Amatitlan is a town which lies by the side of the Amatitlan Lake and it is most popular place visited by tourists and locals alike. Depending on the shipping company your vehicle might arrive on Puerto Santo Tomas de Castilla or to Puerto Barrios – the two major ports in the country.
The chances are that you would most likely have to get to Port Everglades which is the largest port that’s servicing this particular area. If you want to be properly prepared it might be advisable to call the Embassy of Guatemala in Washington, D.C. in order to check if there are any updated taxes that you have to be aware of. You have to plan ahead as the general shipping process is going to take between 10 and 15 days on average.
The Costs of Shipping to Guatemala.
There are taxes and duties that have to be taken care of but that’s an inevitable part of every import process. There is a standard rate of 12% Sales Tax which is based on the CIF value of your vehicle and an applicable duty. You have to consider that the base onto which the taxes are calculated (the CIF ) is a combination of the cost, insurance and freight.
The last thing you want to do is to mess up the proper documentation. This is why you need to make sure that all of it is at hand when you arrive and when you pick up your car from the company. This includes:
- Bill of Lading.
- Ownership proof.
- Purchase invoice.
- International driving license.
- Power of Attorney (if applicable)
You would want to get marine insurance. This is different than the regular shipping insurance and it’s going to insure the vehicle throughout the entire journey until it reaches the destination. This might already be included in the shipping expenses and that’s why you need to briefly check with A1 Auto Transport service.
The age of your vehicle is also going to matter if you want to import to Guatemala if your car is more than 10 years old. You would want to check with the Guatemala Customs for any additional requirements, as the regulations constantly alter and change. You might find out that a simple package which is left on your backseat could cause a significant amount of trouble if you go for RORO shipping, for instance. As RORO is the cheapest way to transport the vehicle, there are some limitations. You need to get the vehicle steam cleaned, remove air conditioning gas as it is a fire hazard and leave the jack, floor mats and extra keys inside the car. The vehicle is then driven on the ship’s deck and secured in place.
This shipping method is particularly beneficial if you want something cheap and fast and you don’t need any additional belongings to be shipped. Furthermore, you would have to ensure that the car is completely emptied out. The container shipping is more appropriate for expensive vehicles because as the name suggests it’s going to be safely stored within a container.
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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