Colombia is a tropical country full of diversity and South American mystique. Nestled between, Venezuela and Ecuador, also sharing borders with Brazil and Peru, Colombia has a potent mixture of beauty and history. It’s also a land of economic opportunity-it has the third largest economy in Latin America and is a force in a number of industries including oil, mining, chemicals, banking, and health related So, whatever it is that draws you to Colombia, be it the world famous coffee, learning to dance the Cumbia, economic opportunity, or the lure of finding the legendary gold paved streets of El Dorado, once you finalize your plans you’ll have to make arrangements for transportation once you arrive. Aside from buying a new or used car upon arrival, which can be quite pricey, another option is to ship your vehicle, but there are a number of things you must consider beforehand.
When considering shipping a vehicle to Colombia, one very important detail must be not be overlooked: EVERY car shipped to Colombia must be of the latest make, the most recent model from that current year. The exception to this rule applies to antique cars. The Colombian Port Authority must be notified if this is the case, and the cars will be checked on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise, if you happen to have a used, or older make model vehicle, you have no options besides purchasing a brand new car when you arrive in Colombia.
Every country has varying requirements concerning imports, so before you contact an international shipper, it’s best to become familiar with Colombia’s customs regulations by researching entry and exit requirements for Colombia. Once you are comfortable with the all the details, it’s just as important that you find a dependable and trustworthy shipping company such as A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. who is licensed to operate internationally. When you’ve found one that seems legitimate and reliable, you might want double check the import regulations before you get a quote. This way there will be less of a chance for any mishaps or hiccups as you get your car shipped.
It’s most likely that your vehicle will be leaving the United States from one of its southern ports--so if your starting point is the Midwest or Pacific Northwest, you may need to either drive or have your car shipped to one of these ports, which include Port Everglades, Miami, Houston, or Galveston. There are a number of dependable domestic car shipping services who can get your vehicle to these southern ports, unless you are willing to drive yourself. These ports usually have freighters or barges departing on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis, so make sure to double check these departure dates before you make any plans.
When you find a carrier that fits all your needs, you should start a dialog with them pertaining to the details of your shipping needs. You will have two options-container shipper, or RORO shipping (roll-on, roll-off). Container shipping, which is the more expensive of the two, will have your vehicle sealed and locked in a container for maximum safety. RORO shipping simply has your car transported on and off the ship via ramp.
Shipping your precious new car thousands of miles is no trivial venture. To ensure the safety and security of your shipment, there are some important details you should be thoroughly familiar with. Many of these issues will be dealt with by your shipping carrier, however it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with these vital matters to avoid any unwanted headaches down the road.
Documentation: It is required by Colombian Customs that you have some proof of ownership of your vehicle, along with copies of your driver’s license and passport.
Eligibility: The last thing you want is to go through all the motions only to find that your vehicle is ineligible to be shipped to another country. You can find most of the laws regarding eligibility in Title 19 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulation, and generally speaking, you can refer to the documentation requirements and rules regarding lienholder permission.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection: It’s usually up to the shipper to file with U.S. Customs and Border Protection before shipment, yet it would be wise to verify this personally. All the necessary documentation must be submitted at least 72 hours prior to your vehicle’s exportation, yet to play on the safe side, it’s recommended that you allow even more time.
Retrieval: If you, the registered owner of the vehicle aren’t there to personally pick up your car, you will need the person who’s designated to do so to have written authorization.
Title Transfer: Once your vehicle has been shipped and retrieved, you will have to go through the motions to transfer the title over to the compulsory Colombian standard. It may be the case that your vehicle will need to pass additional inspection, and additional taxes may be required.
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