Guayaquil is not only the largest city in Ecuador, but it also hosts the largest shipping port in the country making it one of the easiest places to have a car shipped into the country. Tourists travelling through Guayaquil often find the city so welcoming for business ventures and employment that they make the decision to stay as a resident. Guayaquil is situated on the west side of the Guayas River and on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Once in the city, many find that having their own car to drive will make travel simple and very cost effective. You’ll need to hire a professional automobile transport company to ship your car from the United States to Guayaquil and you will have to follow strict customs regulations for exporting from the U.S. as well as importing to Ecuador. For U.S. Customs you will need to provide paperwork for export prior to shipping the car and will want to do so at least 2 weeks prior to shipment to ensure that all paperwork is accepted and approved. Failing to have the proper paperwork for customs can delay your car from shipment.
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Professional Automobile Transport Services.
When you hire a professional automobile transporter to ship your car to Guayaquil, you will need to provide them with some information on your car as well as personal information on your identity. Documents that you will need to provide are:
- Driver’s License.
- Social Security Number.
- Signed Power of Attorney Statement.
The driver’s license and social security card will provide information that will legally identify you as the owner of the vehicle. The Power of Attorney statement simply gives the transporter the legal permission to transport your car within the United States to the exit port as well as overseas to Guayaquil.
When you contact the transport company they will need some precise information about your car. You’ll need to let them know the basic information like the make, model and year of manufacture. You will also need to let them know if your car has been altered in any way that would change the size or weight. Size and weight are very important factors for shipping as it will affect the type of transport carrier as well as the total cost of international shipping. If you will need to have your car picked up in the U.S. and delivered to the shipping port, the agent you speak to will be able to schedule convenient door to door pick-up and even delivery for you when the car reaches Guayaquil.
How Cars are transported to Guayaquil.
When you ship a car internationally from the United States to Guayaquil, or to any other city or country worldwide, you will have a choice of transport methods to choose from for shipping your car. To ship to Guayaquil there are primarily two ways to ship by sea making it very convenient for the type of car you have and for your own personal preferences. The two ways to ship a car to Guayaquil, Ecuador are:
RORO- RORO, short for roll-on roll-off is the quickest and most efficient way to have your car shipped internationally. Used by thousands of automobile shippers daily, this is the most popular way to ship a car anywhere in the world. Cars are easily driven (rolled) onto the transport vessel at the exit port, secured for travel, and then driven (rolled) off at the exit port when it reaches Guayaquil. Your car will need to be emptied of any personal items or paperwork, fuel must be at around ¼ tank, and the car needs to be cleaned prior to transport.
Container- Container, or enclosed shipping, is an excellent method to use for shipping classic, exotic and high value cars. Cars are driven into a large shipping container for transport and will be enclosed in a very secure, often climate controlled, shipping container for transport. While container shipping will cost a little more than RORO due to the expense of the container, it is widely used and very popular for shipping cars around the globe when a little extra protection may be necessary to help prevent damages to valuable investments.
Every country around the world has specific customs requirements when importing a car. In Guayaquil you will need to follow the laws set forth by the Government of Ecuador when shipping your car. You will need some of the following documents for customs agents:
- Driver’s License.
- Commercial Invoice or Bill of Sale.
There are also certain requirements for the age of the car including that the car must be within 5 years of the date of manufacture as of the date of importation. You must own the car clearly and there cannot be lien on the vehicle from a bank, dealership, individual or other entity. If there is a lien, you will need to obtain signed and notarized permission from the business or individual that holds the lien to transport the car to Ecuador. For further information on import requirements, local laws for Guayaquil, and economic information you can contact the Embassy of Ecuador in Washington, DC. For all the most up to date shipping information, the agent with the automobile transport company will be able to give you valuable information as well as resource information for documents you will need, customs regulations and all other information for shipping your car from the United States to Guayaquil.
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.