The third largest city in Suriname, Nieuw Nickerie is also the capital city of the District of Nickerie. It lies at the base of the Nickerie River facing the Atlantic coast and is on the opposite of the mouth of the Corantijn River and the town of Corriverton.
If you are bringing your vehicle over to Suriname, you will need to make sure that you comply with all the rules and regulations in order to avoid any delays in shipping and releasing from customs. All paperwork must be filled out in a timely manner and you will need to ensure that all fees are paid in full before shipping. It is also a good idea to ship your vehicle out when the weather is forecast to be good in Suriname if that is possible. It rains most months out of the year and between May and July that it is the wettest of the year. Roadways can be washed out with all the rain and this can make it difficult on driving through this area, especially if you are not familiar with the roads. You will also want to make sure that your vehicle has enough fluids in it and check it often once your car arrives due to the very hot climate, you can’t take any chances of something leaking or bursting because of the extreme heat.
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Documentation Required for Transport .
Before you transport your vehicle, you will be required to show the following documentation:
- Title of the vehicle.
- Your driver’s license.
- Your social security card.
- Power of Attorney if you are sending someone to pick up your car.
- Proof of vehicle insurance.
You may also need to show other documentation before your paperwork is finalized. If you will be needing your vehicle to be picked up and delivered to the port your vehicle will exit from or if you need the vehicle picked up and delivered once it arrives in Suriname, they will be able to assist in that scheduling of services.
Once your vehicle is cleared by customs upon entering into the country, you will receive the paperwork needed to provide that documentation is in order and you can pick up your vehicle. Here are some rules by Customs Department of Suriname:
No vehicle imported can be over five years old. If you feel that this is not right, you may apply for exemption through the Ministry of Trade and Labor. You may not get approved but if your vehicle is older and you really feel strongly about it then apply for exemption to this rule. Vehicles that are valued at more than $25,000 will be required to pay a tax that is a minimum of 40% of the cost of the vehicle, insurance and freight, or CIF and the value of the vehicle. You will need to pay an annual tax that is also based on the weight of the vehicle. In order to drive in this country you will need to take a test and pass to obtain an International driving license.
Once your vehicle reaches the port in Suriname, customs will provide you with the documentation that gives your vehicle clearance, once you provide the following proof:
- Driver’s license
- Shipping verification documentation
- Valid motor vehicle insurance
- Proxy to secure the clearance needed
- Registration car that shows how long the vehicle has been owned by you
- Appraisal of the vehicle or a bill of sale if the vehicle was new when it was imported.
You can contact the Suriname Embassy in Washington, DC if you have any questions or concerns regarding the rules and regulations or the correct documentation needed for clearance.
You will also need to determine what type of shipping is right for you. You may want to choose the Roll On/Roll off method since it is the most affordable and simply requires your vehicle to be driven onto the deck of the ship and fastened down for the ride. Container shipping is another option and will allow for your vehicle to be placed inside of a container along with other belongings and then sealed before it is lifted onto the deck of the ship with a crane. This is the best way to shop over to Suriname if you have a vehicle that is a little more expensive or if it is an antique.
If you would like more information on shipping methods, you can visit the Federal Maritime Commission website which is loaded with valuable information.
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