Roll-on-Roll-off Shipping Services and Rates
Auto4export has resources to offer miscellaneous transportation services that include the RoRo service. RoRo (roll on roll off) service is the kind where the cargo can be rolled on and off the vessel.
RO-RO in international shipping means, "Roll On/Roll Off". RO-RO vessels transport motorized vehicles - cars, boats, trailers, small-wheeled construction machines etc. That are driven on and off the ship using a platform or on their own wheels. RO-RO vessels have built-in ramps through which the cargo is rolled on and off the ship when docked at port.
International RO-RO shipping service is an alternative to shipping motorized vehicles in multimodal sea freight containers. For shipment of oversized wheeled cargo, such as heavy trucks, trailers, cranes, excavators, railway carriages etc., RO-RO sea freight carrier is the only option for international ocean freight shipment.
Instructions for Shipment of Motorized Vehicles Using RO-RO Service
Motorized vehicles must be accompanied with ignition keys and should be in running condition, have no loose or missing body, broken windows or overheating engine prior to loading them on the RO-RO vessel. If a motorized vehicle shipped via RO-RO vessel is not in running condition, then extra charges would have to be paid to the RO-RO freight service provider for towing of the vehicle.
In addition, any motorized vehicle that is to be shipped using RO-RO service must be filled with a max of 1/2 tank of gas. Some shipping agents recommend filling the motorized vehicle tank with 1/4 tank of gas.
Proper safety instructions should be taken when shipping motorized vehicles on trailers such as jet skies and shipping boats etc. International safety requirement for shipment of motorized vehicles on trailers is similar to international shipping of cars in multimodal sea freight containers.
Note: If you are shipping motorized vehicles using RO-RO freight service, you CANNOT place anything inside the vehicle other than factory installed equipment. Moreover, international RO-RO freight providers do not take any responsibility for any spare parts placed inside the motorized vehicle.
International Shipping Rates and Charges for using RO-RO Freight Service
International shipping rates and charges for RO-RO service differs and depends on the type and size of vehicle and standards set by the freight service provider. The initial shipping rates are generally based on overall volume of the shipment in cubic meters (CBM) or cubic feet (CBF). These rates are usually quoted in lump sum US$ amount.
A special ocean freight rate matrix is used to quote shipping rates and charges for motorized vehicles based on its total volume. . Rate may further be subject to BAF and CAF, which means an adjustment in rates based on fluctuation of oil prices and currency exchange rates.
One final point to note is that the international RO-RO shipment will be measured at SSL's (Steam Ship Line), an international shipping company, pier. If the overall dimension of the RO-RO shipping unit differs from dimensions provided by your freight service provider at the time of booking the shipment, then charges may be added and deducted from total RO-RO shipping cost.