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Shipping a car from Bahrain


Shipping a car from Bahrain to the United Kingdom, or anywhere for that matter – involves careful coordination and adherence to international shipping procedures. 


Whether you are relocating, selling your vehicle overseas, or bringing it back to your home country, understanding the logistics is crucial. This is something that we take care of for you so that you don’t have too. 


However, in this guide, we will navigate through the key considerations when shipping a car from Bahrain to the UK.


Choose the Appropriate Shipping Method

International car shipping typically involves two primary methods: container shipping and roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) shipping.


We can assist with a plethora of methods of shipping, even including air freight. 


  • Container Shipping: Your car is securely loaded inside a container, providing additional protection from external elements. This method is suitable for high-value or classic vehicles.
  • RoRo Shipping: Your car is driven onto the ship and parked in a designated area. RoRo is often more cost-effective but provides less protection compared to container shipping.


We primarily use container shipping as it means your car is kept safe during transit, and the risks are relatively low in comparison to RoRo shipping. 


Consider factors such as your budget, the value of your vehicle, and the level of protection you desire when deciding between these shipping methods.


Gather Essential Documentation

Before shipping your car, ensure you have all of the necessary documentation in order. This is something that we can assist you with. Common documents include:

  • Vehicle Title and Registration: Proof of ownership and legal status of the vehicle.
  • Bill of Sale: If you recently purchased the car, a bill of sale is crucial for customs clearance.
  • Valid Identification: A copy of your passport or other valid identification.
  • Customs Declaration Form: Complete any required customs declaration forms for both Bahrain and the UK.
  • Insurance Documents: Ensure your car is adequately insured during transit.


Our handy portal guides you through what we require to get your car where it needs to go. 


Conduct a Pre-Shipping Inspection

We always recommend that you either take some dated photos or arrange for a pre-shipping inspection to document the current condition of your vehicle.


This inspection involves noting any existing damages or issues and serves as a baseline for assessing the car’s condition upon arrival in the UK.


This also happens at the port when your vehicle is loaded. 


Research Import Regulations and Taxes

Different countries have varied import regulations and taxes for vehicles. Research and understand the specific requirements and taxes imposed by the UK. Consider factors such as emissions standards, age restrictions, and any specific documentation required for customs clearance.


Transport Your Car to the Departure Port

Coordinate with the shipping company to transport your car to the designated departure port. Ensure your vehicle arrives at the port well in advance of the scheduled shipping date.


Customs Clearance and Loading

Upon arrival at the port, your car will undergo customs clearance. The shipping company will handle the necessary paperwork, and once cleared, your vehicle will be loaded onto the chosen shipping vessel.


Monitor Shipment Progress and Collect Your Car

Stay informed about the progress of your shipment during transit through regular updates from the shipping company. Once the ship arrives at the destination port in the UK, complete the required customs clearance procedures, and your car will be ready for pickup.


By following these steps and working with a reputable shipping company, you can navigate the process of shipping your car from Bahrain to the UK efficiently and with confidence. Whether your vehicle holds sentimental value or is an essential part of your relocation, entrust the shipping process to experienced professionals who understand the complexities of international car transportation.