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Old October 24th, 2009, 07:59 AM
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HELP: Vehicle Shipper from UK to USA

'Morning, All.
I'm finally ready to ship my 110 from the UK to the East Coast USA(probably Baltimore). I need to locate a good ro-ro or container shipper from Bristol, Southampton, London, etc. I'll be shipping in the next two-4 weeks.

Cost is the big question. There are lots of auto shippers on-line, but I'm looking for a reasonable price. I have one quote for over $1500. I think that's far too expensive, and have heard of rates under $1000. Ro-ro is probably better from a cost perspective, so please let me know if anyone has experience with or connection to a good company with reasonable rates.
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Old October 24th, 2009, 08:31 AM
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pricing is based on the exchange rate. Quotes will be given in pounds. Once upon a time was $1000 has been as high as $1900. $1500 was a good quote. I don't pay a whole lot less and I ship @ least 1 a month.
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Old October 24th, 2009, 02:21 PM
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I also ship vehicles, I can do Containers and RoRo. I can also quote to move the vehicle in the UK to the docks. The paperwork must be in order though, and the vehicle must be empty
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These guys will ship a car for you. Best I can tell they are the industry standard. (But I am sure there are a billion other companies that will do it.) I do know that there are a ton of other little things in the mix besides just parking a car at a port in the UK and driving away in Baltimore. The Pain-In-The-Arse factor can get real high.

I am lazy - I would use the Julian / Doug combo and pay them a few dollars to deal with the customes and import BS. They know how to do it.

Just my 2 cents....
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Old October 25th, 2009, 09:14 AM
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http://www.2wglobal.com/www/WEP/index.jsp

These guys will ship a car for you. Best I can tell they are the industry standard. (But I am sure there are a billion other companies that will do it.) I do know that there are a ton of other little things in the mix besides just parking a car at a port in the UK and driving away in Baltimore. The Pain-In-The-Arse factor can get real high.

I am lazy - I would use the Julian / Doug combo and pay them a few dollars to deal with the customes and import BS. They know how to do it.

Just my 2 cents....
2wglobal is Wallenius's in house broker. I have contacts there as does doug. I'd recomend you use dougs importation service through Baltimore its second to none and I recommend him to all our clients who whish to import a truck into the USA. We can get it moved in the UK and Quote on shipping. I can ship from southampton to Baltimore for 900 sterling for a 17.09cube vehicle. I can also store 1985 vehicles and ship them when they are old enough, I did this for Doug, Cabell and Dave Lucas.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 09:11 AM
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Guys,
Talk to me about numbers.....can one or either of you can help me get this across the pond for less than this $1500 quote I have. I'd like to find a $1250 ship quote, and that's what I'm working on at present.

I'm not adverse to handling the customs stuff, since this rig is 1984 original, and it's got heritage certificate, orignial chassis and paint, etc.

If you can assist and it's economical, I can get the vehicle to Bristol or Southampton by early next week.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 09:17 AM
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Southampton is the cheapers RoRo port, the cheapest we can do is 900 sterling for shipping from Southampton to either Baltimore or Newark.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 04:32 PM
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I used Doug for the import paperwork, but arranged my own shipping and was able to finagle a cheaper quote out of wallenius, presumably due to the economic situation at the time. Mine was under 750gbp which would put you just under your threshold at the current exchange rate. Just keep in mind that you will need someone on both ends to handle the paperwork. I got very lucky on that and had someone in the Uk that was willing to help me just for being a nice guy and a fellow LR nut. You can call wallenius, I found them quite helpful and friendly, but no guarantee they will move on the price. Their original quote at that time was 865gbp. Don't forget about your wire transfer fees and that you get burned on the exchange rate by 5 cents or so on the dollar when you do a wire. And dock fees on this side plus duty etc. I used Doug on this side and he pulled a rabbit (my truck) out of a hat at a time when the docks were all but inaccessible to anyone that didn't have the correct Homeland Insecurity issued ID (which nobody had yet) and the shipping lines did not have any plan to help schmucks like me who just happened to be on the potentially expensive wrong end of that particular pointed stick. So I guess that is my roundabout way of saying $1500 ain't too bad (depending what that includes) given the current exchange rate, and a reccomendation to use Doug.

Whichever route you go, good luck!


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Guys,
Talk to me about numbers.....can one or either of you can help me get this across the pond for less than this $1500 quote I have. I'd like to find a $1250 ship quote, and that's what I'm working on at present.

I'm not adverse to handling the customs stuff, since this rig is 1984 original, and it's got heritage certificate, orignial chassis and paint, etc.

If you can assist and it's economical, I can get the vehicle to Bristol or Southampton by early next week.
Cheers,
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Dave we imported a 90 not a 110. As I said above shipping is based on cubic meters. A 110 is 17.07-17.09 depending on tires and lift. In Daves case I got some friends with the shipping lines to help as my TWIC card hadn't arrived yet.
The nations docks are still inaccessible to anyone with out a TSA issued TWIC ID. I am told you can now pay $140 an hour to enter with an escort who is by your side the entire time. It having taken me days to clear certain trucks- that could get extremely expensive for the uninitiated.
There are port fee's on both sides. The quotes given on the UK side rarely include wharf fee's on the US side, US quotes seldom have the document prep etc fee's for the UK side. There are paper work problems/issues with most imports that due to time zone differences can take 2-3 days to get sorted. In my experience problems have been the rule not the exception.
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Art,
Does your truck have the original engine ? Has it been pressure washed underneath on the UK side ?
If you would like to talk my cell is four one zero six nine three one three nine one. Happy to share some insight with you so that you can avoid some of the pitfalls.
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Old October 27th, 2009, 06:13 PM
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Art- Use Doug, period. He knows his stuff and he makes it smooth as glass. And if $250 is standing in the way, forget the whole deal. A simple no start can add that much on either end for a jump or tow.
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Old October 27th, 2009, 06:35 PM
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x2 what Dale said. Having done an import myself last year (with kind advice from Doug), if you are within a few hundred of making it feasible, then it's too close. This is not a poor mans sport.



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Art- Use Doug, period. He knows his stuff and he makes it smooth as glass. And if $250 is standing in the way, forget the whole deal. A simple no start can add that much on either end for a jump or tow.
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Old October 27th, 2009, 07:49 PM
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Wallenius's lost my 90 for over a week

Doug made several trips to the port and looked for it for an entire week before it was found. They never told us where it was or what went on but one day it just appeard.

I would say that he earned his money on my 90
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Old October 27th, 2009, 09:13 PM
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Doug got my old 110 in and, having accompanied him to the docks to pick it up, I can attest to his mastery of the bureaucracy. It's money very well spent. It also doesn't hurt that he's good people and will do right by you.
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Old October 28th, 2009, 02:17 PM
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Thanks for all the feedback.
Doug, Julian, let's catch up.
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