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April 26, 2006

Shipping a vehicle internationally...

After 5 years of roaming the roads of latin america, the Jeep is now on its way back to the US. It's held up amazingly well... The plan is to ship it from Ecuador or Peru to Panama.

From there. Robyn will drive it back to the US for me while I am in China. That is -- if it ever gets there. Shipping vehicles internationally has to be one of the most difficult industries to deal with these days...  Quotes for containers varied from $1200 to $3000, and took an average of 10 emails to even obtain, involving literally dozens of people, and as many abbreviations. (vsl = vessel, for exmpl. :-)

CSAV offers ro/ro service, which does not require a container. It is not quite as safe as using a container, but at least in theory it should be much more economical... their pricing is a bit unclear at this point, though.

I will post a full report on how this went, for the benefit of future travellers...

Posted by rick at April 26, 2006 05:43 AM