Asau is located on the northwest coast of the island of Savai’i in Samoa. This is the capital of the political district of Vasigano and it also serves as the main business point at the west part of the island.
Exporting a car to the country is manageable but there are a few limitations that you should consider. Samoa is an island-country which has its’ location in the Pacific Ocean. It is located on west part of the American-Samoan islands. The vehicles which are imported into Samoa are going to arrive at the port of Apia.
Before you ship your car you are going to have to make sure that you have properly finalized the quote from the shipping agency that will determine the method of shipping. All of the required documents have to be dealt with and you are going to have to prepare your vehicle for the transportation process itself. The agent is also going to consult you regarding the different methods of shipping in relation with the area you are shipping to. The transport agency also has to inform you about the specifics that you would have to take care of as well as the cost of the shipping itself. Any further information on the required paperwork from the customs as well as the needed documents can be found in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.
Costs and Documents which are expected.
Vehicles that are imported in Samoa have to be 12 years old at most. Additionally, right-hand driving vehicles are forbidden. If you are importing a vehicle to the country you would be required to pay a value added goods and services tax which amounts to 15%. You would also have to pay customs fee which Is determined in a rate of 0-20%. Some vehicles are also subjected to excise taxes.
The company is going to take care of all the related documentation. Nevertheless, you would have to provide thorough information regarding the car and it is advisable that you have it at your disposal. The documents may include but they are not limited to:
- Registration and Title.
- Information concerning the year of the vehicle, model, overall emissions and make.
- Purchase proof.
Methods of shipment.
The company also offers a lot of different shipping methods. However, the Roll-on/Roll-off and the container shipping method seem to be the most preferred.
Roll on/Roll off.
This is the overly popular method. Your car is going to be driven onto the carrier ship, fastened onto the deck, transported to the destination and driven off the ship. However, your car has to be operable. You have to empty it from all kinds of personal belongings.
This is the most preferred way if you have to ship personal belongings along with your vehicle. The items and the car are going to be securely 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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