How to Ship a Car to Laos


Prepare your vehicle to be shipped. Remove any non-fixtures such as ski racks. The fuel tank should be no more than one-quarter full. Disable your car alarm and lower any antennae on the vehicle. Regardless of the shipping method, land or sea, damage to your car is possible. Depending on your point of origin, you may be able to send your car to Laos on the ground. You can choose to send your car in a closed, individual container or you can select a roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) option where your car is driven on to the transport vehicle and then driven off at the end. Door-to-door delivery will likely require a combination of land and sea transportation. Laos is a landlocked country so if overland transport in not an option, you will have to send your car by sea to a neighboring country (e.g. Vietnam, China, Thailand) and have it brought into Laos on the ground or via river.


Get a cost estimate from shipping companies. It is important to shop around when it comes to car shipping companies. Different companies will have different payment policies (down payments or paying up front, for example). Charges will also vary depending on the size or type of your vehicle, pick up location and arrival location. Quotes are generally free. Shipping International and Ship My Vehicle both offer transportation services to Laos and can provide free price quotes.

Shipping International


Ship My Vehicle



Obtain shipping insurance for your vehicle. Several insurance options are available for shipping your car by sea and for shipping over land. Most insurers will require a full inspection of your vehicle prior to departure. Many companies will also require that you empty your vehicle to avoid damage from loose items during transit. Consult your own insurance agent to determine the type of coverage you will need for your particular circumstances. In the alternative, most shipping companies also offer the necessary insurance as part of their services. Understand all of the shipping company's insurance terms before signing anything; discuss insurance as part of the quote process.


Pay a 10-percent tax on on the value your car, plus duties of up to 40 percent on your vehicle. No cars with the steering wheel located on the right-hand side may be imported into Laos.

Tips and Warnings

  • Before accepting insurance from the shipping company, find out who their insurer is. Research the company to make sure it's both reputable and licensed to do business in your country of residence. In the event you need to legally enforce a claim, ensure that the company is subject to the legal jurisdiction of your home country.
  • Thoroughly inspect your car and take photos prior to shipment. Check your own inspection against that of the insurance company and make sure they corroborate one another. Harsh conditions at sea and during loading/off-loading can damage your vehicle; make sure you will be covered.
  • In this modern age of transportation logistics, you can ship most anything to anywhere. This includes shipping a car to Laos. With some research and preparation, shipping a vehicle can be a relatively painless process; once it's in the shipper's hands, there's little left to do on your part. The shipping company will generally take care of customs documentation, but you should be familiar with the taxes, tariffs and fees charged by the Laotian government for the importation of a vehicle. Otherwise, it's just a matter of being patient for a delivery that can take anywhere from weeks to months depending on the shipper and level of service you choose.