Frequently asked questions and answers around international vehicle shipping

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Yes! Once the vehicle has been loaded onboard ready for shipping, we shall send you a link so you are able to track your vehicle’s progress towards your African port.

It is not compulsory to insure for shipping, however for a small fee we can insure your goods/vehicle for you, allowing peace of mind.

No, all vehicles must be in working order, and be able to roll on its own wheels/tracks in order to be eligable for shipping.

We can advise you at the time of enquiry what the import duty cost would be for your shipping, whether that’s car shipping or heavy machinery shipping. This is commonly based on engine size and age. We can take care of the import customs/vat guidance also.

Usually this is not permitted, however please enquire as this depends on the shipping line. If not, don’t worry as we can arrange shipment separately in a secure shipping container if needed.

Yes, all vehicles must have a valid MOT certificate for international shipping. Dependant on the arrival country, further documents will need to be issued which Masric are happy to arrange.

Yes! This is possible, providing the goods are secured appropriately ready for shipping. A height restriction would apply, so please enquire further.

Yes, absolutely! Shipping via a container, especially for high-value vehicles are safe and secure, and sealed with a unique bolt-seal.

Should it be the case that the battery goes flat during vehicle shipping, the departing/arrival port shall assist with this. Costs for this service would apply.

No, usually the arrival port permits between 4-7days free after arrival, thereafter a daily tariff applies. Masric International are able to also position the vehicle off the port complex to avoid such high charges, to somewhere more reasonable.

Absolutely! The majority of vehicles shipped internationally are via RoRo vessels. Each unit is secured via lashing/chocks. Other than routine vessel inspection at sea, the vehicles are not touched from the time they are loaded throughout shipping.

You shall need an MOT certificate and proof of purchase for any vehicle shipping. Masric are happy to assist in completing the relevant documentation for shipment.

Yes, absolutely! If you find your own vehicle/car online or via contact, we can arrange for the vehicle to be collected and driven (or loaded to appropriate trailer) to the port ready for shipping to Afrca. This service will include insurance and road tax.

The arrival ports typically adhere to ISPS regulations, and provide necessary security.

Yes, this is possible. Despite focussing on Sub-Sahara as our core market, we also ship units globally so please enquire.

Yes! The same principle applies on shipping goods into Europe.

Transit times using RoRo vessels are often quicker (often 18 days to Namibia for example) than Container vessels due to speed of loading/discharging and the number of port calls.

In order for us to complete the formal Bill of Lading paperwork, we shall require (and can arrange): The V5C (title document), Sales invoice, Seller details and Buyer details (or Consignee). For collections, a valid MOT certificate is required.

Payment must be made upfront before any transport commences. We accept international bank transfer. All goods are guaranteed under the international bill of lading. Payment details will be provided and terms explained at the time of booking.

RoRo- Roll on Roll off vessels. All types of units can be loaded on the multi-purpose vessels, owing to their deck strength, stern ramp accessibility and acceptance of towed, driven or Containerised units (on mafi or lifted) loaded by local stevedores. All units are then lashed (strapped or chains depending on unit) under-deck to ensure safe carriage (single or double, weather dependent). Due to not having equipment to contain the goods, this option is the cheapest way of importing vehicles/machines.

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