There are a number of stages to the exportation and importation of vehicles but before we go ahead with the movement of vehicles, it is imperative that we assess the documentary requirements of the exporting and importing countries. In association with our local and overseas contacts, we will assist you to understand what is required of you, by the authorities. For commercial moves, we are mindful that vehicle dealerships have to satisfy the VAT man so at FAEFA, we pay very close attention to audit trail and will provide evidence of export, which removes your liability.
Moving forward to the shipment, its self, the four main stages are inland transport to the point of loading, the actual loading, preparation of documents and the carriage to destination.
Collections can be made in the following ways: covered car carrier trailer, non-covered car transporter, fully insured delivery driver, utilising trade plates or you can deliver to our nominated facility.
When it comes to the overseas movement of the vehicle, the methods available are A) road haulage for UK & many European destinations, containerised sea-freight or RORO sea-freight (Roll On Roll Off) for more distant parts of the world. If you prefer to have your vehicle containerised, FAEFA have a network of professional loaders, at each of the major ports, who specialise in the loading and securing of cars in containers. Upon arrival at our nominated facility, a pre-shipment inspection will be carried out and we will provide a copy to you. At this time, we will provide details of the car to the authorities and it is generally accepted that vehicle checks are performed by the carriers, in association with the Police, prior to customs clearance for export, is granted.
Once vehicles are shipped on board and payment has been received, we will release Bills of Lading to you, as they will be required at destination by the carrier, in order for you to take receipt of goods. The above is also true for imports. If you are planning to import a vehicle, planning is equally important so it is wise to contact us at the inception of the project so that we are able to guide you through the process.
If you are looking to move something larger than a car, be it a motor home, commercial vehicles and or plant equipment, the process is similar but the inland transport operations have to be adapted, accordingly. Our portfolio of suppliers allows FAEFA to move up to 200 tons cargo weight on the UK roads so we are confident that we will be able to cater to your requirements but we will treat this as more of a project shipment, as it will require more specialised handling.
Clearly, this is a fairly simplistic introduction to the export and import of cars and other vehicles. As you will glean, each country has its own legislature so we will be pleased to work with you, on a bespoke solution, in order to ensure that you shipment goes smoothly.