The port city of Kismayo is situated in the Somalian province of Lower Juba, on the banks of the Jubba River. Locate about 320 miles from Mogadishu, it is the commercial capital and an important trade center in the Jubaland state.
With plenty of reasons to move here, one of the most important aspects of everyday living that you will miss is having your own vehicle as public transportation isn’t regular and comfortable. Thus, traversing the city for work or travel can be difficult unless you import your own vehicle from USA.
As with any international import, there are documents to submit to the U.S Customs and to the Somalia Customs Authority to ensure that it is legally verified. There are many rules and laws that have to be considered so that there is no delay in vehicle transportation. It is difficult to make the auto transit procedure completed on your own and that is why it is essential that you work with A1 Auto Transport service, the leading name in global vehicle shipping. With over two decades of extensive auto shipping globally, we have helped ship hundreds of vehicles to Somalia.
Documents for verification.
Though there are no stringent rules that are applicable for document submission, you are required to ensure that these documents and a couple of copies are submitted to the Somalia Customs Authority:
- Car registration documents.
- Proof of U.S insurance.
- Ownership validity- passport/driver’s license.
- Lien-free title deed.
- Residence or work permit for Somalia.
You will be required to send a Letter of Notification about the impending export to the U.S Customs, along with the relevant documents, a few days before the vehicle is shipped out. Additionally, you will be required to pay the custom duties and other relevant taxes before the vehicle is delivered to you in Kismayo.
Vehicle Regulations and Cost of Shipping to Somalia.
The Ad Valorem duty ranges from 3% to 70% depending upon the value of the vehicle that is being imported to Kismayo. The import duty is about 30% of the shipping and insurance costs while the price of the car holds importance. If it is a luxury vehicle, there might be additional taxes amounting to $1300 or more. It is best to contact the Embassy of Somalia in USA to know the current laws that will be applicable.
It is important that you adhere to all laws and regulations when you are shipping a vehicle to Somalia. This will ensure that prompt clearance and delivery is provided. You are required to clean the vehicle before it is shipped out while if there are any inspections to be done, the certificates have to be submitted. Steam cleaning the vehicle is best otherwise your vehicle might be quarantined at the port.
Options of shipping.
There are two freight shipping options that you can explore when you intend shipping overseas. The first one is Roll-on/Roll-Off method which is one of the cheapest methods of shipping on ocean-bound vessels. Your vehicle is driven on the ship’s deck using ramps and then is secured in the pre-allotted bays. The other method is more expensive as you have to hire a complete shipping container of varying sizes to transport your vehicle. You are allowed to keep personal items along with the vehicle. Then the container is sealed and loaded on the ship.
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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