One of the larger cities in Chile, Valparaíso is a port city, hub of trade and educational. If you are moving to this city, it is important to know that it will take about two or three weeks to get your vehicle here.
Most of the details of the import processes will be handled by A1 Auto Transport service as they have years of experience shipping the vehicles to South America and other countries globally.
Key aspects of shipping costs.
However, it is good to get a quote before you start the process. This will include any additional service that you need like ‘door to port’ services. Here one of the shipping service agent will come and pick the vehicle from your doorstep and drop it at the nearest port after completing the formalities required by U.S Customs. If you select this service, the cost will go up but if you drop the vehicle to the port on your own, the shipping might be more cost effective.
When you are looking at the cost of the shipping, another factor that contributes is the method of shipping that you select. You have the option of choosing container shipping or the Roll-on/Roll-off
When the vehicle is put within an enclosed container and loaded on and off the ship, it is more expensive as an extra layer of security to the vehicle due to the exclusive container cover. While in RORO, the vehicle is driven on and off the ship and is secured on the open deck. It is not protected from the weather conditions while in transit and that is one of the reasons that it is the cheapest method of shipping vehicles. Thus, if you are shipping an expensive or vintage vehicle, container shipping is recommended.
Documentation and taxes in Chile.
Although most of the procedures are completed by the shipping service, you will be required to furnish a few documents that will make the import process legal. These documents are also needed by the U.S. Customs as well as the Chilean Customs. To check the eligibility of the vehicle that you are importing has to meet the Title 19 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. It is important that the complete documentation is completed as per the requirements of the National Customs Service of Chile. All details of the vehicle pertaining to the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), engine and chassis number, make, model and year of the car has to be provided. Apart from that you will be required to submit:
- Car insurance.
- Bill of Sale.
- Ocean Bill of Lading.
- Car title deed.
- Proof of ownership.
It is important that you refer to the requirements as per forth by the Chilean government. Additionally at the U.S Customs and Chile, all documents are submitted at least 3-4 days before the shipment. Additionally, you can discuss the requirements in detail with A1 Auto Transport service or contact the Embassy of Chile.
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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