The bustling Surinamese city of Meerzorg is located on the east bank of the Suriname River, on the opposite side of the Parmaribo city. There can be plenty of reasons to move to this tropical country but if you want to import your vehicle to Suriname, you will need to consider all the rules and regulations for shipping.
In addition, there will be some fees that need to be paid out before your car is able to ship.
Key considerations before shipping.
The weather patterns in Suriname should be taken into effect when planning to ship. There is rain expected in most months of the year; May, June, and July are normally the wettest months of the year. During this time, it is always possible to see the road ways washed out due to all this rain. The climate is hot so it's important that all fluids are checked to reduce the chances of busted hoses during travel.
If you can speak with and hire A1 Auto Transport Service, they will need to go over all the required paperwork so you can ensure a quick import with no delays. There is a lot of legalities involved when you ship internationally and the shipping company needs to be conversant with the import laws of Suriname. You must fill out a lot of papers and provide the necessary documents to ensure that all is well. The list you will need is:
- Ownership proof-driver's license/passport.
- Vehicle Insurance.
- Social Security Card.
- Registration and Title deed.
- Power of Attorney Affidavit (optional).
We will be able to explain all documentation needed and help you fill out the necessary paperwork. Our shipping agents can even pick up your vehicle and take it to the port where it will board the ship and prepare for importing. They will also schedule the services you need and look after the entire process for you. All that you need to do is choose what type of shipping method you prefer too. The vehicle will need to be steam cleaned and all personal items removed before the vehicle can board the ship.
Specific motor vehicle regulations.
Suriname Customs Authority has a few requirements that must be met before imports are allowed to come through and clear. Having the necessary paperwork will speed up this process. Suriname does not allow vehicles that are more than five years old to be imported into their ports. You can apply for an exemption if you really are determined to bring in your car but the policy will need to go through Ministry of Trade and Labor. Sometimes exemptions are not approved. If you have a vehicle value of $25,000 or higher, you may need to pay taxes of no less than 40% of the cost, insurance, and the freight or CIF.
Additionally, the value of the vehicle will be included in the value as well. You will also be subject to annual taxes that are figured based on the weight of your vehicle. You will need to get your vehicle licensed and your driver's license switched over to Suriname as well. You will need the following documentation in order for your vehicle to clear customs:
- Shipping verification documentation/Bill of Lading.
- Vehicle insurance in Suriname.
- Appraisal that shows the value of your vehicle.
- Registration that shows that you have owned the vehicle for at least six months.
If you need more information regarding the documentation requirements, you will need to contact the Suriname Embassy located in Washington, DC for more information. The shipping and transport agent that you hire can help you every step of the way from getting you the right documentation to helping you determine the cost of shipping. They can even offer pick-up and delivery of your vehicle.
You can ship the vehicle using Roll On/ Roll Off shipping method which will require that your vehicle is driven onto the freight ship and then secured on the deck for the trip. If you need to ship your personal belongings along with your vehicle, you may want to select the container shipping instead. This type of shipping is available for those who have more than a car to ship or have more than one car to ship. Everything is loaded into the container and then the container is lifted up onto the freight ship and fastened down for the trip.
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.