Dammam is the largest oil producing city in the world and it has a population growth rate of more than 12% each year. It has been one of the top places to relocate to in Saudi Arabia for several years now due to a large economic growth as well as the large multicultural atmosphere. Dammam is home to the King Abdul-Aziz Sea Port on the Persian Gulf, making it a direct shipping port to import your car to the city. The roads in Dammam are very modern and in excellent condition for travel anywhere in the city. You will need to study road signs and traffic ordinances prior to driving, especially if you do not speak Arabic since most of the signs are written in Arabic. Consulting with an auto transport company who is experienced with international shipping is imperative to shipping your car to Dammam. An international shipper will be able to provide all information related to shipping overseas. Anything from basic paperwork and shipping cost, to travel advisories and customs laws can be found through your contact at the transport company. You can also check with agencies such as U.S. Customs and the U.S. State Department on information for export regulations and travel to Dammam. Those agencies will have information on the latest advisories as well as all the paperwork that you will need to prepare in order to not only ship your car to Dammam but to relocate there physically as a resident.
Prior to Shipping Your Car.
Prior to having your car shipped to Dammam you will need to work closely with the transport company to make sure you have all of the paperwork they need as well as have been given information on the ways you will be able to ship, shipping dates and regulations for overseas shipping and how secure your car will be during the actual travel overseas. You will want to makes sure that the transport company gives you a full price quote showing all fees and cost you will be responsible to pay prior to the car leaving the U.S. shipping port as well as anything you will need to pay when the car arrives in Dammam. You will usually pay everything upfront, but occasionally there will be post shipping fees. The company will be able to schedule delivery to the exit port if you cannot take it on your own. You must be present in person when the car arrives in Dammam but if you will not be driving it to your location yourself, the transport company will be able to assist with scheduling delivery in Dammam as well. For shipping you will choose from roll-on roll-off type shipping or shipping in a container. Roll-On Roll-Off is also known as Ro-Ro and is a type of shipping that simply rolls cars or other shipping items onto the carrier ship and transports them to the destination overseas. This is the fastest way to ship by sea as well as the least expensive and has been the preferred way to ship internationally for many years. You can also choose to use a container as a mode of transport for your car. Containers allow your car to be sealed inside a large protective steel shipping container and then transported to Dammam. For container shipping you will need to include a packing list that will be verified by customs officials prior to as well as after the container arrives in Dammam.
Preparing for Customs Inspection.
Preparing for the customs check needs to be carefully planned in advance. You will need to get some very important documents together before the car is shipped to ensure that you have everything necessary for customs. Missing one page, or even one signature can delay or even cancel clearance of your car when it reaches Dammam. You will need some of the following paperwork:
- Residence Permit.
- Import Permit.
- Car Title.
- Original Bill of Sale.
- Original Bill of Lading.
- Saudi Arabian Driver’s License.
You may check with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC for more information on types of paperwork you will need for customs as well as information on specifications for vehicle standards. Car standards are variably different in Saudi Arabia than they are in the U.S. so you will most likely need modifications on your car emissions, headlights and tires prior to shipping. All names and signatures must match the name and signature on your passport exactly. If even one paper has an alteration of the name (i.e. using an initial instead of a name) the paper will be rejected and your car may not pass the clearance check. The car will also be fully inspected to check for vehicle standards as well as signs of previous wreckage. No cars are allowed in the country if they have been wrecked previously and have had body or internal engine damage. Your car must be within 5 years of the date of manufacture and you are only allowed to import one personal car per year to Dammam.
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.
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