Moving a motor vehicle to West Jerusalem can seem like a very daunting process to follow. You will need to hire the services of a reliable international automobile shipping company to walk you through the overseas shipping process and handle the actual shipment on your behalf. West Jerusalem has long been the capital are of Israel and the Government of Israel has worked for many years to incorporate new business ventures and employment in the area. The city has been economically divided since the 1980’s with the more affluent in one area and the lower income earners in another. Each area of Jerusalem does however, provide their own financially lucrative ways to develop property and increase revenue. West Jerusalem is more representative of venture capitalists and an economy that has prevailed through commercialism and modern economic growth. There are many things that a person must to when relocating to West Jerusalem, and when attempting to import a car to the area, all laws of the government and customs officials must be followed directly.
Automobile Transport to West Jerusalem.
Automobile transport services to West Jerusalem must be handled by a company that has the knowledge and overall experience in shipping to Israel. Once you contact the automobile transport company, you will speak to an agent that will take some information from you about your car. Information such as the make, model and year of the car are important when scheduling the carrier to pick the car up to take it to the shipping port. They will also need to know if you will need delivery when the car reaches the port in Israel and will be able to assist you with information on documents that will be necessary for customs in both the United States as well as Israel. The agent will explain the shipping contract to you, will get some identifying information like your driver’s license and social security number and will have you sign a power of attorney so they will be able to transport your car. They will also explain the cost of international shipping, the types of transport available to ship your car and any details on travel advisories that you may need to be aware of.
How to Ship a Motor Vehicle to West Jerusalem.
When you ship a motor vehicle to West Jerusalem there will be three ways to have it transported overseas. RORO Shipping is the most common way to ship a car from the United States to West Jerusalem as well as the most affordable of the three options you may have. RORO is also known as roll-on roll-off shipping because motor vehicles are rolled on and off the ship at the exit and entry ports. Automobiles have to be completely empty when using this type of overseas transport. If you are making a full move to West Jerusalem, you may prefer to use Container Shipping as this method will allow you to not only move the motor vehicle, but you will also be able to load your personal household goods inside of the shipping container during the move. The least type of overseas transport from the United States to West Jerusalem is Air Shipping but using this type of shipping can be very expensive and is seldom used for everyday driving vehicles. It is an ideal type of transport for owners of classic, exotic or highly valuable motor vehicles or personal items that are very valuable. Your automobile transport agent will explain each type of shipping, how the shipping schedule works and the time frame to expect when shipping with each one.
Customs Rules in West Jerusalem.
Customs rules for importing a motor vehicle to West Jerusalem are very strict, albeit there are not too many to have to worry about. You can contact the Israeli Embassy for complete details on visa status, residency requirements, motor vehicle registration and information pertaining to taxes and fees. There are no import duties on motor vehicles but you must pay shipping and Value Added Taxes (VAT) on all automobile imports. Motor vehicle registration is important for anyone staying in West Jerusalem for longer than 6 months. You will be able to register the car as long as it is done prior to the end of the 6 months. If you’re a student you will not need to register the motor vehicle as long as you show proof of your student visa for exemption. Customs will need to have some important documentation from you when you are importing the motor vehicle. That will include:
- Israeli Driver’s License.
- Bill of Lading.
- Original Bill of Sale.
- Motor Vehicle Registration.
- Import License.
- Letter from the Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety.
If you are a tourist staying for 6 months or less you will not need to register the motor vehicle but you will need to show your passport and the length of time you will be staying.
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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