Delmas is a major center for industry and commercialized business in Haiti. When it comes to public transportation in Haiti, there is an abundance of moto-taxis to get you where you need to go. The moto-taxis are low cost forms of transportation and will get you to your destination very fast, but using them can be quite dangerous. Risking your life to drive four blocks makes little sense. Importing your own personal car to the city for the duration of your stay, whether temporarily or permanently, will allow you to travel safely and just as efficiently as taking a moto-taxi or other form of public transportation. You need to learn the roadways in Delmas. There are two main roads in Delmas, the Autoroute de Delmas that runs adjacent to the local secondary roads, and the Boulevard de Toussaint Louverture that runs from the Autoroute de Delmas to the Toussaint Louverture International Airport, the busiest airport in all of Haiti. To have your automobile shipped to Delmas, you will need to hire a professional automobile transport company experienced with international auto shipping
Overseas Automobile Shipping
Shipping a car overseas requires a shipping contract with a professional international automobile transport company. A-1 Auto Transport has been shipping cars professionally and reliably around the globe for more than 20 years. You will have peace of mind in knowing that your car will be delivered safely and on time when using the professional services of A-1 Auto Transport. You will need to provide your agent with information identifying the make, model and year of you vehicle, as well as any information pertaining to alterations you may have had done to the car. The agent will walk you through the process involved in shipping a car overseas and will give you details of the types of transport, pick-up and delivery that is usually utilized for shipping, and the total cost of international shipping. You need to give the company the following paperwork when scheduling transport:
- Signed Power of Attorney.
- Driver’s License.
- Social Security Number.
The agent will let you know what other paperwork you need and what you will have to sign to schedule your car for pick-up and transport to Delmas. They will also let you know any preparations you need to make with your car prior to shipping, and what fees and taxes will be required by customs.
Customs in Delmas.
Customs for Delmas, Haiti are somewhat strict when importing a car. You must follow the ruled precisely or the import can be delayed or cancelled. You can contact the Embassy of Haiti for specific information regarding local laws and customs as well as the proper documents that will be needed for automobile import to Delmas. Paperwork including, but not limited to, will be:
- Driver’s License.
- Work or School Visa.
- Motor Vehicle Title/Registration.
- Original Bill of Lading.
- Commercial Invoice for new cars.
- Bill of Sale for used cars.
All motor vehicle imports are required to pay taxes and duty fees at rates between 5% and 20% based on the value of the car. Civilian corporations can apply for a tax exemption on duty taxes.
How to Transport a Car Overseas.
Transporting a car overseas is a very simple thing to do. When shipping to Delmas, Haiti you can ship by sea by using one of two methods of transport. RORO shipping is a simple form of automobile transport where cars are driven onto the ship, secured, and then driven off the ship when it reaches Haiti. RORO is open shipping and cars will be exposed to the elements just as if you were driving the car on your own. This way of shipping is the most used as well as the least expensive and fastest way to have a car delivered by oceanic transportation.You can also use enclosed, or containerized transport to ship the car. Using a large shipping container will cost more than RORO but you will be able to ship personal items inside of the car during shipment. If you have a luxury car or one that is highly expensive, there is not a safer sea route to take than you will find with container transport.
Preparing Your Car for Shipping.
Your transport agent will fully discuss how to prepare your car for shipment, but here are some basic preparation standards:
- Fuel needs to be at ¼ tank or less.
- Battery should be fully charged at time of shipment.
- Fluids (antifreeze, brake fluid) should be filled.
- Car should be drivable.
- Alarm systems need to be disarmed prior to shipping.
- Damage Insurance Coverage should be obtained prior to shipment.
- A thorough physical inspection should be performed prior to shipping.
You will also need to file paperwork with U.S. Customs prior to your shipping date. Your agent will go over the necessary paperwork and will collect all fees prior to your shipping date. If you need pick-up and delivery, the agent will also take care of that for you.
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.