Vehicle Shipping USA to South America | Colombia | Chile | Argentina | Uruguay

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

Vehicle shipping United States to South America

We specialise in shipping cars, 4x4’s, Motorhomes, Rv’s, Campervans & Camping trucks to South America from the United States (USA), offering shipping services on fast, frequent Roll on Roll off (RORO) and container vessels from all major US ports (Galveston, Houston, Everglades, Baltimore, Brunswick, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Seattle & Tacoma).

Arrivals to all major South American ports including Cartagena Colombia, Manta Ecuador, Callao Peru, San Antonio and Iquique Chile, Montevideo Uruguay, Zarate and Buenos Aires Argentina and many others.

Sailing can take between 6 and 40 days depending on the departure and destination ports.

Which is the cheapest route

Generally shipping from the southern ports of Galveston and Houston to Colombia is the cheapest route into South America. The next cheapest route is from the east coast ports to the east coast of South America, Zarate Argentina and Montevideo Uruguay.

The most expensive route is to to the west coast of South America from any US port. The reason being all ships must pass through the Panama Canal and attract additional fees. 

Example rates (from)

Below are example rates from the USA to South America, these are for guidance only, are only the freight cost and therefore do not include BAF, LSL, any port fees or customs fees on either end. Generally port and custom fees are high in South America.

East Coast South America & Colombia
Port from To Car 4x4 Others
Jacksonville Zarate Argentina  $985  $1,230 $77 cbm
Jacksonville Montevideo, Uruguay  $1,485  $1,715 $106 cbm
Houston Zarate Argentina  $1,125  $1,460 $70 cbm
Houston Montevideo, Uruguay  $1,200  $1,650 $84 cbm
Galveston Cartagena Colombia  $850  $850 $40 cbm
Tacoma/Long Beach Cartagena Colombia  $1,565  $ 1,565 $105 cbm
West Coast  South America
Port from To Car 4x4 Others
Houston/Galveston San Antonio, Chile POA POA $64
Houston/Galveston Iquique, Chile POA POA $64
Houston/Galveston Manta, Ecuador POA POA $64
Houston/Galveston Callao, Peru POA POA $64

*Please note some carriers charge a Panama canal surcharge, some of the rates above include the surcharge, others don’t.

Import Requirements – South America

Generally temporary entry for tourists is straightforward. Tourists can enter most South American countries for tourism purposes on a temporary import permit without a carnet. Generally, most countries allow temporary imports of 1 to 3 months, some countries will allow longer.

A Carnet De Passage is not required for entry.

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, Peru 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 North America due to the high cost of medical services in the region. Read more about South American Travel Insurance.

Booking

We recommend booking North American 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

Port Connections 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.

Why ship with us?

N

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.

N

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.

N

Personal Service

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

Every shipment is treated equally no matter the size.

N

Trusted Agents

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

N

Communication

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

N

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.

Obtain a No Obligation Quote Today

Helpful information

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

Contact / Follow us
 
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) 208 144 4161
US : +1 347-741-8804
E: info@ivssuk.com