How much does it cost to ship a vehicle?
Well that depends on a lot of things. Some of these are addressed below. As a ballpark indication, if all the factors were just right, our best price for shipping a car from Australia to the USA starts at around U$3,000. From the USA to Australia starts at around A$3,500. Be sure to complete a booking form for an up-to-date accurate quote.
Things that effect costs:
In these times the greatest factor influencing shipping prices is the cost of fuel. The boat that transports your container knows exactly how much fuel it will burn to get to its destination and as the price of fuel increases so does the cost to ship a container.
As with most forms of shipping, the faster you want something, the more it costs. This applies to vehicles as well. You want it in 2 weeks? Sure we can do that but the cost will increase dramatically for air transport verses sea freight. Likewise if we can fit two vehicles into a 40' container it will be cheaper per car to ship than one at a time in a 20' container. If your car can wait for a 'container buddy' shipping will be cheaper.
If you have a vehicle in Alice Springs that you want shipped to Sioux Falls, South Dakota the shipping costs will be greater than Melbourne to Los Angeles as both these cities have container terminals at the dock.
If the car is a running vehicle it will cost less to ship than a rolling shell. Size is another factor, a Mini Moke will cost less to ship than an Impala.
As with any major expense, it is wise to ask for quotes from more than one party so that you have a base in which to compare services, convenience and of course price. When doing this ensure that you are able to compare apples to apples. Often times 'shipping' is a loose term and if not investigated carefully you could end up being charged hidden fees when the car arrives.
Be sure to research your quotes thoroughly. Some of the things you should be looking for to ensure that the quote is thorough are:
Sea Freight, CAF/BAF, Customs Declaration fees, Chassis usage Charge, Carrier Security Fee, Maritime Security, Port Service Charge, Origin THC, Destination THC, Shipping Line Document Fee, Bill of Lading Fee, Export Entry, CMR Fee, PRA Fee, Cartage, Cartage Fuel Levy, Document Air Courier, Slot Fee, Agency Fee, packing and unpacking, internal transport in the country of origin and destination, broker fees and in some cases Customs Fees/Duties.