Shipping a Vehicle to Cali, Colombia
Cali, which is officially recognized as Santiago de Cali, is the only major city in Colombia that has access to the Pacific Coast, thus making it the easiest city in Colombia to ship a vehicle to from the United States. When you need to have your vehicle shipped internationally to Cali, you’ll need to gather important documents to provide to not only the transport company but to provide to Customs as well for clearance once the vehicle reaches the destination in Colombia. To find out more about customs requirements in Colombia you can contact the Embassy of Colombia in Washington, DC and they can direct you to valuable information on particular requirements for specific import items. Your best resource for shipping information will be with the agent at the auto transport company as they will be able to detail necessary documents, fees and types of shipping available from your area. Primary documents that you will need to provide to the auto shipper will be:
- Driver’s License
- Original Vehicle Title and Registration
- Social Security Card
- Power of Attorney (signed)
- Automobile Insurance Certificate
Other necessary paperwork will be discussed during the time of arranging for the vehicle to be shipped. You will need to know where the nearest Major Shipping Ports to your location are in order to deliver the vehicle to the port or to have the shipping company pick it up and deliver it for you. The agent at the vehicle transport company will detail all cost of shipping, vehicle preparation that may be needed including steam cleaning or other detailing, and the types of shipping available for your location, delivery port, and budget. They will also be able to make arrangements for you to have your vehicle picked up at your location in the U.S. and delivered to the exit port as well as picked up and transported to your location in Cali.
Motor Vehicle Regulations in Cali, Colombia
When making arrangements to have your vehicle shipped to Cali, Colombia, there are some standard regulations that you need to know about. If you plan on shipping a used vehicle, you must be a diplomat. Those who are not diplomats may ship a used vehicle as long as it is less than one year old and has no mileage on the odometer. You will need to provide specific documents for customs clearance when importing your vehicle into Colombia as well. The required documents are:
- Passport that includes a Visa for a period of one year and will be notarized when the vehicle arrives at the Columbian port or airport.
- Airway Bill and Bill of Lading
- Import permit that has been approved by Customs before shipping into Columbia
- Identification Card if you are a returning citizen
- Original Vehicle Title and Registration
- Original Bill of Sale or Commercial Invoice that includes the make, model and VIN of the vehicle
If you are a diplomat you will need to have a registration document that is obtained through the Foreign Ministry as well as a diplomatic permit that is acquired from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an import permit from the Incomex Institute. When the import permit has been approved it will receive a Quality Certificate from the Department of Environment. All of these directives must be followed or you will risk having the vehicle held and becoming responsible for very large holding fees.
Ways to Ship a Vehicle to Cali, Colombia
Since Cali, Colombia has easy access to the Pacific Ocean, shipping via RoRo would be the most efficient and fastest way to ship by sea. RoRo is simply roll-on roll-off shipping that makes it simple to drive the vehicle directly onto the freight ship, secure it into place for travel, and drive it off the ship when it reaches the post in Colombia. Your vehicle will need to be completely cleaned out as to not have any personal items or paperwork inside of it for the overseas transport. If you need to ship household good or personal items along with the vehicle, you can ship the vehicle inside of a container. Container Shipping is a great value for those who need to completely relocate and have necessary household items that need to be shipped as well. Your vehicle, as well as any personal items, will be loaded into a container and then shipped via a freight ship. Finally, for those who may need their vehicle in a shorter rate of time, there is Air Shipping. As with shipping by container, your vehicle would be loaded onto a cargo plane, along with personal items if they need to be shipped, and then flown into the nearest airport in Cali. The Cali Alfonso Aragon International Airport is the main cargo airport adjacent to Cali.
For more details on how to ship your vehicle to Cali, Colombia your transport agent will best provide you with all necessary information. They will also provide you with a detailed quote to let you know what fees you must pay prior to shipping as well as what must be paid once delivery has been made in Colombia.
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.
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