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Shipping Vehicles to or from Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga is a sovereign state, comprised of more than a hundred and fifty islands that span well over seven hundred thousand kilometers. If you have plans of enjoying the tropical climate on Tonga islands for an extended period, you may interest in having your vehicle imported to make traveling throughout the area easier.

Exporting a vehicle into Tonga can seem challenging, but when you leave it up to the experts like A-1 Auto Transport we can ensure that your vehicle makes it to its destination in a timely fashion and in one piece.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Tonga

San Jose, CA to
(California port) to Nuku’alofa
Los Angeles to
(California port) to Nuku’alofa
Boston, MA to
(New York port) to Nuku’alofa
Phoenix, AZ to
(California port) to Nuku’alofa
Detroit, MI to
(New York port) to Nuku’alofa
Chicago, IL to
(New York port) to Nuku’alofa
Atlanta, GA to
(New York port) to Nuku’alofa
Denver, CO to
(California port) to Nuku’alofa
Miami, FL to
(New York port) to Nuku’alofa
Dallas, TX to
(California port) to Nuku’alofa

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

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A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

Vehicle Requirements for Entering Tonga

All new and used vehicles entering Tonga must comply with government regulations To ensure that the vehicle meets those requirements, all automobiles entering the island must undergo a certification process. During this phase, the importer must provide documentation showing that the vehicle meets government approved safety standards. For instance, all imported automobiles must have a correct odometer reading and vehicles with at least nine passenger seating must comply with frontal impact safety standards.

Vehicles imported into Tonga must also undergo a physical inspection to make sure that the vehicle that it’s components meets standard safety requirements.

Customs Charges and Tariff Duty

In Tonga, motor vehicles aren’t subject to tariff duties. However, ambulances and mobile homes are the exceptions.  Customs charges are calculated based on the market value of the vehicle overseas. It also includes insurance costs and vehicle registration fees.

Motor vehicles are also subject to goods and services tax (GST) which is 15%. GST is based on the customs value of the vehicle, the shipping fees, and insurance costs.

Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Tonga

  1. Bill of Lading
  2. Passport
  3. Invoice that shows the price of the vehicle and the year it was bought
  4. Registration papers
  5. Odometer at the time of importation

Protecting Your Vehicle

Tongan custom’s department advises against packing personal belongings in an imported vehicle for several reasons:

  • During the times your vehicle is not containerized which is while it’s awaiting shipment or collection, your belongings will be susceptible to theft.
  • Also, the shipper has to account for everything that is inside of the vehicle when it arrives at Custom’s department
Duty-Free Allowances

Motor vehicles entering Tonga may qualify for concessionary entry based on the following criteria:

  • If the imported vehicles is for personal use and not financial gain.
  • If you have permanent residency documents on the date of importation.
  • If you complete a written undertaking that indicates that you are responsible for Customs fees if the vehicle is sold or disposed of within two years of the importation date.
  • If you have used and owned the vehicle for at least a year before your departure.
  • If you’ve resided in Tonga or New Zealand at least 21 months before your arrival.

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The Tonga and New Zealand government are in correlation with each other. Both countries share custom regulations.

Joe Webster

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.

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