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Transporting Your Vehicle Interstate by Sea

Shipping your vehicle by sea offers several key benefits that make it an ideal solution for moving your car from coast-to-coast across Australia.

To help you prepare and know what to expect; here are some tips and tricks that will make moving your car, 4×4, van, bus, truck or trailer less stressful.

Safety and Security

Shipping by sea is a safe and secure method of transportation for your vehicle.

Sea freight carriers follow strict safety protocols and use state-of-the-art equipment to protect your vehicle from damage during transit.

Additionally, your vehicle is stored securely within a shipping container or specialized vehicle carrier, reducing the risk of theft or vandalism.

According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the maritime industry has consistently improved its safety record, with the number of total losses declining by 38% between 2008 and 2017


Sea shipping is often more cost-effective than other transportation methods, such as air freight or overland road transport.

Shipping by sea allows transport providers to transit larger volumes of cargo. This means they can often offer discounted or rates at lower cost, making it an economical choice for moving your vehicle – car, truck, van or camper, across Australia.

Shipping by sea can also help you avoid additional expenses related to long-distance driving, such as fuel, accommodation, meals, and vehicle wear and tear.


Shipping by sea is an eco-friendlier option compared to other transportation methods.

Maritime transport has a lower carbon footprint per ton-kilometer than road or air transport, making it a more environmentally sustainable choice for moving your vehicle across the country.

A study by CE Delft found that sea transport emits approximately 15 grams of CO2 per ton-kilometer, compared to 50 grams for road transport and 540 grams for air transport.

Flexibility and Versatility

Sea shipping offers flexibility and versatility, with the ability to accommodate various types of vehicles – trucks, boats, caravans, buses and cars.

Owners of oversized or over-weight vehicles, such as some electric cars, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), utes, trucks and vans can cost effectively have their vehicle professional transported by sea (a move that would complex and expensive by road transport).

Shipping companies provide a range of container options and specialized carriers to suit different transportation needs, ensuring that your vehicle will be transported safely and securely.

Reduced Wear and Tear

Shipping your vehicle by sea can significantly reduce wear and tear on your vehicle compared to driving it across the country or putting it on a car-carrier (to transport it by road or train).

Long-distance driving can cause additional stress on your vehicle’s engine, tyres, and other components, leading to increased maintenance costs over time.

Choosing to ship your vehicle by sea, helps you preserve its value and avoid the need for costly repairs or maintenance.

JCS Global for Vehicle Transport by Sea

Need to transport your vehicle within Australia?

Speak with JCS Global. We’ll move your vehicle interstate or across the country by ship.

Contact us.  We’ll discuss your transport options and give you a competitive quote.

We’re here to help make your move a success!