If you are to import your car into Panama, you should definitely consider hiring a reliable shipping agent with experience in importing vehicles in Panama. He should be well aware of the legal regulations as well as the requirements for the entire procedure. This is because making sure that there are no potential complications will definitely save you a lot of time.
This is also why you should consider hiring the A1 Auto Transport Service. If you want to see which is the nearest port to you go ahead and see the map. Our company offers a door-to-door service as well as a port-to-port one, but you should know that the former is more expensive. The points of destination in Panama are Manzanillo and Cristobal.
A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-452-2880 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.
Shipping Documentation as well as Prices.
When calculating the shipping cost, you would have to take into consideration the freight charges, the insurance as well as the shipping method and the value of your car itself. The container shipping method is generally more expensive than the RoRo. At the same time you are legally required to insure your vehicle against damages while cruising. There are also other charges which would be required at reception of your car. Right about now the taxes are approximately 30% of the entire price of the car. The A1 Auto Transport service has a lot of previous experience and we could give you a fairly accurate estimate.
Nevertheless, there is a lot of paperwork to be taken care of. Even though our company would provide you with help throughout the entire procedure, you should know that you will have to compile and submit:
- Driver’s License.
- Insurance policy.
- Title deed.
- Purchase invoice with details of the vehicle.
- Original Bill of Lading.
You are going to need to have copies of your passport as well as of your driver’s license and also proof of ownership – these are going to be required by the Customs of Panama. You would also need to file a request with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which could be generally handled by your shipping agent. Make sure to do this at least 72 hours prior to the procedure.
When You Arrive.
Upon arrival you are going to have to retrieve your car. Be present or authorize someone to do it for you. You would also have to pay your taxes and other fees. Further inspections are also possible so prepare to pay other taxes as well. If you don’t know whether your car is eligible, you can refer to the Title 19 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. It is vital that you prepare all required documents at least 72 hours prior to the shipping, just in case.
You can only go for the Roll-on/Roll-off method. If you are uncomfortable with this, you have to drive your vehicle there yourself. You should make sure that the car is in proper working condition and you also have to get rid of the air condition gas for safety matters. Get the car entirely cleaned and remove all personal valuables. The Embassy of Panama in the USA will provide you with other necessary information.
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