Ship Your Car To Or From Liberia, Costa Rica
Liberia is the largest city as well as the capital of the Province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica. It is about 215 km away from the capital city of San Jose. It’s major center for the tourism of the country. And with increasing, employment and study opportunities in Costa Rica and the city of Liberia, expatriates, students and even returning citizens have found staying here interesting. Costa Rica is a very beautiful country and it has two main ports – Puerto Limon and Puerto Caldera. Both of them can receive individual car imports so you can choose the one which is more convenient. If you are moving here for your own reasons, you will definitely need to have a vehicle to traverse in the city for leisure or work.
Learn more about shipping to Costa Rica.
Shipping Charges And Taxes
Transporting a car to Costa Rica is simple and it’s affordable in comparison to shipping it to other countries. It could cost you as much as $1000 or even less if you are shipping it from a nearby cost. If you are using premium services and ship from a U.S. port which is far away, it could cost up to $3,000. It’s also important to account for import taxes as they can cost more than the actual shipping itself.
When you need to ensure that the vehicle is imported safely and clears the Costa Rican Customs Authority safely, it is best to work with A1 Auto Transport. We have over 20 years of experience in shipping cars globally and that is why we can help you transport your vehicle to Liberia.
However, there are emission tests that you need to account for any vehicle which is imported in the country. It needs to be completed 2 months in advance. There are two main options for your transportation – temporary and permanent import. Both require emission testing.
As it is with any other international transport, you need to make sure that you provide the necessary documents. When it comes to shipping to Costa Rica, these include:
- Certificate of Registration
- Insurance policy
- Driver’s license
- Temporary use permit
- Bill of lading
- Certified Emission test
Now, if you want to import the vehicle permanently, the documents are the same but you also need the commercial invoice. The import taxes are also going to be higher. You should also account for the fact that this is yet a very financially feasible way to get your vehicle with you. The taxes are as follows:
- 29% - for 3 years old or newer cars
- 91% - for 4-5 years old cars
- 03% - if the car is older than 6 years
There are also a few other considerations for you to account for. The import value of the vehicle upon which the aforementioned taxes are levied is determined by the Ministry of Finance AutoValor which is the version of the Kelley Blue Book of Costa Rica. In any case, our company can ensure a hassle-free process which is as cheap as it’s possible based on your requirements and specifications. We are going to ensure that everything is handled as per the highest industry standards so that you don’t have to deal with this tedious endeavor on your own. Contact the Embassy of Costa Rica and get more information about the current laws.
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.