Tirana is largest city and the capital of Albania since 1920. It is the economic, political and cultural hub of the country. Well connected by railroad, air and just 35 km from the nearest port city of Durrës, the city boasts of well-organized road transportation. If you intend staying or working in the city, shipping a personal vehicle to Tirana might be a convenient option.
The situation in the country has improved over the years after withdrawing from communism and the city is on a rapid development spree. Just like shipping a vehicle to any country, there are specific requirements, paperwork to fill in that need to be met for transporting your vehicle to Tirana in Albania. That is one of the major reasons that you need to contact a reputed and experienced auto shipping company such as A-1 Auto Transport service. Additionally, there are custom fees to be paid before you can get the delivery of the vehicle. As regulations keep changing with time, to know more about the latest regulations, contact the Albanian Embassy.
Shipping a vehicle
The weather conditions need to be considered before the vehicle is scheduled to be shipped. It is best to avoid the winter months as it is cloudy and wet most of the time. Thus, avoid moving your vehicle during this time as shipping delays might happen. However, as Tirana is close to the port, your car will be shipped with ease and driven down to the main city. Though with the proximity to the coast, vehicle imports are possible all year round but delays happen during the rough weather.
Procedure of car shipping
With plenty of paperwork, it is important that the right documents are filed and duty paid in advance with the required transport authority, including the Title 19 Customs Duties. Other important documents include:
- Registration/title deed
- Owners Passport
- Residence permit
- Proof of ownership
- Documents and invoice of vehicle purchase
You may need to refer to the Albania customs regulations to understand the limitations and requirements. It will help you stay updated when you are shipping your car to Tirana. You need to consider that as all banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday, transfer the required funds before that.
If you plan on using the Roll-on/Roll-Off method of shipment, you might need to clean out your car, all external parts and air conditioning gases need to be removed and as per regulations, you can only leave the jack, floor mats and the spare tire. Another important aspect is that you need to steam clean the vehicle before it is shipped so that it is not quarantined on arrival and cleaned in Albania, before it is delivered by the shipping company. This will expedite the process.
As mentioned, Roll on/Roll off or RORO as popularly termed, is the cheapest method of shipping your vehicle. It is driven on board and fastened or harnessed so that it doesn’t move and then rolled off the ship at the port of destination. The other method is the enclosed container shipping. Here the car is enclosed in a 20ft or 40 feet container along with other household goods and the car is shipped with all accessories. This is more expensive as the vehicle is completely locked and secured within an enclosed container. Whether the car is sent by RORO or container shipping, it will reach the port at Durrës, and then driven to Tirana.
However, consider the cost of driving the vehicle to the nearest U.S. port before it is shipped to Tirana in Albania. When the car reaches the Albanian port, the owners will need to pay the custom duties, complete the safety procedures, and get the vehicle tested for emissions and other necessary checks. Only then you can get it registered in Albania. To know more about the process and regulations, consult the U.S. Embassy in Albania.
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