The second largest city in Georgia, Batumi is strategically situated on the Black Sea coast, making it an important sea port. With manufacturing and ship building industries boosting the economy of the city, it contributes to the national GDP. After getting independent, the country has a stabilized and is one of the emerging forces in the region.
If you plan on staying here for a couple of years, it is best to import your vehicle to Batumi, Georgia as the country lacks auto manufacturing industry. Thus, most of the imported vehicles are very expensive, so it is cheaper to import your vehicle here. To make the vehicle imports easy due to incessant demand for cars, the laws pertaining to import are flexible while the spare parts for Japanese and U.S-made vehicles are easily available.
A1 Auto Transport works with you at every step to ensure a smooth transit and delivery of the car or any other vehicle that has to be transported to Batumi. For additional details and latest updates, you can contact the Embassy of Georgia
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Documentation for import.
As per the rules and regulations, before you send out the vehicle from USA, you need to notify the U.S Customs at least 72 hours before the vehicle is shipped. This is important to get the clearances in advance so that there is no delay in shipping the vehicle. Additionally, the Georgia Revenue Service requires validating the documents before the import is considered legal. Some of these important documents include:
- Title deed.
- Bill of sale with details on engine/chassis number, VIN, make, model.
- Insurance documents.
- Residence visa/Work permit for Georgia.
- Import license.
- Passport and driving license of vehicle owner.
As per the tax regulations, all imported vehicles have to pay 18% VAT and 12% custom duty, based on the cost, insurance and freight charges. If you are planning to live here temporarily or for a short time, say about a year, you have the option of temporary import and can extend it for another 12 months. However, if you are importing it permanently, you need to pay all of the taxes. On a temporary permit, the import duty is not levied but you have to pay 18% VAT as bank security.
Additionally, one of the specifics of importing vehicle to Georgia includes the requirement for notification of cargo. This is mandatory due to security requirements in the country. The Customs department has to be notified about the vehicles import in advance so they can verify the authenticity before it comes into the country. We take care of all aspects of the vehicle shipment and logistics, including getting all of the permits and validations in advance.
There are two prominent ways to ship your vehicle on board the sea-bound vessels. This includes RORO or Roll-on/Roll-off where your vehicle is transported on the deck using its own set of wheels and secured in the allocated parking bay. You are not allowed to put any personal items within the vehicle while the alarms have to be disabled and the air conditioning gas removed. The container shipping allows for transport of personal goods along with the vehicle. Thus, the prices vary depending on the method of shipment you select.
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