Moving to Taranto can seem like a daunting time when you have to completely relocate everything including your automobile. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming at all though when you hire a professional auto transporter to take care of all of your motor vehicle shipping for you. You’ll need to provide some documents to the company including.
- Driver’s License.
- Social Security Number.
- Motor Vehicle Registration.
- Power of Attorney.
Shipping to Taranto IS easily done because Taranto has a major shipping port for the military as well as commercial endeavors and cargo access is abundant at the port. Taranto is well known for its iron and steel foundries, oil refineries and chemical corporations as well as for the shipping industry, specifically for building military battleships. The city was originated in 706 BC by the Spartans and is called the Spartan City. Because of the large military post there are thousands of people who move to the city each year to become residents either for military positions or public sector employment. There are more than 200,000 permanent residents in the city and more arrive throughout the year as temporary residents.
How to Ship.
When shipping a motor vehicle overseas to European cities you have many options for how to have the car transported.
Ro/Ro - Ro/Ro is short for Roll on Roll off shipping and is the most common way to have a car shipped internationally. Motor vehicles are driven onto the ship in the United States, secured on deck and then driven off the ship when it reaches Taranto. Ro/Ro is safe and reliable as well as the fastest route by sea to ship and the most affordable of all types of international automobile transport. Ro/Ro is used for cars, trucks, SUV’s, vans, buses, farm and construction equipment and most other types of motor vehicles.
Air Freight - Air freight is very convenient when you need to ship a highly expensive or collectors car internationally. Your car is loaded onto a freight plane and then flown directly to the cargo airport where it will be unloaded and then taken through the customs checkpoint. While air freight is the fastest way to ship a motor vehicle, or any other items overseas, it is also the most expensive way to have your property shipped internationally.
Containerized – Containerized transport is very similar to Ro/Ro because motor vehicles are rolled I (driven) into the large shipping container for transport and then rolled (driven) out of the container when it reaches Taranto. There are fewer container ships available when compared to Ro/Ro ships though which means that when shipping a car in a container it will usually take longer to arrive than Ro/Ro ships will. Containerized shipping also costs more than Ro/Ro because you will have to pay a fee for the use of the container. Often, people will share containers to help cut the cost down. If you have a high end car containers are a wise choice because they offer more protection than Ro/Ro transport does. Containers are sealed during shipment preventing the elements from weather, sea water or even flying animals from potentially causing damage during transport.
Once the Car Arrives in Taranto.
Once your car arrives in Taranto you will have to be present for the customs clearance check. You’ll need to give the customs officials your driver’s license, passport, residency certificate, tax code number, vehicle registration and bill of sale or commercial invoice. All imported cars will have taxes and import duties that must be paid. The only exception to this is for new automobiles. New cars are exempt from the duties if the owner has owned the car for one or more years prior to import. Although your car has been registered in the United States, you will be required to register it in Italy as well and must obtain Italian license plates in order to drive the car in Taranto. Cars without proper registration or plates are not legally able to drive in Italy. You may want to learn the different Italian road signs to help adjust to driving in Taranto quicker.
If you have any questions about international motor vehicle shipping your transport agent will be able to assist you with all that you need to know. You can also contact Customs for information on personal items that you will be allowed to export from the United States as well as regulations for motor vehicle shipment.
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.