Shipping Europe to South America RORO & Container | Zarate | Montevideo | Cartagena

Ship your Car, Motorhome, Campervan or Truck to South America

Vehicle shipping from Europe to South America (Zarate, Argentina | Montevideo, Uruguay | Cartagena, Colombia)

We specialise in shipping cars, 4×4’s, Motorhomes, Campervans & Camping trucks to and from South America and Central America. We offer shipping services on fast, frequent Roll on Roll off (RORO) and container vessels to major South American ports including Zarate, Argentina, Montevideo, Uruguay, Cartagena, Colombia & Manzanillo Panama.

Departures are from major European (EU) ports including the UK (Southampton, Tilbury, Liverpool, Felixstowe, London Gateway and Bristol), Belgium (Zeebrugge & Antwerp), Germany (Bremerhaven & Hamburg), Netherlands (Rotterdam) and others.

Temporary Import Requirements – South America

For South America, a carnet is not required for tourism purposes. You may enter all countries with a TIP (temporary import permit). The length of stay varies from country to country.


RORO Shipping Rate from Europe to South America

Shipping from Europe (UK, Belgium, & Germany) to Montevideo – Uruguay & Zárate Argentina

***Please note that on this route the carrier has introduced new requirements for motorhomes and expedition vehicles. Please contact us for further information***

Route Options

There are three routes which go from European ports to South America.

  1. Europe direct to South America, port calls Vitória, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Paranaguá, Zarate, Montevideo (3 x Sailing per month, sailing time around one month) (some shipments do call at West African ports)
  2. Europe to South America, via the United States with a transhipment in Panama. Port calls Baltimore, Savannah, Manzanillo, Santos, Zarate. (1 x sailing per month, sailing time 37 to 45 days)
  3. Europe (Zeebrugge only) direct to South America calling in Santos Brazil and then Zarate (1 x sailing per month, Sailing time 18 to 20 days)

RORO rates from Europe start from the unit rates below or for larger vehicles €340 per metre length.

Currently freight rates to Montevideo are a little cheaper than to Zarate.

Shipments are priced by CBM, length or a unit rate – contact us for full details.

Average Sailing times and routes – *Note neither vessels goes via west Africa

Carrier 1 – 3 – 4 Sailing per month -takes on average 28 – 35 days from EU port to South America.
Port Calls – Antwerp, Tilbury, Hamburg, Vigo, Bilbao, Brazil (Vitoria, Rio De Janeiro, Santos, Paranaguá) Zarate, Montevideo

Carrier 2 – 1 sailing per month takes on average 20-23 days
Port Calls – (Zeebrugge, Brazil (Santos, Paranaguá) Zarate


You can also find the latest North Europe / West Africa / South America Line  Grimaldi schedules here

Example Rates (rates from)

Europe to Montevideo / Zarate – Route 1

Vehicle size Cost
Small van to 18m³  € 805
Big van to 28m³: €1,515
Motorhomes bigger than 28m³ €340 per metre length

Europe to Montevideo / Zarate – Route 2

Vehicle size Cost
Small Car to 1.6m High $  850
Big van to 2.1 High $1,000
All other Vehicles $60 per CBM

Local port costs and clearing charges are generally high in the region, expect costs in Zarate or Montevideo to be between $600 & $1200 or more depending on the method of transport and the size of the vehicle.

Port fees and customs charges in Montevideo are broken down as follows (estimates) :

Costs charged by Carriers agent (Grimaldi)

  • Landing Order & BL fee $326
  • Port Fees by weight to 3000kg $350, 3000kg-7000kg $450, 7000kg + $650

*Costs are set by the carriers agents, other carriers agents may charge different amounts.

Customs Fees Montevideo

Are charged by the weight and value declared, expect fees from $150 – $1,000 or more.

*We recommend arriving in the country early to complete as much of the import process as possible in advance, and to retrieve your vehicle whilst the vessel is discharging, this can save on storage costs. If the vessel discharges on a Friday, its likely the vehicle will need to stay at the port until the Monday. Note different Carriers have different fees payable locally.

Example Container Rates from major European port

Example Container shipping rates from Europe to South America

Container shipping prices vary but start from $1200 for a 20ft container and $1400 for a 40ft container, excluding stuffing and local charges.

The prices below for export costs include outgoing sea freight, ports fees, stuffing and trucking. Import costs are paid direct and show as an indication only.

Country Port Size No. Vehicles Export costs Estimated import costs
Colombia Cartagena 20ft 1 € 1,720 $500-$800
Colombia Cartagena 40ft HC 2 € 2,780 $720-$900
Uruguay Montevideo 20ft 1 € 1,660 $1750-$2250
Uruguay Montevideo 40ft HC 2 € 2,480 $2500-$3500

*Prices vary by departure port


Shipping from Europe (UK, Belgium, France & Germany) to Cartagena Colombia

RORO rates from Europe start from $65 per cbm returning rates $55.

Container shipping prices vary but start from $1200 for a 20ft container and $1400 for a 40ft container, excluding stuffing and local charges.

Cartagena is a little cheaper for port fees, expect roro port fees of around $250-$450, it is possible to self clear or to appoint an agent for a cost of $300.


Shipping from Europe (UK, Belgium, France & Germany) to Manzanillo, Panama

RORO rates from Europe start from $65 per cbm returning rates $50. Container shipping prices vary but start from $1200 for a 20ft container and $1400 for a 40ft container, excluding stuffing and local charges.

Expect roro port fees of around $250-$350, it is possible to self clear or to appoint an agent for a cost of $200.


Cruise / Travel with your vehicle

Its possible to sail with your vehicle from Europe to South America on the same RORO ship. This allows you to drive your vehicle on board and to be there when it arrives at the port. Contact us for more information.

The prices include full board and there are no additional fees for your vehicle.


Rates are charged as follows: (Prices updated for 2019)

Passenger Fares Per Person (Full Board)

Fare code Configuration Price
Inside Cabins    
BI2 Two Beds (Up / Down) € 1,971
DI2 Two Beds side by side € 1,971
BI1 / DI1 Single use € 2,705
Outside Cabins    
DE2 2 Beds € 2,953
DE1 Single use € 3,780
Owners Cabin, Outside    
EM2 Large Bed € 3,607
EM1 Single use € 5,373


Vehicle shipping costs – Sea Freight – (Charged by Vehicle Length + Height in metres)

Fare code Length + Height Price
V1 To 7m € 1,161
V2 To 8.99m € 2,457
V3 9m – 10.99m € 3,078
V4 11m – 11.99m € 3,985
OS 12m + On Req
MO Motorcycles € 648
BI Bicycles Free



Motor Vehicle Insurance

We help provide vehicle insurance for foreign vehicles, cars, 4×4, Motorhomes or Trucks for travel and touring in South America.

Typically we offer Mercosur insurance which covers Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil, on a third party liability basis.

To apply for Mercosur Insurance we would require the following details:

  • Full Name
  • Passport number
  • Date of birth
  • Period you need to be covered (dates)
  • Vehicle information: brand, model, year, chassis number, Engine number, registration number.
  • Photos of the vehicle (one must include the licence plate)

Specialist insurers can provide additional coverage – (contact us for more details)

Once outside of Mercosur countries, insurance can normally be purchased on the borders of each country.

Insurance cover can be arranged for a period of 3 -12 months.

For more information, contact us or see our Motor Insurance – For foreign Vehicles page


Travel Insurance

We would strongly recommend a Travel insurance policy for travel in South America. Read more about South America Travel Insurance.



We recommend booking South America bound services 2-3 months before departure due to the high volume of cargo on this route. To obtain a quote please complete our online quotation form.

The absolute minimum amount of time to bookings on this route is three weeks in advance of the vessel arriving in port, generally most ships depart full, and are normally full month in advance, so please book early!

For booking to ship as passenger on the ship we recommend booking up to 6 months beforehand due to the limited spaces available.

Recommended Reading / Information

The Overlanding South & Central America facebook group is the best resource for travellers with their vehicles, providing information on routes, campsites, visas, border crossings and much more. Join today and meet other travellers.

Other Routes

Europe to / from North America (USA, Canada)
Panama to Colombia
Europe to Africa

Port Connections to and from South America

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Car & Vehicle Shipping Services

Container Vehicle Shipping

Container Vehicle Shipping Services from port to port. We offer FCL and shared container services. View our example container rates for cars, 4x4's and motorcycles here.

Roll on Roll Off (RORO)

Roll on Roll off vehicle shipping services normally offers more economical shipping than container shipping. View example RORO shipping rates for Cars, 4x4's, Motorhomes & Trucks. RORO Shipping ports

Vehicle Customs Clearance

We can provide customs clearing services directly in the UK and work with trusted agents in other regions to clear your vehicle.

Why ship with us?


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.


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.


Personal Service

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

Every shipment is treated equally no matter the size.


Trusted Agents

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



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


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.

Helpful information

Roll on Roll off Shipping Rates
Container Shipping Rates
Carnet Requirements Map
Container share

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Office Hours
We work in the United Kingdom Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm (Time Zone United Kingdom) Closed on Public Holidays & Weekends

UK : +44 (0) 203 787 4201
US : +1 917-781-4536
E : [email protected]