Being the second largest city in El Salvador, Santa Ana has its location around 64 kilometers away from the capital city and has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists. If you are contemplating relocating to Santa Ana, there are plenty of things to take care of.
However, the most important aspect is that you will need to have your own means of transportation so importing your vehicle, is essential as that is the cheaper option.
Requirements for import.
You’d need to have your original title if you want to import your car in El Salvador. If you’ve bought your car on a lease, you’d need a notarized authorization by the lien holder. The regulations require that you drop your car at the Customs Authority 72 hours prior to the export in order to allow enough time for inspections.
If you are considering driving there instead using sea transport you might want reconsider. The roads aren’t that well maintain between the US and El Salvador and are rather dangerous. An auto shipping company could easily get you sorted effectively, saving you both money and the hassle from the land-based trip. If you want to export your car to El Salvador, the U.S Customs are going to require you to drop the car there at least 72 hours prior to the shipment to allow time for proper inspections. It’s also going to give the Customs of El Salvador a chance to make sure that nothing is being placed within the car.
The best way for you to export your vehicle is to rely on a shipping agent like the A1 Auto Transport Company which could easily get you all sorted out. You have to be present in the country in order to pick up your car and to get clearance from the customs. You’d also have to provide the following documentation:
- Title deed.
- Insurance policy.
- Bill of Lading.
- Purchase Invoice.
- Passport and photo ID of the owner.
- Import permit.
- Details of car – VIN, chassis and engine number, model and year of manufacture.
The cost of the entire process is going to include the methods of RORO and Container shipping. If you have an expensive car, its best if you use container shipping and in any other case you might want to go for RORO. The A1 Auto Transport Service is going to be there with you in every step of the way in order to ensure a hassle-free transportation process.
The country works on Central American Tax and Tariff System and your car is considered a commodity and there is a 13% tax in addition to the 30% VAT on the CIF value of your car. You might need to get the taxes calculated.
The shipping agent has to be a licensed holder which is bonded through the Federal Maritime Commission. The A1 Auto Transport service is fully licensed and manages all of the requirements. It might be advisable for you to take the tags off your car before the shipping process because the plates can get stolen which might be an issue. You have to clear the vehicles thoroughly. If you need any further information you can always contact the Embassy of El Salvador.
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.