Shipping A Car To Jamaica
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- Vehicles with standard dimensions can usually be shipped from the U.S. to Jamaica $1,800 to $3,500, though you may be able to find some cheaper rates depending on carrier availability.
- It’s important to remember that there are costs for import taxes and registering the vehicle one it arrives in the country.
Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Jamaica
|New York, NY to (New York port) to Montego Bay||$275||$3,600||5+10|
|Los Angeles to (California port) to Kingston||$350||$3,200||5+15|
|Las Vegas, NV to (California port) to Kingston||$450||$3,200||5+15|
|Portland, OR to (California port) to Montego Bay||$475||$3,200||6+17|
|Seattle, WA to (California port) to Montego Bay||$550||$3,200||6+17|
|Columbus, OH to (New York port) to Kingston||$550||$3,600||5+8|
|Charlotte, NC to (New York port) to Kingston||$575||$3,600||6+8|
|Denver, CO to (California port) to Kingston||$775||$3,200||7+15|
|Memphis, TN to (New York port) to Kingston||$800||$3,600||6+8|
|Miami, FL to (New York port) to Montego Bay||$925||$3,600||7+10|
*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.
Get Your Car On Island Time
- You will need a tax registration number to transport anything into Jamaica. In order to get this, apply via the Jamaican Tax Administration. This has to be done before you can even properly book auto transport to Jamaica, even if you are working through a company.
- Like any form of international travel, knowing where you are traveling is the key to staying safe. Stick with the well-known areas of the country as crime is rampant on this tiny island nation. Major cities are best, as are tourist-friendly resort areas if you are just visiting.
- If you are planning to sell your vehicle in Jamaica, then you are in for a wait. Jamaican law prohibits the sale of a newly exported vehicle in-country for at least a year; if it is damaged before, during or directly after shipping, then you must wait at least three years before selling it.
- Roll On/Roll Off Shipping is one of the most common ways to export a vehicle to Jamaica. With this method, the car is rolled onto the boat and then rolled off upon its final arrival. The risk is greater with this type of shipping; however, the payoff is that the car does not have to be prepped to be in a container and the auto shipping handlers can better keep an eye on it during transport.
Popular Shipping Destinations
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Jamaica
- Import license.
- Driver's license.
- Title/proof of ownership.
- Work permit.
- Tax compliance certificate.
- Jamaican import form (C-78)
Experienced Auto Shipping to Jamaica
Situated in the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is a large island that many people think: more than 4,000 miles to be exact. The Port of Kingston is the biggest in this country and is where most, if not all, of auto transport shipping to Jamaica takes place. Prior to arriving in the country, there are several key documents that you must have: your passport, a license to import vehicles, the vehicle title, a bill of sale and a tax compliance certificate.
The Jamaican Customs division has its own rules and regulations for bringing a vehicle into the country. From obtaining the proper tax certificates to the additional paperwork needed, checking this site before embarking on a trip to Jamaica with the car not far behind is prudent to be sure you are following all of the rules properly.
The Financials of Island Shipping
Prepare to pay a decent tax for your vehicle upon going through Customs when you arrive in Jamaica. The auto shipping company will negotiate this for you when you book, but be prepared: you may have to pay up to 67% of the value of the vehicle as a duty upon arriving in the country. As the size of the motor in the car rises, the cost generally tends to get higher.
Shipping A Car To Jamaica
If you are planning to ship your vehicle to Jamaica, it cannot be more than four years old. If you are a resident of this island country and have been away for a few years, then you are allowed to bring back with you two vehicles during a three-year period. However, even in this instance, you would need to have the appropriate paperwork.
Your driver’s license is valid upon arriving in Jamaica and you can drive your newly transported vehicle for one year. After that point, the law requires that you get a Jamaican driver’s license.
You need insurance in Jamaica. This is something to check with your chosen auto transport company, as you are not going to be permitted to drive away from Customs until you are able to provide proof of insurance with a Jamaican company.
Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To Jamaica
Hiring international transporters with years of experience and all the proper credentials is the greatest way to have your heavy equipment or oversized cargo shipped to Jamaica. When you hire a reliable shipping company such as A1 Auto Transport, you can expect that your cargo will be delivered safe and sound with very little concerns. With connections to the highest quality shipping equipment and most current shipping technologies, we are positive that we can ship your oversized cargo to another nation successfully.
Fulfilling all the import requirements of Jamaica may be the toughest part of the transport process for many. Luckily, at A1 we have an understanding of these laws and what taxes must be paid before you can earn the certificate of import approval from Customs.
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International Shipping Methods for Oversized Cargo and Heavy Equipment
The methods offered to you through A1 for your transport to Jamaica will be determined after you give our representatives a little information regarding the type of cargo you have to ship. However, to give you more insight, here are the four shipping options we have to offer...
- Flat Rack Shipping
- Container Shipping
- Roll On/Roll Off Shipping
- Lift On/Lift Off Shipping
RoRo, LoLo and flat rack are all safe overseas, open air shipping methods. Although your cargo is left open to outside elements such as inclement weather during its transport, we do add on free insurance coverage to each of our customers’ shipping service packages. If our coverage doesn’t protect the full value of your heavy equipment, we do offer extra insurance protection plans at additional costs. Container shipping is our service that provides the most protection. Nevertheless, this is only available to those with heavy equipment that can fit inside a 40ft container.
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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.