Roll on, roll off (Ro-Ro) shipping is a mode of transport for vehicles of any dimension and weight like trucks, trailers, buses, construction vehicles such like graders, shovels, bulldozers, stone-crushers, mobile cranes but also container handling equipment such like forklifts, reach stackers, and new or 2nd hand passenger cars. Whether on wheels or tracks all units are driven on the Roll on Roll off vessel (so-called PCTC – Pure Car Truck Carrier) and firmly lashed & secured on board. The unit is not moved during the voyage and once it reaches its destination it is driven off on to the terminal.
It’s used by manufacturers, importers of new cars as well as single cars for private customers. Cargo shipping International (CSI) offers Ro-Ro shipping on many routes worldwide, in ports that accommodate Ro-Ro vessels. In Europe, Ro-Ro tonnage is primarily used for export shipments to countries across the globe as well as import of vehicles produced outside Europe.
It doesn’t matter if you’re shipping your family car, an RV, a heavy-duty truck or a motorcycle. When it comes to Ro-Ro shipment there are certain preparatory steps you should take for safe and timely vehicular transport.
Here is how you can prepare your car or any other vehicle for RoRo Shipments.
Ensure your vehicle is completely empty
Two vehicle shipping inspections are typically performed; one at the origin and the other at the destination. Preferably both you and/or your surveyor representative should be present to confirm and sign the condition report with the terminal/stevedore on delivery in the port of loading and upon receipt in the port of discharge.
Conduct a thorough inspection yourself beforehand. Clean the inside of your car, remove personal accessories and valuables, disconnect your alarm systems. It’s best to note existing scratches and scraps to do a before-and-after comparison. But make sure to have your vehicle properly insured for which CSI can guide you.
Remove all goods from the vehicle
There are several conditions and limitations for shipping your vehicle Ro-Ro from the Netherlands. The main one includes not keeping any goods inside the vehicle. This is why clients need to make sure they remove the following from their cars before shipping.
- Un-mounted radios
- CD or cassette decks
- Car phones
- Garage door openers, gate openers
- Toll tag passes
- Personal belongings (except standard vehicle items like spare tire)
- Non-permanent luggage
- Exterior car covers, spare tires, grills, antennas
Check for leaking fluids
The vehicles need to be in working technical and driving condition with no more than ¼ full fuel tank. Clients are recommended to properly check their vehicles for any oil or water leaks.
Cars found with fluid leaks found during Ro-Ro transportation will not be loaded on-board the cargo vessel. The repair cost will be charged to your account.
The above-mentioned tips will help prevent any delays in shipment as well as any unexpected costs. To keep the process of Ro-Ro shipping simple, hire an international freight forwarding company like CSI.
CSI specializes in Ro-Ro shipments to the Middle and Far East, Western, Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as Central and South America. Our team is aware of all requirements regarding Ro-Ro shipments for trucks, buses, construction vehicles, motor homes and passenger cars.
We even assist clients in customs formalities like RDW documentation and other paperwork to ensure your freight reaches its destination on time.
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