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Roll On Roll Off Shipping (RORO)

Roll on Roll off Shipping is the simplest and cheapest method of shipping for single vehicles.

Your vehicle is driven directly onto the vessel and secured to the car decks inside the vessel which is wind-and-watertight.

Roll on roll off carriers can handle almost all types of vehicles from Motorcycles, cars, 4x4’s, Motorhomes and Expedition trucks.

RORO offers the shipper a simpler process by not requiring haulage and lashing like container shipping, normally port and customs procedures are less complex, making it not only more efficient but also cheaper.

We can offer RORO shipping globally to and from major ports in the EU, North America (USA, Canada & Mexico), South America (Darien Gap, Montevideo, Zarate), Africa (Durban, Walvis Bay, Port Elizabeth), Asia, Australia & NZ.

The only downside to Roll on roll off shipping is that there are less ports you can ship to than container shipping. Although security on services has improved and the risk is now much lower, container shipping is generally safer.

We can advise you on the availability of shipping to the destinations of your choice and whether it would be more cost effective or convenient for you to ship by container.

We work with trusted agents at ports, and can appoint an agent on your behalf to ensure you have a trouble free shipping experience.

Where available, we can provide guides to help you through the loading and customs processes, both at the port of loading and unloading.

We’ll do our best to find you the option that that suits both your travel plans and your budget.

For a Roll on Roll off shipping quotation please complete our online form

Roll on Roll off ports

Roll on Roll of Shipping ports in Europe for vehicles, cars, 4x4, Motorhomes and Expedition Trucks. 

 

UK Belgium Netherlands Germany
  • Southampton
  • Newcastle
  • Tilbury
  • Liverpool
  • Immingham
  • Sheerness
  • Bristol
  • Antwerp
  • Zeebrugge
  • Rotterdam
  • Amsterdam
  • Bremerhaven
  • Hamburg
Italy Spain Greece Cyprus
  • Civitavecchia
  • Livorno
  • Palermo
  • Savona
  • Salerno
  • Genova
  • Valencia
  • Pasajes
  • Vigo
  • Malaga
  • Sagunto
  • Tarragona
  • Santander
  • Piraeus
  • Limassol
Turkey      
  • Derince
  • Gemlik
  • Izmir
  • Marsin
     

Roll on Roll off Shipping ports in South America for vehicles, cars, 4x4, Motorhomes and Expedition Trucks. 

 

Colombia Ecuador Peru Chile
  • Cartagena
  • Santa Marta
  • Guayaquil
  • Callao
  • Iquique
  • San Antonio (near Santiago)
Brazil Uruguay Argentina Suriname
  • Santos, Rio De Janeiro
  • Montevideo
  • Zarate, Buenos Aires
  • Paramaribo

Roll on Roll off Shipping ports in North America for vehicles, cars, 4x4, Motorhomes and Expedition Trucks. 

 

Canada USA (East) USA (West & Other) Mexico
  • Halifax
  • Montreal
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Baltimore
  • Brunswick
  • Charleston
  • Jacksonville
  • New York
  • Norfolk
  • Port Everglades
  • Port Hueneme
  • Tacoma
  • Galveston
  • Veracruz
  • Manzanillo
  • Lazaro Garden
  • Altamira

Roll on Roll off Shipping ports in Africa for vehicles, cars, 4x4, Motorhomes and Expedition Trucks. 

 

South Africa Namibia Egypt Morocco
  • Durban
  • East London
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Walvis Bay
  • Alexandria
  •  Casablanca
Kenya Tanzania Mozambique Ghana
  • Mombassa
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Maputo
  • Tema
Mauritius Nigeria Sierra Leone Senegal
  • Port Loius
  • Freetown
Lagos Dakar
Togo Madagascar    
  • Lome
  • Tamatave
   

Roll on Roll off Shipping ports in Asia for vehicles, cars, 4x4, Motorhomes and Expedition Trucks. 

 

India China Malaysia Philippines
  • Chennai (Madras)
  • Mumbai
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
  • Tianjin
  •  Port Klang
  •  Kota Kinabalu
  • Manila

 

Singapore Japan Thailand Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Toyohashi
  • Chiba
  • Yokohama
  • Kobe
  • Laem Chabang
  • Jakarta
South Korea Vietnam Brunei Taiwan
  • Masan
  • Pyungtaek
  •  Hai Phong
  •  Muara
  •  Taichung

Roll on Roll off Shipping ports in Australia and New Zealand for vehicles, cars, 4x4, Motorhomes and Expedition Trucks. 

 

Australia New Zealand    
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Fremantle
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney (Port Kembla)

 

  • Auckland
  • Lyttleton
  • Wellington

 

   
       

Customs Clearance

We offer a flexible approach to shipping and will adapt the services to meet your needs and requirements.

We can offer all in services that include customs clearance for both import and export, you can appoint your own clearing agent at the port of departure or arrival, or if you are happy to carry out customs clearance yourself (where possible) we will help guide you through the clearing process by providing you with detailed instructions including GPS coordinates, maps and written instructions*

*Note in some countries it is mandatory to use a customs clearing agent

*Detailed guidance is provided free of charge with a booking (where available), and.is not contractual.

 

Roll on Roll Off  Shipping (RORO) Rate Calculation

Roll on Roll off Shipping rates are charged on a number of different criteria:

Cubic metres (CBM) – CBM  is the volume of your shipment, it can be calculated with the following formula: Length x Width x Height = Cubic metre (m3) (normally calculated to the nearest centimetre).

Weight or Measurement (W/M) –  The carrier will base the sea rate on either the weight of shipment or CBM, whichever is greater. The W/M rule represents a cargo density equation i.e. light cargo is charged based on the CBM, while heavy cargo is based on the weight. W/M calculations may differ among carriers.

Metre Length – The carrier will charge a rate per metre of the cargo length, disregarding both CBM and W/M. i.e if your vehicle is 6.2m long then the rate would be: Rate($300) x 6.2 = Sea Rate of $1,860.

In addition to the Sea rate it is important to understand that you may also have the following charges to pay:

Carrier Charges – OTHC (origin terminal handling charges), Bill of Lading, BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor or Fuel Scale Charge), LSL (low sulphur surcharge) and other charges.

Outgoing / Export – Customs clearance fees and related charges, additional local handling fees.

Incoming / Import – Customs clearance fees and related charges, Documentation Fees (i.e BL), THC (terminal handling charges), Cargo Dues, other local handling fees.

Quite often, agents will only provide you with the fees quoted by the carrier, these often do not detail local charges or destination fees.

Example RORO rates (excluding Port fees and Local Charges)

RORO Rates



Import / Export Fees / Surcharges

Most Agents and shipping lines will provide you the details of the THC (Terminal Handling fees) at the origin however they will not always provide you the the THC or other local charges / handling fees due at the place of import / export. If you have appointed an agent at the destination port they should be able to advise what additional fees are due. If not you should seek to clarify them before shipping as they can mount up.

The last two columns above provide an estimate of Export & Import Costs (THC, port fees, cargo dues, customs clearance fees). When considering the rates you should bear this in mind. Each port sets it own rates and can significantly differ from port to port, and may be charged depending on the size of the vehicle, its weight or a set fee.

Some rates above do include BAF surcharges and some don't! Bunker adjustment factor, bunker surcharge or BAF is an adjustment to shipping companies freight rates to take into account fluctuations in the cost of fuel oil for their ships. This fluctuates regularly and is set by individual carriers. BAF rates can be anything from 0% to 20% or more! The BAF if applicable, will be provided with your quotation.

Some carriers may charge rates per unit, i,e Sedan, 4x4, Motorhome and also have different rates for the various heights of vehicles. This may not be reflected fully in the above table.

For Example – you should expect to pay import and export fees at both departure and arrival ports at the regions below, prices also depend on whether you use an agent or not:

Europe €50 - €300

South America $100 - $1200

Southern Africa $400 - $700

USA $200 - $400

*if you are shipping by container, there will be additional costs to the above

 

*Prices provided as an example only, do not constitute an offer and are subject to change - contact us for a formal quote

Rates are based on the following lengths and cbm's:

   CBM  Length
 Car             10                5
 4x4             20                5
 MotorHome             40                6
 Expedition Truck             60                8

 

 

 

 

ROLL ON ROLL OFF FAQ’s

RORO

(Roll on Roll Off)

How is the Roll on Roll off vehicle shipping price calculated?

Roll on Roll off (RORO) shipping costs are normally priced by cubic metre, i.e the total dimensions of your vehicle i.e. Length 5.0m Width 2.0m x Height 2.1m = 21 cbm times the cost per CBM.

Sometimes shipping companies charge by length or the greater cost of CBM or weight.

On top of the ocean rate calculated above, you will also have the following costs: Bunker Adjustment (BAF) and Low Sulphur Fuel Surcharge (LSF).

Other fees that may be charged for the export and import of the shipment are Security Fees, Gate fees, Document Fees, Terminal Handling Charges (THC), and Clearance charges.

Is my car and equipment Safe?

The security and consistency of RORO shipping has improved over the last few years, with very few reported incidents of damage and theft from vehicles.

Although RORO shipping is much safer, unsecured items in vehicles are still regularly taken.

If you are to ship via RORO then we would advise that any removable items are secured / locked up. If you do have personal belongings in the vehicle, consider putting in place a temporary barrier preventing people from accessing them.

Where possible make sure everything has been stored out of sight and inaccessible to anyone but you.

If you do plan to ship personal belongings with your vehicle, please read the next FAQ.

Can I ship personal belongings with my vehicle?

Most RORO shippers state that they do not accept personal belongings in their T&C's, others state that they are allowed in Motorhomes or that they are carried at your own risk.

The first and most important thing to understand is that if you do take personal belongings they will be at your own risk!

In practice, personal effects are tolerated, however they should be secured and stowed away out of sight.

For Motor Vehicles we would recommend that you fully secure or separate the area where your personal effects are, you can do this by creating a secure barrier between sections of the vehicles, having chains or separate locks on the passenger doors and boot. You should not leave anything unsecured in the vehicle where people can access it.

*Note The loading of Vehicles with personal goods is at the discretion of the shipping company, they reserve the right to refuse loading of your vehicle. They may also sometimes request additional photos of your vehicle prior to loading.

Can you ship internationally?

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Services Provided

Basic Shipping (RORO Only)

The Basic Shipping service provides you with a booking for RORO and options to include insurance.

The service is for those who are confident to either carry out their own clearing or who have appointed their own agent. 

Where available we will provide you with instructions on self clearing, which is at your own risk.

This Service includes:

  • Sea Freight Booking RORO
  • Costs for Outgoing THC
  • Option for Marine insurance
  • Self Clearing information (where available)

The service does not include:

  • Appointment of an Agent at the place of departure (sometimes paid locally)
  • Outgoing - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Outgoing - Haulage, stuffing, crating and lashing where applicable
  • Option for Marine insurance
  • Instructions for export of your vehicle (where available)
  • Appointment of an Agent at your destination (Paid locally)
  • Incoming - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Incoming - Haulage and unpacking where applicable
  • Instructions for import of your vehicle (where available)
  • Details of costs at your destination
  • Support throughout the process

*Note Self clearing is not always possible, it is dependent on the country and port. You are more likely to be able to self clear via RORO than container shipping.

Export - Shipping and outgoing Stuffing / Clearing

The Export service provides you with a booking for RORO or a container, Outgoing Customs clearance, stuffing, documentation and options to include insurance.

It is for those who want an all in rate and support for export of their vehicle, but who wish to appoint their own agent at their destination or who wish to self clear.

Where available we will provide you with instructions on self clearing, which is at your own risk.

This Service includes:

  • Sea Freight Booking (RORO & Container)
  • Costs for Outgoing THC
  • Appointment of an agent at the place of departure (sometimes paid locally)
  • Outgoing - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Outgoing - Haulage, stuffing, crating and lashing where applicable
  • Option for Marine insurance
  • Instructions for export of your vehicle (where available)
  • Support for export of your vehicle 
  • Self Clearing information - Import (where available)

The service does not include:

  • Appointment of an Agent at your destination
  • Incoming - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Incoming - Haulage and unpacking where applicable
  • Instructions for import of your vehicle (where available)
  • Details of costs at your destination (unless included in a self clearing guide)
  • Support for import of your vehicle

*Note Self clearing is not always possible, it is dependent on the country and port. You are more likely to be able to self clear via RORO than container shipping.

 

All in - Shipping outgoing / incoming Stuffing / Clearing

The All in service provides you with a booking for RORO or a container, Incoming and Outgoing Customs clearance, stuffing documentation and options to include insurance.

This service is for those who want the entire process handled for them and is supported throughout.

This Service includes:

  • Sea Freight Booking (RORO & Container)
  • Costs for Outgoing THC
  • Appointment of an agent the place of departure (sometimes paid locally)
  • Outgoing - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Outgoing - Haulage, stuffing, crating and lashing where applicable
  • Option for Marine insurance
  • Instructions for export of your vehicle (where available)
  • Appointment of an Agent at your destination (Paid locally)
  • Incoming - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Incoming - Haulage and unpacking where applicable
  • Instructions for import of your vehicle (where available)
  • Details of costs at your destination
  • Support throughout the process

 

Shipping Terms

When do I have to make payment?

We normally ask for payment of the outgoing shipping costs prior to shipping. (Ocean Freight, port fees, documents and any clearance fees). Sometimes local outgoing port fees are payable on departure, this will be dependent on the port and shipper.

Your import costs, THC, agent, customs clearance are normally paid locally.

Once your booking has been confirmed, we shall provide you with payment instructions.

*Note the Original BL will not be released until all fees are paid.

How do I make payment?

Payments of outgoing fees can be transferred to us in British Pounds (£), US Dollars ($) and Euros (€). We hold accounts in all three currencies to reduce the costs of dealing with multiple currencies.

In some instances, we may ask you to make payments locally.

Payments of Import fees are normally paid locally, they include THC, Customs fees and agents fees if applicable.

Detailed payment instructions will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Are the prices / rates fixed?

The shipping rates may vary up until the point of departure. Normally shippers will fix rates around 30 days prior to departure but it is dependent on the shipper. In addition to this, the shipping rate may be quoted or settled in a different currency to yours so there may be exchange rate fluctuations. 

Any fluctuations in exchange rates & currency charges will be borne by the client.

Why ship with us?

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Competitive Pricing

We offer fair and reasonable pricing for our services and negotiate rates with our partners to provide you the best possible price.

If you already have a quotation, we will do our best to match or beat any valid quotation.

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Unrivaled Expertise

We have the knowledge, information and the contacts to ensure your vehicle safely reaches its destination. We can advise on permanent & temporary Import requirements, Carnet Requirements, Local laws and customs, Insurance providers and Local agents & partners.

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Personal Service

We specialise in shipping vehicles, whether for touring purposes, expeditions or for business.

Every shipment is treated equally no matter the size.

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Trusted Agents

We only use known / trusted agents to clear your vehicle. This helps avoid unexpected costs and complications.

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Communication

We believe communication is of the utmost importance. During the shipping process we will keep you informed every step of the way.

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We understand your needs

We have shipped our own vehicle to many places around the world, and fully understand your needs and requirements as a customer.

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