Frequently Asked Questions

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UniWorld is a licensed and bonded international freight forwarder. We are licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission, a United States Government agency. Uniworld International is also a licensed Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC), which enables us to offer bulk shipping prices to all of our clients regardless of your shipping volume.
Prices for international auto shipping are determined by vehicle size, origin and final destination.
The transit time of an ocean shipment depends on the port of departure and the port of arrival. For example, shipping from the East Coast to Europe generally takes two weeks, whereas shipping from the West Coast to Europe takes four to five weeks. Vessel sailings are regularly scheduled and we can always provide you with the estimated dates of departure and arrival of our next vessels.
U.S. Customs requires the original title for each vehicle being exported. The title must either be printed in or re-assigned to the name of either the shipper or receiver of the vehicle. All of the documents sent to us for U.S. Customs clearing will be returned to you upon completion of the shipment. If a lien (loan) is held on the vehicle, a letter from the lien holder is required specifically authorizing the shipment of the vehicle to its destination. The letter must reference the year, make, model and VIN (vehicle identification number) of the vehicle, must be printed on the lien holder's letterhead, and must be signed and dated with contact information.
Containerized shipping is a very common method for expediting the movement of household goods and commercial products. Your commercial products or household goods are loaded into a protective steel container similar to a semi truck trailer (without wheels). The container is loaded onto an ocean going vessel. Upon arrival, the container can be loaded onto a trailer for delivery to your final destination.
Standard containers come in two sizes: 20-foot and 40-foot in length. The 20-foot container can hold approximately 1050 cubic feet (the contents of a one bedroom apartment). The 40' container can hold approximately 2100 cubic feet. Specialized containers (hi-cube, refrigerated, open-top, etc.) are also available, ask us!
All household goods should be securely packed in corrugated cardboard boxes. All commercial products should be securely packed in corrugated cardboard boxes and/or palletized. A container will be delivered to your location. Upon completion of loading, the container will be sealed and delivered to the US loading port.
While itemization is not required for household goods, it is recommended that a general list with item valuation be provided. Packing lists showing unit quantities and value are needed for commercial product shipments. The above documents are needed to expedite export clearance and will be returned upon completion of the U.S. Customs export clearance verification.
This depends on the destination country, your residence status and employment status. Uniworld international recommends contacting the embassy commercial office for the country of destination for current rate information. We can also refer you to a shipping agent at your destination to prepare you for the importing process.
"Less than container load" is a shipping term referring to the quantity of personal effects or commercial product being shipped that would not be enough to fill a standard 20-foot ocean shipping container.
Uniworld International offers alternatives to coincide with both your schedule and your budget. Air shipments will generally arrive to their destination within one week of the cargo pickup or delivery.
Prices for domestic automotive transport are determined by distance, route, vehicle size, origin, final destination and pickup time.
The origin and destination of the vehicle are the determining factors in estimating the pick-up and delivery schedule. Uniworld will always make arrangements to meet your schedule.
Our recommendation is to schedule your pick-up one week in advance. This will assist us in providing the level of service that will meet your needs. Should you need to transport your vehicle immediately, Uniworld will make every effort to accommodate your request.
Yes, your vehicle is insured at fair market value for any transportation damage from pick-up until delivery. We only work with insured, bonded and licensed auto carriers.
Auto carriers are not licensed to carry household goods or personal items. Due to this, loss or damage to household goods or other personal effects would not be covered by the above-mentioned insurance. Only the vehicle itself will be included on the carrier's inventory report. Whether or not personal effects are accepted in the vehicle is subject to each carrier's policy. Unfortunately, most carriers do not accept any loose items inside vehicles. The lines that allow loose items only accept them with the understanding that they are not protected under the
Most auto carriers typically utilize open trailers capable of loading 3-10 vehicles. In most cases, Uniworld offers the option of an enclosed trailer if requested (additional charges may apply).
Optional marine insurance provides coverage against both loss and damages during ocean transit. Uniworld will obtain marine insurance coverage for your shipments upon request (additional charges apply). Due to the low cost of marine insurance, Uniworld recommends obtaining All Risk coverage.
Apart from duties and taxes, there will be port handling charges upon arrival at the destination port. These charges cover terminal handling/off-loading and documentation fees for your vehicle. Uniworld can provide you with contact information for clearing agents at each destination to prepare you with this information ahead of time.
Upon arrival, every shipment is handled by an international shipping agent at its destination. Their services typically include local Customs clearance, local port charges, and import documentation. They also provide additional services at your request, including delivery of cargo to your final destination. UniWorld can provide you with the contact information of our international agent so you can determine the cost and procedure that would best fit your needs. Even before booking a shipment, we recommend contacting the international agent to ensure you are prepared for your shipment's arrival.