RoRo or Container? Which is Better for Vehicle Shipping

When shipping a car internationally there are generally two options – Roll on Roll off (RoRo) or container shipping. Both are perfectly acceptable ways to transport your vehicle. But how do you figure out which is the better option for you? First, you need to understand the difference between the two shipping methods.

Roll on Roll off Shipping

Roll on Roll off shipping, also known as RoRo, is the simplest and cheapest vehicle shipping method. Cars are driven, rowed or towed directly on to the vessel and secured to a car deck. While you cannot ship personal items using this shipping method, spare tyres and other fitted accessories are allowed. Once the vessel arrives at the destination then the vehicle is simply driven off the vessel at the port.

RoRo shipping is very popular due to its easy nature. You can ship a large selection of vehicles too including cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. It is also the cheaper option as there is no need to hire warehouse space or pay for crating and port delivery. However, RoRo shipping is not as widely available as container shipping as some countries don’t have an option for international RoRo transport.



Container Shipping

With container shipping, your vehicle is loaded into a shipping container which is then secured inside the vessel so it does not move during transportation. A variety of straps and braces are used inside the container to ensure no damage is caused in transit. You can ship extra personal items alongside the vehicle by placing them inside the container, saving on additional shipping costs. When the vessel reaches its destination the container is removed and stored with your vehicle in perfect condition inside.

Container shipping, while more expensive, guarantees a safe delivery and vehicles can be shipped all over the world. Shipping containers are subject to strict regulations to ensure that they are structurally sound and watertight. Container shipping is ideal for luxury vehicles like classic or expensive cars as shipping containers ensure no damage will be done to the vehicle.



So Which is Better?

The answer is neither. Neither shipping option is better or worse than the other. Both RoRo and Container shipping have their pros and cons. Ultimately, the choice comes down to cost, vehicle, destination and your own preferred method. It’s important to weigh up both options before making your decision. You should also shop around beforehand and see what different shipping companies are available to you.

At Celtic Shipping Agency we offer both RoRo and Container Shipping options. For more information contact a member of our team today on +353(1)8366570 or send an email to

Further information can also be found on our Vehicle Shipping page.


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