Lelydorp is a city in Suriname and it’s the acting capital of the Wanica District. It is also the second largest city in the country. You will have to take into account all of the regulations and compliances set forth by the country if you want to successfully ship your car into Lelydorp. You are going to have to provide a certain set of documents and to fill out a lot of paperwork and take care of taxes and duties.
You should be aware of the weather conditions in the country as well. It rains throughout most of the time of the year. However, the wettest months are May through July and traveling is rather difficult during this time. This also makes it advisable to check out your vehicle for possible leakages or busted hoses.
The first thing that your shipping agent at A1 Auto Transport should do is to properly go over every document which is required prior to the shipping. Shipping to Suriname is not like shipping to another state in the USA, but is international shipping and you’d have to prepare a lot more documents. The company is going to demand that you provide the following:
- Social Security Card.
- Title of car.
- Bill of Lading.
- Vehicle Insurance.
- Driver’s License.
- Power of attorney if you are not present to pick the car up.
A1 Auto Transport is also going to brief you on other details that you should be aware about. If you want your car to be delivered to your door in Suriname, the transport agent is going to arrange it as well. He will provide you with all of the information you need to know in relation to the shipping. You should also know that you might have to steam clean the car and get all your belongings out if you choose to go with the RORO shipping method.
The Suriname Customs are also going to demand that you provide them with certain documents so you have to make sure to have all you need thoroughly prepared. The country doesn’t accept vehicles which are older than five years. The Ministry of Trade and Labor provides an option for people to demand an exemption of this particular rule even though said exemption is rarely given. If your car is valued at $25,000 or more, you’d have to pay about 40% of the value in taxes as well as insurance and freight. On top of all that, you’d be required to pay annual taxes based on the weight of your car.
The Customs are going to provide you with an Entry Document but only after you present them with:
- Proxy to secure clearance.
- Valid insurance policy.
- Driver’s License.
- Documents which verify the shipping.
- Registration which states that you’ve been the owner for at least the past 6 months.
- Bill of sale or appraisal which shows the value.
There are two best ways to ship to Suriname – RoRo and Container shipping. The former allows you to drive the car yourself on its wheels on a specifically designated shipping deck on the carrier. It’s going to be transported like this and it’s going to be exposed to the elements. However, this is the cheapest method and the quickest one by sea. The container shipping method allows you to transport other personal belongings which could be quite beneficial and you can get a lot of value for your money. It’s generally used when you are going to permanently relocate to the country. The Federal Maritime Commission is also capable of providing you with more information.
If you feel like you need more information, feel free to contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency or the Embassy of Suriname. Prior to shipping the car, make sure that your agent presents you with all the details as well as a fair estimation of the total cost. You want to have that before you commence the process.
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.