Shipping your personal car to Manta when you need to relocate is the sensible thing to do. Mantas is a very popular city in Ecuador for tourist traffic as well as business. With the largest seaport in all of Ecuador as well as a large cargo airport, Manta is very busy for exporting as well as importing goods and personal belongings of new residents. The beaches in Manta are a powerhouse of waves and surfers from around the world flock to the beaches of El Murcielago, Santa Lorenzo, Barbasquillo and Santa Marianita in Manta every day of the year. Driving your own personal car, whether you are a permanent resident or visiting on a temporary basis for vacation or work, will make travel throughout Manta very easily done as well as money saving due to not having to pay for hired cars or slow moving public transportation.
How to Move your Car to Manta.
Moving a car to Manta requires the services of a professional automobile transport company that is experienced with international automobile shipping. The company will need some information from you prior to giving you a total price quote. That information includes the make, model and year of your car. If you will need to have the car picked up in the U.S. and delivered to the shipping port they will add that into the quote along with the type of transport that will be used during shipment. Most companies provide shipping insurance but you will want to check the amount to make sure it is enough to cover your car value in case of damage. If not, you may want to check with an outside insurance provider to add extra damage coverage during transport.
Types of Transport.
To ship a motor vehicle to Manda, Ecuador you will need to let the auto transport agent know if you prefer open or enclosed transport and if you want to ship by sea or by air. Since Manda lays on the coast, most people will use sea transport to relocate their automobile to Manda. There are two ways to ship by sea and those ways are:
RORO- RORO is an open method of automobile transport, meaning that automobiles are loaded onto an open freight liner that can carry several hundred motor vehicles at one time. RORO is used by thousands of vehicle owners every day of the year as it is the least expensive as well as the quickest way to have a car transported overseas. Your agent will discuss with you how to prepare your car for transport via RORO carrier, but you will primarily need to empty the car of all personal items and have it thoroughly cleaned inside and out. Since part of the pricing for shipping a car falls under the fuel cost, it is also advisable to make sure your own vehicle has ¼ tank or less of fuel in the tank as excess fuel will add weight to the load and will cost more to haul. Your auto agent will discuss all of the details about how to prepare your car for transport if you choose to use RORO.
Container- Shipping in a shipping container is similar to RORO shipping as cars are driven into large containers and then loaded aboard a ship. Containers are generally used to transport very valuable motor vehicles and personal items. Many shipping containers offer climate controlled interiors as well as padding for extra protection during transport. If you’re completely relocating they are excellent for moving all of your household items along with the car. The price will be larger than shipping with RORO due to the container fee, but it is very convenient when you have items to move with the car and when you have a classic or luxury car.
Air Cargo- Shipping by air can be very expensive and most people prefer to ship by sea due to the cost. It is often preferred when a car is needed very fast for work or school or when someone has personal material that needs to be delivered fast.
There are always customs regulations to abide by when moving to another country whether you are moving a motor vehicle or just your personal belongings. You will need to contact U.S. Customs and provide paperwork to them with the information on your automobile and your travel plans. The paperwork needs to be in at least one week prior to your planned shipping date to ensure that it is accepted and cleared. You will also need to make sure you have the proper paperwork for customs in Ecuador including:
- Original Bill of Sale or Commercial Invoice of Vehicle.
- Driver’s License.
- Vehicle Title.
Your car must be within 5 years of age and you are only allowed to import one car. Customs will conduct a physical inspection to make sure the car is up to Ecuador standards for emissions, brakes and headlights.
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.