Importing a Car to Tangier From The United States
Tangier is one of the largest cities in Northwest Morocco and is located right at the Strait of Gibraltar on the North African Coastline. Tangier is a city that has grown and developed rather quickly over the last decade and has seen an influx of new industry and economic growth. When you need to have your personal car imported to Tangier you will need to hire a professional auto transport company who has experience with international shipping. The representative that you work with from the transport company will be able to walk you through everything pertaining to international shipping laws, methods of transport, the cost of shipping and what items you are allowed to export from the United States. You will need to have legal documents readily available for the transport company upon request. Some of those documents will include your driver’s license, vehicle title, auto insurance, power of attorney, and your social security card. The representative at the transport company will also have you fill out shipping paperwork and will let you know any other legal documents that they may need prior to shipping. You can learn more about international shipping regulations from the Federal Maritime Commission. Their website is filled with valuable information on import and export regulations that are very important to know when shipping a car overseas.
Tangier Customs Checkpoint
Once you have shipped the car and it reaches the port of Tangier, you will have to proceed through the customs checkpoint in order to have your car cleared to be released into the city and verified that it is in driving condition. Customs Officials will need to have documented just as the auto transport company had to. They will need to see your passport, car title, import permit, bill of lading, and original sales invoice. For more information on paperwork that you will need to provide to Customs when your car has entered the port, you can check with the Embassy of Morocco. They can also be a great source of information on local crime rate statistics for Tangier, motor vehicle laws, and requirements for residency in Tangier. Customs will perform a physical and visual inspection of your car to verify that it is safe for travel and meets the standards set forth by the Government of Tangier Motor Vehicle Regulations. They will also carefully inspect all of your documents and paperwork to ensure that everything is in order as it should be. You will want to make sure that you have provided them with copies of all necessary paperwork as soon as your car is at the entry port. You will also need to pay import duties but will be allowed up to three months after the date of import to pay the duties.
How to Ship to Tangier
Shipping a car to Tangier is a bit more complex than transporting a car between states. You will need to make a decision on how the car will be transported. Your transport representative will assist you with knowledge of the available types of shipping transport, the dates that your car will be able to ship out as well as the length of time between shipping and receiving the car in Tangier. There are basically two ways to ship a car overseas. These are the ways to ship:
Ro-Ro Shipping –This is a simple method of international vehicle shipping for all types of motor vehicles. Ro-Ro is designed to transport only motor vehicles and no personal baggage is allowed. You will need to make sure that your car has been thoroughly cleaned out and that nothing is left on the interior prior to shipping. Often, you will need to remove anything from the exterior as well that could possibly fall off while shipping overseas.
Container Shipping- This is a great way to ship internationally when you need to transport a valuable car or when you need to ship household products along with your car when it is being shipped. Shipping by container will take a little longer for travel time than with Ro-Ro but it is excellent when you need to relocate everything all at one time.
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.