Afghanistan’s 3rd largest city, Herat is densely populated and is the capital of Herat province. It’s located in the valley of the River Hari. If you are planning to move here, it is important to know that due to the political turmoil, the import process can take a long time.
However, it is imperative that you have your own vehicle when you move here as Afghanistan is known for having a particularly unreliable public transport. It’s a landlocked country and you might prefer to have your personal vehicle imported. This is going to help you get through the language barrier and you can easily travel at well. You will need to have A1 Auto Transport by your side as the procedure is complex and requires local language in the official departments.
Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Herat
|San Jose, CA to (California port) to Herat||$200||$3200||40+5 days|
|Herat to (California port) to Los Angeles||$350||$3200||40+5 days|
|Herat to (New York port) to Boston, MA||$400||$3000||30+5 days|
|Phoenix, AZ to (California port) to Herat||$550||$3200||40+6 days|
|Detroit, MI to (New York port) to Herat||$575||$3000||30+6 days|
|Herat to (New York port) to Chicago, IL||$675||$3000||30+6 days|
|Herat to (New York port) to Atlanta, GA||$700||$3000||30+6 days|
|Herat to (California port) to Denver, CO||$775||$3200||40+7 days|
|Miami, FL to (New York port) to Herat||$925||$3000||30+7 days|
|Dallas, TX to (California port) to Herat||$1,025||$3200||40+7 days|
*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.
*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.
*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.
*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.
*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.
Specifications regarding the import.
There are limitations which relate to importing vehicles. This is due to the fact that the Government allows only diplomats as well as foreigners with resident visas or working permits to import cars. The Afghanistan Custom Department levies 25% of the total value of the car as an import tax. Diplomats are the only ones who are exempt from these taxes.
Prior to beginning the import process, you might want to find a reliable shipping service to help you with the process and get it done without additional hassle. This is where the A1 Auto Transport Service steps into the picture. We are going to help you with all the steps, including the submission of the necessary documents to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency such as:
- Driver’s License.
- Proof of ownership.
- Lading Bill.
- Shipping Documentation.
- Registration of the vehicle.
- Title deed.
- Insurance policy.
Eligibility for exemption.
Diplomats are the only ones that are exempt from paying taxes and duties. However, in order to be able to take advantage of it, they need to present the following documents:
- Letter from the Embassy.
- Diplomat’s passport as well as copies.
- Exemption form for taxes.
- Request letter for the Customs Clearance issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance,
The truth is that there are a lot of delays due to instability as well as political turmoil. What is more, the regulations change and even the diplomatic procedures might easily take well over a week. This is why you need to work with us – we are going to quickly arrange the procedures. You can contact the Afghan Consulate in USA to get the latest updates on the procedures.
When it comes to shipping options, you need to account for the fact that this is a landlocked country and thus you have to ship to Iran or Pakistan and get the car driven to Afghanistan using multi vehicle carriers. The most common shipping methods, however, include:
- Container shipping: This is particularly convenient if you need to ship an expensive vehicle and a lot of household goods or personal belongings. You get to choose between a 20ft and a 40ft container based on your preferences. The car is going to be firmly protected from the elements. This is the most expensive water-bound form of shipping.
- RORO (Roll On/Roll Off): This particular method would require you to drive the vehicle onto a shipping deck which is on the freight carrier. You have to get rid of all external accessories and you can’t ship anything but the car – no personal belongings. This is why it’s cheaper and quicker than container shipping.
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.