Pula is currently the largest city in the Istria County of Croatia. It has its location at the southern part of the peninsula. It’s famous for its unspoiled nature and its smooth sea. The area has a long and fruitful winemaking reputation as well as in tourism and shipbuilding.
If you’re planning to move your car there, you’d need to know that the price can be determining. The cars are not as expensive in the USA and this might be the better option. However, there are a few regulations, laws and requirements to comply prior with importing your car. The A-1 Auto Transport is an experienced agency which is capable of ensuring a smooth transit.
Croatia has a lot of ports as it’s located on the Adriatic Sea. They include Dubrovnik, Ploče, Zadar, Bakar and Split. You can also go for a land-based transportation through another country but it’s not worth it. There are weekly ships, departing from the USA and the transportation time is therefore rather short and very reasonable.
You’d need to present the following documents:
- Sales contract.
- Homologation certificate.
- Original title.
- Bill of lading and of sale.
- Authorization from lien owner if needed.
If you are transporting a European car, you’d also need:
- EUR1 Certificate of origin.
- Statement from the supplier regarding the origin.
The homologation certificate is issued when the relevant inspections are through and they verify that your car complies with the regulations of the EU. Facilities offering this service can be found in Germany, Spain and within the USA so you have to take care of it in advance.
You can choose between:
- RORO (Roll on/Roll off)
- Container shipping
The RORO choice is usually more appealing as it’s cheaper. It is also simpler because your car would be driven on a shipping deck, secured and transported. Container shipping involves a private container which offers a significant amount of protection for your vehicle. Loading the car is left to specialized experts.
Prepare Your Vehicle.
Prior to shipping your car you have to make sure that you:
- Clean the car completely in order to avoid potential quarantines
- Leave only a quarter a tank of fuel
- Note all the dents and the scratches and get the report signed by the shipping agent
- Get insurance
- Remove all belongings
You’d going to have to pay import duties based on the value of your car. You would also have to obtain local registration if you are going to stay for more than three months.
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.