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Ship Car To Xam Nua

The main city of Houaphan Province, Xam Nua in Laos, is situated along the meandering river Song Ma. Whether it is business or personal reasons that are behind your moving here, it might benefit you to import your vehicle here from USA.

Although it is well-connected by roads, the poor infrastructure and badly maintained roads can be difficult to traverse at times. However, it helps to have your own vehicle as you can forgo the use of public transportation.

As Laos is a landlocked country, your vehicle will be offloaded at Port of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and then land transported to Xam Nua. But when you work with an experienced auto shipping service such as A1 Auto Transport service, we take care of the logistics and ensure that the vehicle reaches your destination in Laos.

It is essential to know that unless you are a diplomat, there are excessive taxes to pay to have your vehicle imported. However, we will discuss it with you and let you know about all of the costs of shipping your vehicle to Xam Nua in Laos.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

Documentation and cost of shipping.

The import taxes are high and if you are planning to have your vehicle imported from USA, you need to factor in the 40% import tax. If it is a luxury car, there might be additional cost based on the evaluated value of the vehicle. Additionally, you cannot import a right hand drive vehicle. For standard vehicle, there is the import duty and the turnover tax while for luxury vehicles; there is import duty, turnover tax and additional excise duty.

You are allowed to import the vehicle as temporarily which includes vehicles imported for the use in tourism, supervision of projects and businesses. They are imported on a temporary permit and have to be exported after the time period of the permit expires.

Due to distance and various levies, the cost can be high when shipping a vehicle to Laos. It is important that the total cost is calculated based on the value of the insurance, freight charges along with the weight and size of the vehicle. The age of the vehicle is also considered when shipping it to Xam Nua.

Some of the documents authenticating the import include:

  • Vehicle insurance.
  • Details of the vehicle- VIN, make, model, brand, chassis/ engine number, weight.
  • Registration certificate.
  • Ownership proof- passport/license.

At A1 Auto Transport service we’ll take care of the documentation submission so you don’t have to worry about it. There are other aspects to consider such as the import license and logistics of the move which we can handle completely.

Shipping Methods.

Additionally, when you are looking at the total cost of the shipping, the method of shipping that you select plays an important role. We recommend using RORO or container shipping as the viable methods of ocean bound freight shipping methods.


This is the least expensive method as your vehicle is driven on the ship’s deck, harnessed in place and you only pay for the parking space. When it reaches the Vietnamese port, it will be driven off the ship. However, there are some restrictions which have to be followed including:

  • Steam cleaning of the interiors.
  • Remove air condition gas, personal items.
  • Disable locks, alarms.
  • Leave only car jack, floor mats, extra tire.
Sealed Container shipping.

This is more expensive than RORO but offers an extra layer of protection as the vehicle and other personal goods are sealed within large containers. These containers measure 20 feet or 40 feet depending upon your requirements and you can hire accordingly. There are no restrictions but steam cleaning the car will ensure that it is not quarantined at the port by the Lao P.D.R Cusoms.

Joe Webster

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 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.

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