Mulifanua is a village located on the north-western region of Upolu Island in Samoa. It is the main ferry terminal for all inter-island vehicles and passenger travel across the entire Apolima Strait between the islands of Savai’i and Upolu.
If you are going to move here, there are a lot of benefits which are associated with having your own vehicle. To start with, it will ensure freedom to travel along the entire island with ease. You wouldn’t have to rely on public transport or taxis. Importing your vehicle shouldn’t be too hard but there are some regulations that need to be abided by. It is very important that you work with a reputable shipping service in order to ensure quick and seamless shipping without any hassle. Thus, when you work with a company like the A1 Auto Transport, you can rest assured that the entire process is going to go faster than expected without any issues at all. We are going to help you with getting the documentation required to quickly clear customs at both the departure port of the U.S Customs and Customs Authority of Samoa.
It is important to be well aware of the total cost of the shipping. A1 Auto Transport is going to provide you with assistance throughout every single step of the way. We are going to help you with the choosing of the shipping method and whether you would need any kind of additional door-to-port services as well. This means that we offer the service of picking the car from your doorstep in USA and get it delivered to the destination port in Samoa. You should also get in touch with the Embassy of Samoa in Washington, D.C for any further information and assistance.
Expected shipping cost.
The cost is calculated on the basis of the value of the car, freight charges as well as the shipping method. However, there are surcharges as well as taxes which are payable at Samoa. VAT and service tax is about 15% and there is a customs and excise tax that will range from 0% to 20%. In any case, the total cost is definitely going to vary based on the price of the car. However, you need to know that:
- Only right hand driven vehicles are allowed.
- Less than 12 year old vehicles are eligible.
Of course, there are other documentations that you would need to take care of and deliver to the customs agencies at both ports and they include:
- Ocean Bill Of Lading.
- Car title.
- Registration papers.
- Ownership proof.
- Purchase invoice of the car.
Furthermore, you would need to determine the type of shipping that you want to go with. For Samoa, you can choose between a few but the most efficient and effective are definitely the RORO and Container shipping. Roll-on/Roll-Off allows you to ship quick and inexpensive while the latter is more costly yet it offers you the chance to ship additional personal belongings and it’s safer.
When you ship using RORO, you need to make sure that the vehicle is bereft of all personal goods, cleaned from inside and all alarms are disabled. In container shipping, you can put your personal goods and vehicle together to ship it with ease with the added safety of a sealed container.
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.