A scenic city of Latvia, Jekabpils is located between Daugavpils and Riga, close to the Daugava River. It is known for art and culture apart from being a bustling town with number of offices and multi-national companies. There are many reasons that lead to a move to a new country and whether it is for business, work or education, chances are that you would like to have your own vehicle with you when you are in Jekabpils on a long term basis. Although the thought of shipping your car to Latvia from USA can be seen as a daunting task, the fact is when you have an experienced international shipping company such as A1 Auto Transport Company with you at every step, it becomes much easier.
However, you need to know about the country, rules and regulations governing imports and the duties levied by Latvian Customs authorities. With over 12 ports in Latvia, shipping from any port in US to Latvia is easy. However, after you or an authorized representative takes the vehicle delivery in Riga, the vehicle can be driven to Jekabpils with ease. Working with A1 Auto Transport Company eases the issues with Custom clearances and shipping legalities as we have over 20 years of experience dealing with different government and customs departments all over the world. With a strong network of shipping agents in nearly all countries, our authorized representative will be with you to ensure that all procedures at Riga Port Authority are completed quickly and you can drive away your car. It is good to know about the taxes, limitations, documents and eligibility before you plan on shipping your vehicle here.
Essential paperwork and documentation.
You will need to have the original documents and make set of copies to be submitted to the U.S port from where the vehicle will be shipped and at the Port at Riga. The Custom Department will require another set of important documents, not limited to:
- Vehicle purchase invoice.
- Car insurance.
- Registration deed.
- International Driving Permit.
- Import License to Latvia.
- Bill of Lading.
- Owner’s Driving License.
There are other legal considerations to adhere to that are part of the Import rules in Latvia. You need to know that the imported vehicles are given temporary one year validity. There are associated taxes over and above the custom duties. All vehicles that are older than 7 years are taxed at 18% VAT while less than 7 years have to pay 20% which includes tax and VAT combined. These taxes are levied on the basis of the market value of the vehicle.
Cost of shipping your vehicle.
If you are looking at the cost of shipping the vehicle, you need to account for the method of shipment that you select and whether you are opting for door-to door service. Other aspects that will be counted are the size and weight of your vehicle. A1 Auto Transport service will go over the details and the associated fees for transit to Jekabpils. You will be informed about the types of shipping, entry ports and total cost of the transportation and based on that you can decide the mode of transit for your vehicle. Other procedures and pre-shipping prepping is needed especially if you intend sending the car by RORO or container shipping.
To know more about the process and import rules, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia.
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.