboard the Trans Future 5 prior to it departing Australia recently, as you can see the storage areas are clean, secure and well organised.

At no point on the vessel will your vehicle be exposed to sea spray, rain or wind – modern day roll on, roll off shipping is safe and CHEAP!

One downside to roll on, roll off shipping is that you aren’t allowed to include any personal effects with the shipment. Your keys need to be left inside the unlocked vehicle so the shipping line will take no responsibility for any items left inside of it, and with no real way to monitor every vehicle on the ship the crew on the vessel or any of the staff at each port the vessel calls would have every chance to take your belongings. It also opens you up to delays and additional charges incurred by NZ customs making us lodge another declaration for your personal effects. At the end of the day it will save a whole lot of hassle and money if you just ship your car empty.

If you only have a small amount of personal effects, or perhaps a baby seat, our recommendation is to take it on the plane as excess baggage. If you are looking to ship quite a lot more than this, you could look at shipping your vehicle and personal effects inside of your own 20ft or a shared 40ft container. This is quite a bit more expensive, but we offer quotes on both of these container options, as well as roll on, roll off shipping in one easy to read quote.

If you would like a quotation on moving your vehicle via a roll on, roll off service then please feel free to use our AUTOMATED QUOTE CALCULATOR, shoot us an email at info@willship.co.nz or give us a call on 07 3267 3694.

How Safe is it to Ship a Car Overseas?

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The short answer to this question is: very safe!

The longer answer is still very safe, although in this article we will explain exactly why it is so safe as well as what you can do to increase the chances of your car arriving at its destination unscathed.

 

SHIPPING METHODS

CONTAINER SHIPPING

 

Container shipping is the safest method of shipping and almost guarantees your car will arrive at its destination exactly as you sent it.

Before loading your car onto the ship your shipping company will fully secure your car in the container and close it off. This will then not be opened until it reaches its destination and has been unloaded off the ship.

If you have a really high-value car or are worried about your car being damaged, container shipping could be the way to go.

ROLL-ON/ROLL- OFF SHIPPING

 

Roll-on/Roll- off shipping is the most common shipping method. Everyone from car dealers and manufacturers to people moving house or going on holiday use this shipping method to send their car (or cars) overseas.

Your car will be driven or rolled onto the ship, then tied or strapped down securely onto the deck in what looks like a giant indoor car park. While the fact that the car is driven onto the ship does open up the chance of superficial damage due to human error, this is incredibly rare.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO INCREASE THE CHANCES OF YOUR CAR ARRIVING SAFELY?

 

If you are still worried there are some things you can do to ensure everything will be as safe as possible. These are:

CHOOSE A SHIPPING COMPANY WITH EXPERIENCE SHIPPING CARS

 

This one is obvious, if you choose a company that has experience shipping cars they will know more about how to get your car from A to B without any trouble. Another thing to think about is the type of car you car you have. If you are shipping a high value or a classic car, make sure your shipping company has experience with this type of car.

FULLY PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR SHIPPING

 

The better your car is prepared for shipping, the fewer things there are that could go wrong or potentially cause problems.

PURCHASE SHIPPING INSURANCE

 

Purchasing insurance is always a sensible thing to do. While it won’t stop any damage to your car, it will reduce the effects that any damage to your car has on your wallet!

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SHIPPING COMPANY WITH VAST EXPERIENCE OF SAFELY SHIPPING A WHOLE RANGE OF CARS AND VEHICLES PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT WILLSHIP. YOU CAN GIVE US A CALL ON (61) 7 3267 3694 OR EMAIL US AT INFO@WILLSHIP.COM.AU TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

Shipping to the UK

So you’re planning on making the big move to the UK? Well, we are here to take the hassle out of getting your vehicle half way across the world. Entrusting WillShip in the freighting of your vehicle will ensure the process is completed as quickly and trouble free as possible.

With our help, you’ll be stuck in London traffic eating a Cornish Pasty before you know it…

GET AN INSTANT PRICE QUOTE FOR THE MOVEMENT OF YOUR VEHICLE TO THE UK


Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to import the car as a ‘personal import’. This means the vehicle will be exempt from both customs duty and VAT (Value Added Tax). To qualify for this we need proof, in the form of an insurance and registration document, showing that you have owned the car, and had it registered at an Australian address, for more than 6 months before shipment. You will also need to complete a ‘C104A’ Customs form which we will provide for you.

 

If you do not meet the above criteria, then both duty and VAT is payable. Duty is calculated on the ‘landed value’ of the vehicle. This is calculated by taking the cost or value of the vehicle, plus Insurance & Freight, this is commonly referred to as the ‘CIF’ price. The duty rates for cars is 10%, VAT is 20%. If the vehicle is a collectors car of historical interest, then this will only attract a VAT rate of 5%, and no duty if they are bought commercially rather than as a personal import. (eg: Classic Car Dealer). VAT is payable on the CIF Value, plus the duty, plus a VAT adjustment of GB 90.00 per ton, plus GB 80.00 per consignment. The VAT adjustment is a value added to the value on which VAT is paid, not an additional tax amount. They don’t miss you with the taxes over in the UK.


 

VEHICLE REGISTRATION IN THE UK

 

We do not get involved in the registration process but we will ensure that all the customs import forms are completed to allow you to register your car. All cars being imported commercially now have to be declared on the NOVA System (Notification of Vehicle Arrival), If they are not there is a fine of GB 5.00 per day between the date of import and the date of attempted registration. The car cannot be registered in the UK without the NOVA declaration being completed. You are welcome to do your own declaration, or we can handle this for you for GB 50.00 – its a bit of a lengthy process. More information here.

 

NOTE: If you are importing the vehicle as a personal import, you DO NOT have to register the vehicle on the NOVA system.

 

Prior to being able to register the vehicle, it will need to gain safely approval for use on UK roads. Please visit this site for information on registration and this site for information on approval.

 

 


 

COMPLIANCE TESTING AND REGISTRATION

 

We have a contact who can take care of this all of this for you once the vehicle arrives into the UK. We can put you in touch with our compliance facility and you are welcome to liase with them directly regarding the specific regulations in regards to your vehicle. They will need copies of the Australian insurance and registration paperwork.

 

For vehicles LESS than 10 years old

 

In addition, you will need the following documentation for compliance testing. Two utility bills in the name of the importer at the Australian address shown on the registration and insurance certificates that is 6 months old, and, another that is at least 12 months old but no more than 15 months old.

 

Parts of the compliance test for cars less than 10 years old include:

 

  • Speedometer must be MPH so may need changing
  • A red rear fog light
  • Glass tints additional to EU manufacturer limits have to be removed
  • Australian manufactured tyres need to be replaced, they are not EU compliant
  • Tow bars, roof bars, ‘Roo’ bars must be removed (but can be refitted after the test)
  • Vehicles over 10 years old only need a UK MOT test.

 

Vehicles imported for temporary use

 

You will only qualify if the owner is not moving to the UK permanently. Vehicles may be used on a temporary basis, for not more than 6 months, as long as the owner has written proof from their Australian insurance company that the vehicle is fully covered for use on UK roads. Without this the vehicle is considered as not insured and therefore unusable on UK roads. To drive a vehicle on UK or EU roads without all of the above being adhered to would mean the driver/owner were liable to prosecution.

 

For more information CLICK HERE

 

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