Importing a Vehicle to Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi is a popular city for tourists from around the world when they visit Pakistan. Filled with shopping centers and parks it is the perfect tourist stop for those traveling in Pakistan. With a booming economy, it is also a great place to live. Hiring a car can become very expensive and being able to import your own personal vehicle to the city will not only save you money but the headache of having to hire a daily car to get to and from work or shopping when you live in the city. Importing a vehicle to Rawalpindi will require the assistance of an international auto transporter who can ship your vehicle overseas. You will need to prepare your vehicle for customs as well as follow overseas shipping protocols for getting your vehicle ready for transport. If you’re already in Rawalpindi and won’t be able to drive to the exit port you will need to make arrangements with the auto transport company to have your car picked up in the United States and delivered to the shipping port where your vehicle will leave for Pakistan. Your shipping agent will be able to assist you with all of the necessary arrangements for transporting your vehicle internationally. The transport company will need you to provide them with some specific legal documents when you are making your shipping plans. Some of the documents they will need are:
- Driver’s License
- Auto Insurance
- Vehicle Title
- Social Security Number
- Signed Power of Attorney Form
Your agent will go over all other paperwork that will be necessary for shipping your car overseas. They will also be able to assist you with information necessary for customs in Pakistan as well as export regulations for shipping from the United States. You can also find valuable information on shipping from the United States by contacting U.S. Customs.
Customs in Rawalpindi
Pakistani Customs Officials will require some of the following paperwork be provided when your vehicle reaches the customs checkpoint in Rawalpindi:
- Your Passport
- De-Registration Document obtained prior to shipping the vehicle
- Sales Invoice that lists the vehicle make, model and engine number
- Vehicle Title
Officials will perform a visual inspection of the vehicle at the checkpoint. If you have had anything modified on the body of your vehicle, please note that per Pakistani law your will not be able to import your vehicle into Rawalpindi. You will need to pay taxes that will be based on the cost, insurance, and freight bill as well as import duties when you are with customs for the vehicle inspection. You can contact the Federal Board of Revenue for more information on tax and duty amounts that you can expect to pay when you reach customs in Rawalpindi. There are also restrictions on the age of a vehicle for import. Unless you are a Diplomat, all imported vehicles must be within two years of the manufacture date. If you are importing the vehicle to give someone as a gift upon arrival, or are relocating permanently you may be able to receive an exemption on the date of manufacture requirement. You will need to apply for an exemption and provide proof of all circumstances at the vehicle inspection.
Prior to Exporting from the United States
As you are making arrangements to have your vehicle shipped overseas to Rawalpindi, you will want to make sure that all information on export regulations from the United States have been provided to you as well as ensuring that you have gathered all necessary documents for importing into the city prior to shipment. Not having all necessary forms can delay clearance on your vehicle when it reaches customs in Pakistan, and can occasionally even cause the clearance to be denied and the vehicle exported back to the U.S. You will also want to make sure you know upfront everything that you will be responsible for paying. Including the cost of shipping, pick-up, and delivery if needed, taxes and insurance. Your transport agent will fully explain anything that needs to be done to ready your vehicle for shipping overseas as well as the methods of shipping available for Rawalpindi.
Ways to Ship a Vehicle to Rawalpindi
Shipping preferences often vary depending on whether you have personal items to ship along with the vehicle or the type of vehicle you have. For those who only need to ship their vehicle but have no household goods to ship as well the most common form of shipping overseas is Roll-On Roll-Off Shipping. Also known as Ro-Ro Shipping this method allows your vehicle to be driven onto the ship, secured into place and then transported overseas safely and quickly. Once it arrives in Rawalpindi it will be driven off the ship and accessible to drive to the customs checkpoint for clearance procedures. If you have household items to ship or may have a luxury vehicle and want to ensure it is protected from the sea elements, you would do best with Container Shipping. Utilizing a container to ship your vehicle and personal items overseas allows for all of your shipping to be done at one time. While shipping in a container can often take a little more time than Ro-Ro, it is a valuable asset to have when you have relocated and need to move all of your household goods to your new location quickly and easily all at one time.
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.