When shipping your vehicle you might want to consider RoRo service

Latin American Cargo (LAC) is pleased to announce its launch of RORO vehicle transportation services, available now for shipments of almost anything on wheels, shipping anywhere from Canada and the United States of America. This revolutionizes the freight and transportation needs of our clientele with fast, reliable, and safe shipping of their passenger, recreational, and construction equipment vehicles –large and small– with the same speed, professionalism, and attention to detail as all of LAC’s logistic services.

LAC can ship freight RORO if it has wheels and can be rolled on and off the vessel. This applies to all types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, semi’s, construction vehicles, tractors, trailers, mobile homes, RV’s, caterpillar, backhoes, bulldozers, railroad cars, yachts, sailboats and much more.

Roro shipping via ocean

What is RORO shipping?

A time-tested method with origins dating back as early as 1833, “Roll-On/Roll-Off” refers to a combination of ground and sea transport, where wheeled road vehicles are driven onto a ship or ferry (RORO-specific) and driven off at the destination port. The difference comes in the type of vessel used: RORO ships are designed to carry cargo such as passenger vehicles, utility vehicles, and construction equipment that are rolled on and off the ship on their own power or using a platform vehicle, such as a self-propelled modular transporter. This is in contrast to Lift-On/Lift-Off (LO/LO) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo.

RORO vessels have either built-in or shore-based ramps that allow the cargo to be efficiently rolled on and off the vessel when in port. While smaller ferries that operate across rivers and other short distances often have built-in ramps, the term RORO is generally reserved for large oceangoing vessels. The ramps and doors may be located in stern, bow or sides, or any combination thereof.

Comparing ocean transportation options

When it comes to automobile shipping, there are two main options: in a container or RORO. But which option is better?

Both options can be used for almost any type of vehicle to be transported internationally. It is important for peace of mind to know that all vehicles are securely blocked, braced, and tied down ensuring absolute security during transportation. By this same logic, we always recommend getting cargo insurance for one’s protection, no matter what they’re shipping.

Given the options, there are several reasons to consider RORO instead of a container:

  • RORO is the simplest and cheapest method of shipping this type of cargo.
  • After vehicles are driven directly onto the vessel, they are secured to the decks, wind-and-watertight and safe from the elements.
  • Although personal effects cannot be included, spare tires, attachments, and other factory-fitted accessories might be allowed.
  • Modern RORO carriers can handle not just cars, trucks, and boats but all types of motorized, rolling and even static cargo: even high & heavy machinery.
  • Everything is handled by the port workers. No need to pay an export warehouse for crating, container packing, flat rack loading, port delivery, etc. Another variable to help keep international costs down.
  • Shipping RORO from the U.S. can be arranged from multiple major ocean ports: New York, Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Galveston, and Los Angeles.
  • Overseas destinations include ports in Western Europe, Mediterranean, Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Central America and South America.
RORO shipping service

A simple consultation with our Logistics Pros will advise you on the availability of RORO shipping to the destinations of your choice and ensure you are utilizing the best method, taking into consideration all factors for safest, most convenient, and economical option. For a quote, questions, or more information about this exciting news, call us today at 1-877-522-7447 or email at: contactus@latinamericancargo.com.

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