Ship Your Car To Or From Jimma, Ethiopia
Jimma, or Jima, is the largest city located in the south west portion of Ethiopia. Jimma was once the capital of the Kaffa Province but in 2007, Kaffa Province was dissolved and Jimma was reorganized to be a special zone.
Technicalities of Importing a Car to Ethiopia
Transporting a vehicle from the United States to Jimma is not difficult to do. You will first need to gather up the right amount of documentation that will need to be presented to the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority prior to your scheduled shipping date. You will need to show your documentation in more than one occasion along this route. In fact, if you don’t have it available when requested, your vehicle could be detained, delayed, or sent back. Documentation that you will need includes:
- Bill of Lading
- Proof of car insurance
- International driving license
- Title deed of the car
- Registration documents of your vehicle
- Proof of residency in Ethiopia
How the Cost of Shipping a Vehicle Is Determined
A1 Auto Transport Service will most likely be able to give you a quote for importing your vehicle over the phone. You will need to pay taxes and all foreign customs duty when expected. Transporting a vehicle to this country is not difficult to do. You will need to pay your transport fees by using a credit card or a cashier’s check as no other payments options are accepted. Because A1 Auto Transport Service has handled vehicle shipping for over twenty years, they will be able to give you an accurate quote based on the vehicle details such as the weight. Other factors that can influence the total cost of transport are shipping options and what you will be shipping with your vehicle if anything.
Preparing a Vehicle for Overseas Shipping
Once all the documents are ready, you will need to add to those documents a documented form that lists all damages that you can see on your vehicle prior to the vehicle leaving the port. Your documentation will provide proof that your vehicle is ready to drive and doesn’t have any issues. You will need to remove all personal items from your vehicle if you will not be choosing the container shipping method. Your personal items can stay in your vehicle, if you decide on container shipping.
Calculate the Cost of Shipping
Fees that will be factored in to the cost of your shipment includes foreign customs duty, any offloading fees, type of vehicle, time of year that you are importing it and more. A-1 Auto Transport service will be able to give you the accurate estimate.
Available Shipping Options
You will be able to select a method of shipping that best suits your needs. If you choose to ship your vehicle in a container, you will first need to choose the size of the container. Currently the choices include a 20 foot and a 40 foot container. Once you choose the container, you will then be able to place all your personal and household items inside the container and inside the vehicle before it is sealed and loaded onto the deck of the ship. If you want to go with a more affordable option, Roll-On/Roll-Off is the way to go. Your vehicle will only be charged for the space it takes up on the deck of the ship inside its own bay. Your vehicle will need to be in drivable condition, be completely cleaned out and have only a quarter tank of gas, the floor mats, a car jack, and a spare tire inside.
A1 Auto Transport Service will be able to assist you in your import from the beginning to the end. If you have any questions, asking them should be your first stop.
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.