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Situated in the San Jose District, San Francisco is one of the industrial cities of Costa Rica. With plenty of employment opportunities to locals and expatriates, if you are moving here for a short duration or for a few years, you need to ensure that you have your own vehicle as public transportation isn’t the best here.

That is why it is essential to hire an expert international auto shipping company to facilitate the move. A1 Auto Transport is perfect for the job, as we have over 20 years of experience in shipping vehicles worldwide. To complete all of the procedures it can be difficult to do it on your own and that is why we can help. There is plenty of documentation, procedures and permits that are needed. Starting with notifying the U.S Customs to helping you get the delivery at the Costa Rican port, we’ll be with you at every step.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to San Francisco

To/FromGroundOceanEstimated Time
San Francisco to (California port)
to San Jose, CA
$200$19005+14 days
San Francisco to (New York port)
to Boston, MA
$400$23005+23 days
Las Vegas, NV to (California port)
to San Francisco
$450$19005+14 days
Portland, OR to (California port)
to San Francisco
$475$19006+14 days
San Francisco to (California port)
to Seattle, WA
$550$19006+14 days
San Francisco to (New York port)
to Columbus, OH
$550$23005+23 days
Detroit, MI to (New York port)
to San Francisco
$575$23006+23 days
San Francisco to (New York port)
to Chicago, IL
$675$23006+23 days
San Francisco to (California port)
to Denver, CO
$775$19007+14 days
Houston, TX to (New York port)
to San Francisco
$1,075$23007+23 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

Costa Rica Motor vehicle laws.

You are permitted to import a vehicle on a short term temporary basis, or on a permanent basis under the regulations of Costa Rica Customs Department. As the regulations on imported vehicles are strict, it is vital that all safety and emission inspections are done in USA, two months before shipping it out from there.

Temporary and permanent import of vehicle.

This permit is given when you are importing it for less than three months. There are no applicable duties and taxes as the vehicle has to be sent back to USA within the given time-period. You are required to submit the documents with copies. They will keep a whole set of the pertinent documents and that is why having the requisite visa is essential. If you are a Costa Rican citizen, then just a proof of residence suffices. Additionally to obtain the permit, you have to pay for the permit.

The procedure to get the permanent import permit is the same except that you have to pay all of the taxes. If you though buying a new car would be a more affordable option, you are mistaken. It is cheaper to import your vehicle. However, there are documents that you have to submit are:

  • Bill of Sale of the vehicle.
  • Title deed.
  • S- issued driving license.
  • Owner’s passport.
  • Registration documents.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Bill of Lading.

If the vehicle is under lien, you will be required to submit the authorization letter which has been certified by the Costa Rican Consulate.

Taxes on vehicle imports.

You can get the details about the permits for importing your vehicle from A1 Auto Transport Company. In addition you will need to factor in the various applicable taxes that have to be added when you are looking to get a final quote on the shipment. Based on the vehicle age, price, and insurance, the taxes applicable are about 53% for the 3 year old or less aged vehicle, 64% tax on 4-5 year old vehicle and about 80% on vehicles that are over 6 years.

The Ministry of Finance AutoValor is used to find the value of the vehicle that is being imported. Discuss in detail with A1 Auto Transport service to get the price quote. For further information on the import duties, call in the Embassy of Costa Rica.

Joe Webster

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.

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