With the expansion of American business owners opening new business in Choloma many people find themselves relocating to the small city in Honduras for both business as well as personal obligations. When you relocate to Choloma you may find that you will need to have your own motor vehicle with you to effectively travel throughout the city. While there is a bus system in Choloma, it can be hectic to arrive on time when you need to be somewhere quickly. Choloma is host to more than 40 tourist attractions including wildlife reserves, museums and beautiful synagogues that you can enjoy during your time living in the city. Choloma is an exceptional city to live in as the cost of living is generally lower than most of the populated cities in Honduras.
Professional Auto Transport.
Most people don’t drive their car to Honduras on their own as the drive can be quite costly when you factor in extra mileage and wear and tear on the car, fuel and overnight lodging costs and money spent on dining out during travel. People often think that hiring a professional auto transport company will be costly, but when you add up the cost of driving on your own, the benefits of professional transport services greatly outweighs driving on your own. A professional auto transporter will be able to assist you with customs facts, pricing on shipping methods, and paperwork and fees that you will need to take care of. They will also be able to schedule door to door services for pick-up and delivery of your motor vehicle. You’ll need to provide the company with your driver’s license, social security number and a signed Power of Attorney statement prior to transport. The signed paperwork will give the company legal access to transport your car. When using a professional to move your car, you can rest assure that your car will be in safe hands. A pre-delivery inspection will be performed on the car at the time of pick-up to check for any signs of damage including chipped paint, dents or dings or scratches on the car. There will also be a post-delivery inspection at the time the vehicle if removed from the transport carrier.
Types of Transport to Choloma.
To have your car delivered to Choloma you will be given a couple of different modes of transport to choose from. You will need to make a decision based on the type of motor vehicle you have as well as the budget you may be working with. The ways to ship a motor vehicle to Choloma from the United States are:
Open Transport (RORO) - RORO transport is a type of transport that allows many cars at once to be loaded onto a transport carrier for transport either locally, state to state or internationally. One of the biggest advantages to shipping RORO is the lower cost of shipping one can expect with an open transport carrier. When more cars are being moved at one time, the shipping cost per motor vehicle is lower due to the division of fuel cost between vehicle owners. RORO is not only the most cost effective way to ship a car, but it is also the quickest way to ship a car and have it delivered when relocating. RORO transport is recommended for most standard passenger cars and trucks.
Enclosed Transport- Enclosed transport is a bit more expensive than RORO transport but it offers added protection from the elements such as weather, flying debris and animals such as birds that could possibly fly into cars on an open transporter. Enclosed transport is ideal for owners of classic, antique, collectors and luxury vehicles who want to ensure extra safety during transport.
The Customs Checkpoint Criteria.
Rules apply to everything in life and the criteria for customs clearance can be quite stringent and must be followed closely when importing a motor vehicle to a new country. Not only will you need to follow to strict export regulations for the United States, but you will also need to know the laws of Honduras when shipping to Choloma. You may want to contact the Embassy of Honduras prior to your move to gather information on items that are allowed to be imported into Choloma and motor vehicle regulations as well as local laws and information pertaining to the city. Customs will need you to provide them with your motor vehicle title, commercial sales invoice and the national taxation registry number as well as the original bill of lading provided to you by the auto shipping company. You will also be required to pay import duties on motor vehicles at the time of the customs check for clearance. Tax amounts vary from 3.4% to more than 12% depending on the type of car or truck you have and the total value of the motor vehicle. You may import cars and trucks to Choloma that are used as long as they are not older than 7 years. There are however, exceptions to the age if the car is considered a classic car or a collector’s car. Your transport agent will fully detail the laws and regulations for customs as well as the tax and fee amounts prior to shipping the car for you. To ensure your motor vehicle is able to clear customs checks, you will need to make sure that all necessary documentation is available for customs agents and that you have the money to pay your fees and import duties immediately upon the vehicle clearance inspection. Failing to provide the proper paperwork or uphold the mandatory financial obligations can result in delays or denial of importation.
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.