Merca is a prominent port city in the province of Lower Shebelle of Somalia. It is situated on the coast of the Indian Ocean and is the main town of the province. It is located approximately about 68 miles southwest of Mogadishu.
Although due to the political volatile situations that keeps Somalia in the news, there are plenty of reasons that expatriates and returning citizens’ head to Merca. Thus, whether it is business or retirement, you will require having your own personal vehicle with you for making your life more comfortable.
When you decide to import your car to Merca you need to prepare all of the necessary documents and prepare the paperwork in advance so that you have them at your disposal when you need them.
Documentation and Costs of Import.
There are regulations and rules that have to be abided by and they are set forth by the Somalia Customs Authority. However, if you follow them thoroughly you shouldn’t have any problems with the importing of a vehicle from USA. The documents that you would need to provide are as follows:
- Title and registration.
- Ownership proof.
- Insurance policy.
- The license of the owner.
- Passport as proof.
- A copy of Visa/permits.
- Bill of Lading.
There are also pretty standard charges of shipping to Somalia which includes, custom duties that you would need to take care of in advance. You can choose from different ports when you decide to import your vehicle in Somalia. In addition to all of the documents which were listed above, you are also going to pay the import taxes and the duties. The Ad Valorem duty would vary between 3% and 70% and it’s usually going to be about 30% of the value of your vehicle. If you are importing a vehicle that’s considered to be luxurious your charges would go higher. The government is also going to charge you an additional $1,300 if your vehicle is considered to be luxurious. You have to provide residence proof or permit for Somalia.
You have to remove all external car parts so that there are no chances of any damage to the car during the sea-faring journey. You are also going to need to get your car cleaned inside and out, especially if you consider using the Roll On/ Roll Off method if you want to avoid your car getting quarantined. If you fail in this particular endeavor, you run the risk of substantial delays that are caused by your car being put within a quarantine cleaning facility.
You have to primary options in front of you – Roll On/ Roll Off and container shipping. The latter is perfect for those who want t transport other personal items or household goods with their vehicle. Everything that you can fit in your container is allowed as long as it’s not forbidden by the country.
RORO shipping, on the other hand, would require you to drive your vehicle on a shipping deck on a freight carrier where it would be securely fastened. You have to get the car completely emptied and leave only the car jack, floor mats, extra set of keys and a spare tire.
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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