Even though shipping your vehicle across the ocean sounds like a pretty effortful and complicated task, in practice it not much harder than regular car shipping. In this article we would like to give you the general idea of how shipping to and from Puerto Rico is performed and draw your attention to several important things about it.
How is it done?
First, the vehicle is either driven or hauled to one of the port terminals where it is further loaded on a special car shipping vessel. Depending on the vehicle condition, it’s either driven or rolled up the ramp when loaded.
All vehicles are tightly secured with special lashings inside the ship so they are not moving around during the transportation. Because they are fully enclosed the vehicles are not exposed to the elements or any ocean hazards. After your car is delivered to the destination port, it can be picked up right away or stored* for a few days until you or a specially hired carrier comes to take it to the needed location.
*Storage facilities are different from port to port, but majority of them provide at least 1 or 2 days of free storage.
Are there any restrictions?
The main restriction in shipping a vehicle to or from Puerto Rico is connected with the size of the vehicle. Since all loads are transported in enclosed RoRo ships, it is important that the vehicle does not exceed the following dimensions: 21’8”L x 8’W x 7’H.
Another restriction is associated with the condition of the vehicle. Сarrier companies that deal with Puerto Rico shipping do not provide service for inoperable vehicles.
Other limitations may apply to ground clearance of the vehicle and fullness of a gas tank (no more than ¼ full) as well as personal items inside the vehicle.
Mainland port cities
- Jacksonville, FL
Puerto Rico port cities
San Juan, PR
Note. Since, each port has its own schedule and shipping days it is important to start planning the transportation at least 3-4 weeks ahead.
How long does it take?
The shipping time mostly depends on origin and destination port, but on average you will be separated from your vehicle for about 3-14 days from Port to Port. However, if your vehicle is on the opposite coast or somewhere in the middle of the US Mainland, then it obviously takes extra transit time to get your vehicle to the port city.
How much does it cost?
The price for shipping a car to or from Puerto Rico usually consists of two parts:
land transportation cost – if you need to hire a carrier to get your car Door-to-Port or Port-to-Door
sea transportation cost – actual Port-to-Port transit
The dimensions of your vehicle have direct impact on the price as the shipping rate is different for regular sedans and larger cars (i.e. SUVs, pickup trucks, vans etc.) for both land and sea transportation.
Contact us to receive a customized quote for your transportation.
The payment for Port-to-Port transportation must be made in full before the shipping day.
If you need to hire a carrier to transport your vehicle between your front door and port, there is a separate charge for that service:
Door-to-Port – the payment is collected prior to or at the pick up
Port-to-Door – the payment can be made upfront or upon delivery
Note. The broker deposit is paid only after the car is picked up.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
Shipping a vehicle to or from Puerto Rico may seem like a bit of a hassle, however if you take one step at a time, it’s not that difficult! We would be happy to assist you in this shipment and make sure it goes smoothly. On our part we offer:
Best option. Our team has great experience in managing shipments both to and from Puerto Rico. We will work on finding the best option for relocating your particular vehicle.
Best price. We will achieve the best pricing for your transportation by professionally negotiating with the carriers and comparing prices.
Personal assistance. You will be assigned a dedicated shipping agent who will be guiding you through the entire process to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Reliable carrier. Our team professionally sorts and evaluates the carriers to provide you with a reliable transporter that meets our high standards, has proper documentation and insurance.
Headache away. We undertake all the details connected with terminal schedule and facilities, both land and sea shipment, paperwork and any other logistic issues that may occur during the transportation.