Since 2007 El Progreso has become a very large business community in Honduras. Attracting new shopping centers, fast food business, and a massive agricultural atmosphere, it has been a prime relocation hot spot for citizens of the United States to move for business opportunities. The city is also a major crossroads connection for thousands of tourists annually traveling throughout Honduras from one tourist city to another. Facing the Mico Quemado mountain range to the east, the city has a vast scenic view to offer along with the booming business progression making it an ideal place to live. Bus service is available throughout the city, but taxi service can be slow to an abundance of fares in search of reliable transportation. The best way to get around in El Progreso is a personal motor vehicle as driving on your own will save much needed time as well as frustration when trying to locate reliable transportation.
How to Relocate Your Personal Vehicle
Once you have made the decision to relocate your personal vehicle to El Progreso you will need to hire a professional auto transport company to handle all of the shipping for you. The representative handling your automobile shipment will have you fill out some paperwork and provide basic identification documents like your driver’s license and social security card. You may also need to sign a Power of Attorney form that will give the carrier permission to transport your automobile for you. Your representative will be able to help you with the paperwork necessary for customs in Honduras as well as letting you know what taxes and duties you will need to pay. Prior to shipping the car you will receive a total quote showing all fees for shipping and the representative will let you know what you will need to do to prepare the car for transport. You will usually need to thoroughly clean the car inside and out prior to shipping. You’ll also want to check all of your fluids to ensure they are at the correct levels and make sure the battery is fully charged.
Modes of Automobile Transport
When relocating to a new country you will need to decide on the mode of automobile transport that will be used to ship your car. The two most common ways to transport a car are RORO (Open Transport) or Container (Enclosed Transport). With RORO your car will be loaded onto either a sea ship or a carrier truck and will be transported quickly to El Progreso. RORO transporters usually carry many cars at one time and the cost is generally lower than other methods of automobile transportation. The motor vehicle is driven onto the carrier and secured in place and then transported efficiently to the new location. Using containers, or enclosed transport is best for expensive, classic and exotic motor vehicles that need to be added protection during shipment.
Once you have made a decision on the type of transport that will be used for your automobile, the representative will give you a total financial quote so you’ll know exactly what you will pay upfront as well as post shipping if anything must be paid after the car is delivered. The representative will also carefully explain the contents of the shipping contract with you. Once this has been explained, the rep will let you know the scheduled date of pick-up for your car and anything you will need to do to prepare the car for transport to El Progreso.
It’s very important to make sure you have all of the vital information necessary for the customs checkpoint in El Progreso. Missing even one required document can delay and even possibly cause your import to be denied. The Embassy of Honduras in Washington, DC is a great source to contact for information pertaining to customs regulations as well as local and countrywide motor vehicle regulations and laws. Honduras requires that import duties and taxes must be paid on all motor vehicles entering the country. Tax rates range from 3.4% to over 10% based on the type of car or truck and the retail value. You can import either a new car or a used car, but used cars must be newer than seven years old at the time of import. You will also need to provide the customs checkpoint officials with your motor vehicle title, national taxation registry number, commercial invoice or bill of sale and the original bill of lading from shipping the automobile. If you have shipped any personal items with the car, you will need to make sure there is a detailed packing list included in your paperwork along with the other documents.
For more information on exporting personal items or motor vehicles out of the United States you can contact U.S. Customs. They can also direct you to any travel warnings to be aware of and paperwork that you may need when relocating. While U.S. Customs can provide valuable information on export laws from the United States, your best source of information is going to be the auto transport representative that works with you to ship your automobile. Your professional auto transport representative works with shipping cars around the globe daily and will be able to provide all of the information necessary to easily and conveniently transport your motor vehicle to El Progreso.
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.