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If you are planning to ship a car to Qatar from the USA, you have no other option but to get thoroughly informed about the importation requirements. Luckily, international companies like Ship Overseas have the experience and background to offer guidance and support, in addition to shipping services. Let’s take a look at what you have to take into consideration when bringing your car to Qatar.

Age of the car

You should check the year when your US car was manufactured before finally deciding between importing the car or renting or buying one in Qatar. This is because vehicles which are more than five years old and right-handed cannot be imported into Qatar. The main reason behind this strict guideline is the weather. Most of the imported vehicles don’t survive the climate of countries such as Qatar, especially if they have been used for long.

The paperwork

When importing US cars to Qatar, there are certain financial requirements, as well. Getting the gist of what the financial charges will be is definitely a wise move. First, you should be aware of the duties and taxes that you are supposed to pay for an imported vehicle. There is a special rule in the country which requires that cars which are sold outside the Gulf Cooperation Council state to be subjected to 4% tax. Vehicles imported for personal use are exempted from any customs duty.
Some of the documents required when shipping a car to Qatar include:
· Title
· Registration from the USA
· Residence permit
· Purchase invoice
· Bill of lading
· Valid insurance
· Import manifest
Getting the car ready
Before the shipping, make sure you clean the car and check for any scratches or dents. It would be wise to obtain a condition report in writing so you can use it as proof of the car’s condition prior to shipping, in case the car suffers any damage. Also, depending on the shipping method, you may have to empty the contents of your car, save for the spare tire. Take the time to get your car ready properly to avoid any complications and delays at the customs.
It is understandable that the process of shipping a car from the USA to Qatar can be overwhelming, especially if you are not familiar with the rules and regulations of the two countries. That is why you should seek the assistance and professional services of a seasoned international shipping company. Ship Overseas boasts more than 30 years of successful business operation, during which time we have shipped vehicles from the USA to various countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Being licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission, we are your reliable partner for car shipping and import!

Important info to Ship a Car Overseas:
  • No car can leave USA if it has a lien on it. What does this mean? Your car must be paid in full. The only people who can ship a car overseas and still carry a lien on the car are US Military and Government employees/contractors. For those people a letter of authorization from the lender will need to be issued to pass US Customs. Otherwise the car may be considered stolen.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
Travel & Living Abroad:
  • Most countries will allow a traveler to temporarily import their car for up to 6 months. After the 6 months is up, import duty will be charged. For many travelers going to Europe and taking their car, a deposit is paid up front. When the car goes back to it's destination country, the deposit is refunded. If a person has lived in USA for 1 or more years, most countries will allow that person to bring their car back duty free! The car must not have any liens on it. Please check with your Customs Department first.
Import Duty for Destination Country:
  • Import duty is NOT collected by Ship Overseas. It must be paid at the arrival port by whoever is picking up the car. We wrote a blog post about vehicle import duty here. It talks about how to find out import duty for your country.