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The Future of Boat Transport: 10 Things You Need to Know

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Planning ahead is critical when working to transport a boat regardless of size. We’ve got a list of 10 things you need to know to ensure a successful journey.
USA Customs Clearance
October 26, 2018
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Last Modified: September 6, 2022

Boat season is fast approaching. Those seeking information on how to ship a boat or how to make money shipping a boat to the U.S. can follow these 10 easy tips.

Are you interested in the boat transport process or seeking to learn more about yacht shipping? You should always plan at least a month ahead before your boat arrives. This gives you time to find a boat carrier, shop around for boat shipping quotes and schedule boat transport pickup and arrival dates.

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Find a Boat Transport Service

Make sure you have accurate boat dimensions to receive the most accurate boat shipping quotes, thus avoiding delays and unforeseen costs. This makes it easier for boat transport services to estimate the equipment they need to ship your boat. Include replacement value, measurements, special requirements and photos to help shippers plan for your shipment.

Prepare Ahead for Boat Permitting

Remember some boats are oversized, over dimensional and overweight. Whether you are buying a boat or importing a boat, you must plan ahead. Boat or yacht shipping typically requires you to apply, pay and get approved for permits for these types of shipments. Boats hauled by trucks on state and federal highways may even require escorts to run both in front and behind your boat cargo for both safety and legal reasons.

Calculate Boat Transportation Costs

How much does shipping a boat from Europe to Asia or from Europe to the U.S. cost? The cost to ship a boat all depends on the distance your boat is traveling. If you are shipping a boat across the Atlantic Ocean, you can prepare to spend a lot more than you would if you’re shipping a boat across the continental United States.

The price of shipping a boat or moving a yacht is always difficult to estimate so leave some room in your budget for some surprise fees you may have forgotten to consider. Spend some time to do the preliminary research needed to calculate your costs to make your budget accurate.

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Allot for Extra Delivery Time

Hauling oversized shipments take extra time and effort. If you are hauling a boat on a tractor trailer, remember that those trucks aren’t driving the speed limit. It can take a tractor trailer with an oversized boat on it hours to drive through just one state. Permits distributed for oversized loads also usually require trucks to only drive those roads during allotted time periods and during good weather only.  

Take Proactive Measures with Boat Transportation Insurance

It is important to review insurance policies for your boat transportation. Make sure you verify your policy coverage through the Department of Transportation. This type of insurance is needed when providing assistance for your oversized cargo on state and federal highways. You should also obtain your own coverage for any boat you are shipping or importing from Europe or any other country. We offer cargo insurance through our network of supply chain companies and can walk you through purchasing additional insurance when needed.

File the Correct Importing Paperwork

Make the most of your time when shipping a boat by filing the proper paperwork the first time. Your complete paperwork file needs to include:

  •    A bill of lading listing your boat or yacht purchase in the form of a receipt.
  •    An arrival notice from the U.S. agent of record.
  •    A packing list detailing your boat or yacht purchase in detail.
  •    A commercial invoice listing the purchase price, tariff classification of your boat and the country of origin for your imports.

Follow Rules from Other Countries

Other countries make their own sets of rules and regulations when it comes to exporting boats and yachts. Make sure you do your research and get the proper import duty, or tax, for your boat imports, which require a customs bond. Have questions? Click the bottom right box to chat and we can answer you right now!

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Work with a Licensed Customs Broker

Working with a Licensed Customs Broker ensures you achieve customs clearance success during the boat transport process. Brokers help you avoid import obstacles and can handle all of your import requirements when you are importing a boat or a yacht. You must use a Customs Broker when:

  •    You are importing goods like boats and yachts that have a value in excess of $2,500. These types of goods require a customs bond.
  •    There is a time crunch and you need to meet importing deadlines
  •    You need approvals expedited quickly with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) quickly.

Purchase a Customs Bond Today

Customs bonds are required for boat imports. You need the proper customs bond to achieve customs clearance success. There are two main customs bond types to choose from. Figure out the customs bond type you need today.

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Does the boat importing process seem overwhelming? Contact AFC International today to streamline the U.S. customs bond verification process for you and put your mind at ease. The skillets that a Licensed Customs Broker provides can make the import process move quickly and efficiently.

Our value-added customs brokerage services work seamlessly to provide you with a stress-free importing process. Clear customs easily with us today by requesting a customs bond quote! We are here to serve you!

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2 comments on “The Future of Boat Transport: 10 Things You Need to Know”

  1. Thank you for pointing out that you should make sure to find a boat transportation service if you are planning on transporting a boat. My husband has been thinking about buying a boat. It's good to know that if he decides to purchase one that there are choices for having them shipped.

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