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Shipping A Car To & From Maui

When we handle shipping a car from Maui to the Mainland for you, it is sweet and simple. You can choose from standard shipping which your car would arrive within 17-21 days from ship date or expedited which would guarantee your car on a specific date. Prices are different for each option.

Documents needs and requirements are all outlined below.

**Vehicles must be in operating condition when tendered for shipment, with a working emergency brake, and must either be licensed or qualified to be licensed for operation on public streets or highways.

Wash Vehicle

All vehicles must have a clean exterior so that a vehicle survey may be conducted at the load port. Dirty vehicles will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE Vehicles are subject to stringent inspections by the USDA. It is the responsibility of the shipper to have the interior and exterior of the vehicle thoroughly cleaned. Example: The USDA looks for clumps of mud in wheel wells or under the vehicle’s carriage, under the hood of vehicles is also inspected, the USDA also looks for dirt, grass, plant seeds in the interior as well as the exterior and for anything that they consider invasive. If your vehicle fails a USDA inspection at origin, Matson will be unable to ship your vehicle until the vehicle has been properly cleaned at your expense and re-inspected by the USDA. If your vehicle fails a USDA inspection at the destination, Matson will be unable to release your vehicle to you until the vehicle has been properly cleaned at your expense and re-inspected by the USDA.

Note: Matson cannot ship vehicles with cracked or damaged windshields or windows.

Remove All Personal Belongings

The only items acceptable for shipment in your automobile are those tools and accessories normally attached to the vehicle or permanently installed in the dash, doors, rear deck, or console. For example, the following items should be removed:

  • loose radios
  • CD’s
  • tape players and tapes
  • compact disc players and discs
  • portable telephones of any type
  • power boosters
  • equalizers
  • radar scanners
  • extra speakers
  • decorative ornaments
  • auto protective covers/auto bras
  • truck tailgate nets
  • auto roof racks if not factory installed
  • theft alarm systems (if you choose to leave the car alarm in your vehicle, make sure that the system is disengaged prior to shipment)

Gas and Antifreeze


Please deliver your vehicle to Matson with 1/4 tank or less fuel. Our port personnel will do the rest, and make sure your vehicle is ready to go when it reaches its destination. If you are shipping a vehicle powered by an alternative fuel -propane, electric, natural gas, etc… please contact our Customer Service Center at 1-800-4-MATSON for special shipping instructions.


Automobiles shipped between Seattle and Hawaii, especially during the fall and winter months, should be delivered to Matson with antifreeze. We are not responsible for providing this protection nor liable for damage resulting from low temperatures.

Fire Extinguishers and Propane Tanks

Fire Extinguishers

Must be removed. Federal regulations do not permit fire extinguishers to be shipped with your automobile.

Propane tanks

Vehicles with propane tanks for auxiliary uses must be delivered for shipment with the propane tanks empty of any liquid or fumes. The empty tank must be tagged and certified as ÔÇ£gas freeÔÇØ by an authorized propane dealer or service company. We recommend that you verify the cost of emptying and certifying propane tanks. It may be less costly to purchase a new tank at your destination.

Documents needed:

  • Current registration or proof of ownership
  • Current Insurance
  • Notarized letter signed by all registered owners of the vehicle authorizing Maui Logistics to drop off vehicle with Matson. **We will provide you with this letter to have notarized. **
  • Notarized letter from any Lienholder for the vehicle releasing the vehicle to the registered owners and authorizing Maui Logistics to ship the vehicle.

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