Cap-Haitian is a town of around 190,000 residents that has been steadily growing due to Chilean United Nations workers relocating since the 2010 Haiti earthquake as well as American Aid Relief workers. Cap-Haitian is a town surrounded with scenic beauty and wildlife and has also been a tourist destination for many years. One thing that the city is lacking is public transportation and you will find that in order to travel you will need to have your own personal car to do so when living in the small city. You will need to start planning ahead of time to have your car shipped to the city as scheduling of cargo ships must be done well in advance to ensure there will be room for your car. You will also need to fill out paperwork and submit it to U.S. Customs prior to your date of transport. It is best to have the correct paperwork complete and submitted at least one week prior to the date of shipment to make sure it has been received and accepted. You will also have to find a reliable international automobile shipper to relocate the car overseas for you. Keep in mind that not all automobile transport companies can ship cars internationally, so you need to be careful when making your arrangements.
International Automobile Transport.
Shipping a car internationally can be easily done once you select the best company for the job at hand. The agent working with the company will need you to give them some information about your car including the make and model as well as the year of manufacture. This information is used to schedule the correct carrier as well as during pricing. You will need to give the company some paperwork to proceed with your shipping request. This will include your driver’s license and social security number as well as other paperwork that they will have you fill out. The agent will walk you through each step of the shipping process and will give you information on the various ways that you can ship the car overseas. Those ways include:
Roll-On Roll-Off Transport- Also called RORO transport, this is the most common way to have a car shipped overseas because it is the least expensive as well as the fastest way by sea. Cars of all makes and models are rolled aboard the ship for overseas travel and then rolled off when they arrive at the destination port. Car owners must clean their cars out inside as well as out prior to shipping with RORO as the car is not enclosed during shipping and is accessible to many people. Also, personal belongings left inside a car during transport can become dangerous due to flying around in the car and possibly damaging the interior or breaking windows while being moved.
Container Transport- Container transport is convenient and protective transport that is excellent for classic, exotic and luxury cars. Containers are sealed for transport and prevent weather and elements from the sea from causing potential damage to the automobiles during shipment. Container shipping will have added fees due to the cost of the container that must be used for transport. If you have personal items to ship along with your car you will be able to do so when using a container for transport thus making a complete relocation very simple to do.
Once you have decided on the type of transport that will be used for your car the agent will go over the details of the shipping contract. They will explain the amount of damage insurance that is included. For high value automobiles you may want to check the amount provided to ensure it is enough for full coverage. If it is not then you may want to add extra coverage during transport.
Customs Regulations for Automobile Imports.
Customs requirements for automobile imports are very strict, albeit there are not too many stringent rules in place in Haiti. Cars must be within 5 years of age and you will be allowed to import only motor vehicle. You will need to give certain paperwork to customs including:
- Driver’s License.
- Visa (Work or School).
- Proof of Residency.
- Motor Vehicle Title.
- Bill of Lading.
- Bill of Sale.
If you would like to contact U.S. Customs they can provide more information on specific paperwork that you will need. You may also want to check with the Embassy of Haiti in Washington, DC for information on Haitian customs, local laws pertaining to Cap-Haitian and economic factors about the area.
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.