Ship Your Car To Or From Villa Canales, Guatemala
Located in Guatemala, Villa Canales is approximately 22 km south of the Guatemala City. It is surrounded completely by municipalities to the north, east, and west. To the south, Villa Canales borders Palin which is an Escuintla Department Municipality.
Shipping a vehicle from the United States to Guatemala is not a huge expense when compared to shipping a vehicle to other countries. You can expect to pay approximately $1400 to $3000, all depending on what size your vehicle is and other factors that you can decide about your import. There will be taxes to pay to transport a vehicle and your shipping agent at A1 Auto Transport Service can assist you in determining how much it will cost altogether.
Car Shipping To Guatemala from the USA: What You Really Need To Know
There are two ports in Guatemala that are used the most when accepting imports from the United States; Puerto Santo Tomas de Castilla or the Puerto Barrios. You can visit the website of both ports online to find out additional information and you can translate the words into English to make it easier to understand.
You will want to purchase marine insurance in addition to any other insurance you already have on your vehicle. This type of insurance is different from your usual auto insurance because it insures your vehicle as it is carried across the ocean waters. Some shipping carriers automatically add it to their quotes so it’s always a good idea to request it or inquired to ensure that it is added.
Your port of exit will most likely be in Florida before it is transported over to Guatemala. Port Everglades is the most popular port that services this route. Because taxes and duties will need to be paid over the course of your transport, it’s important that you call the Guatemalan Embassy located in Washington, D.C. To determine what the current tax rates and fees are for imported. This will help you understand your quotes from A1 Auto Transport Service.
Because ships don’t carry vehicles from Florida to Guatemala every day, you will need to carefully plan your import which in some cases can take ten to fifteen days. It’s not always easy to remember all the rules and regulations for importing to another country and that is why it’s important that you have a shipping agent to work with you. You will need to select your method of shipping to Guatemala. You can choose between Roll On/ Roll off shipping or container shipping. The most chosen method is the Roll On/ Roll Off which is more cost effective than any other method of shipping.
The Finances of Shipping A Vehicle to Guatemala – It Doesn’t Have To Break the Bank
You want to know as soon as possible how much your transport is going to cost you. Some of the important factors that will play a role in this price will be determined by a few factors that you can choose. Before you get started, you will need to first gather up all your documents that are required throughout the shipping process. They include
- Title to your vehicle
- Original commercial invoice
- The registration card
- Ocean Bill of Lading
- Proof of ownership
- Receipt where you paid any taxes and duties
- Report on the condition of your vehicle
You want to have all the documents gathered up prior to your shipment date. If you don’t have the paperwork, you may experience delays or your vehicle being refused by customs. The paperwork is extremely important and will be requested at the port of export and the import.
The age of your vehicle will be an important factor in determining how much you will pay throughout this process. There are even restrictions on the vehicles for example; you cannot bring a vehicle over that is more than ten years old. Trucks cannot be more than thirteen years old. The title must be free and clear prior to transporting your vehicle; no liens. It’s important to check with the Guatemalan Customs prior to your shipment date in order to ensure that you have understood and are abiding by all rules and regulations.
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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