Shipping a car to Medina can seem like a heavy task to undertake, but it can be made to go quite smoothly when you hire a professional experienced auto transport company that is licensed to ship cars internationally. Before you make your shopping plans you need to have a little information on driving in the city and local customs that cannot be broken. You will be able to drive in most parts of the city, but unless you are Muslim you will not be able to drive directly in the center of the city as that is considered the sacred heart of the city and non-Muslims are not allowed inside. Roads throughout the city are very modern and in good shape, although you will want to try to stay on the main roads and not venture too far out on secondary and country road as they are not always in the best of shape and due to dust storms it is very easy to find yourself lost. It is always best to abide by all traffic laws in Medina but you will want to be a very defensive driver as many residents drive excessively fast and often stop signs and other road signs have been taken down. You will also find that there are many police checkpoints and you will need to stop at each one and show your identification and proof of residency. There will be many things you will need to take care of prior to shipping your car to Medina. The auto transport company will assist you through each step of the process. You may also want to check with Customs in the United States to find information on exporting goods from the U.S. and any updates to international law or traveling that may be important to know about.
Preparing to Ship.
When you’re making plans to ship your car to Medina you will need to provide the transport company with some paperwork that they will have you fill out as well as documents that they will need you to provide upfront. Documents like your valid driver’s license, car title, social security card and valid proof of insurance will be required to begin the shipping process. You will also need to fill out and sign a valid Power of Attorney Statement that will give the auto transport company explicit permission to transport your car overseas. Also, if you are unable to drive the car to the port for shipping you will need to have the company take care of that as well. There will also be paperwork that you will need to get before you go to Medina in order to have ready for the customs check that your car will go through when it reaches the city. Some of the paperwork you will need for customs is:
- Saudi Arabian Driver’s License.
- Work Visa.
- Car Title.
- Bill of Sale.
You need to contact the Embassy of Saudi Arabia to receive updated information on current customs regulations and to check and see if there may be new or different paperwork that will be necessary at the customs clearance check. The auto transport company will go over the cost of shipping, delivery dates to ship out as well as when you can expect your car to arrive in Medina and also the different ways that you can ship. Before the car ships you will need to pay the shipping fees and make sure that you have all the paperwork necessary from the transport company as well as the documentation for customs in Medina.
Sending the Car.
While it would be really nice if you could simply drive your car over the ocean to Medina, it is just not possible. You will need to choose a way to ship the car and have it transported for you. Very few people choose to ship cars by air when relocating overseas, although it is considered the fastest way to have anything shipped internationally. It is also quite expensive to ship cars and other merchandise overseas by air. Most people prefer to ship cars on a ship called a Ro-Ro ship. A Ro-Ro ship has been designed to drive cars, trucks, vans, buses and other types of motor vehicles directly onto the deck of the ship, secure them in place and then transport them overseas quick and easy. For others, the preference of Container shipping is also available. Shipping your car in a shipping container, usually either 20 or 40 foot containers, makes transporting a car overseas secure and easily done. You can also ship your personal household goods and other merchandise inside of the container if you need to ship those items. You will need to have a detailed packing list and will want to check with the Saudi Arabia Embassy to make sure that everything on your packing list will be approved for customs clearance.
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.