Shipping a Car Overseas

Shipping your car overseas

When you receive your PCS orders you're entitled to ship your privately owned vehicle (POV) from or between locations overseas. If you wish to ship your POV overseas it must be authorized on your orders. Alternate ports may be used if approved by the military traffic management command (MTMC). Requests to use an alternate port should be addressed to the Personal Property Shipping Office (PPSO).

Your owned or leased POV may be shipped to your new duty station at the government's expense. If you want to make your own arrangements to ship your own POV, consult your sponsor and transportation office for any restrictions. You may have to pay an import duty on a second POV. Your local transportation office has information on the host country's restrictions.

Size Limitations
The government will pay for the shipment of a POV that does not exceed 20 measurement tons. A compact car averages 9 tons and a full-size car is about 15 tons. Measurement tons can be determined by multiplying the length (in feet) by the height by the width, and then dividing by 40. Here's the formula: L in feet x H in feet x W in feet = Total Cubic Feet divided by 40.

Type of POV's You May Ship
Only self-propelled, wheeled motor vehicles can be shipped. This includes automobiles, motorcycles, motor scooters, vans, and pickups. Other passenger-carrying, multi-purpose motor vehicles may qualify. However, they may require a written certification stating the vehicle is for personal use.

Leased POV

To ship a long-term (12 months or longer) leased POV, you must provide a written authority from the leasing company. All requirements stated in the lease remain your responsibility.

When to Ship Your POV
Each branch of the military has different limitations for shipping a POV. A few of those limitations for the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy include:

  • Army and Air Force personnel POVs will be accepted for shipment if delivered to the port within 90 days after the servicemember departed for an overseas tour of more than one year, or within 30 days after the servicemember's departure on a tour of duty of one year or less.
  • Navy and Marine Corps personnel POVs will be accepted when at least 12 months remain to be served at their current overseas duty station at the time vehicle is delivered to the loading port.

What You May Leave in Your POV
Only authorized personal articles may remain in your POV when it's turned in for processing. All household items and camping equipment must be removed. You may ship the following:

  • Tools, which cannot exceed $200 value
  • Jacks, tire irons, tire chains, fire extinguisher, tire inflator, first aid kits, jumper cables, warning triangles, trouble lights
  • One spare tire and two snow tires with wheels (mounted and unmounted)
  • Portable cribs and children's car seats
  • Luggage racks
  • Small items such as thermos bottles, bottle warmers and car cushions if they can be packed entirely within a carton provided by the port
  • Catalytic converters, catalyst components (pallets), oxygen sensors and pipe segments used to replace converters in overseas areas

What You May Not Ship in Your POV
The following items may not be left in a POV during shipping:

  • Televisions and DVD players
  • Accessories not permanently installed
  • Flammable or hazardous substances such as waxes, oil, paints, solvents and polishes
  • Citizen Band (CB) radios, importation and operations of CB radios are prohibited in most overseas areas

Violating these restrictions may result in your POV being held at the port of discharge until the equipment has been removed and shipped out of country. All costs associated with removing your CB radio from your POV and shipping will be at your expense.

Tracking Your POV
You can track your POV through the International Auto Logistics website. Just enter your name, Social Security number, and order number and you can find out just where your vehicle is in the moving process. Directions and maps to the vehicle pick-up centers and more detailed information on shipping a vehicle can be found on this site, as well.

2014 Update:

The following are new U.S. VPC addresses for International International Auto Logistics vehicle processing centers starting May 1, 2014:

- Atlanta: 3025 Sylvian Road, Atlanta, GA. 30354
- Baltimore: 17079 Midway Road, Odenton, MD 21113
- Charleston, S.C.: 3601 N. Meeting St., North Charleston, SC 29405
- Dallas: 957 Heinz Way, Grand Prairie, TX 75051
- Los Angeles: 14611 S. Broadway St, Gardena, CA 90248
- Norfolk, Va.: 1215 Executive Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320
- Seattle: 654 Milwaukee Ave. N, Algona, WA 98001
- St. Louis: 13918 St. Charles Rock Rd, Bridgeton, MO 63044
- San Diego: 11433 Woodside Ave, Santee, CA 92071

The following are new overseas VPC addresses for receiving vehicles starting May 1:

- Anchorage, Alaska: 300 LaTouche Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
- Fairbanks, Alaska: 5250 Airport Industrial Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709
- Bahrain: Al Musaskar 940, East Riffa Industrial Area, Bahrain
- Brandon, UK: Field Road, Mildenhall, Suffolk IP28 7AL, UK
- Aviano, Italy: Via dei Longobardi 49, 33080, San Quirino PN
- San Juan, Puerto Rico: 45 Calle 1 Parque Indust., San Miguel, San Juan, PR 00936
- Rota, Spain: Calle Dr. Pariente, 11500 El Puerto de Santa Maria, (Cadiz) Spain
- Incirlik, Turkey: Yenimahalle 33 Sokak No. 31 TR-01340 Incirlik, Turkey
- Izmir, Turkey: Doganlar Mah. 1417 Sokak TR-35040 Bornova, Izmir, Turkey

The following overseas VPCs have been vacated by AAL as of April 30:

- Chievres, Belgium: Chievres Air Base, Bldg 46, Belgium 7950
- Shinnen, Netherlands: 254th BSB Shinnen, Borgerweb 10, Bldg 27 RM 102, 6365 CW Schinnen
- Baumholder, Germany: Gebaeude 8716, Raum 1-3 Smith Barracks AM Bahnof/Building 8716 55774 Baumholder, Germany
- Boeblingen, Germany: Panzer Kaserne Bldg. 2931 71032 Boeblingen, Germany
- Grafenwoehr, Germany: U.S. Grafenwoehr Base, 322 Shiloh Avenue, 92655 Grafenwoehr, Germany
- Kaiserslautern, Germany: Kapaun Air Station Bldg. 2806 67661 Kaiserslautern, Germany
- Schweinfurt, Germany: Conn Barracks Custer St., Bldg. 35 97421 Schweinfurt, Germany
- Spangdahlem, Germany: Spangdahlem Air Base Bldg. 222, 54529 Spangdahlem, Germany
- Wiesbaden, Germany: Mainz Kastel Housing Area Bldg. Wiesbadener Str. 78, 55252 Mainz Kastel, Germany
- Livorno, Italy: Leghorn Army Depot, Gate 27 Bldg. 5138 Depot Via Aurelia Tombolo Pisa, 56128 Livorno, Italy (pending contract mod)
- Naples, Italy: Naval Support Activity Bldg. 2081, Contrada Boscariello 81030, Gricignano di Aversa (CE), Naples, Italy
- Sigonella, Italy: Basee Navale USA/NAS II Strada Statale 417, Catania-Gela 95030 Piano d'Arci/Sigonella (CT)
- Vicenza, Italy: Via Strada Della Pelose, Bldg. 928 Entrance 8, Torri Di Quartesolo, 36040 Vicenza, Italy
- Guam: COMNAVMAR Naval Base Building 3179, Santa Rita, Guam 96915
- Seoul, South Korea: Camp Kim, Building C1244-68 US Army Garrison Yongsan, Korea, APO AP 96205-5333
- Taegu, South Korea: 20th Support Group Bldg. 1415, Camp Henry, Korea APO 96218-0562
- Honolulu, Hawaii: 1601 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, HI 96819

VPC closures

Eight of the current 46 VPCs permanently closed May 1, 2014, in both U.S. and overseas locations. 

VPCs closed in the U.S. are located in Edison, N.J; New Orleans, La.; Orlando, Fla.; and Oakland, Calif. 

VPCs overseas that have been closed include Mannheim, Germany; RAF Croughton, England; RAF Menwith Hill, England; and Seville, Spain. 

American Auto Logistics will be on hand at these eight VPC locations until August 1st, to service already processed vehicles until each VPC becomes empty. These eight VPCs on the closure list will not accept new vehicles for processing after April 30.

Additionally, AAL's website at, will remain active until all vehicles in their possession have been delivered.

For more information, service members are asked to either contact their transportation office/personal property office, or starting May 1, customers desiring to ship their POV or make an appointment at an VPC with IAL should call:

For U.S. domestic appointments: 1-855-389-9499
For appointments in Germany: 0800-227-7447
For any other locations: 00800-227-7447

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