Ship Your Car To Or From Bolivia
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- In most cases, you can expect to pay between $2,200 and $4,600 to ship a standard car (in terms of size) to Bolivia from the U.S.
- Additional costs are factored in for premium services like door-to-door shipment, which usually carries an additional cost of $500 to $1,000 in most South American countries.
Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Bolivia
|New York, NY to (New York port) to La Paz||$275||$3400||5+21 days|
|Los Angeles to (California port) to Cochabamba||$350||$4100||5+22 days|
|Las Vegas, NV to (California port) to La Paz||$450||$3800||5+22 days|
|Portland, OR to (California port) to La Paz||$475||$3800||6+22 days|
|Seattle, WA to (California port) to Cochabamba||$550||$4100||6+22 days|
|Columbus, OH to (New York port) to Cochabamba||$550||$3800||5+21 days|
|Charlotte, NC to (New York port) to La Paz||$575||$3400||6+21 days|
|Atlanta, GA to (New York port) to Cochabamba||$700||$3800||6+21 days|
|Denver, CO to (California port) to Cochabamba||$775||$4100||7+22 days|
|Houston, TX to (New York port) to Cochabamba||$1,075||$3800||7+21 days|
*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.
*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.
*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.
*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.
*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.
Important Bolivian Shipping Alert: As of the year 2008, Bolivia does not allow used cars to be imported into the country that are older than four years old, and it also bans trucks, buses, and some commercial vehicles older than six years into the country.
This decree was issued in December of 2008 and is still in effect – it was issued in response to the country being flooded with old, used vehicles from other countries, which had a serious environmental impact and depressed the Bolivian auto market. Even if your vehicle is less than four years old, you must obtain an import clearance form from the Bolivian Customs department.
Other Types Of Vehicles We Transport To Bolivia
Since Bolivia has no coastline of its own, your vehicle cannot be shipped directly to Bolivia itself, but most likely to a destination port of Arica or Iquique, both ports in Chile, the western neighbor of Bolivia. The shipping company that you contract with will be aware of this and will make the appropriate arrangements.
You will, however, still have to arrange for your vehicle to be somehow transported to the port of departure in the United States, and that will depend on which region of the country you live in. If you live in the east, west, or south, there are many port cities available that your shipper might operate from. If you drive your vehicle to the port of departure, you can save some money on the total cost, otherwise, it must be picked up by your shipper and trucked to the port city.
Then you’ll need to decide whether your vehicle will be shipped using the container method, or via Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO). Shipping via container affords more protection for vehicles but is also more costly. If you share a container with another vehicle, that cost can be reduced somewhat, but it will still not be as inexpensive as RORO shipping.
RORO is not a protected shipping method and calls for the vehicle to be driven on and off the ship under its own power, and it is simply lashed securely to the deck in transit. If you choose this shipping method, you are not allowed to have anything in the vehicle, other than its spare tire and tire jack. You must also have no more than ¼ tank of gas in the car for the journey.
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Bolivia
- Purchase invoice
- Technical report
- Proof of insurance (policy)
- Certificate of origin
- Description of vehicle
You will have to be able to demonstrate positive ownership of the vehicle being shipped, usually by means of a bill of sale with your name on it. The title for the car must be clear of any liens unless the lienholder has provided written authorization for you to export this car from the country.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency will also need to see documented proof of registration and your driver license before they will allow the vehicle to be exported. You should contact this agency well ahead of any planned shipment, in case of any hold-ups that may need to be ironed out.
At the destination port, there will be an import duty imposed and the vehicle will have to clear Customs in whichever port it is shipped to. You can contact the Bolivian Embassy in the U.S. for questions about any restrictions on the Bolivian side of the shipment.
Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To Bolivia
A1 Auto Transport is one of the leading auto transport companies in the U.S. Our access to the best transport technology and equipment has made it possible for us to ship inside and outside of the nation for decades. Shipping heavy equipment or oversized cargo to another country on your own will only prove to be stressful and expensive especially since you must comply with Bolivia’s import laws. Luckily, our trained specialists have the experience and knowledge necessary to make the process of transporting such equipment to another nation much easier.
The type of cargo you’re shipping will determine which transport methods are available to you as well as how much you’ll pay for your shipping services. Consequently, the type of cargo you plan to ship to Bolivia is deemed as heavy equipment or oversized cargo if it is too large for a 40ft shipping container or heavier than the standard vehicle. To give you an idea of the shipping services we have to offer, here is a short list…
- Farm Equipment
- Construction Equipment
- Industrial Machinery and Equipment
- Large Vehicles and Dump Trucks
- Cranes and more…
A1’s Four Overseas Transport Methods
There are a total of four overseas transport methods offered to those in need of shipping heavy equipment or oversized cargo internationally. The shipping services available to you depend on the type of heavy equipment you’re shipping to Bolivia. In some cases, ground transport methods will also be needed to complete the delivery. Our shipping professionals will make sure your cargo’s transport is carried out successfully regardless of the services you choose. To give you further reassurance, you can track your cargo with real-time satellite service accessible through any WiFi enabled device.
Some of our transport options are less expensive than others. Although each of our shipping methods may not provide the same protection, every one of our customers is given partial insurance coverage. We do offer additional insurance for those who wish to protect the full value of their heavy equipment. Here are the four shipping methods we have to offer…
- Container Shipping
- Flat Rack Shipping
- RoRo Transport
- LoLo Transport
Container shipping offers the greatest protection yet it is the most expensive shipping option for overseas transports. Flat rack, RoRo and LoLo shipping are all open air services that are carried out in different ways. For flat rack shipping, the cargo is strapped to a metal rack before being placed on the boat. RoRo shipping is the least expensive method and requires that your heavy equipment or large vehicle is operable, while LoLo shipping is best for inoperable vehicles and crated equipment.
Related Information & FAQs
- When should I buy shipping services to get a car to Bolivia?
- How much does it cost to ship a car to Bolivia through container shipping services?
- How to ship a car to Bolivia safely and affordably?
- Hire an experienced transporter to ship your car to Bolivia
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.