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The largest of Sri Lankan cities and its capital town, Colombo is also the island's financial centre. Tourists from world over love to come here and it are one of their favorite destinations. Located on the island's western coast it is adjacent to country’s Legislative Capital. Colombo is also western province’s administrative capital. A vibrant, busy, and modern place, it combines the beauty of colonial era with contemporary architecture. This quaint mix of the old and the new makes it an attractive place for visitors.

If you intend being here for work, to study or are a returning citizen, you need your vehicle. When you wish to ship car to Colombo, it makes sense to do your homework regarding the procedures and the associated requirements. Having A1 Auto Transport service assistance can take away the hindrances from the process.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Colombo

New York, NY to (New York port)
to Colombo
$275$22005+32 days
Los Angeles to (California port)
to Colombo
$350$28005+38 days
Colombo to (California port)
to Las Vegas, NV
$450$28005+38 days
Colombo to (California port)
to Portland, OR
$475$28006+38 days
Seattle, WA to (California port)
to Colombo
$550$28006+38 days
Colombo to (New York port)
to Columbus, OH
$550$22005+32 days
Colombo to (New York port)
to Charlotte, NC
$575$22006+32 days
Atlanta, GA to (New York port)
to Colombo
$700$22006+32 days
Colombo to (California port)
to Denver, CO
$775$28007+38 days
Colombo to (New York port)
to Houston, TX
$1,075$22007+32 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.


The most common reason to ship a vehicle involves non-residential Sri Lankan wishing to import car to the country for personal use only. If you are confused about the paperwork, connecting with an experienced international auto transporter like A1 Auto Transport service helps. As with any other shipping and transportation, there is a lot of documents and paperwork that is involved. The main requirements of the Sri Lankan customs department includes

  • 6 months minimal Sri Lanka resident visa.
  • Vehicle only for use of the license holder and family.
  • Vehicle less than 3.5 years old or new.
  • Import of the vehicle concurs with the move of vehicle owner.
  • Right-hand drive vehicles only.
  • Single vehicle import within five years is the maximum limit.

The main documents that you will need to show at the time of import are vehicle owner passport with the copy, driver’s license, vehicles registration, and visa details. You will also need to show documents that proves your Sri Lankan residence. This includes departure, arrival, and staying reasons. Ideally, you should check with Sri Lankan embassy in USA, the authorities or the clearing agents at our company to understand the procedure thoroughly.

Shipping methods.

There are two broad shipping methods that people select for transporting their personal cars. These include:

  • RORO: This is Roll-on/Roll-Off method where the car is driven onboard the freight ship ad driven off at Colombo. It is the most convenient way of sending your vehicle to Colombo. However, as the cars are harnessed onto an open deck, no personal belongings are allowed. You are required to remove the air conditioning gas and leave only a quarter tank of gas.
  • Container Shipping: If you are looking to send the car along with other household goods to Colombo, hiring a 20 feet container or 40 feet might suffice. The car is secured from the ravages of weather and secured within the container.

Sri Lankan guidelines.

They will give you the latest information along with related regulations and rules. Some of the basic guidelines are the following,

  • You can only import right-handed vehicles.
  • No mortgages or associated lease agreement.
  • You cannot take it out when traveling outside Sri Lanka.
  • Proper vehicle registration number.
  • After vehicle clearance you need to register it in the name of the owner within two weeks.
  • Applicant cannot use own funds for vehicle purchase.
  • You will need to submit all the support documents related to your car.
  • Your vehicle need to be completely operative for shipping.

Take care of these rules and regulations to remain on the right side of customs when bringing your car inside Colombo. Upon arrival, you will need to pay the associated taxes and custom fee. For information and the latest changes, it is best to consult the Customs Department of Sri Lanka.

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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.

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“EXCELLENT! This is the third time, and it still feels like I am a new customer. The reservation and shipment processes are simple and quick.  I was in a hurry the last time I called A1, so they asked me for the best time to call back. I was not expecting they’ll go an extra mile by calling me even after working hours as I requested. They surely find ways to make you feel valued. A1 Auto Transport took care of every single detail of my shipment to Iowa. I do not recall any misses. I am wondering how they train their employees. This company earned two thumbs up!!”

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“At the end of the summer, we spent a few stressful few weeks relocating and settling in Colorado Springs after 8 years of living in Boston. My father was scheduled for another surgery after getting into a serious boating accident. So, my husband and I decided to make the painful decision of moving back to Colorado to take care of him, with two small children and a truckload of household stuff in tow. It was our first time undertaking a major relocation, and we had zero idea on how to go about this whole moving business. We took some friends’ recommendations, and started calling and emailing some companies. Things got more difficult when the company we initially hired to pick up our cars all of a sudden didn’t have a driver after the quote we agreed upon skyrocketed “due to certain unforeseeable market factors”. We couldn’t afford to lose another minute on a phone call to some other mover just to set up another expensive, unpredictable deal. My father was due to go to the hospital in a few days, and school was about to start for the kids. But we had to do it, and you have no idea how grateful we were to have dealt with A1 Auto Transport. After that distressing experience with the first mover, A1 felt heaven-sent. We told them our situation, and thought it was all going to involve another daunting, tedious process. But their people were so incredibly helpful and attentive to details. They went out of their way to make sure our questions were answered and our vehicle arrived promptly, despite some bad weather we were having at the time. Another thing that won us over is how A1 understands almost intuitively the importance of reliability and active, honest communication with their customers, with people like us who lead ordinary, emotionally challenging lives, and value time and hard-earned money. A1 Auto Transport succeeds in truly serving and connecting to their customers in ways no other company would even try. If I have the entire universe to give out millions of stars for, I’d gladly do it and rain them all on A1 Auto Transport. It may just have been another ordinary business day for them, but to my family and I, it made all the difference in the world.”

“I though taking my car to Connecticut was going to be the most difficult part of the move. And until I found Joe and A1 Auto Transport, it was. Fortunately, from that point forward it was handled flawlessly. A month ago, I tried a website which promised to find me a company with great rates. More than a dozen carriers took me up on the offer, so I chose the one that was the cheapest. Instead of showing up, he called on the shipping date to tell me his truck is getting repairs. I waited 2 more days before finally cancelling the order. I lost a week pointlessly, and my family and I were supposed to move 2 weeks later. I searched some more and chose a broker with a seemingly good reputation. After a week of waiting, I finally stopped waiting for him to find me a truck. Finally, a work colleague to which I was complaining about the situation, recommended A1 Auto Transport. He’d used them in the past and recommended them with a ‘thumbs up.’ I called Joe that same day. He told me it was peak shipping season. Some companies, instead of telling you they’re full, may choose to simply let you wait in case one of their other clients cancels. Fortunately, he had a truck available, and he sent it my way immediately. In a couple of hours, my car was on its way to Connecticut.”

“Dear Cherie, I wanted to take a couple of minutes to mention how delighted I was in dealing with you. The efficiency and professionalism the service that I have gotten from you was impeccable! I have even received my car faster than I expected - this was far beyond my expectations! I Thank you for everything and wish you good luck in the wonderful way you are accomplishing your job. Cheers!”

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