When making plans to have your personal car shipped to Ta’if, Saudi Arabia, you will need to not only find an experienced professional auto transport company in the United States to transport your car, but you will also need to make sure you comply with all of the United States export regulations as well as Customs regulations in Saudi Arabia. You may want to check out the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for great information on export regulations and overseas travel information. You can also contact the U.S. Department of State for a complete listing of contacts you can check for travelling to Ta’if and what requirements your car must have in order to be up to Saudi Arabian vehicle standards for road travel. You will need to work closely with the auto transporter as they prepare your shipping order. They will give you information on the cost to ship to Ta’if, the various ways you are able to ship overseas and the paperwork that you will need. This paperwork will include your identifying paperwork like social security number, driver’s license and car title. You will also need to provide them with permission to transport your car both in the United States if you need it delivered to the major shipping port, as well as overseas to Ta’if. The transport company will be your number one source of information for all information needed to make your overseas car shipping as easy as possible.
How Should You Ship Your Car?
After you have gone over some of the preliminary paperwork with the transport representative, you will need to decide what type of transport you want to use to ship your car. There are a few ways to ship a car overseas from the United States to Ta’if. Two ways are by sea and then you can also ship by air if you would like. Most people prefer shipping by sea due to the more affordable shipping rates on sea carriers. The majority of people who ship a car overseas will choose to ship with a method called Ro-Ro. Ro-Ro is simply put, a way to load a car or other shipment onto a carrier ship (or airplane) and then ship it. The car will be driven onto the ship and then delivered to Ta’if as quickly as possible by sea. Once it arrives it can be driven off the ship and you will be able to take it through customs for clearance. Using a Ro-Ro transport is the most cost effective as well as the fastest way to ship a car by sea. Many others utilize a shipping container to have their car loaded inside of and then placed on a ship for transport overseas. While using a container will cost a bit more than Ro-Ro, it is great for expensive cars as well as for those who want to ship other items inside of their car or inside of the container along with the car. When using a container to ship a car, you will need to have a detailed packing slip listing all items that are inside of the container so that customs may check.
Checking in with Customs in Ta’if.
Once you have shipped the car with the transport company you will now need to prepare for the customs checkpoint when the car arrives in Ta’if. Customs in Ta’if will not let a car be imported if it has been involved in an accident or has any damage to the body at all. Also, cars cannot have any modifications on them aside from modifications that will make the emissions or engine up to the Saudi Arabian vehicle standards. Officials will complete a detailed physical inspection inside and out of your car as well as a check of your paperwork. As you arrive at the customs checkpoint you will need to give officials your Passport, Visa and Saudi Driver’s License which you must have prior to the customs check. Your residence permit and your import permit will be needed as well. For the car they will need to have the car title and the original bill of sale. Your bill of sale needs to show the make, model, engine and chassis numbers and emissions control number. Customs officials will collect import duties that are usually around 5% of the CIF and value of the car.
For more information on paperwork that you will need for customs you may want to contact the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC for updated facts on documentation as well as local travel information for Ta’if. Keep in mind that new information is usually updated quite frequently and you need to always have fresh travel information anytime you are planning a move or total relocation to a new country.
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.
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