Bahir Dar is located north-west of Ethiopia. It is also the capital of Amhara Region. Bahir Dar is considered a special zone which is specially designated charter city and a first-tier division.
If you plan to travel and stay for an extended period in Ethiopia soon, you will want to bring your personal vehicle with you so you can travel around on your own time. You can have the freedom to go when and where you need to without relying on public transportation, currency issues or language barriers.
If you plan to have your vehicle transported from the United States, you will find that the process is not that complicated though it is tedious and time consuming. There are rules and regulations for shipping a vehicle that must be followed. If you want to stay in Bahir Dar for a little while, you will benefit from importing your vehicle when you do.
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Technicalities of importing a car to Ethiopia.
When you transport your vehicle to Bahir Dar from USA, you will need to have the right documentation with you and presented well in advance to Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority before the scheduled import. Presenting the documentation throughout the process will ensure that you are not importing it illegally but validate the procedure and authenticates that the vehicle actually belongs to you. You will need:
- Your driver’s license.
- Vehicle title and registration.
- Bill of Lading.
- Proof of Insurance.
- Proof of Residency in Ethiopia.
Calculate the Cost of Shipping.
A1 Auto Transport will help you determine the amount of money you will pay for importing a vehicle. You will also be charged foreign customs duty, offloading fees, and more. When paying your shipping fees, you will need to use either a credit card or cashier’s check as personal checks will not be accepted in most cases.
The transporting fees will be determined mostly by the weight of the vehicle as well as the shipping method you choose. You can choose to ship a vehicle in a container or on an open vessel. Container shipping is the more expensive as compared to RORO because of the additional loading and offloading fees involved. You must also consider additional things that will affect your total cost such as leaking battery, leaking oil or coolant inside the container.
Available shipping options.
You will have different shipping options to choose from when shipping a vehicle. Container shipping is one of the most common shipping methods. You will get to choose the size you want from either a 20 foot or 40 foot container. The Roll On/ Roll Off method of shipping is the most commonly chosen way of shipping a vehicle because it is the most affordable.
If you want to send your household items over to Ethiopia, you can use the container shipping which allows you to fill up the container with your items after your vehicle is loaded inside. The Roll On/ Roll Off method of shipping requires that the vehicle is completely empty when shipping. With this method, your vehicle is driven onto the deck of the ship and rolled off of the ship once it reaches the port. Call the Ethiopian Consulate to get further details on the tax and current laws.
How to Prepare for Export.
When your vehicle import date is approaching, you will need to prepare your vehicle. Look over your vehicle with an A1 Auto Transport Service agent and note any damages already on your vehicle. Remove all personal items from the vehicle except for a spare tire, a car jack, and floor mats. Be sure to pay all additional fees and taxes associated with your import.
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