Although it’s possible to drive a car from the United States to El Salvador without many obstacles in the way, it’s always wisest to hire an experienced transport company familiar with foreign import laws.
Complying with the country’s import laws isn’t always easy. Let the experts at the shipping company help you gather all the proof needed to ensure your car is approved for import by Customs. Then, they’ll carefully ship your car to El Salvador.
Documents Required for Import into El Salvador
- Driver’s License.
- Title and Registration.
- Original Purchase Invoice.
- Original and copy of OBL.
- Proof from DMV or Police Department of Ownership.
When you have all the proof collected, bring it up to the Customs office. You’ll also want to bring the receipt you received for paying all the import taxes and duties. If everything is presented properly, a certificate of import approval is granted.
International Shipping Methods
Roll On/ Roll Off - This method of transport is the most cost effective method available to date. Your vehicle must pass a brief inspection before it is loaded onto the vessel. After the inspection, it will be rolled on the ship.
Container Shipping - This is a costlier shipping service than the RO/RO method. Your vehicle will be guarded against the elements and have the most protection against theft. This is the absolute safest way to ship your car to another country. It also makes it possible for the customer to ship along with other belongings with the car.
No matter what services you choose, insurance coverage is provided. This is how the transporter guarantees their services. Inspect your vehicle for damages before it’s shipped. Take pictures so that you can refer to them when you get the car back in El Salvador.
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.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.