Mercator has seen an influx of requests to arrange shipping of cars (particularly classic cars) from the USA to the UK.  We were recently asked to arrange the import shipping of this interesting 1972 Mazda RX2 from Florida.

The customer in the UK requested for us to arrange the pick-up of the car onsite in Florida and the delivery of the car to the port so that it could be loaded into a container for the international shipping leg of the journey.  The local collection was possible thanks to our connections with USA agents (who are also members of MarcoPoloLine – the worldwide freight forwarding network).

The car was then shipped via sea freight over to the UK where we arranged for the customs clearance and onward delivery to the customer.

With advances in container racking and due to attempts of freight forwarders to drive down the cost of shipping, some car shipping routes have specialist car racking systems available so that up to four cars fit into one shipping container.  With the invention of this system, car shipping could not be more cost-effective by container as the total cost of the container shipping is split between four cars.  This is an extremely new idea and currently is only available on a few routes, including Australasia and most recently South Africa.

Containerised car shipping is much safer than it might sound.  All vehicles that are loaded into the container are secured with various lashing and padding around the cars so that they do not move in transit – making it a really safe shipping option.  Our car shipping service even goes as far as arranging detailed inspection of the vehicle before and after it is shipped to ensure there is no damaged made during transit.

RORO (roll-on roll-off, where the vehicle is driven directly on and off the shipping vessel) is not always necessarily the cheapest car shipping option, especially with the abilities to load multiple cars into one shipping container.  However, if you have a car that you wish to arrange the international shipping of, then do get in touch and we can discuss the options, including containerisation, RORO (roll-on roll-off) and even air freight.

American classic cars are becoming very popular and there is an increasing demand on shipping these cars to the UK for car enthusiasts.  As such, Mercator has a seamless car shipping supply chain from across the USA right through to door in the UK.  If you appoint freight forwarder Mercator to arrange your shipping, you can be relaxed knowing that your car will arrive in the UK safely and on time.

If you have a car to ship to the UK from the USA then get in touch with us for a quote.  Our import car shipping team will be more than happy to help: +44 2392 756 575 or email

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