Shipping times are pretty straightforward. As a simple rule, it will vary depending on where the vehicle is coming from in the mainland. Vehicles being dropped off directly by the shipper are going to arrive the fastest as they are being left at the port of departure. Vehicles that are being brought to the port from afar on a carrier will require additional time from the point where they are picked up until they can be dropped off to set sail.
Port drop-offs are the easiest because the timeline for delivery is the most predictable. This will take about 10 days to Oahu from the sailing date until it is ready for pickup. When it comes to a vehicle that is going to Hilo, Kahului, Nawiliwili, or Kona, add up to 7 more days because it needs to be transferred to a ferry that will bring them into those other islands after stopping in Oahu (Honolulu port). This includes all inspections.
Door to Port Pickups
This is where time will vary the most. A vehicle traveling all the way from the northeast will take some more time to travel than one coming from the nearby western states. Typically a carrier taking your vehicle to the port will travel no more than 300-400 miles in a day after your average out the time for necessary and mandatory rest stops. So for example, a vehicle coming from New Jersey and going to Honolulu will take roughly three to three and a half weeks. It would take about 5-6 days on the road, then may sit for a couple of days longer as the sail date is estimated around the time the vehicle will most likely be dropped off at the port by our carrier. Once loaded will take about 10 days to Oahu until it is ready for pickup. For Hilo, Kahului, Nawiliwili, or Kona, add up to 7 more days. This also includes all inspections.
How Long Before your Vehicle is Released
You may see your vehicle arrived more quickly than was estimated, however we consider the time it will take to get released. All vehicles entering Hawaii must be inspected by the Department of Agriculture. Although your vehicle is just traveling on the ocean it is still a state to state transport ,the island has its differences to the U.S. Mainland. The government wants to protect the environment of the island. Fortunately, the process is quick since they are U.S. vehicles. The time for this and all other inspections are included in the time estimates we provide for you.
Delays Can Make it Take Longer
Be aware of the requirements to ship your vehicle. Keep the gas under a quarter tank, and make sure the vehicle is empty. If your vehicle contains items inside, the vehicle will need to be put aside to have those items disposed of. If the vehicle has too much fuel, your vehicle will be delayed until they can remove the excess fuel, for which there will be a surcharge the shipping line will charge and need paid prior to the vehicle boarding the shipping container. Your vehicle doesn’t need to be free of dents or accidents, but the windshield or other glass must not be cracked or broken and no parts can be hanging from the car. The carrier will not take your car to the port if there are broken parts on the vehicle that could cause the vehicle to be rejected. You will have to address those issues before the vehicle goes, costing you more time.