Pago Pago is territorial capital city of American Samoa. From 1900-1951, it was active as a naval base and today it is an established port catering to different vessel types. Main industries here today are fishing and canning. If you are staying here on a short term or long term basis, you might be more comfortable with having your own vehicle. Thus, if you are looking to import your vehicle, take assistance from experienced international shipping service like our company, A1 Auto Transport service.
Custom levies and taxes
The major tax payment requirement for importing vehicles to Pago Pago is 4% tax for vehicle utilization levied upon items that you import for business and personal use. You must keep following documents handy when you have decided to import cars to American Samoa.
- Registration and Title, Insurance Proof
- Driver's License Copy
- EPA Form-3520-21
- OBL, Form Customs 7501
- Transportation Document Form HS-7
Additionally, you should have the EPA letter that grants you permission applicable for foreign vehicle brands. You will require this letter in case the age of car that you want to import is 25 years plus. Besides this, you will require sales bill or value statement providing year, model, VIN, and description of your vehicle. We can assist you through these formalities and ensure that your vehicle clears customs at the US port and at Pago Pago.
Interestingly, problems related to shipping your vehicle in American Samoa have less to do with regulations here. US government rules and regulations are quite hard to get past. As such, you will acquire all help you can get from our professional company. It is important that the car you want to import complies with EPA and DOT policies. And we have years of experience doing it so understand all aspects of shipping to American Samoa.
Additionally, cars that you buy should not be of 25+ years. In case the age of vehicle is above 25, you will need to prove compliance with emission requirements of EPA. If you are a non-US citizen you will be able to import vehicle to this region for one-year period only. After this, no renewal will be possible in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
However, you should have permission from EPA in the form of a letter to make this possible. American Samoa, being a part of United States, does not have much complicated processes for importing cars. The procedure being quite simple, all you need is to produce relevant documents before authorities. Shipping agencies will take care of all paperwork required for import.
Different kinds of shipping methods
Two types of shipping methods are available with us, and you can choose any one of these based upon your requirements. These are Container Shipping and Roll Off-Roll On methods. These are the most cost effective and popular choices available to users. You can choose RORO method and drive the vehicle onto the ship. Your car will be secured there, delivered to Pago Pago port and driven off. In container shipping, both your household goods and car will remain secure within enclosed shipping containers. Check the latest about importing cars to Pago Pago, browse Embassy of American Samoa.
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.