Our global team brings an outstanding reputation for high-end high-touch automotive freight forwarding - with industry awards for innovation to prove it.

We specialize in working for many of the world’s top manufacturers, specialist dealerships, automotive sports teams and collectors. Four cornerstones drive the process of our Automotive Team: Security, Safety, Speed, and Sustainability. And now our Automotive program is larger than ever before.

When OIA acquired Bellville Rodair, the Automotive Business was a critical driver. Our CEO, Charlie Hornecker noted, “This acquisition is very strategic for our company. We’ve searched extensively for the right partner in Europe, and are delighted with the outcome. This acquisition expands our global network by 22 company-owned offices, serving 14 additional countries, which positions OIA to better serve our growing international automotive client base, particularly in Europe where Bellville has a strong presence.”

Charlie Hornecker
CEO - OIA Global

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Going the “Extra Mile”

Top car manufacturers go the extra mile when they’re producing vehicles for export, yet the threat of transit damage and subsequent claims is constantly there and disproportionately high. We are aware of this, and as a consequence our multi modal transit solutions reflect the same level of planning, execution and meticulous attention to detail our clients put into the creation of their prestige vehicles.

Award Winning Innovation

How do we effectively wipe out transit damage claims? We package the product safely and securely for transport. The German-engineered AP (Automotive Pallet) was designed exclusively for OIA Global to secure vehicles in transit. It’s a wooden platform onto which a vehicle is secured before it enters a container. Once the vehicle has been positioned onto the AP, the warehouse team covers all four wheels with specification straps, and then tightens them down securing the vehicle to the pallet. The process virtually eliminates the risk of human error and damage to a vehicle during the loading process.

Improved Safety, Reduced Costs

Vehicles with gull wing doors and wide door sills, as well as particularly large vehicles have traditionally presented shipping challenges on routes where Ro-Ro services aren’t available. However, with the introduction of the AP, regular ocean freight containers can be used on all routes worldwide, shipping vehicles safely as well as ensuring a reduction in costs in excess of 40%.

Motor Shows and High-End Vehicles: OIA’s “Sustainable” Solution!

Our Automotive Pallet has been engineered to be used multiple times, which means clients can reuse the pallet at no extra cost, making this innovation the perfect solution for country-to-country motor shows for high-end vehicles. Or clients can simply return the pallets to the point of origin and reuse them with their next outbound shipment. Along with OIA’s ISO accreditation, this is just one example of the many innovative and sustainable solutions we deliver to our clients.

OIA in Action
 

  • Circuit of the Americas: Getting 27 cars ready for a day at the races

    Circuit of the Americas: Getting 27 cars ready for a day at the races

    Customer Challenge: Thirteen privately owned race teams had the challenge of making sure that 27 full race spec cars worth in excess of $3 million USD were delivered safely to the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, Texas. Timing was everything, and even small delays …

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    Circuit of the Americas: Getting 27 cars ready for a day at the races

    case study spot automotive1Customer Challenge:

    Thirteen privately owned race teams had the challenge of making sure that 27 full race spec cars worth in excess of $3 million USD were delivered safely to the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, Texas. Timing was everything, and even small delays could have proven to be disastrous. In addition, all cars and associated equipment and parts were to be returned to Germany within 72 hours of race completion.

    Our Solution:

    • Selection of race track handling companies, airport authorities, customs brokers
    • Dedicated on-site team
    • Chartering of two Boeing 747 freighters
    • Fully supervised loading/offloading processes
    • Build and break of specially designed auto pallets
    • Air units trucked to site on flat-bed truck with ensuring breakdown in the pit lanes

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    Customer Benefit:

    A 100% one-stop solution. Single point of contact throughout the entire project life span. The Automotive Team took care of every single step of the project, making it possible for the customers to focus on the actual racing event. Cars and parts were available trackside precisely when needed, and returned to the race owner in Germany on schedule. OIA’s attention to detail ensured a trouble-free experience for all race teams involved.

    For a customized solution to meet your business needs, contact us at:
    1-855-SHIP OIA
    or
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  • There and back – Vintage cars to Pebble Beach and Shanghai

    There and back: Vintage cars to Pebble Beach and Shanghai

    Customer Challenge: Our client, a Classic Motors company, required a sophisticated compliance solution for the transportation and customs/tax treatment of four rare vintage cars from Germany to the United States and China, and potentially back again. The cars were to be shown at an auction …

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    There and back: Vintage cars to Pebble Beach and Shanghai

    case study spot planeCustomer Challenge:

    Our client, a Classic Motors company, required a sophisticated compliance solution for the transportation and customs/tax treatment of four rare vintage cars from Germany to the United States and China, and potentially back again. The cars were to be shown at an auction in the United States at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event. Our client needed several customs and tax solutions in place, depending on any potential sales.

    Our Solution:

    • Secure loading and lashing at the OIA automotive warehouse in Stuttgart.
    • APs (wooden automotive platform) were used for secure and loading of all cars into (2x) 40'
    • Bookings, organizing the sea freight
    • Customs clearance and documentation
    • Dedicated Auto Team management
    • Dedicated enclosed car transporters

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    Customer Benefit:

    We developed a one-stop solution with a single point of contact. OIA put transportation, customs and tax solutions in place for every car’s sale/show status. The team’s attention to detail ensured a trouble and stress-free experience for the owner, event organizers, and buyers alike. After a successful Pebble Beach event, two cars were sold, and the other two continued on to the Bund Classics event in Shanghai before they were finally returned to Germany in pristine condition.

    For a customized solution to meet your business needs, contact us at:
    1-855-SHIP OIA
    or
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