International auto shipping is a process that requires a team of experts. Before hiring someone, do a little research on the company. By checking out the company prior to scheduling a ship date, you could save money.
Get in touch with at least 3 companies to gather quotes.
The cost of shipping depends on the make and model of your vehicle, the method of shipping you choose and the distance. If you are a first time shipper, you might get a deal if the company is legitimate. Since the auto hauling business is very lucrative, be aware of scam companies.
Why Professionals Should Be Hired.
Hiring a professional ensures that your vehicle will be safe. Even though accidents do happen on board, it is a rare occurrence. Even if your vehicle is damaged while it’s being shipped to Sierra Leone, reputable companies will cover the losses. Another reason you should consider hiring a professional is because it will give you total control of your schedule.
Documents to Prepare.
You will need specific documentation to present to customs officials in order to have your vehicle released to you. It is very important that you keep these documents safe at all times while your vehicle is in transit. Without these forms, you will more than likely encounter a delay at customs.
- Driver’s License.
- Residence Permit for Sierra Leone.
- Proof of Insurance.
- Bill of Lading.
You can stay updated on customs rules and regulations by speaking with customs over the phone. The auto shipping company will inform you of any changes that might occur prior to the ship date. Only the person who scheduled the ship date is permitted to retrieve the vehicle
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.
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.