The eight largest city of Colombia, Bucaramanga is the administrative center of the Santander department. If you are planning to move from USA to Colombia, there are many aspects to consider and that includes shipping your vehicle to ensure smooth commuting and travel.
However, you cannot import the vehicle to Bucaramanga on your own and that is why hiring the expert services of A1 Auto Transport service comes in handy.
Motor vehicle regulations of Colombia.
As per the Colombian laws, it is important that you only import new cars or current model and make of the vehicles as old cars are prohibited from import into the country. However, special permits from Colombian port authority maybe obtained if you are shipping a vehicle that is classified as classic or vintage. Other than that you might have to sell your old car in U.S and then buy a new vehicle when you relocate to Bucaramanga. One of the most important aspects of shipping your vehicle is finding and working with an experienced company that understands the intricate rules and regulations in Colombia. That is why A1 Auto Transport works best for your requirement. We have been shipping vehicles to Colombia for years and understand all aspects of the procedure.
You might want to discuss with us your custom needs, budget and choose the method of shipment before A1 Auto Transport is able to give you a free quote. You have two choices to select from. One is Container shipping wherein your vehicle is secured and sealed within large containers measuring 20 feet or 40 feet depending upon your requirements. You are allowed to transport your personal good within these containers. However, when you ship your vehicle using Roll-on, Roll-Off method, you cannot ship anything within the vehicle but just an empty vehicle. The vehicle is driven on the ship and then driven off at the last port in Colombia. This is the most cost effective method of shipping the vehicle.
Additionally, other factors like size of the car, time of the year, vehicle insurance and additional services of door to port services can influence the price. Some of the documents Colombia include:
- Passport/Driver’s License.
- Clear title deed.
- Registration documents of the vehicle.
- Original Bill of sale with details of the vehicle.
- Social Security Card.
- Insurance Certificate.
- Power of Attorney (optional)
Specific regulations to adhere.
Your passport has to have a visa that is for a minimum of 12 months while this will be stamped and notarized when your vehicle is imported. In case you are a returning citizen, you need to show your identification card as a Colombian citizen. Additionally, the original invoice of purchase of vehicle has to be submitted that includes all information on the VIN, engine/chassis number.
Although there are applicable taxes and duties that have to be paid, if you are importing a vehicle as a diplomat, you need to get the diplomatic permit to get the tax exemptions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You will also need to submit the import permits.
There might be more paperwork that is needed and A1 Auto Transport will be able to advise you about it. We’ll let you know about the closest ports, the total cost of shipping and documents that are needed. If you are going to ship using RORO, you will need to clean the vehicle, remove air conditioning gas and other personal items as only an empty vehicle can be shipped. But if you intend hiring a spacious container especially if it is an expensive vehicle or you need your household goods transported alongside the car, container shipping is the best option. Among both the options, RORO is cheaper but container shipping offers higher protection.
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.