The Hague is the Capital City of South Holland in the Netherlands. With more than 150 International Organizations within the city, it is a melting pot filled with residents from all over the world. Moving to The Hague can be an exciting experience because of the multi-cultural population in the city. Moving your car can increase your mobility as well as your social life as you are able to drive to and from necessary locations for business as well as pleasure. The first step to having your car with you when you relocate to The Hague is to hire a professional auto transport company that is able to ship internationally. Only an international shipping company will be able to ship to The Hague. You will need to prepare paperwork for the company to take care of your car transport. That paperwork will include the basics such as a driver’s license, auto insurance policy, and social security card and car title. They will most likely also need a signed Power of Attorney which gives permission to transport your car on your behalf. There will be other necessary paperwork that will need to be filled out prior to shipping as well. You will also need to fill out mandatory paperwork for customs officials in order to move your car through customs clearance when it reaches The Hague. You can contact U.S. Customs for information on the paperwork you will need to export your car from the United States.
What will Customs require?
People often worry about customs requirements but when you take care of everything in advance and carefully plan your shipment, you can ensure a smooth check with customs and quick clearance. You will need to have your Passport and Visa, Driver’s License from the United States, a residency permit if you will be a resident and your car paperwork including title and insurance that is valid in The Hague. If you are a resident and have owned your vehicle at least six months and have lived in The Hague for at least one year you will not have to pay taxes or import duties when you import your vehicle. You will need to register the car locally and have local plates placed on it. If you are a temporary resident or a tourist visiting The Hague you will need to pay taxes and duty fees. Visitors are able to drive their vehicle with the license plate from the United States.
How to Ship to The Hague
With the availability of nearby sea ports as well as airports, shipping to The Hague allows for a full choice of all available shipping methods. Most people prefer to ship their vehicle by RoRo Shipping overseas as it is the quickest and least expensive way to ship by sea. You will only be able to ship your vehicle and nothing personal may be inside of the vehicle while the shipment is being made. If you do have personal items that need to be shipped you could choose from Container Shipping or even Ship by Air. Both of these shipping methods allow personal property to be shipped along with the vehicle. Air Shipping is far quicker to ship internationally but it is also the most expensive way to ship a vehicle.
The Federal Maritime Commission can provide valuable information on international shipping overseas. You can visit their website here.
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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