Karachi has the largest population in all of Pakistan. It is also home to the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim which are two of the largest sea ports in Pakistan. With a booming financial district, Karachi is a prime location to relocate to for business ventures in Pakistan. If you plan on shipping your car to Karachi you should be aware of the weather patterns of the city which include a monsoon season in July and August that can make some of the primary roadways impassable due to flooding. Outside of the monsoon season, Karachi has an essentially dry and arid climate the rest of the year. When making arrangements to ship a car from the United Stated to Karachi, you will need to hire an international auto transport company, know customs requirements in Pakistan, and provide many essential documents to both the shipper as well as to customs.
For the auto transport company, you will need basic automobile and identification documents to begin processing your shipping request.
Documents Necessary for Auto Transport Company:
- Driver’s License
- Social Security Card
- Car Title
- Signed Power of Attorney
- Car Insurance Certificate
Your auto transport agent will detail other necessary paperwork that must be filled out prior to shipping as well as what requirements U.S. Customs may have on the exportation of your car type when shipping internationally. When shipping a car to Karachi you must also be aware of customs requirements for importing a car to Karachi as set forth by the Federal Board of Revenue of the Government of Pakistan.
Customs Requirements for Importing a Car to Karachi
Shipping a car from one State to another inside of the United States always comes with specific requirements on documentation and regulations. When you ship a car to Karachi or anywhere internationally you will find that you must adhere to regulations set by Customs officials to legally import the car to another country. Karachi, Pakistan has specific regulations that are required when importing a car to the city. You will need to provide the following paperwork to Customs Agents upon arrival at the port in Karachi:
- Original Bill of Lading
- Airway Bill
- Certificate of Car Title
- De-Registration Certificate
- Bill of Sale or Commercial Invoice that shows the make, model, engine number and horsepower of car
Pakistani Nationals are not allowed to import a car that is older than two years old. Diplomats, however, may import cars older than two years. New cars may be imported by anyone regardless of Diplomatic status. You will be required to pay taxes and import duty fees that range anywhere from 40%-60% of the Cost, Insurance, and Freight (CIF) as well as the financial value of the car. Used cars may be imported by Pakistani Nationals only if they are gifting the car to someone, transferring their permanent residence to Karachi, or are using the car as personal baggage.
You may want to check with the Pakistani Customs Office to find more information on what is allowed for import to Karachi from the United States.
What Will The Auto Transport Agent Help With?
The agent who handles your international car shipping request will be a valuable source of information for you when it comes to international shipping laws, types of shipping available, and cost of shipping questions. Your agent will assist you in making arrangements to have your car picked up at your location in the United States to deliver it to the shipping port nearest you for shipping. They will also detail any specific preparations that may need to be done to the car prior to shipping. For some types of shipping, you will need the car cleaned out entirely, while for other types you can pack personal items inside of the car. Once you have submitted all of the necessary paperwork, decided on the type of shipping and the date you need to have the car shipped, your agent will provide you with a detailed quote showing what must be paid upfront as well as any fees that need to be paid upon the arrival of your car to Karachi. Always make sure that you receive the total quote prior to having the car shipped to avoid any unexpected fees after the car has been shipped that could delay you from taking possession once the car reaches you in Karachi.
How to Ship Internationally
With two major shipping ports in Karachi, the best way to ship is by sea from the United States. The two most common ways to ship overseas are Ro-Ro and Container Shipping. Ro-Ro is the most used way to ship a car internationally. The car is driven onto a ship that is designed specifically for the transport of motor vehicles, secured into place and then driven off for pickup at the entry port in Karachi where you can either drive the car to your new location or have it delivered from the port. Your car will need to be cleared of any personal items prior to shipping via Ro-Ro. Shipping in a Container allows you to have your car conveniently loaded into a large shipping container and then onto a cargo ship for transport. Shipping in a container will allow you to load personal items inside of your car as well as the container to have everything shipped together in one load.
Your International Auto Transport Agent will discuss each type of available shipping to Karachi from your location as well as the amount of time that it will take your car to reach Karachi from the United States.
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.