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🇯🇲 Jamaica, (JM)

The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay is the capital of the St. James parish. The city is the gateway to the tourists into the country and is a popular Caribbean destination.  Apart from that it is a major port for cruise ships and there are plenty of resorts and hotels, adding to the travel industry.

With plenty of employment opportunities, there are many people that plan on moving to Montego Bay on a temporary or long term basis. Irrespective of whether you are a returning citizen or retiree looking to settle in Jamaica, having your personal vehicle can be an asset. However, before you ship to Montego Bay, it is important to know that there are some restrictions and limitations by the Jamaican Customs Department. There are tax certifications and documentation that is needed before the vehicle clears customs. To begin with, it makes sense to work with an experienced auto shipping service like our company, A1 Auto Transport service. It is important to know that the custom levies are high in Jamaica and you have to pay nearly 67% of the cost of the car as custom duty. The cost increases when the value of the car is more.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Montego Bay

Montego Bay to
(California port) to San Jose, CA
$200$28005+21 days
Montego Bay to
(California port) to Los Angeles
$350$28005+21 days
Montego Bay to
(New York port) to Boston, MA
$400$20005+12 days
Montego Bay to
(California port) to Phoenix, AZ
$550$28006+21 days
Montego Bay to
(New York port) to Detroit, MI
$575$20006+12 days
Chicago, IL to (New York port)
to Montego Bay
$675$20006+12 days
Montego Bay to
(New York port) to Atlanta, GA
$700$20006+12 days
Denver, CO to (California port)
to Montego Bay
$775$28007+21 days
Miami, FL to (New York port)
to Montego Bay
$925$20007+12 days
Dallas, TX to (California port)
to Montego Bay
$1,025$28007+21 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

Regulations dealing with auto shipping

There are plenty of rules and regulations dealing with importing a car to Montego Bay. Some of te stringent regulations include:

  • The vehicle cannot be older than 4 years
  • If you are a resident of Jamaica but were living abroad, you are allowed to import 2 vehicles within 3 years. However, documentation is needed.
  • International driving license is valid for 1 year and after 12 months; you are required to get a local Jamaican license.
  • Jamaican car insurance is needed before you can drive the vehicle out from the customs department. A1 Auto Transport service will be of assistance in helping you procure the local vehicle insurance.

Getting your car to Jamaica

Before you are able to ship your vehicle to Montego Bay, you will need to have the tax registration number issued by the Tax Administration Jamaica.  You will need to get this done before you even plan on shipping your vehicle to Jamaica, whether as an individual or a company. Additionally, as per law in Jamaica, you are prohibited to sell your vehicle for at least 1 year after it has been imported. In case the vehicle gets damaged after shipping, you will need to wait for about 3 years before you are allowed to sell it. Some of the documents that you need include:

  • Passport of the owner
  • License to import vehicles
  • Car title deed
  • Purchase invoice
  • Tax compliance certificate

Shipping methods

Roll On/Roll Off is the most common way of importing a vehicle in Jamaica. The car is driven on the board and secured, and then it is driven off the ship. However, there are some limitations that need to be adhered to before you can ship with RORO. You will need to strip the car of all accessories and personal items. While if you intend shipping your household goods along with the car, this works better. You don’t have to prep the car but everything is sealed within the 20 feet or 40 feet container.

It is best to connect with the Embassy of Jamaica to get the latest information on import laws and about importing the vehicle to Montego Bay.

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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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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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