i'm wanting to get some quotes to have my car imported from the UK to Brisbane.
I have import approval from DOTARS and I want the car to come in a 20ft container so it's not damaged or touched, i'm not interested in RORO.
I'm wanting either exclusive use of a 20ft or 40ft container - I have a friend whom is also bringing a pre 89 car, so it might be better to bring both at the same time.
I have a car transporter in the UK so i can drop the car anywhere in the UK.
If you can give me some suggestions on companies that would be great.
I've just email karmann shipping, but i'm open to others to get the best quotes.
As I keep saying to people, I used to work in the trade, I ship 2-4 cars a year (high end sports such as Porsche, Ferrari and Lotus) and I will never ever put one in a container! Roll on Roll of is not only the SAFEST and BEST option, its also half the price of a container!
Don't discount it until you know all the facts -
piled high, many have holes or develop holes/ dents whilst being moved around.
people operating machinery often bang them together.
Exposed to the elements- imagine yours is on top, small holes and doors are not properly sealed (still gaps around). Its raining heavily and salt everywhere!!
Possibility (although rarer lately) of going over the side - this does happen.
container movement charges to and from packing/ unpacking
Roll on Roll Off
stored under deck in a custom made state of art vessel with thousands of other cars.
Strapped in specially designed booths to said deck.
no extra charges.
Ask Audi/ BMW/ FORD/ Lambourghini, Ferrari etc etc how they transport theirs?? Its not in a container.
I expect all in all to be paying about $3500-$4500 all in for a container to brissy?
I reckon about $1700 for RO/RO.
I write sitting poolside in the US enroute to Oz having recently shipped 3 vehicles to OZ.
I used an Oz based import agent, based on it simplifying things..
Opted to put my two cars in a 40' container & a Motorhome by RORO.
1 - Motorhome - was RORO with 2W's - William Willemsomethinghuseen
I went to the docks in Southampton where it was left in line on the port ready for loading the next day.
Seemed very professional & was surrounded by other high end manufacturers cars.
Confidence factor 8/10 ( never done before so reserve final judgement as still apprehensive of what state it arrives in.)
2 Cars by 40' container
I assumed they would be put straight in a container.
I was asked to drop off in a freight yard 5 miles from the port, the smallest busiest place i have seen with foreign truck drivers in and out reversing, turning etc.
asked to leave my cars up tight to the fence.
I insisted at least the Porsche was put inside, which was done.
No inspection while I was there!
Received pics of 2 cars while here in states which shows my Porsche has front end scratches to bumper area!
My Porsche which was fully resprayed & all wheels refurbed just prior to shipping and was immaculate!
The shippers currently dispute the damage was in there yard!
I picked my Porsche from a well known specialist in Surrey an hour & a half before leaving the car with the shipper.
It was in getting uprated intercoolers to assist engine cooling in that Ozzie heat. :-)
The car had been valeted at the porsche garage & I looked around it with the mechanic before I set off.
I will see what happens, not sure best way to deal with this as I cancelled all my UK polices once i left the Uk.
I suppose I can still claim off my UK insurer? but they might say it was on the shippers property....not sure
I may now agree with what James says about a 40' not necessarily being the safe option.
Just a thought for those yet to make the choice, as I was surprised also about the RORO comments James made & so far is backed up by my experience to date.
Confidence factor for Container so far - 4/10.
Worst of all - because I assumed straight into a 40' container I did not take out additional insurance.....you take your chances I suppose :-)