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Casablanca is not only the largest city in Morocco but it also hosts the largest seaport and the biggest industrial economy of the entire country. Casablanca has become a haven for tourists from around the world due to the large shopping centers and festivals held throughout the city each year. Relocating to Casablanca can be an exciting, yet stressful, time when having to move everything overseas. Shipping your car to Casablanca can be easily done with the assistance of a professional international auto transport company. The transport company will have excessive knowledge of international shipping laws and regulations and will be able to assist you with insight on paperwork that you will need not only for them but for customs clearance in Casablanca. You will need to give the international auto transport company your driver’s license, a signed Power of Attorney statement, social security number, car title and proof of car insurance. Shipping insurance will usually be provided by the transport company to cover your car as it is shipped overseas. If you have not yet hired an auto transport company and would like information on export regulations for moving your car from the United States, you can contact U.S. Customs for information regarding regulations as well as international relocation information. Once you hire the transport company to ship your car, you will be given information on ways to ship overseas, documents that customs will need in Casablanca and the cost of international car shipping specific to your car and location.
Customs Regulations in Casablanca
Customs regulations vary from one country to another, and importing a car to Casablanca will, of course, come with certain requirements set forth by the Government of Morocco. Customs officials will need you to provide specific documents to them once your car reaches the clearance checkpoint. Failure to provide the necessary paperwork can delay or even avoid the importation of the car. You will need the following paperwork in your possession for officials who will be performing the clearance inspection:
- Original Title and Registration to your car
- Import Permit that must be obtained prior to shipping]
- Original Bill of Lading that clearly shows engine and chassis serial numbers make, model and weight of car
- Commercial Invoice or Original Bill of Sale
When you import a car to Casablanca you will be allowed to keep the car in the city for up to three months without having to pay import duties. After three months you will either need to export the car back to the United States or will need to pay the import duties to keep it in the country. If you plan on living in Casablanca permanently, it is usually best to pay the import duties upon the arrival of the car to the city. Import duties can be quite high when importing permanently. You must only use the car for your own personal use and will not be allowed to sell, rent or let others drive the car while it is in Casablanca. All imported cars must be within five years of the date of manufacture at the time of the importation to the city. For more information on customs regulations as well as city-specific information for Casablanca, you can contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco located in Washington, DC.
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How to Transport a Car to Casablanca
Since Casablanca has the largest seaport in all of Morocco, the best way to ship a car from the United States to Casablanca will be by sea. The cost to ship will depend on several factors including the size and weight of the car, the distance in miles from the exit port in the U.S. to the entry port in Casablanca and the type of shipping you choose to transport the car. The main ways to ship a car internationally are:
Ro-Ro Shipping- The most preferred way to ship a car overseas. The car is easily driven onto the ship, secured and then transported from the United States to Casablanca. Once it reaches the sea port in Casablanca it is driven off the ship and can be taken through the customs checkpoint. The car must be empty to transport on a Ro-Ro carrier so there may need some physical preparations that will need to be done prior to shipping the car. Any pre-journey modifications that may need to be done will be fully explained by the agent with the auto transport company.
Container Shipping- Shipping a car inside of a large shipping container makes it easy to be able to ship household content along with the car when shipping it overseas. The car and any personal items will be packed inside of a container and then loaded onto a cargo ship for international transport. You may want to check with customs to make sure that any personal items you plan on packing are approved for import into Casablanca prior to shipping.