Whether moving to Esmeraldas for business, school or personal reasons, having a car to get around is an essential thing to do. Esmeraldas is a center for manufacturing, chemical industry, and oil and many people relocate to the city each year. Traffic can be congested in Esmeraldas and although public transport is available, it can be expensive to use the bus or taxi system daily. Having your own car will cut down on travel expenses as well as save time that would be spent waiting on a car to arrive or a bus to go through town. Fortunately, Esmeraldas is situated on the coast and has its own sea port as well as an international cargo airport, making it very easy to have a car transported directly to the city. You will need to hire an automobile transport company to take care of shipping the car for you.
A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-452-2880 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.
Professional auto transport services with A-1 Auto Transport will ensure that your car will be taken care of from the time it is picked up until the moment it is delivered to you in Esmeraldas. The agent that you initially speak to when you call to get your international shipping quote will gather some information from you about your car including:
- Year of manufacture.
They will also need to know if you have had anything modified on the car, including adding a lift kit or other accessory, because modifications can often change the weight or height of the car. The size of the car is very important when scheduling the carrier to pick it up as well as to space on the shipping vessel.
The agent will need to get some important documents from you in order to schedule your automobile for delivery overseas. Those documents include:
- Driver’s License.
- Social Security Card.
- Motor Vehicle Title.
- Signed Power of Attorney.
The Power of Attorney is necessary to give the automobile transporter permission to relocate your car both across roadways in the United States to get it to the shipping port as well as to transport it overseas to Esmeraldas. Your agent will let you know what other paperwork you will need to provide as well as the paperwork they need you to fill out for them. The Agent will discuss the shipping contract in detail with you when you speak to them. Usually shipping insurance is included in the total shipping cost, but you will want to find out what amount is offered. If you have a luxury automobile or a classic car you may need to add extra insurance coverage for transport. Your agent will explain the different ways to transport your car and how the transport schedule works as they go over the shipping contract and transport details.
Types of Transport.
When shipping a car overseas you will have a couple choices as to how you can transport the automobile. The first way is Roll-On Roll-Off shipping, also called RORO shipping. With RORO, automobiles are driven onto a RORO ship, secured into place and then transported to Esmeraldas quickly and very affordably. RORO is the number one choice of automobile shippers around the globe and is used by thousands of people every day. RORO vessels only carry motor vehicles and you won’t be able to transport your personal items inside of the car as it is shipping overseas. To prepare your car for transport via RORO you will need to make sure it’s emptied of any personal items and paperwork. If you have a classic car or an expensive luxury car you may want to use enclosed Container shipping instead of RORO which is open and exposed to the elements. Containers are sealed and prevent weather and sea elements from reaching the automobile. Many containers are padded and even climate controlled to ensure a more secure, stable environment during transport overseas. Container shipping is a bit more expensive than RORO but it is perfect for automobiles that need extra protection during transport. Your agent will fully explain the types of shipping available from the shipping port that your car will exit the United States from and will help you with information to know which way will best suit your automobile and shipping budget.
Customs regulations for automobile import are very detailed and must be followed closely to ensure automobile clearance and to make sure the clearance is not delayed or denied. You will need to give customs officials your passport, driver’s license. Commercial invoice or bill of sale and your motor vehicle title. You can contact the Embassy of Ecuador for more information on paperwork that will be necessary at the time of import. All cars imported to Ecuador must be five years old or newer at the time of import and must be up to motor vehicle standards before being shipped. You will also need to file paperwork with U.S. Customs prior to your scheduled shipping date. Customs recommends filing with them a few days before shipping, but the earlier that you can turn your papers in the better as there are often delays in processing and a delay can cause your car to have to wait to ship overseas and could result in storage and holding fees depending on how long the delay is.
For more information on overseas automobile shipping, you can check with the Federal Maritime Convention as well as the agent you have working on your shipping schedule at the automobile transport company.
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