Ship Your Car To Or From Costa Rica.
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- Transporting a car to Costa Rica from the U.S. is fairly simple and affordable compared to other international destinations.
- It can cost $1,000 or less if you’re shipping from a nearby port in the U.S., such as Miami. On the high end, car shipping costs can reach $3,000. It’s important to consider import taxes when shipping to Costa Rica since they can be as much or more than the shipping itself.
Shipping/exporting a car internationally can pose quite a challenge if you are not adequately prepared or you do not select a reputable auto shipping company. However, if you allow yourself plenty of preparation time and gather a little information, the entire process can move forward without a hitch.
Costa Rica is a vibrant and beautiful country, with 2 main ports for shipments, Puerto Limón and Puerto Caldera. Both of these ports are capable of receiving individual car imports, so it depends on the origination and destination of your vehicle to determine which port will work best.
It is important to note that Costa Rica requires emissions testing for any vehicle being imported into the country. This testing MUST be completed 2 months before shipping the vehicle!
There are two options for shipping/exporting a vehicle into Costa Rica: Temporary Import or Permanent Import. Either selection still requires emissions testing, but there are some significant differences in procedure depending on the outcome.
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Costa Rica.
Vehicles brought into Costa Rica from non-residents for 3 months or less are NOT subject to customs taxes. The documentation required is as follow (it’s a good idea to bring copies and originals, both front and back):
- Driver’s License (ensure copies are made of BOTH sides)
- Registration certificate.
- Title (if vehicle is owned free and clear)
- If the person bringing the car is NOT the owner, an authorization from the owner permitting the vehicle to enter another country must be provided (notarized and certified by a Costa Rican consulate)
- Temporary use permit (TVUP)
- Certified emissions test.
- Bill of lading.
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Steps of Procedure.
- Fill out form for temporary import provided by Costa Rica Customs.
- Present copies and originals of the documents/items listed above (ensure passport displays migratory condition, must match date of duration for which you seek temporary import status)
- If you are a Costa Rican citizen, provide prove of residency
- Be prepared to pay a couple small fees for the temporary import permission, currently $25 at a special customs window, and $15 to Costa Rican National Insurance Institute (but both fees subject to change)
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To permanently import a vehicle into Costa Rica, it is in your best interest to contact a Costa Rican Customs agent first, but you can more or less expect to follow the following procedure. In addition to the documents required for temporary import, you will also need to produce:
- Commercial Invoice.
- Bill of Lading.
The import taxes in Costa Rica tend to be on the higher side than many other countries, but because the cost of the sales tax on vehicle purchases can quite also be significantly higher, it may still be financially sensible to ship your car.
There are many variables that go into determining the amount of tax charged. The first is the age of the car:
- If the vehicle is 3 years old or newer, the taxed percentage is 52.29%
- If the vehicle is 4-5 years old, the taxed percentage is 63.91%
- If the vehicle is older than 6 years, the taxed percentage is 79.03%
The next contributing factor is to determine the value of the vehicle. The value is determined by one of following two ways, and Costa Rica always uses the HIGHER value produced to calculate import taxes.
Import value of the vehicle: Determined by the Ministry of Finance AutoValor which is essentially Costa Rica’s version of Kelley Blue Book.
The commercial invoice value plus all shipping and insurance charges. This often referred to as C.I.F. (Cost, Insurance, and Freight).
As with any new experience, there is a learning curve that goes along with it. But with the proper knowledge and a reputable auto transport company such as A-1 Auto Transport by your side, this new venture can be more exciting and much less tedious.
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