Situated on the panoramic banks of the River Kura, Tbilisi is the capital and the biggest city in Georgia. After the downfall of the Soviet Union, Georgia has emerged to be stronger and despite related economic turbulence, it has emerged with a stable economy.
Tbilisi is the center of administration, economy and culture and if you are moving here, you can enjoy the city. However, to do that you need to have your own vehicle and that is why instead of buying a new imported car that might be more expensive, it is best to import your vehicle from USA. This will help you bypass the local transportation that is overcrowded and avoid language barriers.
As there are no Georgian car manufacturers, the laws to import vehicles from abroad are simplified and when you have the support of A1 Auto Transport service, it is comparatively easy. Additionally, spare parts for Japanese and US-made vehicles are easily available.
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Legalizing the import.
To ensure that the import is valid and authenticated, there are plenty of documents to submit to the Georgia Revenue Service. You are required to submit:
- Clear title deed of the vehicle.
- Vehicle purchase invoice- with details on the engine capacity of the vehicle.
- Bill of Sale.
- Registration documents.
- Car insurance.
- Import permit.
- Work permit of the owner.
- Passport/photo ID.
As vehicles are subject to 12% custom duty and have an additional 18% tax as VAT, the Georgian Customs officials consider the CIF when calculating the total amount. If you intend living here for just a year, you have the option of importing your vehicle temporarily for 12 months and extending it for another year. However, temporary imports do not include payment of import duty but needs a bank guarantee of an amount approximately that of 18% VAT for the period that the vehicle is in Tbilisi. However, vehicles imported permanently have to pay all taxes before they are ready for delivery.
Security considerations in Georgia.
Due to security requirements, there is a cargo notification requirement which makes it compulsory to report all vehicles and cargo that comes into Tbilisi and other cities in Georgia. The Customs must be notified 24 to 48 hours before the arrival of the cargo. If you don’t do that you might encounter delays. That is why at A1 Auto Transport service, we take care of these requirements.
If you are looking for a quote or need to know the cost of shipping your vehicle from USA to Tbilisi in Georgia, you might want to pick the right method of shipment. You have two options which includes shipping the most affordable way that is by using Roll-on/Roll-Off method where your vehicle will be driven onboard the freight cargo ship and parked in the allocated bay. When it reaches the destination port in Georgia, it will be driven off. This is the cheapest method but you are not allowed to put any personal items in the vehicle. But if you have an expensive vehicle to ship or need to move your household items to Tbilisi, it is better to pay more and opt for container shipping. This will ensure safer transit and higher protection as the 20 feet or 40 feet containers can contain your goods and vehicle together.
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.