The city of Kuching is capital and most densely populated city in the state of Sarawak. It is also the acting and current capital of Kuching Division. The city has its location on the Sarawak River and it is also one of the major commercial and industrial centers in the eastern region of Malaysia.
There has been a significant influx of both expatriates and foreigners from the West who have come seeking employment and trade opportunities in Malaysia. The increase in tourism as well as in working opportunities is without a doubt drawing more people to Kuching.
Process of importing.
If you are planning to export a vehicle to Kuching, you are going to be required to pay certain customs duties and to complete all of the documentations and go through the formalities before you can get the car in. Furthermore, you would have to be aware of the tropical climate which is suitable for year-round shipping. However, the rainy months are also heavy on cyclones and hurricanes which might delay the process. Therefore, it is without a doubt better to follow the weather patterns if you want to ensure smooth transit.
Steps prior to importing the car.
There are certain documents which are going to be required to prove ownership and ensure that the export is valid. The documents that are needed at the Customs in the USA and in Malaysia include:
- Ownership proof.
- Purchase bills.
- Clear title and registration.
- Passport of owner.
- Resident or work permit.
- Insurance policy.
It is advised that you pay the VAT in advance as the banks are closed during the weekends. For further information on the import you can also contact the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.
You should also be aware of the different restrictions. If you work with reputable and reliable shipping service such as the A1 Auto Transport all of these considerations would be accounted for on your behalf. You would need an international driving license when your vehicle arrives in Malaysia. Additionally, the local insurance and registration will be required.
Things to consider.
You are also going to need to prepare the vehicle prior to the export. You are going to need to get the air conditioning gases removed as well as the personal items. Only one set of spare keys, spare tire, car jack and floor mats are allowed if you want to use the RORO method. You would also have to get the car steamed if you want to prevent prolonged quarantine waiting periods. You can also take a look at the Title 19 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations in order to determine whether or not your vehicle is eligible for the shipping.
You can also go for container shipping and you would need to choose between a 20ft and 40ft container. You could also ship other personal belongings with this particular method unlike shipping with RORO. For any further information, you could always contact the Embassy of Malaysia in Washington, D.C.
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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