San Pedro Sula is known as the economic capital of Honduras and the city with a population of nearly two million residents produces more than 2/3 of the entire country’s gross national product thus making it one of the wealthiest cities to live in. Citizens from the United States have found in recent years that relocating to San Pedro Sula can be quite a productive move for employment. If you’re moving to the city you should know that the best times to have your car shipped to be with you would be during the dry months between January and June. Typically the months between June and December are rainy and have the highest potential for hurricanes and tropical storms that could wash roadways out and make driving difficult for those who are not familiar with the area and terrain throughout the coastal city.
Professional Transport Services.
When you’re ready to have your motor vehicle shipped to San Pedro Sula you will need to hire a professional automobile transport company to provide transport for you. A professional company will have the knowledge of customs regulations in Honduras so you will know what paperwork will be needed as well as the fees you will need to pay to customs once the car reaches the city. The agent that you work with will gather some documents from you including:
- Driver’s License.
- Social Security Number.
- Signed Power of Attorney statement.
You will also need to make a decision on the type of automobile transport you will use. Most people choose open transport when shipping a car to San Pedro Sula. You will usually be offered door to door shipping when having your car transported with a professional transport company. Open transport is the most popular way to ship a car and is the most cost effective as well as the fastest way to have your car delivered. Open transport is great for everyday driving vehicles because it allows the car to be delivered much faster than with other modes of transport and the cost is usually lower because fuel costs are effectively split between the number of cars being delivered at any given time. If you have a classic, luxury or antique car you may prefer to ship using enclosed container shipping. With enclosed transport, cars that are more delicate or collectible than an everyday driver will be placed inside of a secure shipping container or enclosed carrier truck and then transported to the destination. Enclosed shipping will cost more than open transport, but if you have a classic or expensive motor vehicle, motorcycle or ATV, this is the most common way to ship safely.
Getting Your Car Ready for Transport.
Your transport agent will work with you to let you know what preparations may need to be done to your car before it ships out. Most often you will need to make sure the car is completely emptied of any personal content, cleaned inside and out, and that the fuel level is no higher than one-quarter of a tank of fuel. The more fuel you have in your car during transport, the more fuel the carrier will use for delivery because weight affects the fuel consumption and you will end up paying more for delivery when your car is heavier. Another thing to consider is deactivating your car alarm if there is one on the car so it will not go off during transport. For other preparation, your agent will fill you in completely on what you need to do prior to your scheduled shipping date.
Customs in San Pedro Sula.
Once everything is taken care to schedule your shipping date and automobile pick-up and delivery, you will also need to make sure you have taken care of all paperwork and required documents for customs in Honduras. Officials will require some specific paperwork in order to release your car when it reaches the customs checkpoint. For detailed information on customs documentation your agent will be able to provide insightful information, or you may want to contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency for detailed information on export laws from the U.S. and import regulations to Honduras. The primary documentation that you will need for customs officials in San Pedro Sula will be:
- Motor Vehicle Title.
- Driver’s License.
- National Taxation Registry Number.
- Commercial Invoice/Bill of Sale (Original).
- Bill of Lading from the transport/shipping company.
To import used cars your car must be within 7 years of the manufacture date at the time of shipping unless it is a classic or collectors car. You will also be responsible for import taxes as well as general taxes depending upon the type of car you are importing. You must be physically present when your car goes through customs for clearance, but you can make arrangements with the auto transporter to have it delivered once clearance has been obtained if you will not be able to drive it to your new location on your own.
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.