Located on the Geba River, just off the Atlantic Ocean lies Bissau, the largest city with a major port, and is the administrative and military center. You can bring your own personal vehicle to Guinea - Bissau with a dependable transport service like A1 Auto Transport Service.
The process takes a while so be prepared. You can help to speed things up by having the right papers filled out, know the import rules, and hire a professional transport service to help. The company you hire to ship your vehicle will prepare the Bill of Lading once the vehicle is safely loaded on board the ship. You will also need to provide a Shippers Export Declaration (SED) to the US Customs if you choose a container.
Shipping Overseas from the US
You will need to prepare your car for shipping. This could take at least a week in advance of the time you estimate your car to leave port. Once your car reaches port, it will be inspected before it can be loaded. The entire procedure will need to follow rules and regulation in order to avoid any delays or rejections. You will need to determine which port you will be shipping to; Port of Bolama or Port of Bissau. Hiring A1 Auto Transport Service will ensure that your vehicle will be ready for transport on time and will go to the best port available.
You will need to have the following documents in your hand in order to keep this process on track.
- Title to your vehicle.
- Vehicle Export Declaration - This must come from U.S Customs and will need to be issued before your ship out date.
- Photo ID.
- Social Security Number.
Shipping Method Options
When you are shipping to Bissau, you will need to decide on the right shipping option for you. Roll On/ Roll Off shipping method is one of the most chosen shipping options because of its cost and it is easier. In order to ship using the RO/RO method, you will need to have:
* A quarter of a tank of gas in your tank.
* Have all the documentation in a secure place in your vehicle.
* No personal items inside the car except for a spare tire, floor mats, and a set of keys.
Container shipping method is also an option for shipping a vehicle. While this option is more expensive, you can send more over at one time. This option is good if you want to send an expensive vehicle or if you are moving.
Your vehicle will need to be rolled onto the ship deck where it will be strapped down for safety during the trip. If you don't provide all the detailed documentation, you will cause delays. Cars are always the last to be loaded onto the ship. Whoever brings in your vehicle will be responsible for bracing your car for safety on the ship. If you choose a container, you will need to make sure that the door is shut and secure.
Once the car is in Bissau, you will need to pay all import duties as well as other fees associated with your import. You will need to have a driver's license for this country and register your vehicle there too. If you have any questions, you can contact the Embassy of Guinea - Bissau located in the U.S.
Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To Bissau
The act of delivering heavy equipment and oversized cargo to Bissau from the United States is simplest and most successfully carried out with the assistance of professional transport specialists. With the experience gained and relationships formed throughout the industry by A1 Auto Transport, you can get your overseas transport underway. We have been helping our customers ship heavy equipment to other nations for decades and can make the entire process much quicker, affordable and easier.
We hardly have any restrictions regarding the types of heavy equipment and oversized cargo we can transport. With our variety of shipping services and access to the highest quality shipping technology and equipment, we are certain we can carry out your transport to Bissau. Throughout our time we’ve shipped the following types of heavy and oversized cargo:
- Farm Equipment
- Mining Equipment
- Construction Equipment
- Asphalt Pavers
- Motor Graders
- Industrial Machinery and Equipment
- Large Vehicles and Dump Trucks
- Cranes and more…
There are many other kinds of equipment, machines and vehicles that we consider as heavy or oversized cargo. As a rule of thumb, we consider any cargo that won’t fit into a 40ft container as oversized. However, if it weighs considerably more than a standard vehicle, we usually categorize it as heavy equipment. If our transport specialists believe that your cargo meets this description, they will let you know which of the four overseas transport methods are available to you.
Overseas Shipping Methods Available for Heavy Equipment
When you’re shipping heavy equipment through A1, there are several international transport options. We offer four transport methods to offer those who come to us with oversized cargo and heavy equipment to ship overseas. Dependent on the type of cargo you have, you may have fewer shipping options. We will let you know of your choices after you describe your equipment or cargo to us over the phone.
To better inform you before you call in, here is a description of each of our overseas shipping services to give you some insight before you call in…
- Container Transport- this method offers the greatest security by enclosing your cargo within four walls and a ceiling. Inside, it will be safe from inclement weather and other outside hazards. This is the most expensive shipping option yet very cost efficient.
- Flat Rack Shipping- this shipping method secures your cargo to a flat rack that looks like a large metal frame. Once it is fastened, the rack is placed on top of the ship with your cargo strapped to it.
- Roll On/Roll Off Shipping- this method is the cheapest form of transport. It is an open air service that requires your large vehicle or piece of equipment to use a ramp to drive onto and off of the boat.
- Lift On/Lift Off Shipping- this open air shipping method is best for individuals transporting large broken down vehicles and crated heavy equipment overseas. A crane is used to lift the cargo onto the ship as well as off of the ship.
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.
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.