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

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

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

We specialise in shipping cars, 4x4’s, Motorhomes, Campervans & Camping trucks to and from South 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.

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.

Services also operate from the USA, South Africa and Australia.

If you are looking to ship to or from Manzanillo Panama to Cartagena Colombia please see this post.

Cruise 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.

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.

Motor Vehicle Insurance 

We help provide vehicle insurance for foreign vehicles, cars, 4x4, 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.

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

Shipping Rates

RORO rates from Europe start from €340 per metre length. Container shipping prices vary but start from $1200 for a 20ft container and $1400 for a 40ft container, excluding stuffing and local charges.

Returning shipments are priced by CBM or a unit rates – contact us for details.

Local port costs and clearing charges are generally high in the region, expect costs in Zarate or Montevideo to be between $500 & $1200 or more depending on the method of transport and the size of the vehicle.

Shipping to and from Cartagena is a little cheaper, expect roro port & clearing fees of around $250-$350.

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 / from to and from South America

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 offer a 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.


Container share

We want to help you save money and the best way to do that is to share a container with another car or several motorbikes. We will help you find a shipping partner.

Motor Vehicle Insurance - For foreign Vehicles

We can help you obtain international motor vehicle insurance for foreign vehicles which are on tour.

Europe (Green Card / Frontier), North America, South America (Mercosur) and other countries

Travel Insurance

We can help you obtain global travel insurance for backpackers, short and long term travellers. Including those who have already left their home country.

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.

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