Shipping a car can seem like a very confusing thing to have to do when you’re relocating to a new country. When you obtain the services of a knowledgeable and experienced professional automobile transport company your auto relocation worries can be simplified and transport will be easy and stress-free. San Pedro de Marcoris is a small city that was formed by Cuban refugees in the 19th century as they fled from the War of Independence to find safe homes for their families. Since that time, the city has grown and become very prominent in the sugarcane industry. Many of the sugarcane farms are owned by American businesses that bring Americans to the country to live as they work for the companies. Another business that has been hugely successful in the city is the movie industry. Films like Miami Vice and The Good Shepherd were filmed on location in San Pedro de Marcoris. With an influx of people coming to the city for business opportunities, there is also a need for reliable transportation. While there is a small bus service, the best way to get around will be by having your own personal automobile.
Peace of Mind in Automobile Shipping.
With the services provided by a professional automobile shipping company you can have the peace of mind in knowing that your investment will be carefully handled during transport. When you first contact the company they will need some information on your car such as the make, model and the year of manufacture. The more information you can detail, the more accurate your initial quote will be. You’ll need to let them know which type of transport you will want to use during shipment. The ways to ship a car overseas are RORO and Enclosed Shipping. Shipping with RORO is the simplest way to have a car transported anywhere in the world today. It’s a method that simply allows the motor vehicle to be loaded onto the carrier by driving or rolling it on board for the trip and then driving or rolling it off when it reaches the port in the Dominican Republic. This type of shipping is used for all makes and models or motor vehicles including motorcycles, ATV’s and even buses and is the most efficient way to ship a car. For those who have an antique or special automobile, enclosed shipping is usually preferred. With enclosed shipping, the automobile is loaded inside of a shipping container to allow more support and security during shipment. Containers protect automobiles from sea water and weather conditions that they would not be protected from when using RORO transport.
When making your automobile shipping arrangements the auto transporter will need some standard documents like your valid driver’s license, social security card and a signed power of Attorney form. The power of Attorney simply allows the carrier to legally transport your motor vehicle for you.
Pricing and Preparation for Transport.
Once you have determined what type of transport you will need to ship your car and the agent has all of the necessary information on your personal vehicle, they will then be able to give you a total shipping price quote to ship your automobile. The price will vary from one car to another based on the weight, size and transport distance between shipping ports.
Your agent will also discuss the ways to prepare your car for transport overseas. Depending on the type of shipping you have chosen, you may need to clean the car inside and out as well as remove all personal items prior to shipping. You may also be asked to have no more than one-quarter tank of fuel in the car for shipment. Extra fuel will add weight to the car thus causing more fuel to be used by the carrier during shipment. The day that the car is loaded for relocation, you will complete an inspection with the transporter to ensure there is no damage to the vehicle. Any damages found will be recorded and both you and the carrier representative will sign the inspection report. Another inspection will be completed when the car arrives in San Pedro de Marcoris.
Information for Customs.
Customs for every country in the world has different rules and standards. The Dominican Republic has some strict rules that must be followed when shipping a car into the country regardless of the city you are shipping to. You will need to make sure you have the correct paperwork that includes:
- Valid Driver’s License.
- Stamped Consular Invoice.
- Motor vehicle Title.
- Motor Vehicle Registration.
- Commercial Invoice or Bill of Sale for the Vehicle.
There are also some stipulations on motor vehicle importation:
- Owner must be present at Customs checkpoint.
- No luxury vehicles allowed under any circumstances.
- Taxes and duties must be paid on all imports.
- Only 6 cylinder or less motor vehicles.
- Only one vehicle per person or family may be imported.
There are many other requirements for customs in the Dominican Republic and you can access information by visiting the Embassy of the Dominican Republic website. Contacting the embassy is also a good idea not only for customs information but to be able to gain insight into crime statistics, employment opportunities and local and national laws in San Pedro de Marcoris.
When making your overseas shipping plans the best source of information will be from your customer representative. Working with shipping thousands of motor vehicles of all types to countries such as the Dominican Republic on a daily basis means that your agent will be able to guide you in the right direction and assist you with all necessary information for international shipping.
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.