Shipping Your Car to Venezuela from the United States
Shipping A Car To Venezuela
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- Most cars shipped to Venezuela from the Untied States cost between$1,800 and $4,300 to transport.
- You may be able to find slightly cheaper rates depending on the time of year, available spots on transport carriers, and the weight of the vehicle being shipped.
Shipping your vehicle to Venezuela from the United States is a challenge in and of itself because of the tumultuous political and economic climate in the country, not to mention the physical dangers that exist there. Given its strained relations with the United States, those choosing to ship their vehicle to Venezuela may also have to jump through more hoops and security checks than normal. However, in spite of this, A-1- Auto Transport can help to guide you through this process so that you make this process as easy and smooth as possible.
Double the size of California and housing a population of around 30 million, many of which reside in its capital city of Caracas, it is quite an urbanized country. This is in spite of its jaw-dropping natural beauty, in which it contains both rich and diverse Amazonian jungles and lovely, snow-filled mountains within its Andean peaks.
One of the unique aspects of the country’s economy is that the exchange rate with U.S. dollars is fixed, leading to a black market for currency exchanges. This has caused inflation, which has increased to 50% a year currently. In order to combat the inflation, the Government of Venezuela, under the rule of Nicola Maduro, has begun to try to control prices even more and to even place controls on the profits of companies. Currently, the poverty rate of the country is as high as 27% according to various estimates, which is down from the peak of 50% in 1999 when Chavez was elected.
This has had carryover effects on amount of foreign direct investment that has come into the country, such as U.S. direct investments in various sectors. Additionally, Venezuela, which has traditionally been a major importer of medicine, machines, and automobiles from the United States, has seen a decrease in this during the past decade due to their government’s focus on working with other countries, not to mention a loss of confidence by U.S. companies in their economic environment and increasing levels of tension.
Check out the CIA World Fact Book on Venezuela here:
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Located in South America in a region that is sometimes referred to as Caribbean South America, Venezuela borders both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea in between Guyana and Colombia. As a result of its geographical location, it serves as a link between North and South America in terms of both land and sea transportation routes. It borders Brazil to the south, Colombia to the west, and Guyana to the east. And given its location, English is not widely spoken in the country, as Spanish is the native language. However, some customs officials may speak good English, but it really is up to chance as to whether or not that will be the case.
Since everything is nationalized, you can expect some bureaucracy. Corruption is also a major issue in the country, which can affect some of the fees that you will have to pay. In spite of this, shipping your car to Venezuela does not have to be as costly as you would think.
With A-1 Auto’s help, you’ll be able to prepare your documents properly and try to take advantage of duty-fee exemptions and other exemptions that exist.
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Venezeula
- Proof of Ownership of the Vehicle
- Copy of Your Passport
- Original Certificate of Use in Your Name (Must Be Stamped at Venezuelan Consulate in USA)
- RIF Certificate
- Four Original Bill of Lading Forms
- Purchase Invoice / Bill of Sale (Price, Date, and Location of Original Purchase)
- Original title & registration
- Certificate of use
- Temporary import permit
- RIF document
There’s also the possibility to ship your vehicle to Venezuela duty-free, but the following requirements have to be met:
- You are a citizen of Venezuela or have not been there for at least one year.
- You have all of the documents for your car in your name.
- You have owned the car for a minimum of 11 months.
- You are only shipping one car that has a value of no more than $20,000.
* Only Venezuelan citizens can import used vehicles. Foreign nationals and Venezuelan citizens are allowed to import new vehicles.
** You can expect to pay 1% of the CIF value even if your car is duty-free.
Shipping your car to Venezuela is an easy process, but has to be completed by ship.
- Roll-On and Roll-Off Service
This is the most commonly used method, as it is the cheapest. If you choose to ship your automobile from the United States to Venezuela using this method, your vehicle will be placed on a car deck on the freight ship, where it will be put in place securely. The one downside to this method of shipping is that it can take a long time and isn’t always consistent in terms of the arrival time.
- Container Service
Choosing to ship you vehicle through this method will cost more, but it does have its perks. First, your automobile will be shipped from the United States in its very own container. Not only will it provide an extra layer of security for your vehicle, but it will also allow you to place other items in the container as well, provided that they’re not placed inside of the vehicle. It’ll also arrive to Ireland a bit faster and is much more reliable.
A-1 Auto can help you obtain the best rates on either one!
Main Ports of Arrival
With the main city of Venezuela being Caracas, that’s the most common point of arrival for most people who elect to ship their vehicle to the country from the United States. The following are some of the main ports:
- Port of Puerto Cabello
- Port of Punta Piedras
- Port of La Guaira
- Port of Maracaibo
Make sure that you prepare all of the required documentation at a minimum of 3 days before your car is scheduled to arrive in Venezuela. That’s because the Venezuelan Customs law states that the customs clearance process must start at least 5 business days from when the vehicle first arrives at the shipping port. Otherwise, you can expect to pay a large penalty.
Once your vehicle arrives, we will help to safely get it to your final destination. As Venezuela can be a bit dangerous depending on the area, let us at A-1 Auto take care of the transportation arrangements for you so that everything arrives without any issues.
You can visit //venezuela-us.org/como-exportar-e-importar/ for more information on the process.
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