Is RoRo Shipping the Right Move for Vehicle Transportation?


Importers usually have hot only two major options, when it comes to the international transportation of vehicles, either Container shipping or RoRo shipping. Although they make it secure for shipments, it is worth seeing change in some considerations in terms of whether or not RoRo is the better of the two options, reports AJOT.

Supports Mobile shipping

Unlike the method (RoRo) which actually portrays the manner in which you load and unload your vehicle onto the sea freight carrier, cars are mobile, and it’s far easier for you to simply drive them onto a ship instead of packaging them for transport.

Benefits of RoRo Shipping

RoRo is the most preferred shipping method to ship vehicles from one port to the other. In fact, it is also the fastest method of transportation that will free you of any additional expenses. If your country uses CIF to calculate duties and taxes, then you can save double. And as long as you save on shipping, you certainly save on tax duties too! Now that’s a good deal.

Robust shipping capabilites

The really good and useful fact about RoRo shipping is that, it can apply to any type of vehicle. So long as you or the professional moving company you hire, provides you with a trailer with wheels, you have no need to pull them apart to fit inside a container. You may even be able to drive your car right from the destination port if you have enough gas left in the tank.

Not available at all ports

Most smaller countries don’t have it but most larger cities or ports do. You must check to make sure about the destination ports ability to handle RoRo containers, before you plan your NJ transport.

The lack of RoRo availability at certain ports can cause delays in transportation. If this does occur, importers have to find a port that offers this option in their close vicinity.

Unsafe loading/unloading

It is also more high-risk in terms of vehicle safety. The main reasons for this are the loading/unloading stage, during which accidents can occur, and the open exposure to diverse climate changes.

How RoRo differs from Container Shipping

All companies which offer you with the option of RoRo shipping will also offer Container shipping, you should know the main differences between the two before making a decision.

It’s important to note that in order to transport your vehicle with RoRo, it has to be in running condition. Otherwise, the only logical option you have is the use of Container shipping.

No accessories allowed

Container shipping allows for spare tires and other items to be shipped along with the car. By contrast, with RoRo shipping, you have to remove any personal belongings from the vehicle.

Fixed arrival and departure dates. Unlike container shipping, RoRo shipping also guarantees reliable departure and arrival dates.

Difference in costs. Since RoRo is the cheapest option when it comes to vehicle transport, it’s only logical that it will be the more affordable option in comparison with container shipping.

A quick recap

RoRo shipping best suits you, if you,

  • want a faster delivery of your vehicle,
  • your vehicle is in running condition,
  • you aren’t shipping personal items with the vehicles,
  • wish to save money on your vehicle transportation.

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Source: American Journal of Transportation


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