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The fourth biggest city of Nepal, Biratnagar is located about 400 km. from Kathmandu. It is the industrial hub of the nation. If you need to import your vehicle for personal use, it isn’t as difficult as you imagined. By working with a reliable and trusted international shipping service like A1 Auto Transport will ensure that your vehicle is shipped safely from USA and reaches Nepal on time.
However, Department of Customs in Nepal and has its own limitations and eligibility for vehicle import, it is essential to remember that when you are shipping your vehicle to Biratnagar, only vehicles that have bene on the road for less than five years are allowed to be imported. Additionally, your vehicle needs to comply with the Nepal Vehicle Mass Emission Standard, 2056(1999). If you are planning to import a vehicle on a temporary basis for less than 6 months, there is a rebate on the custom taxes and VAT.
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It is best to contact the Embassy of Nepal before you arrange for the shipping as laws and regulations change without notice. There are plenty of documents that are needed not just by the U.S. Customs but at the Nepali government also. Additionally, the cargo will be inspected at Kolkata in India, which would be the destination from USA. From Kolkata, Biratnagar is about 10 km and will be driven across the Indo-Nepal border. However, custom checks and inspections require full documentation and at A1 Auto Transport service, we understand the nuances of security clearances and custom verifications. We will assist you at every step so that there is no scope for delays. The main documents include:
- Insurance certificate.
- Purchase invoice with engine/chassis number, year and model number.
- Title deed and Registration.
- Ownership proof and certificate.
- Passport and driving license of the owner.
Taxation on imported vehicles.
As per Nepal Custom duties, the actual tax payable based on the freight cost and insurance of the vehicle. Although the taxes vary depending on these variables, usually it is above 140% of the CIF charges. Additionally, all vehicles have a VAT tax of 13% which is payable before the custom clearances are given. Tax exemptions are available to dignitaries and diplomats. If you want to avail the tax rebates, you will need to import the vehicle for less than 6 months and then ensure that it is exported back to USA.
Methods of shipping to Nepal.
With plenty of methods to ship your car to Biratnagar, it is important to discuss the methods before you sign on the dotted line. From air shipping to Roll-on/Roll-Off, it depends upon your budget the shipping method you select. However the cost of air shipping is prohibitive and RORO is the most affordable which makes it the most popular method. It is important that the vehicle is operable as it will be driven on and off the ship deck. You are not allowed to keep any personal belongings or leave inflammable air conditioning gas. All of it has to be removed.
The next method is Container shipping wherein you can put your vehicle and associated personal belongings and household items within 20 feet or 40 feet containers. This is good when you need an extra layer of protection or require moving household goods alongside the vehicle to Biratnagar in Nepal.