Moving a Car to Barranquilla, Colombia
Moving a car to Barranquilla is relatively simple as long as you abide by the regulations and customs laws set forth by the Colombian Government as well as the shipping laws from the United States. Barranquilla has the largest shipping port in all of Colombia and rests on land near the Caribbean Sea. With a population of nearly 2 billion people, it is the 4th largest city in Colombia and has had a massive economic growth over the last decade. While many people rent cars or taxis while traveling through Barranquilla, it is usually a preference to be able to drive your own car when you live in this industrious city. Taxi and car rental rates can be quite excessive when you have to hire a car daily, and when compared to the cost of shipping, you will essentially save money by having your own personal car moved to the city.
International Auto Transport
In order to move your car to Barranquilla, you will need to hire an auto transport company that ships cars internationally. The agent with the company will go over in detail all necessary documents that you will need to provide as well as paperwork and fees that will need to be paid for shipping. They will also let you know what options will be most convenient for shipping as well as the budget you may have. If you will need to have your car transported to the Major Shipping Port in the United States that is nearest your location, the auto shipper will be able to work with you to arrange pick-up and delivery to the port. They can also arrange to have your car delivered to you once it reaches Barranquilla. Your shipping agent will also explain the types of shipping available in your vicinity both in the United States as well as Barranquilla. Essentially there are three ways to ship a car internationally. Those ways are RoRo, Container and Air Shipping. RoRo is a method of shipping that allows your car to be driven onto the ship and secured for overseas travel. It is driven off of the ship when it reaches the destination port in Barranquilla. RoRo is the least expensive as well as the quickest way to ship by sea. Container Shipping is the second type of shipping by sea. With shipping a car by container, you would be allowed to ship household items and personal belongings inside the container along with the car. This is a very convenient method of shipping for those who have relocated to Barranquilla for a long duration of time. The last option would be to ship by air. Air Shipping is the fastest way to have a car delivered internationally. It may be a bit more costly than shipping on the sea, but when you need to have your car delivered as fast as possible, shipping by air is the best way to go.
Required Documents and Customs Regulations
As with most things that we do in life, there are requirements that need to be adhered to when moving a car internationally. You will first have to provide specific documents to the shipping company. These documents include your driver’s license, social security card, vehicle title and registration, insurance certificate and a signed Power of Attorney form that will allow the transport company to pick-up and deliver the car for you. You will also need to secure certain documents and abide by mandatory regulations in order to have clearance through Colombian Customs. If you have diplomatic status you will have to provide a registration paper that you can get from the Foreign Ministry. You will also be required to have an Import Permit that you can apply for through the Incomex Institute as well as a diplomatic permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You will also need to provide your Passport and a Visa that is valid for at least one year, a bill of lading or an airway bill, identification card, original car title and registration and the original bill of sale that has the make, model and engine chassis number on it. You have to fully abide by the Customs regulations or your car could be impounded and charged massive impound holding fines. You can also check with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency for more information on specific customs regulations that will need to be adhered to.
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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