Managua is the capital of the country of Nicaragua. It is also the largest city based on population and geographic dimension. The city is located on a southwestern shore of the Lake Xolotian and it was pronounced the capital back in 1952. The city is also the second most populated city in the entire Central America right after Guatemala.
The majority of shipments towards Nicaragua are going to depart from one of three US ports – Gulfport, Miami and Port Everglades. The methods are either going to be door-to-port (the vehicle is taken at your doorstep and it is delivered at the port) or port-to-port (this is where you drive to the exit port and it is shipped to the other one). The vehicle can be put within a container throughout the process which is the most expensive option. It could also share a container or to be shipped via Ro-Ro. The last method entails that your car will be shipped by being driven on to the platform of the carrier ship and fastened on it.
Other Expenses For Shipping your Car To Nicaragua.
The shipping methods which were mentioned are one of the largest factors in the overall cost of the entire process. However, they are not the only ones. There are additional things that are going to definitely affect the cost such as the insurance amount you want to carry for the shipment duration. Another thing to consider is the size of your vehicle. The length of the car is more important than the actual weight because it is deciding in regard to how much space it takes. There are also import taxes as well as inspection costs and other imposed expenses that the Customs department of Nicaragua can demand. The Treasury Department also has the right to levy taxes on the import and this can’t really be anticipated. The carrier is usually going to be aware of all these which would help you to plan accordingly.
When all of these measurements are taken into account your shipping carrier should be able to give you a rather accurate estimate of the entire operation.
Requirements set forth by Nicaragua.
The country allows both used and new cars to be imported. However, the exception is that your car can’t be more than 10 years old unless it is specified as a classic model. All in all, the taxes are going to be assigned as per the value and the model of the car.
There are some specifics that you would need to have prepared prior to arriving at the customs:
- Properly cleaned car inside and out.
- ¼ full gas tank.
- No fluids which are leaking.
- Disabled anti-theft alarms.
- Lack of loose parts, tears and openings.
The paperwork which is required at both ports – the exit and the receiving one can usually be taken care of by the shipper. In order to avoid any problems it is advisable to prepare documents such as:
- Copies of driver’s license, proof of ownership as well as driver’s license – they are going to be required by the customs.
- Certification issued by the Nicaraguan Consulate in the US.
- Purchase agreement or bill of invoice.
- The original Lading Bill.
The vehicle has to be eligible for shipping to other countries. The laws are stipulated within the Title 19 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. You could also refer to the rules which are regarding the lienholder permission. You are going to have a certificate filed with the U.S Customs and Border Protection in the US. This could also be handled by the shipper but it must be absolutely present. The documentation has to be properly submitted at least 72 hours prior to the export and it is recommended that even more time is allowed.
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.
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