Jeddah is a very popular resort city in Saudi Arabia as well as having the largest major sea port on the Red Sea. It is also the largest commercial center and Expat area in all of Saudi Arabia. You need to hire an experienced auto transport company to ship your car internationally from the United States to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. If you are already in Jeddah and will not be able to transport your car from the current location in the U.S. to the shipping port on the date that it is scheduled to ship you will need to have the transport company take care of pick-up and delivery as well. In order for them to transport your car you will need to sign a Power of Attorney Statement to give them the legal right to move your car without you being physically present. The company will also need a copy of your license and social security card for identification. The shipping agent will discuss all paperwork necessary to ship the car overseas as well as methods of international transport and regulations that will need to be abided by in order to ship your car legally. As you are making your plans to ship the car you need to apply for a Certificate of Conformity in order to give it to customs when the car reaches Jeddah. Cars must be able to pass standards set by the Saudi Arabian Government in order to be driven in Jeddah. Your shipping agent will discuss this with you and you may need to have some modifications done to your car prior to shipping to ensure that it will clear when it reaches customs in Jeddah.
How to Ship to Jeddah.
Shipping a car internationally to Jeddah can be conveniently accomplished by using sea routes to transport the car since Jeddah has the largest seaport in the Red Sea. If you will only need to ship your car but have no personal material to ship with it, the best way to ship is with Roll-On Roll-Off Shipping. Also called Ro-Ro shipping, it is the preferred way to transport a car internationally from the United States to Jeddah and other areas around the world. If you do have personal material that will need to be shipped at the same time as your car, or perhaps you have an expensive car and want to ensure that it is a bit more protected during the transport overseas, you can always opt to use Container Shipping instead of Roll-On Roll-Off. Your car and anything personal that might need to ship inside of the car can be loaded together inside of a large shipping container and then will be transported to Jeddah at the same time. The cost of shipping to Jeddah will vary depending on which transport method you use and your auto agent will discuss that in detail as you plan the transport. The Federal Maritime Commission is a valuable resource for overseas shipping information.
Before you complete the arrangements to have the car shipped overseas, you will want to contact the Saudi Arabia Embassy to check on updated customs laws, motor vehicle laws and residency permits. You must have a residency permit prior to shipping your car to Jeddah. To import a car it must be within five years of the manufacture date at the time of import. You may not import a car that has been in an accident and had physical damage done. You will also need to apply for an import permit before the car us shipped from the Ministry of External Affairs.
Some of the paperwork includes:
- Title and Registration that clearly show your name.
- Sales Invoice.
- Passport .
- Insurance Certificate.
- Saudi Driver’s License.
- Residence Permit.
Your car will be required to be registered at the local traffic police office as soon as the customs clearance is received. You will also be responsible to pay taxes and import duties at the time of entrance at the port in Jeddah. Be prepared for customs to complete a full physical inspection as well as an inspection of your paperwork. Your name must match on every document that you provide and it cannot vary in any way at all. Once customs has finished the inspection and cleared your car you can be on your way and driving through the city on your own.
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.
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