Georgetown is located in region 4 and is the capital of Guyana. This area is also known to be the largest urban center. It is on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean coast near the Demerara River and has been given the nickname of 'Garden City of the Caribbean'.
Because it is a part of the Caribbean, Guyana is a very popular attraction for tourist and people who come here enjoy staying for a while when possible. In fact, U.S. citizens have purchased property in order to have a place to stay when in the country. Extending your stay in Guyana may require that you bring over your vehicle from the U.S so you can have something to travel in while you are staying. Guyana has beautiful rainforest that people around the world come to observe and preserve the wildlife within it.
Requirements for Shipping a Vehicle.
When you import your vehicle from the United States, there are not going too many restrictions in Guyana as it is with other countries. You will need to have the right forms and proper documentation in order to import without any problems. All duties and taxes for shipping to Georgetown will need to be paid before you can have possession of your car. The rates are very high. You will have to modify your car to meet requirements for driving in Georgetown, for example, the steering wheel must be on the right hand side of the vehicle. The vehicle cannot be more than five years old. The duties are less expensive on cars. Small trucks cannot weigh more than three tons and be less than four years old.
When you are calculating the cost of shipping a vehicle here, it helps to take into account that the customs duties are 150% with an additional 16% VAT and the range of Excise taxes are 10-110%.
Documents you will need to provide.
Having all your paperwork done and ready to go prior to your ship date is going to be mandatory in order to avoid delays. Some of these include:
- Driver's license.
- Proof of ownership of the vehicle.
- The title of the vehicle.
- Registration of the vehicle.
- Customs entry document.
- Temporary insurance for Guyana.
- A copy of duty free letter sent from the Secretary to the Treasury.
Shipping Methods to Guyana.
When shipping your vehicle to Guyana, there are two different methods that you can choose from. Roll On/ Roll Off is the most preferred method of shipping because your vehicle is simply rolled on the ship and roll off the ship. The vehicle will need to be completely empty except for having a spare tire, floor mats, and a jack in the vehicle.
Container shipping is another shipping method that you may want to choose. You will have two choices in size of containers; 20 foot or 40 foot. Your vehicle will fit into the container and then you can place other household items inside the container for shipping. This will be a little more expensive but it will get all your items to Guyana sooner rather than later. Any household items placed inside the container will need to be approved by Guyana Revenue Authority. In order to keep your costs down, you can share your container with someone else. If you need your vehicle imported very quickly, you may want to consider air shipment for your vehicle. However, it's important to note that this is the most expensive way to ship.
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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