In this modern age of transportation logistics, you can ship most anything to anywhere. This includes shipping a car to Venezuela. With some research and preparation, shipping a vehicle can be a relatively painless process. Once it's in the shipper's hands, there's little left for you to do. The shipping company will generally take care of customs documentation, but you should be familiar with the taxes, tariffs and fees charged by the Venezuelan government. Otherwise, it's just a matter of being patient for a delivery that can take anywhere from weeks to months, depending on the shipper and level of service.
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Things you need
- Vehicle title
- Shipping fees
- Registration fee, if applicable
Select the auto transportation service you would like to use. Depending on your point of origin, you may be able to send your car to Venezuela on the ground. You can choose to send your car in a closed, individual container, or you can select a roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) option where your car is driven onto the transport vehicle and then driven off at the end. Door-to-door delivery will likely require a combination of land and sea transportation. If you choose to transport your vehicle to the port of departure and retrieve it from the Venezuelan arrival port, only sea transportation will be needed.
Get a cost estimate from shipping companies. It is important to shop around when it comes to car shipping companies. Different companies will have different payment policies (down payments or paying up front, for example). Charges will also vary depending on the size or type of your vehicle, pickup location and arrival location. Quotes are generally free. Shipping International and Ship My Vehicle both offer transportation services to Venezuela and can provide free price quotes.
Ship My Vehicle
Obtain shipping insurance for your vehicle. Several insurance options are available for shipping your car by sea and over land. Most insurers will require a full inspection of your vehicle prior to departure. Many companies will also require that you empty your vehicle to avoid damage from loose items during transit. Check with your own insurance agent to determine the type of coverage you will need for your particular circumstances. In the alternative, most shipping companies also offer the necessary insurance as part of their services. Make sure you understand all of the shipping company's terms before signing anything. Discuss insurance as part of the quote process.
Be prepared to pay a 12 per cent value-added tax on your car, plus import duties, as well as a 1 per cent customs handling charge. If your car is considered a luxury item by the Venezuelan government, an additional 10 per cent VAT may be required. The car must be a new vehicle, unless you are a resident or returning resident of Venezuela.
Tips and warnings
- Before accepting insurance from the shipping company, find out who their insurer is. Research the company to make sure it's both reputable and licensed to do business in your country of residence. In the event you need to legally enforce a claim, you will want to ensure that the company is subject to the legal jurisdiction of your home country.
- Thoroughly inspect your car and take photos prior to shipment. Check your own inspection against that of the insurance company and make sure they corroborate one another. Harsh conditions at sea and during loading/offloading can damage your vehicle; you want to make sure you will be covered.
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