How to ship a car to Trinidad

Updated July 19, 2017

If you're moving to Trinidad and Tobago, bringing your car along may be a good investment. Shipping your car can save you the hassle of having to buy a new car or hiring one while in Trinidad. It will also save you the cost of putting your vehicle in storage and arranging a statutory off-road notification to the DVLA.


In order to ship your vehicle to Trinidad and Tobago, you will need to show proof of ownership --- such as proof of payment and the V5 vehicle registration document -- and have a valid driving licence. Using your UK licence to drive your car is acceptable. If staying for an extended time period, you can use your licence and registration until they expire. Once they expire, you will have to register your car in Trinidad.

Ro-ro shipping

Ro-ro (roll on/roll off) shipping is the easiest and most used car-shipping method to Trinidad and Tobago. Your car is driven onto a ro-ro vessel and safely secured to a car deck. Once you arrive in Trinidad and Tobago you simply drive your car off the vessel.

Container shipping

Although more expensive, containerised shipping allows you to ship your car in its own individual container. Your car is securely braced, blocked and tied down, ensuring utmost security during transportation to Trinidad and Tobago. This method is popular for overseas shipping because it allows you to ship any personal effects inside the vehicle. The trip from the UK to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, takes about 19 days.

Fees and taxes

In addition to the shipping cost, Trinidad and Tobago levies taxes on your vehicle. An additional fee is placed on all containerised shipments due to the bunker adjustment factor. There is a customs fee for exporting your car to Trinidad and Tobago, as well as a Bill of Laden charge.

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Anthony Faccenda has been writing entertainment-related articles since 2009. He has written concert reviews for "The Noise Boston" and press reviews for "Revitalize the Scene." Faccenda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Rhode Island College. He is a member of the National Honors Society for history.