I work for a shipping company and I have moved vehicles overseas before including my own.
The company I work for is UniGroup Inc
. I can offer him a quote on these services but here are some recommendations I would make.
1. Make sure one company handles the origin port packing/loading, ocean shipping and destination port unpack/unload. This is important because most of the problems occur if you try to find companies on your own to do each leg. It turns into a they said, or they should do this not us etc. If there are problems you have to do the leg work and it is much cleaner if you can just make one call for your answers.
2. Make sure you pick a good customs broker that is familiar with your import region and purpose. That can make a world of difference when clearing customs at the inbound port.
3. Don't leave anything in your vehicle. Most shippers will not take liability for anything but the vehicle itself. Unless you can load a container and then secure the doors, the vehicle will be on a flat bed oversized platform. Westies can fit in most containers but it depends on suspension, racks etc... my syncro did not fit since it was lifted with racks and larger tires. Long story short, anything left in the vehicle not part of the vehicle is non-liable. And on long ocean voyages you can be sure if your vehicle is on an open deck crew hands will be interested.
4. Bag and Tag that puppy. Take photos of the vehicle prior to departure and then seal the doors etc. with tape and try to mask as much of the paint job as possible, Lube rubber seals and boots well because 20-30 days on a salty ocean vessel can suck the life out of old VW rubber!!!!