A city in the San Salvador district of El Salvador, Apopa is the seventh biggest city in the country and is highly populated. With the recent demarcations, it is now part of the Greater San Salvador metro area along with Soyapango.
If you want to import your vehicle to Apopa, there are a few requirements that must be met. For example, you are required to have an original title that is free and clear from any liens. If you are still paying on your vehicle of if it is being leased, you will need to obtain a notarized letter from the individual or company holding the lien that states you have permission to transport the vehicle outside of the United States.
U.S Customs requires that all vehicles going to Apopa in El Salvador will be dropped off and ready for shipment seventy-two hours prior to the designated shipping time. This will give customs enough time to check the vehicle thoroughly before loading it onto the ship. They will be checking to ensure that nothing was placed inside the vehicle after the first inspection for pre-approval of shipment.
Driving in El Salvador is not always easy. The roads are not maintained consistently between the southern parts of the country. In fact, they can be very dangerous. If you hire a transport company like A1 Auto Transport Service, they can assist you with picking up your vehicle. When your vehicle arrives at port, you will need to be there to pick it up. You can bring the right identification with you so your vehicle can be cleared as quickly as possible. You will also need the following documents:
- Permit to import your vehicle.
- Vehicle title.
- Bill of Lading.
- Photo ID.
- Invoice showing where you purchased it.
- You will also need the details of the vehicle such as the VIN number, the model, year, and chassis/engine number.
The total cost of shipping the vehicle will depend on the shipping method you choose. There is Roll On/ Roll Off and container shipping. If your vehicle is expensive, then the container shipping is probably your best choice. If you are simply shipping a good vehicle, then the Roll On/Roll Off method will work just fine. A1 Auto Transport Service can oversee the process from beginning to end to ensure that your vehicle is imported/ exported correctly. This procedure can be daunting but A1 can make it easier on you. The total cost you will pay, depends on many factors and is based on the Central American Tariff Service. It is considered a commodity and there is 13% tax on commodities. You will also need to pay VAT of 30% as well as the present CIF value which will depend on your vehicles make and model.
The company you hire to ship your vehicle will need to be a license holder and is bonded through the Federal Maritime Commission. This will ensure that you are protected should anything happen.
It's also a good idea to take your license plate off of your car prior to shipping because license plates can be stolen off of the vehicles. Before you ship your vehicles out by Roll On/ Roll Off method or the container method, you will need to empty the gas tank and remove the air conditioning gas as it is a fire hazard. If you need more information regarding the shipping requirements, you can contact the Embassy of El Salvador located in the U.S.
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.