Les Cayes is one of the most beautiful cities in Haiti and host to one of the largest major shipping ports in the country. There are beautiful beach areas in Les Cayes like Gelee Beach that attract tourists from all over the world each year. Les Cayes hosts a large music festival each year and also has a large botanical garden for tourists to enjoy. Due to the tourist activity increasing each year, many hotel and restaurant chains have been opening new locations in the city in recent years. The influx of business also brings many people from the United States to Les Cayes for new employment opportunities or advances in their current jobs. If you move to Les Cayes and need your personal vehicle with you, you have to hire a professional auto transporter that is licensed and experienced in international automobile shipping to transport the car overseas. The agent you speak to will explain all that you need to be aware of with overseas transport. They will also need you to provide specific documents before they can schedule the car for shipment. The documents they need will include:
- Driver’s License.
- Social Security Card.
- Vehicle Title and Registration.
- Power of Attorney.
- Car Insurance Certificate.
You will need to find out about the international motor vehicle damage insurance that is provided and will want to make sure it is enough to cover the value of your car in case it is damaged during shipment. You need to make sure your car is up to motor vehicle standards set by the country of Haiti prior to shipping. Les Cayes customs officials will need specific documents from you when processing your car for clearance:
- Passport or Visa.
- Driver’s License.
- Bill of Lading (Shipping Bill).
- Bill of Sale (Commercial Invoice).
- Tax Exemption Form (For Private Business Owners Only).
- Automobile Title.
You will need to pay shipping fees, taxes and other duty taxes as applicable for your car. Tourists importing motor vehicles into Les Cayes will need to pay an additional 10% tourist tax on top of the standard taxes and shipping fees. You will be able to import only one car per person or family and the car can be new or used as long as it is within five years of age as of the date of importation.
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How Can You Ship?
Having all of the information necessary for customs entrance is vital to importing your car and you will have to abide by all rules set by the Haitian Government. You also need to know how to transport the car as this will factor into the total shipping cost to transport your car from the United States to Les Cayes. You will have a few options on how to transport the car overseas whether you plan to ship by the ocean or by the air. The ways you can ship a car overseas are:
Roll-On Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) – Roll-On Roll-Off Shipping is the number 1 way to ship a car around the globe and is used by tens of thousands of car owners, manufacturers, and dealerships every day of the year. RORO is fast and affordable transport for motor vehicles of all kinds large or small.
Container Shipping- As with RORO Shipping, your car will be loaded onto a cargo ship for overseas transport. The difference being that it will be sealed inside of a large shipping container prior to being loaded onto the ship. Shipping in a container is more expensive than shipping on an open carrier because you have to pay for the container usage, but it is the best way to ship valuable cars or other merchandise.
Air Shipping- When you ship a car from the United States to Les Cayes by air, it is sure to arrive very quickly. Air shipping is not as widely used as shipping by sea due to the higher price to 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.
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.