Tegucigalpa, as well as its sister city Comayagueia, is the capital as well as the government seat of Honduras. Shipping a car to the city is relatively simple as long as you follow the regulations for importation into Honduras and pay the fees required by the government. When you’re making your shipping plans you should know that the city has a moderate wet and dry climate with the rainy season falling from May through October with rainfall almost daily in the month of September. Hurricanes such as Hurricane Mitch in 1998 have been known to blow in and cause flooding on roads that are already saturated with water from the rainy season, so shipping your car outside of the wet season if at all possible is well advised. Driving is usually convenient as all major and secondary roads and well as many rural roads, are generally very modern and in great shape for motorists.
Prepare To Ship.
The first thing you will need to do to have your car transported to Tegucigalpa will be to contact a reliable auto transport company that has experience in shipping motor vehicles to Honduras. The transport specialist that you speak to will handle everything from you from the initial price quote to scheduling your car for pick-up and delivery. You will need to provide some basic information to the company such as your driver’s license, social security number and motor vehicle title. They will usually require a signed Power of Attorney form that will allow them to legally transport the car for you. The specialist working with you to ship your car will explain the various types of transport available for shipping your car. You will be given details on anything that you will need to do to prepare your car for shipping including cleaning the interior and exterior, removing personal items from inside of the car, and making sure that any modifications that may be on your car will be allowed in the country. You will also want to make sure that you have thoroughly checked the car to make sure the battery is fully charged, the fuel is no higher than ¼ tank, and that all fluids are at the appropriate levels prior to transport. This will ensure that the car will be ready to drive as soon as it is delivered. Make sure that you disable your car alarm if one is on the car and have a spare key made to hold onto during transport.
Methods of Shipping.
There are basically two types of automobile transport you can use to have your car shipped to Tegucigalpa and those ways are:
Open Transport- Open transport carriers are large carrier trucks that generally transport up to 12 cars at a time. This is the most common way to ship a standard every day motor vehicle and is the least expensive way to ship a car. When the driver arrives to pick the car up, they will complete a vehicle inspection with you prior to loading the car onto the truck and then your car will be transported to Tegucigalpa as quickly as possible.
Enclosed Transport- Shipping your car via an enclosed transport carrier is an excellent choice if you have a classic, exotic, luxury or collectors car. The driver will complete an inspection prior to loading the car into the carrier and then the car will be transported safely to Tegucigalpa. Using enclosed transport secures your motor vehicle safely inside of a transport container during shipping to ensure that it is safe from the typical weather or flying debris on the roadways during transport.
Unlike driving your car from state to state in the United States, when shipping a car to countries outside of the U.S. you will have to abide by customs regulations to be able to have your car with you. First, you will need to know that when importing a motor vehicle to Tegucigalpa from the United States you will have to pay import taxes. The taxes are based on the total value of the motor vehicle and are assessed at 3.4% for cars and 10.2% for trucks. Cars will also have an additional 12% general tax applied, but trucks are exempt from the general tax. New motor vehicles will have a 10% Consumption tax.
Restrictions on Motor Vehicle Imports.
Many countries have distinctive restrictions on motor vehicle importation. Honduras does not have many restrictions but it does have a couple. The largest restriction is on the age of cars allowed for import. Used cars must be within seven years old at the time of import unless the car is a classic car or collector’s car. Also, all motor vehicles imported must be left hand driving motor vehicles. No right hand driving motor vehicles are allowed in the country. On the plus side, unlike many other countries, Honduras has no motor vehicle import license stipulations.
Paperwork for Customs.
You will need to provide customs officials with specific paperwork during import. The paperwork includes:
- Shipping Bill (Bill of Lading)
- Original Sales Receipt or Commercial Invoice.
- Motor Vehicle Title.
- National Taxation Registry.
Once the paperwork has been checked by customs they will perform a physical inspection of the motor vehicle to ensure that it is safe to drive. You may want to contact the Embassy of Honduras located in Washington, DC for further information on import regulations for shipping a car to Tegucigalpa. If you don’t contact the embassy, your transport specialist will be able to assist you with the information necessary for having your car transported as well as directing you to all regulatory paperwork that you will need.
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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