About 19 miles from Jerusalem, Hebron is the largest city in West Bank and the second largest in Palestine. There may be many reasons to move to Hebron for a short term or a more permanent basis. Whether you are a returning citizen, on a work/resident visa or planning to study here, you will be glad to have your car with you to commute through the cities. As soon as you decide about importing your vehicle to Hebron, it is best to consult with a shipping service that has experience with international shipping to Palestine.
This is important because there are specific rules and regulations that need to be considered. A1 Auto Transport service has considerable experience working port authorities at Gaza, the main sea port and would be able to help you through customs at US port and at Gaza. Palestine is under free trade treaty with USA and that is why it isn’t too complex to import the vehicle to Hebron.
Before shipping the vehicle to Hebron.
There are many legal formalities and paperwork that has to be completed and submitted to the Palestine Customs at Gaza before the car is shipped to Hebron. As experienced international shipping service, we offer a range of services including ‘door to port’ service and vice versa at Hebron. For an extra fee, we can pick up the vehicle and drop it off at the US port, complete the formalities and then receive the cargo at Gaza and drive it to Hebron for doorstep delivery. However, you will need to authorize us with a signed Power of Attorney to do the needful at the ports. Some of the important documents that you need to provide include:
- US-issued international driving license.
- Car title and registration deed.
- Insurance certificate.
- Passport and Social Security card copies.
There are other rules and regulations that you will need to follow to ensure that the vehicle is cleared. These restrictions and limitations include:
- Show/submit the purchase invoice (original).
- Only vehicles below 3 years from manufactured can be imported.
- Have the import license issued by the government.
- Approvals from Ministry of Transportation and General Petroleum Corporation.
- Original title deed.
There are many tax and levies that have to be calculated to ensure that you know the total cost of vehicle import to Hebron. With a 16% VAT on all vehicles that are imported, the other taxes are based on the cost of the vehicle, insurance and freight charges (CIF). Additionally, the cost will vary on the aspect whether you choose RORO or Container shipping. RORO is cheaper as your car is secured on the open deck while container shipping offers sealed transit in containers. This turns out more expensive. Thus, talk with one of the shipping agents and check which one is more favorable in your case and based on that they will offer you a written quote.
Another aspect to consider is that it is of prime importance to have the Import permit. You cannot transport the vehicle directly from the port but use the services of tagged yellow licensed Israeli trucks or hire Palestine trucks that carry the special permit. To know more about shipping from USA to Hebron, Palestine, check with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency about the new regulations and requirements.
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.