If you are considering shipping your vehicle to Mexico, it's important that you are aware of the requirements and specifications of shipping from Mexico to USA cost that must be met in order to successfully transport. There are papers that must be filled out in order to start the process.
Mexico offers international shipping companies that offer to ship to the United States from anywhere in Mexico or other parts of the world. While there are a shared border and the proximity is to be taken into consideration, when shipping a car to the United States from Mexico is easy. Both Mexico and the United States have complex import eligibility and safety and emissions requirements.
Transporting your vehicle.
The most common ways to shipping from Mexico to USA cost is calculated on the basis of a transport truck. Many auto shipping companies will offer door-to-door pick-up and delivery service as well as terminal-to-terminal shipping. The cost of shipping to the United States from Mexico will vary and will depend on where the vehicle is picked up and where it is going.
It's important to note that motor vehicles that are imported need to adhere to any safety standards as per the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 which was later updated to the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988. Other laws pertaining to safety and stability of vehicles are the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act of 1972 which actually became active in 1978. The standards for air pollution control are enumerated as per the Clean Air Act of 1968 were amended in 1977 and later in 1990.
As long as vehicles that are manufactured outside of Mexico can conform to the U.S safety, emission and bumper requirements, then it is will pass through the country and be able to travel. It's is not normal that the vehicle is obtained abroad and meet all the standards required. Be sure to watch out for any claims by foreign dealers that these standards are in compliance. If a vehicle enters inside the United States and does not conform to the United States safety standards, it will be brought into compliance at your expense, exported back into Mexico, or destroyed.
In order for your vehicle to pass through clearance, you need to have the following documentation with you:
- The shipper or carrier's original Bill of Lading.
- Bill of sale.
- Foreign registration.
- any other documents that cover the vehicles details.
- Complete the EPA form 3520-1.
- Complete the DOT form HS-7 - this is a declaration that emissions and safety provisions are followed.
- The manufacturer's label can be found in the engine compartment in English if it meets all of these requirements.
Duties and taxes.
Any foreign made vehicle that is imported into the United States will be charged duty, whether it is new or used or if you are going to drive it for personal use or sell it. Duties will be charged at a rate of 2.5%. If you are returning to the United States after living abroad, you could qualify for $800 CBP exemption for your vehicle and any family member’s vehicle driving with you as long as they are with you at the time. Once the exemption is applied, you will be charged a flat duty rate of 3% toward the next $1,000 of your vehicle's value. The remainder of the amount is subject to duty at the regular rate.
Car shipping rates can fluctuate at certain times of the year, it's important that shipping lines can vary for different reasons. You need to take into consideration, factors such as changes in oil pricing, rates of exchange, and the number of cars shipped out at the same time of yours.
While it's not easy to put a price on shipping a vehicle without the proper information on it, you can always count on import taxes being included. You can figure that importing your vehicle will cost you a minimum of $2,000 but this is a small amount compared to buying a new vehicle once you are in the country.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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