The third most populated city in Nicaragua, Masaya (also known as City of Flowers) is located about 14 km from Granada. Whne you are looking to move or have been staying in Masaya for a few weeks, the need for having your own vehicle is paramount and that is why it is best to have your vehicle imported to Nicaragua.
Most of the shipments to Nicaragua leave US from Florida ports and most common methods of shipment include RORO and container shipping. When you work with A1 Auto Transport service, we ensure that all logistics related to your vehicle shipping are taken care of. In addition to the regular array of service, we also offer ‘door-to-port’ service wherein we will come and pick your vehicle and drop it at the nearest port for shipment to Nicaragua.
We’ll walk you through the different procedures so you are sure about the method you want to opt for. This will in turn affect the price of shipment so you will need to think about it carefully. If you have a limited budget and are only looking to ship your vehicle, RORO works well. The vehicle is driven on the ship deck, secured and then driven off at Port of Corinto. However, you cannot keep any personal belongings within the vehicle. The limitations include:
- remove air conditioning gas.
- only 1/4th tank of fuel.
- keep floor mats, spare keys and extra tire inside the vehicle.
- Steam clean the vehicle.
- No leaking fluids.
- alarms disabled.
Although container shipping is more expensive, it is a good choice when you have to ship your household goods along with the vehicle. All of it is kept within the same 20 feet or 40 feet container and sealed.
Shipping costs to Masaya.
Although the method of shipment that you select is one of the key considerations, there are other factors that affect the shipping cost. These include:
- Total amount of transit insurance on the vehicle.
- Size of the vehicle.
- Price of the vehicle.
- Freight charges.
In addition to these, there are other taxes and levies that are imposed by the Nicaraguan Customs Department, and cannot be anticipated. However, at A1 Auto Transport service, we understand the extra levies which can be applicable and that is why can give you the closest quote on your shipping requirement.
Nicaragua vehicle regulations and documentation.
All vehicle imports to Nicaragua have to be less than 10 year old vehicles, irrespective of whether it is a new or used vehicle. Only those vehicles that have been designated as vintage or classic can be over 10 years old but proof of that has to be submitted. The taxes will be applicable according to the value of the vehicle.
Documentations are needed by the U.S Customs and Border Protection and by the Nicaraguan Customs Department. It is best that the documents are submitted a couple of days in advance before the vehicle leaves the US port and reaches the Nicaraguan port. This helps to get the clearances quickly. These include:
- Proof of ownership.
- Certificate from the Nicaraguan Embassy in USA.
- Ocean Bill of Lading.
- Notify the U.S Customs about the intent to ship the vehicle out of USA.
To know more about the regulations, laws and current rules on import of vehicles, contact the Embassy of Nicaragua.
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.