Vang Vieng is a town located in the Vientiane Province in Laos and it’s about four hours north of the capital. The town is on the Nam Song River and the Karst hill landscape is definitely the most notable feature.
If you have the intention of relocating and staying there, you are definitely better off with importing your vehicle and other personal belongings. Relying on your own car would be much more appropriate than relying on the public transport. However, you have to be aware that the entire process is rather overwhelming when you have to arrange the freight delivery at the Port of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and then land transport it to Laos. This is why you might want to consider the services of the A1 Auto Transport as we are a reputable company with over 20 years of experience in the international auto shipping industry. For additional information, you can always contact the Laos Consulate in USA
Documentation and Cost.
You have to know that there is about 40% import tax levied by the Lao P.D.R Customs but if the car is luxurious the taxes are going to be more. You are not allowed to import right hand driven vehicles. For the regular cars you would also have to pay turnover tax and import duty while the luxuries cars are subjected to an excise tax additionally. There is also a way for temporarily import for a short periods but you have to re-export the car in the given period. The price is formulated based on the following:
- The price of the car.
- Insurance value.
- Freight charges.
- Vehicle type, age, and size of the engine.
- Detailed purchase invoice.
The majority of the documentation would be dealt with by the A1 Auto Transport so you don’t have to worry about it. You have to decide the shipping method in order to be presented with a final quote. That’s why you have to select either RORO shipping or Container shipping.
- RoRo Shipping
This particular method is very beneficial if you are to import a regular car that’s not incredibly expensive. The consideration for this is because it’s going to travel exposed to the elements and with zero protection. You can’t export personal belongings and you have to leave only your spare keys, floor mats, car jack and spare tires in the vehicle. However, this is the fastest water-based transport and it’s also the cheapest one so that’s why it’s overly preferred.
- Container Shipping
This one is a bit more expensive but you have to consider the additional perks that it has to offer. Your vehicle is going to be transported in a private container that you could fill in with other personal belongings. This ensures maximum protection so that you could rest assured about it. Of course, it’s a bit more expensive and a bit slower than the RoRo method.
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.