East London is a city located on the southeast coast of South Africa. It is in the Buffalo City Metro Municipality of the Eastern Cape Province.
The city of East London lies on the coast of the Indian Ocean and is mostly between the Buffalo River and Nahoon River. It is host to the only port of South Africa.
Using public transportation while visiting East London can cost a lot of money over a period of time. You can save money by shipping your vehicle from the United States to East London. The roads are well maintained throughout the area and there are man-made forestry areas along the way to view.
You will need auto shipping when you are ready to import your vehicle for faster and easier commuting. A1 Auto Transport service can arrange to pick up your vehicle in the United States and then deliver it to the port where it will be prepared for shipping out. When your vehicle reaches the port in East London, A1 Auto Transport service can pick up your vehicle and deliver it to you. You will need to provide your shipping agent the right paperwork and documentation that provides proof of everything. These documents, like your driver's license, social security number, insurance proof, and a signed Power of Attorney form. Your shipping agent will also go over all the details that involve shipping. You will also be briefed on the cost of shipping as well as any other documentation and details you will need. If you need more assistance in shipping to East London from the United States, you can contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.
Specific Motor Vehicle Regulations.
There are regulations that will need to be followed when you are importing a vehicle to East London. Regulations such as right hand driven cars are allowed only. There can be one vehicle imported per family. You will need to obtain a Special Import Permit from the South African Embassy before importing to East London. You won't be able to sell your vehicle for at least two years once your vehicle arrives in East London. If you are returning to East London after living abroad for a few years, you will need to pay all import duties and taxes required. All temporary residents will need to pay all import duties and taxes due in order to obtain a valid temporary import permit. Only Foreign Diplomats will not need to pay any import duties or taxes however they must provide proof of their diplomatic certification.
Contact the South African Embassy located in Washington, DC in order to learn more about importing and customs regulations for East London, South Africa.
In order to import a vehicle, you will need to provide the correct documentation for both exporting and importing. Documentation that will be needed includes:
- Bill of Sale.
- Temporary License.
- Import Permit.
- Original Vehicle registration.
- Car title.
- Bill of Lading.
- Forms D.A. 304A and P1.160 - you will need three copies of these forms.
Auto Shipping to East London.
Hiring a transport company like A1 Auto Transport Service will give you a personal shipping agent that will work with you to explain the entire process to you and to assist you in determining the right choices for your importing needs. You will need to determine what type of shipping method you plan to use; container, air, or RO/RO.
The Roll On/ Roll Off shipping method requires your vehicle to be driven onto the deck of the cargo ship and then fastened down for the trip. Once the ship reaches the port in East London the vehicle is then driven or rolled off the ship and you will be able to drive it once it goes through customs. The Roll On/ Roll Off shipping method is the most chosen way of shipping a vehicle overseas.
Container shipping is another shipping option for those who want to import a vehicle. This method of shipping is more expensive but it is better at protecting your vehicle while transporting, especially if you are shipping a luxury vehicle or if you need to ship your vehicle extra quick. Air shipping is available for those who are in need of their vehicle in a very quick way and are willing to pay the extra for that method. Your shipping agent from A1 Auto Transport Service will be able to go over these shipping method options to help you select the right one 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.