Shipping a car to Tianjin from the United States.
Relocating to a new country can be intimidating – especially when you have to puzzle over complicated regulations and taxes. This is a problem often faced by those importing their car to China, but fortunately A-1 Auto Transport is here to help. With over two decades of experience and expertise in vehicle transportation, A-1 understands the process of shipping to China and navigating the bureaucratic hurdles.
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One of the five “National Central cities” of China, Tianjin is located on the country’s northeast coast, just southeast of Beijing. The Tianjin port is China’s largest artificial deep-water harbor, and handles incredible trade route traffic. Easy access to Beijing and to the nation’s expressway network makes it easy to continue shipping further inland.
The custom officials at Tianjin will require certain documents before allowing the car entry into the country. Be sure to arrive with:
- A written application as well as the import cargo declaration.
- Proof of age of the car.
- An invoice showing the purchase value of the car.
Tianjin Port Customs.
Chinese customs law requires you to be present at the time of the car’s arrival in China. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with some of the other rules:
- Important! Note that foreigners are not permitted to import used cars (new ones are acceptable).
- The import of diesel-fueled cars is banned in China. The only exception to this rule is jeeps.
- Only left-hand drive vehicles may be imported.
- The tax levied on imported cars is calculated on the basis of engine displacement. It can be rather steep, with rates beginning at around 25%. Note that foreign companies with a Chinese presence, as well as any foreign experts residing in China, can often skirt this tax entirely.
There are two available methods of vehicle transport:
Ro/Ro shipping – The Roll-on/Roll-off method is simply driving, or “rolling” the vehicle onto a cargo ship, train, or other transport vessel, and driving it back off at the destination. While aboard, the vehicle is strapped down securely to prevent movement and damage.
Container shipping – In this method, the vehicle is first loaded into a large cargo container before being loaded onto the vessel. Though more expensive than going without a container, this does offer an additional layer of protection that may be desired by some who ship extremely valuable cars.
With respect to the vehicle’s delivery, you can choose between terminal-to-terminal shipping and door-to-door shipping. In the former, you’ll drop off and collect the car directly from the shipping terminals; in the latter, you may arrange for pickup and delivery of the vehicle directly from, and to, your home or other location.
Before you send off the car, be sure to check off the following points:
- Check the brakes! They must be in full working order.
- Empty the car of all personal belongings.
- Remove any external accessories, and lower the antenna if it’s fixed in place.
- Clean the inside and outside of the car meticulously.
- Disable the car alarms, to prevent battery depletion.
- Ensure the fuel tank has a bit of gas (around 25% of capacity), to keep the weight low while still allowing movers to drive the vehicle short distances.
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