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  1. Car Shipping Machala
  2. Cost & Time Examples For Shipping A Car To Machala
  3. Overseas Automobile Transport
  4. Types Of Overseas Transport
  5. Customs
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Car Shipping Machala

Machala, also known as the “Banana Capital of the World” because of the large exports of bananas, among other foods including coffee and cocoa, has been rising economically for more than 10 years now. In 2007, the introduction of the first shopping mall in Machala aided in the creation of new business for the city. While Machala is not a touristy town, it is a center for business advancement and has seen a rise in population due to employment opportunities in recent years. Many American businesses have been developing in the city meaning that American citizens are relocating. Laying near the Gulf of Guayaquil on the Pacific Ocean, Machala is host to the 2nd largest shipping port in Ecuador. Shipping a car to the city is very stress free as the port is close to the heart of the city. When you need to have your car shipped to Machala you will need to follow some regulations for export from the United States as well as import laws set by Ecuador. You will also need the services of a reputable automobile transport company to handle the move of your vehicle from the United States to Machala.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Machala

To/FromGroundOceanEstimated Time
Machala to (California port)
to San Jose, CA
$200$26005+25 days
Machala to (California port)
to Los Angeles
$350$26005+25 days
Machala to (New York port)
to Boston, MA
$400$18005+20 days
Machala to (California port)
to Phoenix, AZ
$550$26006+25 days
Machala to (New York port)
to Detroit, MI
$575$18006+20 days
Chicago, IL to (New York port)
to Machala
$675$18006+20 days
Machala to (New York port)
to Atlanta, GA
$700$18006+20 days
Denver, CO to (California port)
to Machala
$775$26007+25 days
Miami, FL to (New York port)
to Machala
$925$18007+20 days
Dallas, TX to (California port)
to Machala
$1,025$26007+25 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

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*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

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Overseas Automobile Transport.

Overseas automobile transport can be accessed easily when you have the right company taking care of shipment for you. A-1 Auto Transport has been delivering automobiles worldwide for more than 20 years and can take care of all of your motor vehicle shipping needs. You’ll need to submit details about your car including the make, model and year as well as anything that may have been done to the car, including lift kits and accessories that may have changed the size of the vehicle. You’ll also need to provide your driver’s license, social security card and a signed power of Attorney statement that will allow the carrier to move your car. If you will need to have pick-up or delivery in the United States or in Ecuador, you will need to let the auto agent know that. Pick-up and delivery will be included in your final shipping price quote. You need to ask about the damage insurance coverage that is provided. If you have a luxury automobile or a classic car, you may need to add extra coverage to cover the value of your car during shipment. You will also have the type of transport you choose included in the final cost. Your agent will go over the details of the shipping contract with you and will answer any questions you have about the entire shipping process.

Types of Overseas Transport.

Shipping a car overseas is a fairly simple process. You have two primary ways to have your car transported from the United States to Machala, Ecuador. Since Machala has its own seaport, the best way to ship is with a sea vessel. The ways to ship by sea are:

RORO- RORO is the fastest and most preferred way to ship a motor vehicle overseas. RORO has been used for many years due to the simplicity of the transportation. Motor vehicles are rolled onto the RORO vessel, secured on the deck and then rolled off when the ship reaches the entry port. RORO ships can hold several hundred motor vehicles and other wheeled items for delivery at one time. Fuel cost for transport is generally split between each customer, thus making RORO the lowest cost type of transport available. When shipping on a RORO vessel, you will need to make sure your car is completely empty. If you have any exterior accessories that could potentially fall off during shipment you will need to remove them prior to loading on the ship.

Enclosed- Enclosed shipping with the use of large shipping containers has long been the preferred way to have a luxury car, exotic car or classic motor vehicle transported overseas. Many shipping containers are climate controlled or padded for extra protection. Enclosed shipping via a container is going to cost more than open, or RORO shipping but it is a very valuable type of shipping when you have a high value or collectors automobile and need extra protection during shipment.

You may also want to check with the Federal Maritime Commission for further information on shipping motor vehicles overseas and the types of transport available.

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It is very important to make sure that all customs laws are followed closely when shipping a car to Machala. You need to provide legal documents to customs in Ecuador such as your driver’s license, original bill of sale and passport. You can import one personal car only and it has to be no older than 5 years. You will also need to give U.S. Customs legal documentation showing where the car is being exported to and your personal identifying information. This paperwork needs to be given to customs in advance of the shipping date by at least 2 weeks to ensure that it is accepted and approved prior to shipment. Missing any documentation required can delay, and sometimes even cancel the export from the U.S. or the import to Ecuador.

Your automobile transport agent will be able to fully explain all of the details of motor vehicle shipping to you. For more information on importing cars or personal goods to Machala you may want to also contact the Ecuador Embassy for detailed information.

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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. 

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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

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