The following important information will help speed your move along:
To ship your vehicle to Hawaii your vehicle must be in running condition for the shipment with a working emergency break. The vehicle as must be licensed or qualified to be licensed for public streets or highways. The port reserved the right to reject receipt of cargo if it does not meet their requirements.
Wash Vehicle
The vehicles will be inspected at the port and must be clean. Please wash your vehicle to have a clean exterior and interior,  in order for a proper inspection can be done at the port. Dirty vehicles will not be accepted.

USDA Guidelines:� All Vehicles are subject to stringent USDA guidelines and must pass this inspection to authorize shipment. Shipper/Customer is responsible to have a thoroughly clean exterior and interior in order for this inspection to be performed. Areas that may be inspected by USDA: Wheels are inspected for clumps of mud in the wheel wells or under the hood and vehicle’s carriage. They also look for dirt, grass, plant seeds in the exterior, interior and for anything considered invasive. If your vehicle does not pass the USDA inspection your vehicle will not be able to be shipped until properly cleansed at your expense and re- inspected by USDA.

Note: Your vehicle cannot be shipped with damaged or cracked windows.

Remove All Personal Belongings
.Please also remove any non-standard factory vehicle exterior attachments. For example, if not bolted in, 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 with 1/4 tank or less fuel.
If you are shipping a vehicle powered by an alternative fuel -propane, electric, natural gas, etc – please contact our Customer Service Center 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 auxillary 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 “gas free” 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.