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Ship Car To Barbados

Ship Your Car To Or From Barbados.

Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?

  • The cost of shipping a car to Barbados from the United States is typically between $1,500 and $3,000, though it can sometimes be done cheaper.
  • Shipping from the Port of Miami is usually the least expensive way to go, especially if you’re using a shipping container to move your car.

Shipping/Exporting a car to Barbados can be costly due to the various taxes and duty charges that are determined by a vehicles age, power, and cost. If you a diplomat, importing a vehicle to Barbados is free and without restrictions.

If you are a returning national, importing a vehicle is free, but you will need specific approval from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, as well proof that you have owned the vehicle for three years and that you lived in Barbados for more than three years at any given point. More information on the returning national program will be listed below in the valuable resources section. Bridgetown is the major port and likely landing point for any vehicle shipped to Barbados. $1 USD is worth around 2 Barbados Dollars (BBD). Barbados is located in the Caribbean Islands, above South America.

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Expected Costs and Required Documents.

Importing your vehicle to Barbados is subject to a few minor restrictions and it may be costly.

  • A vehicle must be less than 4 years old.
  • A vehicle must have no more than 50,000 KM on the odometer.
  • You must be able to prove ownership of the vehicle.

In addition to these restrictions, your vehicle is subject to high taxation and duties:

  • The average import duty is around 45% on all vehicles.
  • If you are importing a used vehicle, there is a $4,000 environmental levy and $300 for a new vehicle.
  • There is a 17.5% value added tax.
  • A port FAS charge is also added to the cost of your importation.
  • An excise tax is added based on the engine capacity (1800cc for luxury), weight, and cost of the vehicle.
  • A luxury vehicle with an engine equal to or exceeding 1800cc and with a value above $45,000 is subject to a 120% excise tax.
  • If the weight does not surpass 5 tons and the value does not exceed $45,000, the excise tax will be around 62.77%
  • If the weight does not exceed 5 tons, but the value of the vehicle is higher than $45,000, the excise tax will be around 80.16%
  • If the vehicle is heavier than 5 tons, the excise tax is valued at 10%

Process of registering a vehicle in Barbados.


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Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Barbados.

Despite the various costs and restrictions, it is not hard to import a vehicle into Barbados. Your shipping/exporting company will take care of all of the necessary paperwork and they will coordinate with you to help you decide on the best date to ship your vehicle. When importing a vehicle to Barbados, you will need to provide the following:

  1. Import Permit (taken care of by your shipping company)
  2. Owner’s log book.
  3. Proof of insurance.
  4. Receipt / Invoice for new vehicles.
  5. Import License (taken care of by your shipping company)
  6. OBL (bill of lading)
Shipping Methods.

We offer several shipping methods to Barbados, depending on your personal needs. At your convenience, we will help you decide on the best method of transport to Barbados. Listed below are the two most popular methods that we offer for international vehicle shipping.

  • Roll on, Roll off (RoRo): The roll on, roll off method is one of the most popular. Your vehicle is driven onto the ship, securely held in place, delivered to the port of choice, and then driven off the ship. In order for this method to be viable, your vehicle must operable. If you elect to use this shipping method, you cannot store personal items in your vehicle.
  • Container Shipping: If you are looking to ship personal belongings with your vehicle, this may be the best shipping method for you. Your vehicle and personal belongings will be securely held in place and stored in a shipping container.

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Related Information & FAQs.
Valuable Resources.

Returning Nationals

International Association of Movers – Barbados Page

Joe Webster

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 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.

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