Shipping a Car to Guatemala


Shipping a car from the USA to Guatemala follows many of the same protocols as shipping a car anywhere else overseas. Here, you will learn about:

Shipping Car from USA to Guatemala

Ship Overseas, Inc. knows a thing or two about shipping cars back and forth between the USA and Guatemala. In fact, we have more than 40 years of experience, so you can sit back and relax knowing we have you covered. In this guide, we will attempt to answer your questions regarding the shipping process to Guatemala, including Pricing, Documents, Departure, and Arrival Ports. If you have more questions, please get in touch with us. 

To get the most up-to-date pricing quote, we will need the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country (in this case Guatemala).

Pick Up

Most people pay us to come get their vehicle from their home or work rather than driving  it to the nearest port themselves. When you receive your quote to ship your car to Guatemala, there will be an optional charge listed for us to pick up your car for you and transport it to the shipping port. Usually it’s a couple hundred bucks. This option is easiest for you because you don’t have to incur the costs of gas and food, time off work, getting back home, and even spending a couple nights in hotels. When you ask us for help, we will get it to the nearest port in Guatemala for you with no hassle.

Departure Shipping Ports

The departure shipping ports (RoRo only, no containers) that ship to Guatemala from the USA include:

  • Newark, NJ
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Houston, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL 

Bring your car and meet us at one of these ports. If you cannot, then we can pick up your car for you.

Arrival At Shipping Terminal in Guatemala

There is one port that we service in Guatemala and that is Santo Tomás de Castilla. This port city is located in Izabal Department, Guatemala, within the Amatique Bay off the Gulf of Honduras. This is where your designated pick up person will get your vehicle. Make sure they know to bring cash with them to pay for Tax or Duty. See the section below for Vehicle Import Tax & Duty.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car to Guatemala

It’s not as much as you think to ship a car from the USA to Guatemala. Read on for the specifics.

Car shipping cost to Guatemala from Baltimore, MD starts at $915. Also, car shipping from Jacksonville, FL to Guatemala starts at $1055.

The cost to ship a car to Guatemala from the U.S. also lies in these considerations. Keep in mind:    

  • If you’re shipping from the East Coast USA, it’s cheaper than shipping from the West Coast.   
  • You will pay more if you want us to pick up your car at your house.
  • You will save money if you personally drop off the car and meet us at the departure shipping port (remember, you’ll have to make travel arrangements for getting back home).
  • Compact cars are more affordable to ship vs. large SUVs.     

Departure & Arrival Ports, Starting Costs, & How Long Shipping Takes

First off, please note that the Estimated Time in Transit only includes the time from when your car arrives at the shipping terminal; it does not include the transit time it takes for the trucker to pick up your car. In general, it takes four weeks to get a car from the USA to the Santo Tomás de Castilla port. 

The base cost to ship a car from USA to Guatemala is as follows:

  • From Newark, NJ $1060
  • From Baltimore $915
  • From Jacksonville, FL $1055
  • From Houston, TX $1155

Of course, there are other factors that will impact your final price, from the year/make/model of your car to the departure shipping port — even your decision to have us pick up your car instead of dropping it off yourself.

Vehicle Import Tax & Duty & Destination Handling Charge

Contact Jonhy via Whatapp to get accurate import rates for your specific car. He is located at the port in Guatemala. Contact Jonhy via Whatsapp from within USA.

Americarga Express
Jonhy Mamerto Archila Alvarado
+502-5151-4846 (Whatsapp)

To ship a car from the USA to Guatemala, the import tax is as follows (again, contact Jonhy for your specific situation):

  • Auto 20% SUVs 20% 
  • Pick Up Trucks 32% 
  • Boats 27% 
  • Motorcycles 10% 
  • Bus and Big Rigs (18 wheelers) 17%
  • Small Bus (like Tour Bus) 27% 
  • Heavy Machinery 17%

Please contact us so we can give you our Clearing Agent’s information. The destination handling charge is approximately $200.

If you are in the USA, contact the Guatemalan Embassy by phone if you need the latest information.

Storage Fees

Sometimes your designated person can’t pick up your car at the port when it arrives. In this case, you will be charged storage fees by the Santo Tomás de Castilla port. Contact us to learn the latest storage fee amounts.

Optional Marine Insurance

It’s a smart move to buy the optional marine insurance, as we offer full coverage Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage. This coverage lasts from the time your car is loaded onto the ship until you take possession, and the cost is 1.75% of the value you want the car insured for. We recommend this option if you cannot afford out of pocket cash for repairs or losses, which can get quite high. That said, we have never lost a vehicle unless in hurricane conditions, which is a rarity. Note, hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30. Please learn more about Marine Insurance here.

Documents Required to Ship Car to Guatemala

Shipping a car to Guatemala from the USA will require you to bring the Original Title and Valid Identification. The car must be free and clear of any leins. 

Shipping Methods

RoRo shipping only is available from these ports: Newark, NJ; Baltimore, MD; Houston, TX; and Jacksonville, FL.

RoRo (Roll On Roll Off)

Anything with tires that can Roll On and Off the ship of its own power can use RoRo shipping. These ships, which resemble a big parking garage, are made specifically for vehicles such as cars and motorcycles, as well as motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats. Most people use RoRo when shipping one vehicle. Note: your car has to be able to make it up and down the ramp with no assistance. Once loaded on the RoRo vessel, your vehicle will be tied down securely in its designated spot.

This option is highly efficient and cost-effective, with reliable departure and arrival dates sort of like an airline flight schedule.

New car manufacturers prefer to use RoRo shipping because the cars get additional protection against external elements. All vehicles are tied to the deck and are not exposed to the ocean. 

Payment Methods / Options

You pay only when your vehicle arrives at the departure shipping port.

Wire Transfer or Cashier’s Check

This is the most common method of paying, for those not in the USA. We will send you our bank information once your order has been placed.

Credit Card & Zelle

If you are paying with Zelle, there are no service fees to worry about, but for all credit card payments, you will be charged a 3% service fee.

Canceling Your Order

In the rare event that you would need to cancel your order, we ask that you email us as soon as possible. Payment will be refunded via the same payment method you chose, less a $300 cancellation fee.

Additional Information

Check out these helpful tips for prepping your car for shipment.

  • Check for leaks in the undercarriage. The car shipping company has the right to refuse service if leaks are detected. Get any leaks fixed before transport. 
  • Check tire pressure. Just like on the road, under-inflated or over-inflated tires are risky, especially during loading and unloading.
  • Disable the alarm so truck drivers don’t have to contend with this inconvenience.
  • Because your vehicle is not being driven, there’s no need to fill up prior to loading. In addition, having a full tank of gasoline makes your car heavier, which adds risk to the shipment. Please leave as little fuel in the tank as possible.
  • Lock the car, as once your vehicle is loaded onto the auto transport truck, it will not be opened until the time of delivery.
  • Remove custom accessories so they don’t break off in transit. 

USA Customs Clearance

Ship Overseas, Inc. will clear US Customs for you. Though some US Customs agents will look in your trunk, most usually just look through the car’s window.

Who Can Pick Up The Vehicle in Guatemala

You can designate anyone to pick up the vehicle at the destination port. Apprise us of their name and contact info prior to the sailing date so that they are listed as the Receiver or Consignee in enough time. They will have to provide proof of identification with a picture ID, offering the Title of Ownership and a letter of permission to pick up the vehicle. If you notify us of any changes after your cargo has been loaded on the vessel, the shipping line will charge you a fee.