Ship a Car from Florida to Puerto Rico

There's more vehicles going to the island from Florida than anywhere else. Most of them are coming from Central Florida or Miami.

We will be going over all the steps necessary including how much it cost to ship your vehicle from Florida to Puerto Rico.

If you've never looked into shipping your car to Puerto Rico before, you probably are going to have a lot of questions. 

Just about everything that we are going to go over is outlined in our Puerto Rico page. So that's also an excellent reference. However, if you like a lot of detail and you want to know the process step-by-step from FL, this is where to keep reading.

The first thing to keep in mind is that Puerto Rico belongs to the U.S. as a province. So you are not shipping to another country altogether, although there are some extras you need to be aware of to assure a smooth delivery.

You don't have to worry about complicated paperwork or anything like that. Booking is as easy as getting your rate and setting up your dates.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car from Florida to Puerto Rico?

Getting a rate is very easy. Depending on where in Florida your vehicle is coming from, will determine the total cost. We have a fixed rate for the ocean travel, but depending on how far from the port your vehicle is will determine the total price.

All container ships selling vehicles to Puerto Rico from Florida, depart from Jacksonville.  So if you are shipping from South Florida or Central Florida, the total cost is $1400 to $1500 depending on the time of year and the size of the vehicle.

This is door to port. In other words we are picking up anywhere you want and the receiving party at the island can go get it in San Juan. There's nothing else to pay and that covers everything.

If you're wondering why it's to the port in San Juan, it's for two reasons. First,  the island is so small there really isn't many options for trucking.  Second, you need to pay the excise tax directly at the port.

The Process Of Shipping from FL to PR

Step 1:  Setting up the Transport

It's really simple. After getting your rate with us, you can go ahead and place your auto transport booking. You can do it online or call in. We make it very easy.

Whether your vehicle is new and expensive or older and practical, it does not affect the price of shipping We need to know this to plug in the size and weight of the vehicle for the truck.

During the booking online or over the phone, we take down your contact details for both the pickup and the final destination for the vehicle in Puerto Rico,  (name, phone number, email address), then we will then need the year, make, and model of the vehicle you are shipping to Puerto Rico.  We will also need the VIN number of the vehicle.

We use the VIN number to identify the vehicle on the ship and it also assists the port in knowing if the vehicle is financed. It's important to remember our Florida to Puerto Rico auto transport services can't send cars that are non-running / inoperable.

Tip: If you have a bank loan on the car you need to get a letter allowing you to send it to the island. We don't need this, but the port in San Juan will. 

Step 2:  The Pick Up

Once we schedule the truck, your deposit will be charged, usually around $400. 

By now we have a booking with the ocean liner. At this time comes the pickup date at your home or office. This is when the trucking portion is paid to the driver. This will be around $200.

At pickup we do not verify anything more than who we need to speak with when getting the vehicle, get the keys and load up. An inspection is done by the carrier that picks up the vehicle. This is to mark any pre-existing damage so all is clear regarding the condition of the vehicle for dropping off at the port. 

All verifications of ownership, taxes, etc are done at the port in San Juan. That means you can keep your documents with you. You do not need to leave anything in the car.

It will be boarded on the truck, heading to the port of Jacksonville. It will only take a day or two to get there since it's a local state transport.

Step 3:  The Voyage on the Water

Upon intake, the port in Jacksonville will also do the same inspection and note it.  After arriving at the port,  it will sit at the port for 2-4 workdays while a ship is assigned to it. Once it is, the vehicle will board right away and sail for about 4 days as it makes its way to the island.

Step 4:  The Pick Up in San Juan

Upon disembarking from the ship,  another inspection is done at the port in San Juan.  This should  be followed up by you to check for any possible nicks, scratches, or marks of any kind so we can claim them for you in the rare occasion that there is any kind of physical damage to the vehicle.

You'll need to have is a copy of the vehicle registration and title (if not financed), with a copy of a valid photo identification when you go to the Port of San Juan to pick it up. You will also need your Social Security Card or Taxpayer Identification Number. 

If you are not the person that owns the car then you will also have to get a notarized letter from the actual owner stating that they are giving you permission to ship the vehicle. Be careful to have the exact spelling of the name(s). 

Tip: The name and address you provide for who is picking the vehicle up needs to be exactly correct or the port will charge around $200.00 to submit a change form by the port. The port will not release the car to anyone not authorized.

Now that you are ready to get your vehicle, You then pay the final balance of your shipment there This is usually around $800.00. 

Note: The total of all thee payments will never be more than the order confirmation states, so don't worry!

Carl has a decade of experience in the car shipping industry. He has worked in nearly every aspect of the transport business since 2014, taking charge of various roles in the company such as dispatching, sales, and customer service.

During those years, Carl amassed an invaluable amount of experience which has contributed to his writing of every article and and guide on NX since taking over content in 2015.