Relocating to San Cristobal can be a time of awe and amazement because of the beautiful landscape and scenery throughout the city. Beautiful lakefront villas and recreational centers make this city one of the more popular to relocate to in the Dominican Republic. The city is also host to several coffee and cacao plantations, making it a great place for employment. When you’re making relocation plans you will most often find that having your personal vehicle will be a great benefit while in San Cristobal. People often worry about overseas shipping due to the expense as well as worry about safety of their vehicle during transport. When you add up the cost of hiring a taxi or a rental car, you’ll quickly see the benefit of having your own car to drive will greatly outweigh the shipping cost. As for safety, international shipping is very secure when handled by a professional automobile shipping company.
Professional Automobile Transport.
When you hire a professional auto transporter you can rest assured that your automobile will be in good hands every step of the journey. The agent who handles your car shipment schedule will give you complete details of the entire shipping process from start to finish. You’ll have convenient door to door transport and your car will be inspected prior to as well as post shipping to ensure there is no damage during the transport. You will want to check on available damage coverage that is offered for the shipment to ensure that it is adequate for the value of your automobile. Your agent will get a copy of your driver’s license, social security number and a signed Power of Attorney that will give them permission to transport your car both to the port in the United States as well as to your location in San Cristobal. The agent will explain the details of the shipping contract to you and will answer all questions you may have about what to expect when shipping overseas, shipping cost, time frame for pick-up or delivery and all other areas of automobile transport. You will be given a choice of how to ship the car, and that will be included in your final price quote.
How to Ship a Car to San Cristobal.
Since a person is not able to conveniently drive a car to the beautiful city, you will need to choose the type of overseas transport that will move the car for you. The following are ways to have a car shipped to San Cristobal:
RORO- Roll-On Roll-Off Shipping, also referred to as RORO is the simplest way to have your car shipped internationally. The easy method of driving (rolling) a motor vehicle onto the carrier and driving (rolling) it off makes it fast and efficient when loading multiple cars on and off the ship or truck. Millions of cars around the world are shipped via RORO every day of the year and when using RORO you’ll find that your car is not only safe during transport, but it will arrive quickly and cost less than other modes of transport for shipping.
Enclosed Shipping- Enclosed shipping is a more secure type of vehicle shipping that places the car inside of a shipping container during relocation. Many automobile collectors choose enclosed shipping due to the extra security of the car being sealed inside of a large shipping container. While enclosed shipping will cost more than RORO, it is preferred by thousands of people who want to ensure that the investment they have in their car will remain intact as sea water and air cannot reach the car during transport overseas.
Your agent will fully explain each type of international shipping with you and will assist you in determining which type will be best suited for your car as well as the budget you may be trying to stay within. Your agent will also guide you through the information you will need for the customs checkpoint when the car reaches the city and can schedule delivery after the customs clearance has been approved.
All motor vehicles that are shipped to San Cristobal must pass customs checkpoints as they enter the country. You can find great information from U.S. Customs on regulations as well as travel advisories and export/import laws. You can also contact the Embassy of the Dominican Republic for local laws and import expectations for the country. Individuals are only allowed to being one motor vehicle for personal use into the country and the engine size cannot be larger than six cylinders nor can it be classified as a luxury car. When the car arrives for the customs checkpoint, the owner must be present even if the car will be delivered by the transporter to the new home or office location and you will need to pay all taxes for import at the time of the customs inspection. Something that you will need to ensure you have is the paperwork required by customs. Some of the paperwork will include the following documents:
- Valid Driver’s License.
- Commercial Invoice or Sales Invoice.
- Consular Invoice with the Dominican Republic Consular stamp.
- Car Title.
- Car Registration.
Having the proper required documentation is very important when proceeding through customs. Missing one paper or having a signature that does not match your name as listed on the photo identification can cause the import to be denied. If denied you will need to have the car exported back to the United States and will have to wait up to one year before you will be able to attempt import again.
Your shipping agent has the knowledge and experience to be able to assist you with all of your automobile shipping needs and to help guide you and answer any questions that you may have about the process.
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.