Catania is a beautiful city on the coast of Sicily in Italy. With pristine blue water and sunny skies almost year round, it is one of the most perfect cities in Italy to reside either as a tourist or a resident. Catania is well known in the petrochemical and sulfur industry and the employment rate is high in the city making it an excellent place to relocate to for employment opportunities. With the beautiful Roman architecture encompassing the city, it is a delight to thousands of tourists from around the world each year. Before you relocate to Catania, or after you are already living in the city, you may need to have your personal vehicle shipped overseas to use while there. To have a car shipped internationally you will need to hire a professional automobile transport company to take care of the shipping for you.
Professional Shipping Services.
Hiring a professional automobile shipping service takes the worry out of your hands and ensures that your automobile will be delivered quickly and safely to Catania. A professional transporter will be able to answer any questions that you may have about shipping your car from pricing to modes of transport and delivery time frames that you will expect to find. They will also help you with the paperwork you will need for customs, motor vehicle registration in Italy and fees that you will need to pay for shipping and tax purposes. The agent will need some paperwork from you to process your automobile shipment and to schedule it for pick-up to be delivered to the shipping port nearest your location in the United States. The paperwork will include;
- Valid Driver’s License.
- Social Security Number.
- Power of Attorney (Signed).
- Motor Vehicle Registration showing your name.
You will also need to choose the method of transport that will be used to ship your car. The choices you will have will be:
RORO is also known as roll-on roll-off shipping and it is the most common type of international automobile shipping in the world. Cars, trucks, vans and most other types of motor vehicles are rolled onto the carrier ship for transport and rolled off when they arrive at the entry port to Catania. For RORO shipping all motor vehicles need to be emptied of any personal items and may not have added on features that can come off the outside during shipment. You will also want to clean the car inside and out for a damage inspection prior to the car being loaded for transport. RORO is the fastest, as well as the least expensive way to have a car shipped internationally. Enclosed Auto Transport is a more secure way to have a motor vehicle shipped. Most people shipping their standard, everyday motor vehicles will opt for RORO but owners of classic or luxury models often prefer enclosed shipping due to the tighter precautions taken during shipment. Many enclosed containers have padded walls and climate controlled space for the contents of the shipping container. Using a container will cost more as you will need to pay for the container, and it will often take longer for delivery, but when you have a very valuable automobile it is the perfect choice for safe and reliable overseas transport.
Once you have decided on the type of shipping you will have for your automobile and have filled out the necessary paperwork and discussed the contents of the contract and transport schedules, the agent will give you a finalized shipping quote. They will also assist you with knowledge on taxes and import duties and customs related issues that you will need to be aware of prior to shipping the car.
Motor Vehicle Requirements for Import to Catania.
Prior to having your automobile shipped to Catania you may want to speak to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to check for foreign policy updates, local laws and motor vehicle regulations as they tend to be updated sporadically at times. You will need to contact the Motor Vehicle Department in Catania and apply for registration of your car in Italy and will need to get Italian license plates for the car. Basically for customs as well as registration of the automobile in Italy you will need the same primary paperwork that will include:
- Driver’s License. Must be translated in Italian.
- Automobile Title in your name only.
- Certificate of Residency.
- Tax Code Number.
- Commercial Sales Invoice (New Cars) Original Bill of Sale (Used Cars).
- Motor Vehicle Registration and a copy of registration for customs.
- T2119 Application (Used Cars).
- NP2B registration (Used Cars).
- Certificate of Commerce if the car is a corporate or business owned car. The name of the company representative that will be driving the automobile must be listed with the Certificate of Commerce.
Once your car has been registered and has Italian license plates you will be able to legally drive in Catania. You may want to check with U.S. Customs for information on items allowed for export from the United States as well as regulations for exporting your automobile from the U.S. If you do not speak to them you can always rely on the information that your automobile transport agents provides to you as they work with shipping motor vehicles daily and have the knowledge and experience to guide you in the right direction to have your car delivered quick and safe.
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.