How Can I Ship Cars to Nigeria?

by Dmitry Rashnitsov

Shipping a car to Nigeria is a moderately easy process. There are companies that can help you ship your car to Nigeria from the United States. The cost for shipment ranges from $1,200 to $2,500, depending on the size of the vehicle, the type of container it goes in, and how fast you need it to get there. Doing due diligence to make sure you choose a reputable company is a key point, as well as reviewing relevant websites to ensure that you are not part of a scam.

Choosing a Car Shipping Company

Some of the more popular and reliably safe companies include: ShipMyVehicle.com, InternationalCarShipping.com, and AutoCarShippers.com. They ship to various countries all over the world, including Nigeria. You will need to fill out an online car quote form to determine the price of the car shipment and what type of container it will travel in. You should fill out a quote with all three organizations to insure that you get the best rate possible. Also, once a company comes back to you with a rate, do not hesitate to haggle with them and present their competitors' pricing.

Choosing a Shipping Method

There are basically two ways of shipping your vehicle to Nigeria. You will have to decide whether you want a "roll on, roll off" shipment or a container shipment. The roll on, roll off option will have an employee of the shipping company drive your car onto a large cargo boat in a port city. Another employee in Nigeria will drive it back off once it arrives. If you choose to ship your vehicle in a container, you must choose which container size to ship it in. The container shipments can be in a 20-foot-wide by 10-foot-tall or a 40-foot-wide by 10-foot-tall container. These containers will be placed on the shipping boat and taken off by a crane. The shipping containers can cost at least $500 to $1,000 more than the roll on, roll off method, however it is deemed safer because there are no weather elements that the car must face during the ocean journey. Once you have chosen your container and your company, you will need to pick the place where the car will be dropped off. You may search for a company that has pickup options all over the country, or you may choose to drop the vehicle off at the city where the shipment boat is leaving from. Picking the car up from the non-port city will add extra cost to the transaction. Once the car is in Nigeria, you will receive confirmation from the shipping company that it is ready for pick up.

Beware of scams

Remember to remove all valuables from your vehicle, as you will not know who will have access to it. Also check out any organizations that may take your vehicle--if you deliver it into the wrong hands, you will never see it again. Autocarshippers.com details a list of possible scams that agents try to play, including offering to sell your car and ship it, yet you never receive any money, or forcing you to wire them money before the car is shipped, then never coming to pick it up. Be vigilant in dealing with organizations and never pay for the service fully until it is actually completed.

About the Author

Dmitry Rashnitsov is a writer based out of Fort Lauderdale. His work has appeared in the "Sun-Sentinel" newspaper, "South Florida Blade" newspaper, "Cape Coral Daily Breeze," "411 Magazine," "South Florida CEO Magazine" and the Examiner.com web platform. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.