Rabat is not only the capital city of Morocco and the host city to all of the foreign embassies in Morocco, but it is also a very industrious city and has a very large manufacturing market. If you have relocated to Rabat for business you may need to have your personal car shipped overseas so you will be able to drive while in the city. Shipping a car to Rabat can only be accomplished by hiring the services of an experienced and professional auto transport company. An auto transport company who is able to transport cars internationally will have all of the knowledge needed to conveniently and easily help you prepare your car to reach you in Rabat. The company will provide you with details on legal documents you will need to present to them as well as documents you must have for customs when your car reaches Rabat.
Necessary Paperwork and U.S. Transport Info
For the transport company, you will need basic paperwork such as your driver’s license, social security card, signed Power of Attorney, and your car title. The signed Power of Attorney, also known as a limited Power of Attorney for vehicle retrieval, will allow the company to transport your car both within the United States as well as overseas. If you are already in Rabat and will not be able to bring your car to the port for shipping, the transport company will arrange to have the car picked up and delivered for you. The company can often arrange to have your car delivered to you in Rabat as well if you will not be able to drive it to your new location yourself. You will also need to gather facts on what to expect from customs in Rabat and how you will need to prepare for the customs checkpoint when your car arrives.
Customs Requirements in Rabat
When the car has shipped and finally reaches the entry port in Rabat, you will need to be present physically to receive the car and to accompany it through the customs checkpoint. Officials will require you to have documented just as the auto transport company required. You will need some of the same documents but will also need your passport, original bill of lading, an import permit and your car title. The import permit must be applied for prior to shipping the car to Rabat. You may contact the Embassy of Morocco in Washington, DC for further information on gaining an import permit as well as notification as to what documents you may need to have when you are going through customs clearance with your car. All imported cars coming to Rabat must be five years old or newer and import duties will be due to being paid upon release of the car at customs. Customs will allow up to three months with no import duties due, but you will have to pay the duties at the end of the grace period or will need to immediately export the car back to the United States. Customs officials will also do a full physical inspection on the car to check for altered body and engine parts, emissions and brakes and tires. You will want to make sure that your car will pass inspection by having it checked prior to shipping to ensure that everything is up to Moroccan vehicle regulation code.
Shipping Methods to Get a Car to Rabat
Since Rabat is located right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, it is very easy to have your car imported directly to a seaport near the city. Rabat has some issues with silt, or heavy sand, in the waters near the port directly on the coast of the city so the nearest sea port to ship to is in Sale, Morocco which is located right next to Rabat. From the port in Sale, you will be able to either drive your car to Rabat or have it transported on the land to your location for you by a transport company. The most efficient way to ship a car internationally by sea is with Roll-On Roll-Off, also called Ro-Ro Shipping. This type of shipping was designed specifically to ship motor vehicles overseas and has been the most relied on way to ship cars for many years. Cars are driven onto a ship that is designated as a vehicle transport ship, securely strapped in place and then delivered overseas to the destination port. Once the ship arrives, the car is driven off the ship and you will be able to take it through customs to have it cleared so you can drive it in Rabat. Since Ro-Ro is only designed for shipping motor vehicles, you will not be able to load anything personal inside of your car for transport. If you do have the need to transport personal items with the car, you can always choose to ship by a container. Container Shipping lets you transport not only your car but household items as well. As long as your car and other items will fit inside of either a 20 foot or 40-foot shipping container, your overseas transport can easily be completed all at the same time.
For more information on exportation laws and regulations for the U.S., you can contact U.S. Customs and they can provide you with current laws concerning vehicle export, personal and household goods that are allowed to be exported from the U.S. and travel and relocation information for Rabat and the surrounding area.
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.