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Ambato is a large export city for fruit, textiles and food products from Ecuador. The Pan-American Highway runs directly through Ambato making it a direct route for tourists as well as residents travelling not only in the city, but travelling to cities south of Ambato as well. Ambato used to have a vibrant rail system for residents to travel on, but that was dismantled several years ago. There is a public bus system for residents and tourists to use, but the public transport is often very full and proceeds slowly. Having the use of your own car while living in the busy city is very beneficial. Ambato is filled with beautiful architecture, parks and floral scenes, making it a very popular city to reside in. When driving you will find that roads are generally very well taken care of, but if you need to drive on secondary roads you may need to ask for directions because they often have no posted street signs.
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When you need to make plans to have your car shipped to Ambato, you will need to hire a professional automobile transport company. A professional auto transport company will assist you with the paperwork you will need for customs and will walk you through each step of the shipping process. You will need to provide the company with your social security number, driver’s license, vehicle title and a signed Power of Attorney to allow them to transport your car. If you need to have your car picked up and transported to the shipping port in the U.S. from your location, convenient door to door shipping will be available. You will need to clean your car inside and out prior to the scheduled pick-up as a pre-shipping inspection will be done to check for signs of damage including chipped paint or dents and dings in the car. You will also need to remove all contents from inside the car and from the outside of there are accessories that may fall off during transport. Cars need to have ¼ tank of fuel or less, have a fully charged battery and be able to be driven. If the car is not drivable it will need to be transported on a special carrier and there will typically be a fee for loading the car. Once you have provided all necessary information and decided on the type of transport that will be used, the agent will give you a total international shipping quote and schedule the car for pick-up and transport overseas.
Types of Transport.
When you are shipping a car overseas you can ship by open or enclosed transport. Most people prefer shipping with RORO, a form of open shipping transport that is quick and efficient to ship cars with. RORO ships can transport hundreds of motor vehicles at one time and the cost is generally far lower than other types of transport. RORO is a term used to define roll/on roll/off shipping where motor vehicles and other wheeled items are rolled (driven) onto the ship, secured for travel, and then rolled (driven) off the ship when it reaches its destination. If you prefer to use enclosed transport, you can choose Container shipping. Container shipping will cost more than RORO as you will have to pay a fee for the container use, but this type of shipping allows for a more protected atmosphere during shipment. Container shipping is often used to transport high value cars and other items, and can be utilized to transport household goods as well as the car if you need to relocate everything at one time. Your agent will go over everything about the different types of transportation with you.
Customs requires that all cars imported to Ambato be within five years of age and must be up to par with Ecuador motor vehicle regulations. Many cars must have emissions updated prior to shipping so it is necessary to have your car checked before it is loaded to ensure that it is roadworthy in Ecuador. Cars will be inspected by customs officials and if they do not meet the safety standards, they can be delayed or even denied clearance for import entry. You need to have your passport, driver’s license and motor vehicle title ready for customs officials when the car arrives at the entry port. Missing paperwork or improperly filled out paperwork can also delay clearance. You can check with U.S. Customs for more information on paperwork you will need for export from the United States as well as travel advisories and documents that you will need to provide for export from the United States.