In this modern age of transportation logistics, you can ship most anything to anywhere. This includes shipping a car to Lebanon. 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 to do on your part. The shipping company will generally take care of customs documentation, but be familiar with the taxes, tariffs and fees charged by the Lebanese government for the importation of a vehicle. 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 you choose.
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Things you need
- Vehicle title
- Shipping fees
- Registration fee, if applicable
Prepare your vehicle to be shipped. Remove any non-fixtures such as ski racks. The fuel tank should be no more than one-quarter full. Disable your car alarm and lower any antennae on the vehicle. Regardless of the shipping method, land or sea, damage to your car is possible. Depending on your point of origin, you may be able to send your car to Lebanon 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 on to 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 transport your vehicle to the port of departure and retrieve it from the Lebanese 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, pick up location and arrival location. Quotes are generally free. Shipping International and Ship My Vehicle both offer transportation services to Lebanon and can provide free price quotes.
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Obtain shipping insurance for your vehicle. Several insurance options are available for shipping your car by sea and for shipping 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. Consult 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. Familiarise yourself with all of the shipping company's insurance terms before signing anything, and discuss insurance as part of the quote process.
Pay duties and taxes. A 10-percent value added tax (VAT) will be assessed on your car, plus import duties at a rate of 10 per cent. Both figures are calculated based on the car's value. You will need an ownership certificate or proof of purchase for the car, as well as a bill of lading showing the car's chassis number to import a vehicle into Lebanon.
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, 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 will want to be covered.
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