Importing a Car to Al-Ahsa From The United States.
Moving to Al-Ahsa is a large task to take upon oneself. Importing a car the Eastern Arabia city will need to be handled by an experienced professional auto shipping company. International shippers have all the information on customs regulations, export and import laws, and the financial aspects of shipping a car overseas from the United States to any city or country in the world, including Al-Ahsa. The transport staff member that handles your international shipping ticket will work with you to ensure that your overseas transport goes smoothly and that you are aware of the laws and regulations you will need to abide by in order to have your car imported in Al-Ahsa with no glitches or detriments to clearance when it reaches customs for the clearance check. Al-Ahsa is a relatively small city sitting near the Persian Gulf. While surrounded by desert land, it is a welcoming city full of vegetation, natural water springs and beautiful flowering plants amidst the harsh desert sun. It’s also a great tourist location for shopping and national historic parks. Driving is usually fairly easy as there is not typically bad congestion on the roadways unless you come upon a bazaar and many people will often park on the roadway when the off-road parking is filled. As you work with the transport company with your car shipping arrangements you will need to fill out paperwork and provide legal documents to them, such a Power of Attorney, to allow them to transport your car. If you have already moved to Al-Ahsa and need them to deliver your car to the seaport for you, they will arrange for that as well.
How to Ship Overseas.
In the United States you can easily drive or haul your car from one coast to the other, but when traveling overseas, you must have your car transported by an ocean carrier and it must be handled by a professional transporter. You will need to give the transporter information such as your driver’s license and social security number so they can prove your identity. You will also need to give them a copy of your car title and insurance and will need to determine which method of overseas transportation you will use. For shipping to Al-Ahsa you can use Container Shipping or Ro-Ro Shipping. Container shipping is available world-wide and provides the ease of being able to ship other items along with your car in one shipping container. Usually, either a 20 or 40 foot container is used and your car can be easily loaded into the container and then lifted onto the carrier ship for transport internationally. Ro-Ro is the most affordable way to ship overseas and can be used for both sea transport as well as air transport. Ro-Ro is the method of loading that is used for both types of transport. Cars are essentially rolled on for loading, shipped from the United States for delivery in Al-Ahsa and then driven off the ship at the entry port in Saudi Arabia. Shipping with Ro-Ro by sea is the most affordable method of shipping a car overseas and is the quickest way to ship on the ocean. Once you have determined the type of shipping you will use, you need to work with the transporter to gather details on what you will need for customs in Saudi Arabia so you will have everything together prior to your car reaching the entry port and the customs check.
Customs in Al-Ahsa.
Your car has been shipped and you have your estimated date of delivery to Al-Ahsa. You should also have all of the mandatory paperwork together for Customs as well as already making sure your car has been modified if necessary to meet emissions and engine specifications for Saudi Arabia. Customs will only allow cars to be imported if they are within 5 years of the manufacture date and they must be used only for your own personal use and may not be sold while in Al-Ahsa. You will want to check with the Embassy of Saudi Arabia for updated information on paperwork you will need as well as to apply for a residence permit prior to shipping the car and entering Saudi Arabia. You will also want to know local customs on dressing and interact with people in the community before your arrival.
Some of the basic documents you will need for customs are:
- Passport .
- Driver’s License (Saudi License).
- Residence and Work Visa (You may also need a Sponsor Letter).
- Car Title.
- Sales Invoice of car that shows engine and chassis numbers make, model, date of manufacture and engine size.
Once you have gathered together all of the information needed for customs and have made sure your car is up to Saudi Arabia Motor Vehicle Standards, you should be prepared for the customs clearance check. Make sure that when Saudi officials are inspecting your car that you do not get in their way or try to interrupt them as they complete the inspection. This is a sign of disrespect for authority and it could possibly cause the car to be denied and exported back to the United States at the discretion of the customs official.
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.