International Boat Shipping

Embarking on an open water journey to transport your boat may seem exciting, but it’s not always possible or practical. At Trans Global Auto Logistics, we know that your boat is your baby. You worked hard to afford it and it takes effort to maintain its pristine condition. With more than 30 years of experience as a bonded freight forwarder, we have the international boat shipping expertise to safely transport vessels of all sizes to the port of your choosing.

Every boat is different. By understanding that, we tailor our boat transport services to your specific needs. What’s important to you? If cost is a factor, we can work with our shipping partners to score a rate that fits within your budget. Vessel dealers and private owners alike can select an international boat shipping method based on their desired schedule whenever time is of the essence. Our international boat shipping company can also pick a partner that is close to the final arrival port if pickup is your most pressing concern.

The Trans Global Difference

With an international network of contacts who are equipped to help us with shipping boats around the globe, you can rest assured that your shipment is in the right hands. We have the contacts necessary to meet your requirements down to the letter, and we’re dedicated to customizing your transport method as needed. Whether your boat is in a dry dock, on a trailer, or in the water, our boat transport services are prepared to handle all types of shipping circumstances.

Our goal is to make the process of getting your boat from its current location to its next destination as seamless as possible. Allow our international boat shipping company to deal with extra details including documentation and customs clearance. TGAL’s international boat shipping network casts a wide net, which saves you the hassle, money, and most importantly—time.

Turn to Trans Global for international shipping of your fishing boat, sailboat, or yacht. No matter the destination or boat size, we can work together to ship your vessel to its new port of call at a cost that works for you. Request a free quote to get the most competitive rates for shipping your boat to any country around the world.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What countries can you ship boats to?

Trans Global is an international boat shipping company with more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. We can ship boats of any size to any destination around the world, including the US, UK, Northern Europe, Middle East, and West Africa.

2. How long do I need to prepare for shipping my boat?

International boat shipping can be a logistically and legally complicated process. We recommend you begin the process 30 days in advance of the shipping date so you have enough time to prepare the boat and gather all the required legal documents.

3. What are the standards for cleanliness in your boat transport services?

The vessel’s exterior must be washed and thoroughly cleaned of all dirt. Its interior should be vacuumed and contain nothing but factory-installed items.

4. What items and equipment can I ship with my boat?

You must remove all personal items and belongings from the boat before transportation. Only factory-installed parts and items should remain inside the vessel for international boat shipping.

5. How much fuel can I leave in my tank?

According to US transportation laws, your boat’s tank must be at or less than a quarter full during shipment. Empty your fuel tank to at most one-fourth full before handing it over to the carrier.

6. Do you provide any guarantees that my vessel will not be damaged during your boat transport services?

Trans Global works with world-class international boat shipping companies to deliver safe and quality transportation services to our clients. Even with top-notch logistics services, no one can fully guarantee that your vessel will be safe from damage during transport. We do, however, offer all-risk marine insurance that provides full coverage if vessels are damaged during international boat shipping.

7. How long will it take to ship my boat from the US to the UK?

Many factors, including your location within the US, transit time and customs clearance can influence the delivery duration of your boat to the UK. In general, the entire shipping process can last between 30 – 45 days from the US East Coast and 45 – 60 days from the US West Coast until you receive your boat in the UK.

8. What documents do you need for international boat shipping?

If your boat is paid off:

  • The original title of the boat (the title will be mailed back to you after presenting it to customs)
  • Bill of sale (if you purchased the boat recently)
  • A copy of your passport, ID, or driver’s license

If your boat is not paid off and has a lien:

  • An original and notarized letter of permission for overseas transport signed by the lienholder
  • A notarized front and back copy of the title
  • A copy of your ID, passport, or driver’s license

If you need more information or don’t have some of the above documents, please contact our team of international boat shipping specialists to seek help.

9. Where can I get an asbestos clearance inspection for shipping my boat to Australia?

TGAL is one of the few international boat shipping companies in the US that offers a certified asbestos pre-testing and removal program for vessel shipments to Australia. In collaboration with the Australian Border Force (ABF), we have built an asbestos cleaning facility on the US West Coast. The facility is the only offshore asbestos cleaning center approved by the Australian government, meeting the country’s biosecurity requirements for vehicle and equipment imports.

10. Do you offer direct-to-door delivery boat transport services to Germany?

TGAL’s international boat shipping services include inland trucking and transportation solutions that allow us to offer direct-to-door delivery in many countries around the world. We do offer door delivery services to Germany and other European countries. Please note that when you request door delivery services to Germany, you should go to the nearest customs house and present clearance documents to release your boat.

11. My boat does not have a trailer. Do I need to buy one to ship my boat?

If you don’t have a trailer, you don’t need to buy one to ship your boat. Our international boat shipping company also builds customized cradles and offers different-sized trailers to facilitate the logistics process.

12. Where can I get more information about your international boat shipping services?

If you’re in the United States, you can contact us at 1-800- 264-8167 or send an email to For our customers in Europe, you can reach out to us at +49 (0) 6134-2592730 or send an email to

Trans Global’s ServiceS

No matter your boat shipping needs, we will work together to create your unique solution. Like all of our freight transport types, we offer a few different methods to fit your needs when it comes to international boat shipping. Based on your boat’s size, your ideal departure and arrival points, budget, and timeline goals, we will match you with your optimal boat transportation service. Our services include enclosed shipping containers, flat rack, roll on roll off (RORO), and lift on lift off (LOLO).

Enclosed shipping containers transport your boat inside a steel container for secure shipping, and can be a more affordable option if you are shipping a smaller boat less than eight feet tall or wide. Flat rack transport involves shipping your boat via sea vessel while secured inside a custom cradle and strapped to a flat rack. This method eliminates size restrictions making it a great option for medium to larger-sized boats.

The RORO method is one of our most common boat transport services and involves safely rolling your boat onto and off of a cargo ship while inside a trailer. Alternatively, the LOLO method is a great solution if your boat is too large for our other methods. While a higher budget option, LOLO has no size restrictions and involves using a crane to lift and load your boat onto a cargo vessel. Still unsure? Call in to speak to a specialist and have your questions answered.

Boat shipping can be a daunting process, but Trans Global Auto Logistics is here to make it as hassle-free as possible. Request your free quote today and experience international boat shipping backed by 30+ years of experience.

Additional Benefits and Services

  • Competitive pricing
  • Complete ocean freight services
  • A flexible timetable and sailing
  • En-route updates
  • Escrow Services


  • Customs validations
  • CE Certification and Marking
  • Marine Insurance services
  • Survey Condition Reports


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