Importing a Vehicle to Lahore
Lahore, the Pakistani Capital of Punjab, is well known for the beautiful gardens that stretch around the city as well as the arts, music, and festivals that are held throughout the year. When relocating to Pakistan, Lahore is one of the most beautiful and artistically creative cities to relocate to. When you have relocated to Lahore and find that you will need your vehicle to be in the city with you, you will need to have the assistance of a professional international auto transporter to relocate the vehicle for you. Unlike shipping within the United States, you will have to follow customs regulations as well as requirements of the transport company when shipping your vehicle overseas. The international transporter will need you to provide some basic documents and fill out paperwork to arrange international shipping.
Basic Documents Required to Ship Internationally:
- Driver’s License or Photo Identification
- Social Security Number
- Vehicle Title
- Power of Attorney (Signed)
- Proof of Insurance
You may want to check with U.S. Customs to find more information on U.S. export laws as well as updated precautions for U.S. residents traveling outside of the United States. While your transport agent will be able to provide you with the details you need to ship your vehicle internationally to Lahore you can also contact the Federal Board of Revenue of Pakistan for insightful information on customs practices and regulations you may find interesting for Lahore when shipping your vehicle or other personal items to the city.
What to Expect When Vehicle Reaches Lahore
As with shipping to any city internationally, you can expect to have to go through an extensive customs checkpoint when your vehicle reaches the entry port for Lahore. Agents will visually inspect your vehicle to ensure that nothing has been altered on the vehicle frame or the engine. If your vehicle has had modifications done to the exterior, it will not be approved for import into Lahore, Pakistan. Aside from the physical inspection, you will need to pay taxes and import duties to customs agents upon arrival. Import duties can be as low as 40% of the CIF (cost, insurance, and freight) and as high as 60%. Taxes will be assessed based on the value of the vehicle and must be paid at the time of import. Anyone is allowed to import a new vehicle to Lahore, but only Diplomats may import a vehicle that is older than two years old. There are a few exceptions to the used car policy and that is for Pakistani Nationals who may be importing a used vehicle to give as a gift once the vehicle is in the city or if you are changing your permanent resident status to live in Lahore permanently.
When the vehicle is received at the entry port and is proceeding through the customs checkpoint you will need to provide legal documents to customs agents upon arrival. Documents may include:
- Your Passport
- Vehicle Title
- A De-Registration Certificate obtained prior to shipping
- Original Sales Invoice that includes making, model, engine number, and hp of engine
You can also contact the Pakistani Customs Office for further information on Customs Laws for vehicles and personal belongings for import into Lahore.
Before the Vehicle Ships Overseas
When you are preparing to have your vehicle shipped overseas you will need to discuss all transport options as well as the cost associated to ship internationally with your international transport agent. Your agent will explain to you any modifications you may need to do to your vehicle prior to shipping, documents that you may need to present and financial obligations you will need to take care of prior to as well as after your vehicle reaches the entry port for Lahore if any are needed post transport. You will also need to make sure that you are covered by insurance for International shipping if the shipping company does not include insurance. The agent who handles your international vehicle shipment will be your primary source of information for all of your shipping needs as well as will be able to provide excellent information on international shipping laws, customs regulations and policies for the location you will have your vehicle delivered.
The Best Ways to Ship a Vehicle to Lahore
When people ship a vehicle internationally they usually choose from Ro-Ro and Container Shipping. Shipping with Ro-Ro or Roll-On Roll-Off Shipping is the most common way to ship a vehicle internationally. Vehicles are driven onto a ship and securely parked for the overseas voyage. No personal belongings are allowed to ship inside of the vehicle when shipping by Ro-Ro. If you will need to ship personal items as well as your vehicle the best option will be to use a container as your vehicle as well as household goods and personal items may be loaded inside of the container to ship with the vehicle. Many people prefer to utilize one container for their vehicle and a separate container for personal belongings as customs checks can often take longer for vehicle clearance than household goods and personal items. Your agent will assist you with determining the most effective way to transport your vehicle as well as any personal items that you may need to ship as well.
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.