In the last 20 years the popularity of Khamis Mushait has grown for tourism due to the beautifully maintained area parks and boating and the perfect summertime weather.Driving in the city is especially peaceful because roadways are smoothly paved and travelers tend to follow the road rules more in Khamis Mushait than in many other cities in the area. When you need to ship a car to the city you need to hire an experienced auto transport company to handle the shipping from start to finish. With the assistance of an international auto transporter you can rest assured that your vehicle will be taken care of as it is delivered to the shipping port and transported. You will need to fill out paperwork, provide permission for the company to handle your vehicle and pay the cost of shipping prior to relocating the car overseas to Khamis Mushait. For information on international travel, export regulations and advisories for Americans travelling abroad you can contact U.S. Customs in the United States.
Your shipping agent will work closely with you to make all arrangements for having your car shipped to Khamis Mushait. Each step of the process will be carefully explained so that you will fully understand how vehicles are transported overseas, the paperwork you have to take care and the total cost for shipping a vehicle. You will also be filled in on other items that are allowed to be shipped with the car if you may have household goods to ship as well. Shipping a car to Saudi Arabia typically takes around 30 days to complete the voyage overseas, so you will be given a date that your vehicle will ship out from the United States as well as a date the vehicle will arrive in Khamis Mushait. Your shipping agent will need the following paperwork from you to begin scheduling your vehicle shipment:
- Driver’s License.
- Social Security Number.
- Vehicle Title and Registration.
- Signed Power of Attorney.
- Proof of Insurance.
The Power of Attorney will give permission to the shipper to transport your vehicle overseas. Shipping insurance is usually included in the total cost of shipping a vehicle so you should not have to worry about adding it to your own personal auto insurance policy. In advance of your vehicle being shipped you will want to find facts on customs laws in Saudi Arabia and get paperwork together for the customs officials prior to your vehicle shipping out of the United States. Often, vehicles importing into Khamis Mushait will need to be altered to pass the motor vehicle emissions and road test standards of Saudi Arabia. If you vehicle will need modified your shipping agent will be able to provide that information prior to shipping, or you can contact the Embassy of Saudi Arabia for information on that as well as local information on relocating to the city.
Ready for Customs.
Making sure that you as well as your vehicle are ready for the customs inspection is very important. You will need some of the listed paperwork for customs officials:
- Passport (must be stamped with entry within 30 days of vehicle import).
- Work or School Visa.
- Residency Permit.
- Import Permit (Obtained prior to shipping).
- Car Title.
- Bill of Sale.
- Bill of Lading.
- Driver’s License (Saudi Arabian License that must be procured prior to the import of vehicle).
You will want to carefully inspect all of your documentation to ensure that your name is printed identically on each form. If there is a discrepancy in spelling or how your name is printed the paper will not be accepted and you will need to have it replaced before the vehicle can be cleared. The vehicle will have a complete inspection to ensure road worthiness and standards as well as inspected for contraband.
During all Saudi Arabian customs inspections, it is very important to allow the customs official to complete the inspection without interrupting them in any way. Interruptions can be misconstrued as not showing respect to an official and can delay the inspection or cause a clearance to be denied.
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.