Car Shipping: Which is better? RoRo shipping or Container Shipping?

Car Shipping: Which is better? RoRo shipping or Container Shipping?


4 minute read | By Detype Studio

Last updated: January 4, 2024 | Published: September 26, 2017


If you’re looking into car shipping or vehicle shipping, you’re probably wondering which is the best way to do it? Whether you need to ship a single vehicle or multiple cars at a time, you have two options. Either load your vehicle(s) into a container and use a container shipping service or ship with a Roll On Roll Off (RORO) service, where your vehicle is simply driven on and off the vessel. But which one is best?

RORO Shipping

RORO is by far the easiest and lowest cost option for car shipping or transporting any vehicle. The vehicles are simply driven straight onto the RORO ship and securely blocked, braced, and tied down inside the ship where it is wind and watertight, to ensure complete security.

RORO vessels can transport all types of motorised cargo including cars, lorries, boats, buses, motorbikes, motorhomes, agricultural vehicles, construction vehicles and other types of heavy machinery.

RORO shipping was developed by the Japanese and is a great car shipping option thanks to its efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Its name comes from the ability to roll cargo onto the ship at the port of origin and then simply roll it off again when it reaches its destination. The option to ship without needing to consider packing and its related costs makes RORO shipping the lower cost option.

John Good Logistics’s extensive network throughout Africa and the Middle East provides competitive RORO shipping for wheeled cargo to major ports including Lagos, Mombasa, Tema, Dar Es Salem and Jebel Ali.

Container Shipping

RORO shipping is by far the most viable option for car shipping; however, it does have some geographical limitations. As described earlier, RORO shipping does have some global routes, but it’s not available everywhere, and this is where container shipping comes in because where RORO is not available, container shipping almost certainly is.

Other benefits of container shipping for cars is the ability to ship personal items at the same time by loading them into your car (something you’re not allowed to do with RORO shipping). A standard 20ft container will usually fit a single vehicle, whereas a 40ft container is typically sufficient for two average sized cars.

When shipping by container, the car is driven into the container and then secured in the correct position using chocks and ratchet straps so it can’t move during transit. Car shipping containers also have to comply with strict regulations to ensure they are structurally sound, wind and watertight to ensure your vehicle(s) is secure while it’s transported.

Which option is right for your shipment really depends on the number and type of vehicles, the origin and destination. If you need to transport individual or multiple vehicles of any kind, John Good Logistics provides reliable, efficient and competitively-priced RORO shipping and container shipping solutions to destinations worldwide. Contact us for advice on which option will be best for you.

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