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Shipping Cars for UK Import

Mercator handles car shipping across the globe on a regular basis.  IMG_84211
Our car import service into the UK includes any aspect as required, for example if you need a car shipped from door in South Africa to the local sea freight port, sea freight service from Durban to the port in the UK, UK customs clearance, and delivery to your door in the UK, we can handle everything.  Likewise if you just need clearance and delivery of your shipped car in the UK, we can arrange that for you.

We were recently tasked with shipping the classic car pictured above from Australia to the UK for a customer who was relocating and wanted to take their car with them.  For this particular vehicle, we arranged the shipping in a container as the car was high worth.  Our agent in Australia arranged the strapping and safe loading of the car into the container, and our warehouse in the UK unloaded and inspected the car upon customs clearance in the UK.  Other options for high worth car shipping includes arranging air freight – this is obviously more expensive and faster than shipping a car via sea freight.

For cars which are in running order, RORO (roll on roll off) might be your preferred option – this is where the car is driven on and off the shipping vessel, rather than loaded into a shipping container.  If the vehicle to be shipped is not in running order then the only option is to load it in to a container for transit.  We also offer an export car shipping service to most countries worldwide.


Get in touch to discuss our car shipping services and to get a quote: or call us on +44 2392 756 575.


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Importing Supercars into the UK from Dubai and Saudi Arabia

Mercator has over twenty years experience in the freight forwarding business and has imported various supercars and luxury cars into the UK from all over the Middle East including Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Let Mercator guide you through the process of importing your supercar into the UK with a comprehensive, personal service.  Our experienced team of freight forwarders can advise on all matters including transit methods (i.e. sea freight or air freight), transit times, options to securely fasten the car in its shipping container, import VAT and duty, and loading options.

We understand that the safety of your vehicle is paramount, and so will go to lengths to ensure that the car is secured safely in its shipping container, or on the airplane.  Fastening will only be undertaken in full knowledge that no marks will be made to the car.  Options such as using webbing and padded straps can be discussed.

Mercator can organise everything for your shipment of your supercar from its destination in the Middle East.  We can arrange the sea or air freight, the collection of the car when it arrives into the UK for delivery anywhere across the country, the import VAT and duty payable upon arrival in the UK, and all measures to ensure a safe transit.

Ferrari UK to Australia - Ocean Freight Forwarder

The Ferrari above is a car that we shipped for a customer. As you can see, it has been containerised in order to minimise the risk of damage in transit and has been secured in the container to ensure that it does not move around during transit. We have contacts at most ports who can arrange the secure loading of your car, do a full inspection before the vehicle is loaded and ensure the car is securely fastened into the container for transit.

If you’re looking to import a supercar from Dubai, Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, contact us today to see how we can help – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email:


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