Islamabad is not only the capital city of Pakistan and home to the Pakistani Government, but it is also one of the most highly developed and educated cities in all of Pakistan. Shipping your car to Islamabad will provide a great convenience when having to drive through the city while venturing out for work and shopping. You will need an experienced international auto transport company to take care of all of your shipping needs when relocating your personal car to the city. The first thing you will need to do is provide the company with a bit of personal information pertaining to the make, model and year of your car as well as information as to the need for pick-up and delivery in the United States or delivery once the car reaches Islamabad. The company will also need you to give them a copy of some of the following paperwork when processing your car transport overseas:
- Driver’s License
- Automobile Insurance Certificate]
- Social Security Card
- Signed Power of Attorney
- Car Title
Once they have your proof of identity for you as well as your car, they will be able to proceed with making your shipping arrangements. The transport company will be able to provide you with detailed information on how you may ship your car overseas, the cost of shipping, dates that the car may leave the specified port of exit and entry to Islamabad as well as procedures you will need to know about for having your car inspected and cleared with Pakistani Customs Officials when the car reaches the inspection checkpoint in Islamabad. Customs will need to have some mandatory paperwork provided and accessible at the time of the customs check as well. Some of the paperwork that will be necessary for customs will be:
- Car Title showing your name as the owner
- De-registration Certificate in order to register the car in Pakistan
- Auto Insurance that is valid in Pakistan
- The Original Bill of Sale or Commercial Invoice showing the make, model and engine number of the car. The invoice must also show the horsepower (size) of the engine
The Pakistani Federal Board of Revenue can provide information on import duty requirements and tax laws that must be abided by when importing a car into Islamabad. For various diplomatic and individual status’s some of those fees may vary according to the individual person and type of car being imported to the country.
Arranging International Car Shipping
When you begin making the arrangements to have your car shipped internationally you will want to learn as much as possible about U.S. Customs export regulations as well as the import laws in Pakistan. The transport company will go over that information with you, but you may want to contact U.S. Customs for further information regarding trending regulations, personal items that are allowed for export and international laws pertaining to relocation to Islamabad. The company will provide you with details on the cost to ship a car overseas to Islamabad, the ways you can transport the car, and other details on what type of car is allowed to be imported to Pakistan per Pakistani law. There are a couple ways to ship a car to Islamabad from the United States. Those ways are:
Ro-Ro Shipping- This is the most practical and widely used form of international auto shipping from the United States to Pakistan and other countries around the globe. Cars must be empty and have no personal items remaining on the interior of the car when shipping with Ro-Ro because the car will be parked openly on a cargo ship for the International voyage. Ro-Ro is the quickest way to have your car delivered to you when you need it in Islamabad.
If you will need to have home goods and other personal content shipped at the same time your car is shipped, or if you own a luxury car and want to ensure that it is protected from the atmospheric elements during transport, you may opt for the following type of shipping:
Container Shipping- Your car and any personal items you may need to ship will be loaded into a large shipping container, usually either a 20 foot or a 40-foot container, and then loaded onto a cargo ship for transport. Using container shipping can take a little longer than with Ro-Ro due to the customs checks for personal items as well as having to unload the container, but it is expressly beneficial when you need to completely relocate to Islamabad and need to move everything all at one time.
Prior to shipping your car, the auto transport company will provide you with all of the necessary information on all types of shipping available, the best way to ship the style of car you have, and the total cost of shipping internationally to Islamabad.
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.