With a rich Spanish cultural heritage, the city of Comayagua in Honduras is located about 50 miles from Tegucigalpa. It is also the administrative center and capital of Department of Comayagua.
When shipping a car to Honduras, there are a few things you should know including the regulations. You will need to pay fees required by the government of Honduras. While in planning stages, keep in mind that there is a moderate wet season as well as a dry climate with the most rain falling between May and October. It rains almost every day for the month of September. There are hurricanes that come if off the seas and can sometimes cause flooding which can spill over to the roadways. When you have a choice of shipping your vehicle to Honduras, you may want to ship in the months that it's not raining to avoid the possible delays.
When shipping to this area, you need to ship to the port located in Tegucigalpa. A1 Auto Transport Service can handle the task of transporting your vehicle from the United States to this port. We know the rules and regulations for shipping to Honduras and have transported many vehicles to this scenic nation in the last few years.
Before you ship, you will need to make sure that you have all the basic information available to the U.S Customs so there are no delays. Basic information to provide includes your driver's license, social security card, and the title to your vehicle. You will also need to sign a Power of Attorney form in case someone else can pick up your vehicle for you. A1 Auto Transport Service will give you all the details you will need to know in order to transport your vehicle so you will be prepared and so will your vehicle.
You will need to make sure that part of those instructions includes how to clean your vehicle's interior and exterior as this is a requirement for shipping. You will also need to make sure that the battery if charged completely and there is a quarter of a tank of gas. You will need to drain the air conditioning gasses out of the vehicle before it is shipped. Once these tasks are done, your vehicle is ready to go.
You will be able to choose from two different shipping methods when you are ready to ship your vehicle to Tegucigalpa. You can choose open or enclosed transport. Open Transport means that your vehicle is driven onto the deck of a ship and then parked and strapped down for transport. It will be exposed to the outside the entire trip. This is the most common means of importing a vehicle as well as the most affordable. Once you arrive at the port with the vehicle, customs will then inspect it before allowing it to board the ship. Once loaded, your vehicle will be imported as quickly as possible.
Enclosed Transport means that your vehicle is securely placed inside a carrier or container the size of your car. This is the most sensible choice for anyone with an exotic, luxury, or classic vehicle as it keeps the vehicle from being exposed to the weather elements during transport. Just like the procedure for the open transport, the vehicle will be inspected before it is loaded to ensure the safety of the shipping service.
Customs Regulations to Remember.
When your vehicle arrives in Tegucigalpa, you will want to begin driving it. You need to pay all taxes for shipping which include 3.4% for cars and 10.2% for trucks. You will also need to pay an additional 12% tax for the cars but not for trucks. If you have a new vehicle, you will be required to pay an additional 10% consumption tax too. There are a couple of restrictions in Honduras when importing your vehicle.
- Used cars must be no more than seven years old when you import it unless your car is considered a classic or a collector car.
- All vehicles must be changed over to left hand driving.
- Honduras does not have any import license restrictions.
Getting Ready for Importing.
You will need to make sure that you have the following forms filled out and/or ready to view for Honduras Customs Service:
- National Taxation Registry.
- Motor Vehicle Title.
- Original Sales Receipt/commercial invoice.
- Bill of Lading.
- Proof of ownership.
Once customs has checked over your paperwork and did a physical inspection of your car, you will have permission to drive it. To find out more about importing a vehicle to Honduras, visit Embassy of Honduras which can be found in Washington, DC.
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.