Ashdod is one of the oldest known cities in the world today and is the largest economic center of Israel. Host to the largest shipping port in Israel, the port of Ashdod, the city accounts for more than 60% of all imports coming into Israel each year. The city has a power station, coal station and many heavy industrial facilities located near the port. Pharmaceuticals, construction, electronics, radar equipment and other industrial businesses are all a large draw for people to relocate for growth and development financially. Tourists also find Ashdod an exciting place to visit due to the large shopping malls, movie theatres, restaurants and bars that line the city streets. The city government has attempted to make public transportation a priority for residents and visitors to the city, but nothing can compare to being able to drive your own car when travelling to and from work, school or just an evening out for entertainment.
Automobile Transport to Ashdod.
Hiring a professional automobile transport company to take care of shipping your car for you will save you the frustration of having to figure everything out on your own. Your professional transport agent will be able to fill you in on what steps you need to take in order to have your car with you in Ashdod. The company will need some specific paperwork from you including your driver’s license and social security number in order to show your identity as the owner of the car in need of international transport. They will also most likely have you sign a power of attorney that will give legal permission for the company to transport the car. Once they have all the necessary information about your automobile, have explained the shipping contract and insurance offered, and know the type of transport you will need, they will be able to give you a total shipping quote and schedule the car for transport. If you will need to have the car picked up and delivered to the shipping port in the United States you will need to have that scheduled as well and it will be included in your shipping price. Your agent will let you know what you need to do to prepare the car for transport overseas. Preparation will typically include the following:
- Clean interior of automobile (leave no personal items inside).
- Have fuel level at ¼ tank or less.
- Fully charge battery.
- Disable car alarm if it has one.
- Complete a full physical damage inspection with carrier driver.
- Check damage insurance amounts.
Checking the amount of damage insurance coverage is important, especially if you have a luxury, classic or exotic car. If the amount available is not enough you may need to speak to your personal insurance agent to have shipping or travel insurance added to your automobile insurance policy.
Modes of Transport to Ashdod.
Considering the fact that Ashdod has the largest shipping port in Israel the best way to have a motor vehicle transported will be by sea. You can choose from a couple of ways to transport by sea depending on the type of car you have and whether you may need to access a route to ship personal items along with the car. If you need to ship only your automobile the best way to ship will be with roll-on roll-off transport. Also called RORO transport, this mode ships thousands of motor vehicles daily around the world from port to port. You may have seen RORO trucks on the interstates travelling through the U.S. as they are large carrier trucks that can load many cars at one time. When shipping overseas, a RORO ship can have several hundred motor vehicles loaded at one time for delivery around the world. Automobiles must not have anything left laying inside of them during RORO transport as items can easily dislodge and fly around in the car possibly creating damage. Personal belongings can also add weight to the vehicle and will increase the amount of fuel necessary for long voyages. RORO is the easiest way to transport a car as well as the most affordable when compared to other shipping methods. If you have a need to ship personal items with the car the best thing to do is use a shipping container. Enclosed auto transport is done by using a large shipping container that will protect the car and other contents from weather and other outside elements. The rates to ship are similar to that of RORO shipping, but you will have to pay for the container that your automobile and other personal items are shipped in.
Customs in Ashdod.
Customs has some regulations for motor vehicle owners that want to import their car to Ashdod including making it mandatory to register the car in Israel if you will be in the country for more than 6 months, acquiring an Israeli driver’s license in order to drive, and showing proof of identity and vehicle ownership. You can contact the Israeli Embassy for more information on residency requirements, motor vehicle registration and driver’s license information. You will need to give customs agents your passport, visa, motor vehicle registration, shipping bill and will also need a signed statement from the Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety in order to import and drive the car in Ashdod.
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.