A suburb of San Salvador, Soyapango is a city that connects the capital to the eastern regions of the country.
If you are moving here to stay for a couple of months or longer, it helps to have your own vehicle with you to go around for work or sightseeing.
Requirements to ship your vehicle to Soyapango.
The very first thing that you need to do is find a shipping service that has previous experience shipping to El Salvador or countries in Central America. And A1 Auto Transport service has multiple years of experience doing that. Thus, we’ll be happy to assist you through the complex procedure of transporting your vehicle to Soyapango.
You need to know that the vehicle that you intend shipping has to be in your name with a clear title deed. However, if there is a lien on it you cannot ship it unless the lender gives a notarized letter giving you the permission to move it overseas. The regulations as per U.S Custom’s specifies that the vehicle that needs to be shipped has to be at the dock at least 72 hours prior to shipping so it can be inspected and the related documents checked and verified. You are required to submit the import documentation which includes:
- Title deed.
- Insurance on the vehicle.
- Proof of vehicle purchase.
- Bill of Lading.
- Ownership proof.
As per the El Salvador laws, you need to present in Soyapango when the vehicle arrives and collect it after clearing the custom procedures, which includes payment of import duties. You will be required to show identification and be verified as the owner, before the vehicle can be handed over to you. To know more about latest regulations contact the Embassy of El Salvador in Washington D.C.
Methods of transportation.
Geographically, you can drive your vehicle from USA to El Salvador but it is not recommended due to security issues along with poorly maintained roads on the way. That is why A1 Auto Transport service can take care of all logistics of the transportation even if you need to send it by land transportation. We have a strong network of logistics support to ensure that the vehicle reaches Soyapango safely and without any damage.
However, freight shipping is easier and faster while the cost is nearly the same. You might want to compare the prices and benefits before opting for the best shipping method. You have the option of selecting from RORO and Container shipping. Though both are freight cargo, in RORO your vehicle is driven onboard the ship, harnessed in place and then driven off the ship at the Port of Acajutla in El Salvador. But in container shipping your vehicle is secured within the spacious twenty or forty feet container along with the personal goods that you need transported. A1 Auto Transport service will ensure that the container or vehicle is properly loaded and unloaded at the designated ports. We will walk you through the processes so there are no communication gaps.
As the Central American Tax and Tariff System are applicable in El Salvador, there is a standard 13% VAT on vehicles and other imported commodities. Additionally, you are required to pay about 30% of the CIF which is the price of the vehicle, freight and insurance costs. The vehicles year of manufacture, make and model apart from the valuated value is considered as the baseline.
Bonded and licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission, our company adheres to all rules and regulations so you can be sure that your vehicle is safe and will deliver it on time. We might need to remove the license tags before shipping them as theft of license plates is common here.
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.