The second largest port city, Vlorë is a major fishing, commercial and industrial center in Albania. With plenty of employment opportunities and education facilities, there are many expatriates and students that call Vlorë home. With that there has been a steady increase of imported vehicles that cater to the demands of the people. The need for import has risen as people like to use their own vehicle instead of completely depending upon public transportation.
However, documentation is extensive and is a prime requirement for importing to Albania. That is why it is important to work with an experienced shipper like A1 Auto Transport service. With plenty of specification paperwork and adherence to import laws as per the government rules it is important that we help you navigate through it. Additionally, you can contact the Embassy of Albania.
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Considering the weather before you ship is important. It is best to transport it during summers as delays are more during wet and cold winters. As with any import, there are documents to submit, verifications and authentications to provide before you can ship from US and get the delivery of the vehicle at Vlorë port. At A1 Auto Transport service, we’ll walk you through the procedures and file the documents as needed. It is important for the owner of the vehicle to be present at the Albanian port on the day of delivery of vehicle as they do not have storage facilities. In case, you cannot be there, you can provide us with a signed Power of Attorney and one of the shipping agents will be there to represent you. The essential documentation that is needed by the U.S Customs and Border Protection service and at Albania includes:
- Work/residence Permit.
- Ownership proof of the vehicle.
- Bill of Lading.
- Owner’s passport .
- Registration deed.
- Insurance documents.
After the documents have been filed a couple of days before the shipment leaves from US and it is essential that the required documents are submitted 3-4 days before the vehicle arrives in Vlorë. You have the option of choosing RORO and Container shipping. In the Roll-on/Roll-off method, your car or vehicle is driven on the deck of the freight ship, harnessed and secured in the bay and then at the destination port, it is driven off. You only have to pay for the space that was occupied by the car. However, there are some imitations associated with this method including:
- Avoid quarantine by steam cleaning the vehicle before shipping.
- Leave only ¼ tank of fuel.
- Remove all personal belongings and air conditioning gas completely.
However, you will need to ensure that car jack, floor mats, spare tire and extra set of keys are needed to be kept within the vehicle. In the container shipping method, all the personal goods and car is put inside 20 feet or 40 feet containers and sealed. This is more expensive as there is an added layer of security for your vehicle.
The cost of the shipping will include the cost that you will pay for the chosen method. It will arrive at the Port of Vlorë and has to pay the needed custom duties in Albania and taxes before it is available for delivery. There are emissions tests that have to be cleared and to know more about it you might want to check with A1 Auto Transport service or contact the Embassy.
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