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Importing a Boat from the United States of America
March 15, 2017

Why buy a boat from the US?

Tens of thousands of people around the world purchase boats from the United States every year. If this is a new concept for you, you might wonder, “Why should I buy a boat from the US?”

At first, it can seem counter-intuitive. You buy a boat from another country, pay to ship it and pay duties. There are boat dealers right near you that will gladly sell you a boat.

There are a number of great reasons: price, quality, ease of delivery, a huge variety of choices, and an agent that can make it all happen for you.

Here’s an in-depth look at each of these reasons:


The United States has lots of boats. Millions of boats are put on the market every year. Because there is a large inventory, and many of the world’s largest boat manufacturers are in the US, prices tend to be 15% – 25% lower than anywhere else in the world. For example, the southeastern US, Florida and surrounding states, is considered the boating capital of the world with more boats per capita than anywhere else.

New boats also tend to be less expensive. Since many of the largest pleasure boat manufacturers are based in the US for the US market, prices are lower. One of the major advantages that the US has is a massive amount of ocean shoreline as well as the huge freshwater Great Lakes. This means that there are ocean-going boats and yachts, even a thousand miles inland in the United States.


All of those boats also means that there are a lot of repair people and maintenance facilities. Of course, a new boat is great as it is, but used boats tend to be well cared for by many of the thousands of repair and maintenance people.

As part of the work done by OceanTrek Marine, we have every boat inspected by professionals who are local to the boat. This helps us ensure that the boat has been maintained well and is 100% ready to be enjoyed when it arrives to you.


Even when buying a new boat, a little bit of haggling can save you a lot of money. For used boats, it can save you thousands of dollars.

Haggling is an art and starts with knowing what the market will bear. Knowing the real value of a boat, no matter how amazing it looks, is key to negotiations. If, like our team, you know the actual value of the boat, how much it should be discounted, how many are on the market for sale, and so on, you can negotiate a better price out of the seller, even when that seller is a factory-authorized dealer.

One of the biggest advantages of working with OceanTrek Marine is that we know the US boat market intimately. We are able to get you the best prices simply because we’ve been working in the US market for years.

 Ease of Delivery

There is a significant boat shipping industry in the US. The right firm can easily ship a pleasure boat anywhere in the world, often in just a few weeks.

Because the US has a large boat export industry, shipping boats is relatively easy to do if you know what you’re doing.

That’s an important part of the equation, knowing what you’re doing. The reason that many buyers use an agent like OceanTrek Marine is simply that we know how to handle customs on both ends to the transaction. The trickiest part of the entire business is getting the boat delivered to the buyer without a lot of hassle. Knowing exactly which documents to provide and what taxes and fees will need to be paid. Takes experience.


 There is a lot of paperwork that goes into buying and exporting a boat from the US. Because we’ve been working with clients for years, we know every document that both the United States and the receiving nation needs.

  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Settlement Statements
  • Bill of Sales
  • Title Transfers
  • Export Documentation

All of this is in your hand when you receive your boat along with our inspection documents. This gives you the peace of mind that the boat you’ve purchased is perfect for your needs and is a great bargain to boot.

Large Inventories

As mentioned above, there are millions and millions of boats in the US. No one really knows how many used boats are put up for sale every year.

This gives buyers around the world a massive inventory of boats to choose from. Unlike many parts of the world where there are only one or two manufacturers or often no manufacturer and a random collection of imported boats, the US has many, many boats that were made right here. Getting the ideal used or new boat and have it shipped anywhere in the world is easy.

Using OceanTrek Marine

OceanTrek offers two major services: boat buying and delivery and boat shipping. If you already own a boat in the United States, we can deliver it to you with very little effort on your part.

Our boat buying and delivery service piggybacks on that business by helping you find the right boat for your needs.

  • We help you locate a boat.
  • Our local licensed inspectors will provide you and us with a detailed report.
  • Wrapping and securing the boat for shipment is done by our professional team.
  • We ship your boat to you onboard the ships of our shipping business partners.
  • Your boat is delivered dockside and ready for you to take it out onto the water.

OceanTrek is like having a seafaring relative in the US to help you buy your boat. Whether it’s getting a new boat delivered or finding a used boat to send to you, you can count on our team to know what we’re doing and getting it done right the first time.

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