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Ship a Car to Latin America

How to Ship a Car to Latin America

If you have been pondering shipping a car to anywhere in Latin America from the USA, you may be feeling some fear and frustration over the process. We completely get it: shipping a car is a big deal. You may not have a clue as to where to start. Fortunately, we are here to guide you in the right direction.

Rest assured, having Ship Overseas behind you will ensure you never miss a step. We will walk you through the process of shipping a car to Latin America, step by step. The end result will be a smooth, seamless experience that will have you saying: what was I so worried about?

Does it help to know we have been shipping cars to and from Latin America for more than 35 years? That’s why you can book our services with confidence, calling us with any questions you may have. We have compiled this page chock full of information on everything you need to know about shipping cars from the USA to Latin America.

Begin with a free quote. We only need the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country in Latin America. From Costa Rica and Dominican Republic to Honduras and Panama, we’ve got you totally covered.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Latin America?

In general, it can cost between about $900 and $4,000 or more to ship a car to Latin America from the USA. But nothing is set in stone until we have all your details. Your final price will vary greatly on factors, such as:

• Where in the USA you’re shipping the car from.You’ll spend less shipping from the East Coast than from the West Coast.

• The size of the vehicle. You’ll spend more to ship a large SUV or pickup truck vs. a compact car.

• If you bring your car to the port or you have us pick it up. You’ll spend more if we have to pick it up from your residence and bring it to the port, but you’ll get added convenience. You’ll spend less if you just bring your car to the port directly. Just don’t neglect to make your own travel arrangements to get back home from the port.

We ship cars from the USA to the Latin American countries listed below:
  • Argentina
    We ship to Zarate in Argentina.
  • Costa Rica
    We ship to Puerto Limon, and San Jose in Costa Rica. As a tourist, you are afforded the right to drive the vehicle for three months without paying taxes. The time begins when you enter the country, not when the vehicle enters the country. For example, if you enter Costa Rica on the 1st of October, but your vehicle enters on the 1st of November, you will only have two months to drive the vehicle, not three. This is very important to keep in mind. You will be required to pay a local tax, some additional fees, all of which add up to around $90.00 US (normally this is all part of the customs procedure). At the end of three months, you have the right to extend the right to drive the vehicle for an additional three months. Read more ›
  • Dominican Republic
    We ship to Rio Haina, Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Only vehicles 5 years and younger can be shipped to DR and COMMERCIAL Trucks not older than 15 Years. Read more ›
  • Guatemala
    We ship to St. Tomas De Castilla in Guatemala. Import Tax 10 % + 12 % VAT. Read more ›
  • Honduras
    We ship to Puerto Cortes in Honduras.
  • Panama
    We ship to Manzanillo in Panama. Read more ›
  • Puerto Rico
    We ship to San Juan in Puerto Rico. Read more ›
  • For other countries not listed, please Click Here to Request a Free Quote online, or contact our offices.
We offer weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Latin America
Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to Latin America. We offer several vehicle shipping methods and additional services, to meet all your auto shipping needs to Latin America:

Additional Information

  • Visit the page of the Latin American country you’re shipping to, for information on vehicle age restrictions to import a car into that country.
  • 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.

Vehicle Import Duty For Latin America

Please visit the country’s page to read more about its Import Duty rules.

Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Latin America

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to anywhere in Latin America. For specific ports, please click on your desired country. But here’s a brief breakdown of where we sail to:

• Zarate in Argentina
• Puerto Limon, and San Jose in Costa Rica
• Rio Haina, Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic
• St. Tomas De Castilla in Guatemala
• Puerto Cortes in Honduras
• Manzanillo in Panama
• San Juan in Puerto Rico

There are many options you can choose from when shipping a car from the U.S. to Latin America, with ourmain overseas shipping methods being:

RoRo Shipping – These are vessels that can ship wheeled cargo efficiently. Cars must be in good working order because they will have to be driven onto the ship via a ramp.

Container Shipping – Your car is placed inside a container, strapped down securely for the journey. Depending on the option you choose, your vehicle could be alone or with other cars.

Two Types of Shipping Methods

This is perhaps your first time shipping a car to Latin America. Maybe you don’t know about the two types of shipping methods. No worries. We are here to straighten it all out.

RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)

First, we have our most popular option, Roll On/Roll Off. This is affordable and convenient, best for wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles and cars. All vehicles are driven onto the ship of their own power, so your car must be able to make it up and down the ramp without assistance.  Once loaded onto the vessel, each vehicle is tied down securely in its own spot.

We ship all sorts of vehicles this way, from motorhomes and campers to trailers and buses. We even ship construction vehicles and boats.

If you are shipping a single vehicle to Latin America, this is a good choice. Not only is it very efficient and cost-effective, you get more reliable departure and arrival dates than you would with container shipping(more on that later).

This is the option many new car manufacturers reserve for shipping their own vehicles. With RoRo shipping, all vehicles are tied to the deck with no exposure to the ocean, giving your vehicle solid protection against external elements.

Container Shipping

You could also decide to ship your car to Latin America in a shipping container, either shared or exclusive. Here’s some more info on each.

Shared Container Shipping

Your car, loaded along with three other vehicles into a container, gets protection from the elements. However, there is no guarantee of a fixed departure date as with RoRo, due to the fact that each container must be filled with vehicles in order for it to be loaded onto the container ship.

This translates to more difficult planning processes for you, as it’s highly possible you may be waiting an extra week until the container is filled with the rest of the cars.You’re best off deciding on this method when shipping two or more vehicles.

Another reason this method is good is because you can ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of your vehicle at the same time. With RoRo, you can’t do this. Another perk? You can ship vehicles that do not work. For example, we have many clients who buy broken-down classic cars in the USA for shipping to Latin America, and then choose this method.

Exclusive Container Shipping

We are happy to serve the Active Military community,shipping cars from the USA to Latin America and importing cars internationally into the USA from Latin America. Ship Overseas has been a chosen provider of international car shipping services for more than three decades. Our experience as a freight forwarder makes us a leader in the overseas shipping business, which is why so many military members choose us to ship their cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles.

Active members of the military who want to ship their cars to Latin America from the U.S. are welcome to give us a call for more information. We can go over factors such as modifications, weight, time limits and licensing.

Trusted Military Partner

We are happy to serve the Active Military community,shipping cars from the USA to Latin America and importing cars internationally into the USA from Latin America. Ship Overseas has been a chosen provider of international car shipping services for more than three decades. Our experience as a freight forwarder makes us a leader in the overseas shipping business, which is why so many military members choose us to ship their cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles.


Active members of the military who want to ship their cars to Latin America from the U.S. are welcome to give us a call for more information. We can go over factors such as modifications, weight, time limits and licensing.

 

FAQs

Luckily, we give you two helpful options: do you want to bring the car to the port, or would you prefer we come get it from you?

Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping

If you want us to get it, truck drivers will pick up the vehicle from you for transport to the destination port for shipping to Latin America. We can help you narrow down your choices between open and enclosed auto shipping.

Open Auto Shipping – The most common type of car shipping method we offer, this also happens to be the least expensive and a safe and cost effective method if you want to ship vehicles like sedans and minivans to Latin America.

Our transport trucks have the capacity to carry up to nine or 10 cars at a time, or as few as five cars. The transport truck driver will load and unload vehicles as he makes his way along his trucking route. Each transport truck is filled to capacity, there by lowering the overall shipping costs.

Enclosed Auto Shipping – This method is more expensive but a good choice when transporting luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage cars. While it does cost more, your risk is reduced, as the vehicle is not exposed to the elements during transport. It’s shipped along with two other vehicles and, using a special ramp or lift-gate, is carefully placed on the truck. Got extra in the budget? Select this option for peace of mind.

We think so. It’s always in your best interests to protect your investment. As a result, we highly recommend buying the optional marine insurance. We provide FULL COVERAGE Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your car is loaded onto the ship, the cost of which is 1.75% of the value you wish to insure the car for.

If you can’t afford to pay outright for any repairs, damage or loss to your vehicle, you should think ahead and buy the Marine Insurance. The chance of something bad happening is very rare, where the only time it would pose a real issue being during hurricane season from June till November. Learn more about Marine Insurance by clicking on the link below.

We hope this page has proven helpful in your quest to ship a car from the USA to Latin America. Whether you want to ship to Puerto Rico or Guatemala, we can get you there. If you have additional questions, give us a call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.

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