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Professional Boat Transport & Logistics

We offer competitive prices on boat transports throughout the world.We own and operate our own in-house shipping company which is licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission as a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC). We are the preferred choice for boat dealers worldwide who strives to excel through streamlined logistics and continuous attention to details.From our marina in Pompano Beach we’re making sure that our customers get the service they require. Most customers contracts with us to provide a door-to-door solution which often involves pick-up of the boat, loading and reloading onto transport cradles, freight preparation, shrink wrapping, arranging with port deliveries, and booking the boat for ocean freight to an overseas destination. Other customers, who arrange with their own local preparation, choose to use our booking service for ocean freight – which we are more than happy to provide for them.

We’re offering

  • Professional, multilingual staff that assist you before, during, and after the transport/export mission
  • Freight preparations, local freight, transport cradles, loading, re-loading, shrink-wrapping
  • Ocean freight from the entire Eastern seaboard, Texas, and California to destinations worldwide
  • Export declaration & customs questions
  • CE-certification through Germanischer Lloyd & Ce-proof
  • Australia shipping services – fumigation of boats and cradles according to Australian customs certification standard (Methyl Bromide 3.0 lbs /1,000 cubic feet 24 hrs
  • Australia shipping services – De-gassing of Air Conditioning (AC), refrigeration, HVAC Customs Certification and de-gassing of all HFC or HCFC (with our certificate – our customers are NOT required to obtain the very expensive Australian Import Licenses.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

I’m thinking about importing a boat from the U.S.. Where do I start?

Step I – BUDGET
As is true for all decision-making, you do need a budget for your boat importing project. In addition to the boat purchase itself, there are additional outlays involved in terms of freight and fees. A typical do-it-yourself deal includes some or all of the following: costs associated with taking the boat out of the water or out of the marina in which it is presently stored, freight preparation (e.g., de-assembly of radar wing, shrink-wrap), loading, and re-loading, transport cradle, local freight from palace of purchase to port of export. Port fees, crane fees, export declaration, ocean freight to foreign port, customs duties, import taxes, VAT, unloading charges, freight forwarder commission, and local freight to your marina/place of discharge.

Step II – FINDING THE RIGHT BOAT
There’s more boats available in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world. There’s a seemingly endless supply and the prices are therefore very competitive. To find the right boat means to find the boat that brings the most personal value to you for the money spent, taking into consideration your requirements and specifications. You will soon realize that it is not necessarily always the least expensive boat which is the one which suits you the best. Geographic distance to port of shipping can and will have a large impact on the final shipping price, for instance. From the Eastern seaboard, you will have no problem shipping from the coastal cities of New York, Baltimore, Charleston, Savannah, and Brunswick. For an additional fee, we also offer our customers the opportunity to ship out boats from Long Beach, California.

Step III THE DEAL MAKING
Once you found a boat that match your criteria you need to lock up a deal with a contract or an agreement with the selling party. Once you have a contract you can choose whether or not you should hire a marine surveyor to inspect the boat on your behalf (at your expense, of course). Once you’re satisfied with the condition of the boat and the equipment to go with it, the deal should be finalized; transfer of ownership is evident – money vs. merchandise, boat vs. payment. The boat is now yours and the task to transport it from its current location to your house is underway. NOTE! In certain cases, we’re able to assist you in the deal making process by acting as your buying agent. Hence, we’re assisting you with Steps II & III against a set fee.

Step IV THE SHIPPING PROCESS
While most shipping deals are similar, they are still unique and thus require special attention. Boats are being bought all over the U.S. and trucks run all over the continent on a daily basis picking these up for export. Most U.S. boat dealers have limited or no experience in the field of boat export and trucking. Some boat dealers have access to mechanics and transporters; some don’t. In the shipping process it is important to know that practically every boat need some sort of physical transport to be able to be shipped overseas. Another common denominator is that practically every boat is in need of some sort of freight preparation. This is where we enter the picture. We have an excellent track record and documented experience of coordinating local transportation – especially in the South-eastern continental U.S. We own and operate our own trucks which are driven by trained and fully insured professional drivers. If the boat is located outside of our geographical reach, we are still able to coordinate your transport through some of our partners. Once the boat is prepared and transported to the port, our valued partner Wallenius Wilhelmsen makes sure that your boat is ocean freighted to your destination of choice. In summary our involvement in your import project can range from a simple freight booking from let’s say New York to Bremerhaven. On the other hand, our involvement can also be all-inclusive in that we walk you through the entire process from locating the boat, assisting with inspection, negotiating the deal, monitoring of your interest, analyzing results, research title work, arrange with payments and bank transfers, pick-up of the boat at seller, freight preparation (e.g. taking down a radar arch, storing canvas, shrink-wrap it, reload the boat on transport cradle, truck it to the port of export, pay for port fees, and arrange with the fastest and most secure means of ocean freight to port of destination.

How do I come up with a freight budget?

Total freight cost consist of the following components:

  • Loading and reloading of the boat from the seller’s dock or marina. Be aware that loading charges can be levied by the marina. It is advisable that you agree with the seller beforehand whether he or you should pay for this charge.
  • Freight preparations such as de-assembly of radar arches and hard tops, winterization of engines and water systems, generators, shrink-wrap, reloading, cradle fees are all part of freight prep. charges
  • Local land freight from place of sale to port of loading, whether this is to be done on its own keel or via truck.
  • Port fees in the U.S.
  • Ocean freight from the U.S. to overseas port of discharge is calculated on the total cubic volume of the boat, including cradle or trailer. In other words, an over-sized trailer makes the freight considerably more expensive and a tailor made transport cradle.
  • Fuel surcharges. Due to the existing level of fuel prices an extra fuel surcharge is levied on the ocean freight by the steamship line.
  • Forwarding fees in the EU. Although you do not have to, many customers choose to use a forwarding agent in the EU to handle all the import documentation. The forwarder clears customs and pays the duties and charges the customer a handling fee for their work.
  • Port and unloading fees in port of discharge.