The city of Vacoas is situated in Mauritius within the Plaines Wilhems District. This scenic city is a crowd puller and a popular tourist spot. If you intend enjoying a couple of months at this island nation or have a work permit, it helps to have your own vehicle with you.
Traversing the city in your vehicle can be an enjoyable experience. It is a fact that even after paying the custom duties and adding the cost of shipping it is cheaper to import the vehicle from USA than buying it here. When experienced shippers like A1 Auto Transport service are there to handle the vehicle transportation, and all details of the import processes. Though there is multitude of ports in Mauritius, Port Louis is the main harbor that caters to both container shipping and RORO method of shipping.
Paperwork and documentation.
Both the U.S Customs and Border Protection and Mauritius Revenue Services require certain documentation that legalizes the move while ownership is verified for security reasons. Here are the important documents needed:
- Title of the vehicle.
- Vehicle purchase invoice.
- Ocean Bill of Lading.
- Proof of ownership- passport, license and photo ID.
- Insurance on the vehicle.
Some of the additional requirements that are needed in Mauritius include an Import permit which is authorized by the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperative. A1 Auto Transport company will apply for it in advance especially if you intend importing a used car. It is important to note that the age of the used vehicle that you are importing cannot be over 4 years old. It is imperative to submit the Cancellation of Registration certificate before registering it permanently.
There is 15% VAT and carbon dioxide emission is one of the components for taxation. For vehicles with 550 cc engine capacity are charged 15% while those above 2000 cc engine capacity are charged 100% excise and import taxes, in addition to VAT.
Before you ship by Roll-on/Roll-Off, it is essential to know about the limitations and requirements. To start with, you have to ensure that the vehicle is completely clean, air conditioning gas has been removed and the tank is only ¼ full of fuel. You have to empty the vehicle of all personal items, and only leave jack, spare tire and keys. The vehicle will be driven on board the freight ship at the U.S port and harnessed to minimize movement and will be driven off at Port Louis in Mauritius.
While those shipping luxury vehicles or vintage cars might require the services of container shipping as it offers better protection and reduces any chances of damage. And if you intend shipping any personal goods along with the car, container shipping turns out to be the best option even though it is more expensive than RORO.
You might be interested in contacting the Embassy of Mauritius to get a better idea of current requirements.
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.