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How To Ship Your Vehicle Overseas


Military personnel are allowed to ship one privately owned vehicle (POV) on most overseas assignments. Here's how to make sure you're ready when you deliver your vehicle to the shipping port:
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 60 Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Have 7 copies of your orders and amendments. Also have a certified copy of the vehicle title and two other copies.
  2. If the vehicle is financed or leased, you'll need written permission from the finance or leasing company to export the vehicle.
  3. Ensure the vehicle contains no more than 1/4 tank of fuel.
  4. Make sure you have a valid ID card, and two sets of keys (one set for the transportation folks, one set to keep).
  5. Turn off or disconnect any anti-theft devices in the vehicle.
  6. If someone else is delivering your vehicle, he/she will need written permission or a simple power of attorney.
  7. Make sure the vehicle is in safe operating condition and is clean before bringing it to the port.
  8. Record the vehicle milage at the time of turn-in.
  9. Make sure the antifreeze solution will protect the vehicle to about minus 20 degrees.
  10. An inspector will inspect the vehicle with you. Record all damage on the DD Form 788. Make sure you agree before signing the form.
  11. Read and understand the liability statements on the reverse side of the DD Form 788 before signing.


  1. Small items which are used with the vehicle (such as tools, baby car seats, etc.) may be left in the vehicle.
  2. Vehicle transportation time overseas varies with the time of the year and the destination.

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