Ship a Car to Guatemala

How to Ship a Car to Guatemala

When you are on the hunt for the most efficient and affordable way to ship your car to Guatemala and don’t even know where to start, let Ship Overseas help.We understand the process looks daunting at first glance but here at Ship Overseas, you will get all the help you need. In business for more than 35 years, we have been serving clients like you every single day.

Let’s explore your options for shipping a car to Guatemala, from methods of shipping your vehicle to how much it will all cost. Your first step should be to snag yourself a free estimate on our site. Then, if you have additional questions about the process after reading this guide, our friendly representatives are standing by.

Click the free quote button here, then provide us with the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country in Guatemala.It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 when shipping to St. Tomas de Castilla port in Guatemala.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car from USA to Guatemala?

  • The price to ship a car to Guatemala from USA ranges from $866 – $1000 for sedans and regular SUVs.
  • A clean Title without liens is required.

Other factors that go into pricing is how big is your vehicle, where is the origination port in the USA, and whether you plan to bring your own car to the port or want us to pick it up.

To get an accurate quote, you must submit your the year make and model of you car.

Additional Information

  • Many people also ship their cars to Guatemala and drive it to one of the surrounding countries. If you are doing this, find out what the vehicle import duty is for that particular country.
  • 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.

Vehicle Import Duty For Guatemala

Find the value of your vehicle using this website:

Find your car and add $880 to your “Average Trade in Value”. You need to pay this fee.

Multiply this number by current $ to Q Exchange rate (approx: Q8.00). This amount is the base value you will pay taxes on.

Calculate your tax.

Pickup Truck Base Value x 23.20% = Tax Payment

Microbus Base Value x 28.80%= Tax Payment

Automobile Base Value x 34.40%= Tax Payment

SUV 4×4 Base Value x 28.80%= Tax Payment

SUV 4×2 Base Value x 34.40%= Tax Payment

The amount you calculate is the tax you will pay to import your vehicle into Guatemala.

To this amount add Q500 which is the cost of the paperwork (Tramite) to import your car. You will pay this amount to your customs broker.

Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Guatemala

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to Guatemala’s main port: St. Tomas de Castilla. We offer two main methods to choose from in regards to getting your car to the port for shipping:

RoRo Shipping – This stands for Roll On, Roll Off, which means your vehicle enters the ship on a ramp similar to a parking garage, of its own power.

Container Shipping – Your car is secured inside a container, either alone or with other cars, and strapped down for shipping. 

This guide goes into more detail on these methods later.

Ship Your Car to Santo Tomás de Castilla

Santo Tomás de Castilla, also referred to as Matías de Gálvez, is a port city in the Izabal Department, sitting on Amatique Bay off the Gulf of Honduras. As Guatemala’s largest commercial port, it’s also a main access point for many of the country’s major attractions, including Quirigua Archaeological National Park with its Mayan ruins and San Felipe Castle. We have lots of experience shipping to this port, so rest assured we know what we’re doing!

Two Types of Shipping Methods

Now, the next question is: how do you plan to transport your vehicle to Guatemala? Glad you asked. You have two main options:

RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)

RoRo shipping, our most popular and cost effective option, offers secure tie-down with no exposure to the ocean for excellent protection against external elements.

After being loaded onto the ship, the vehicle is tied down in its own designated spot, ready for the journey. You would pick this method when:

• Shipping a single vehicle to Guatemala
• You want a predictable departure date
• Your car is in good working order

This method is designed for wheeled vehicles like motorcycles, cars, motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats.PLEASE NOTE: your vehicle must be able to make it up and down the ramp on its own power without any help.

You know this method is reliable: many new car manufacturers choose this method when looking to ship their own vehicles overseas.

Container Shipping

The next way to ship a car from the USA to Guatemala is in a container. This has two further categories: shared and exclusive container shipping. 

Shared Container Shipping

Just like it sounds, shared container shipping is when your car shares a container with other people’s cars. Each container holds four vehicles. If you have additional items to ship along with the vehicle, you can place them in the trunk or the backseat. You can’t do this with RoRo.

This is a good method to choose if your car is in need of repair and doesn’t work. For example, we have many clients who buy broken down classic cars in the USA and ship them to Guatemala this way.

Now for the cons:

• Each container has to be filled to capacity with vehicles before it can be loaded onto the container ship and set sail.
• As such, you won’t get assurances of a fixed departure date like you would with the RoRo method, which makes it tougher to plan the journey.
• It’s entirely possible that you may have to wait an extra week until the container is filled with the rest of the cars.

Shipping two or more vehicles? This is the ideal way.

Exclusive Container Shipping

For shipment of high-end or exotic vehicles (perhaps you have a Bentley, Ferrari, Aston Martin, etc.?), this is the option for you. You’ll get extra space and extra protection, as well as personalized attention, but you will pay more for the privilege. You may ship personal belongings along with your car. And, like shared container shipping, you can ship vehicles that are not currently in operating order.

Trusted Military Partner

It’s time to learn why so many military members choose to ship their cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles to Guatemala with us. For starters, we proudly serve the Active Military community as a trusted provider of international car shipping services with more than three decades of experience as a freight forwarder.

On top of that, we import cars internationally into the USA from Guatemala. Active in the military and want to ship your car to Guatemala?We are here to make it happen. We will fill you in on all the factors you need to know, like modifications, weight, time limits and licensing.Give us a call today.


As we said above, you have two main options to think about: we can come get it from you or you can bring it to the port on your own. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages.

Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping

When, for whatever reason, you’re not prepared to drive your car to the port yourself, our truck drivers will pick up your vehicle and deliver it to the port for you, using either open or enclosed auto shipping.

Open Auto Shipping – A safe and cost effective way to ship vehicles like sedans and minivans, this is our most common car transportation method.

Our transport trucks are able to contain as few as five cars and up to nine or 10 cars. The transport truck driver will load and unload the vehicles, filling the trucks to full capacity and driving them to each origin port as they make their way across the region.

The benefit to you? A lower shipping cost because you’re sharing that cost with all other cars on board.

Enclosed Auto Shipping – This comes with a higher price tag, for a couple critical reasons: your vehicle is shipped with only two other vehicles, and it is placed onto the truck with a special ramp or lift-gate and is not exposed to the elements for the ride.It costs more but it’s safer.

If you have a luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage car, this is a good option because you will be assured of optimal protection.

We think the answer to this question is a no-brainer. The chance for damage or loss is rare, so you’re really purchasing peace of mind. Who wants to pay out of pocket for any unfortunate repairs, damage or loss to their vehicle? No one does. Of course, the chance of something unfortunate happening to your car is rare; the only time it would become an issue is during hurricane season from June till November.

To protect your investment, we strongly suggest you go for the optional Marine Insurance. We offer FULL COVERAGE Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your car is loaded onto the ship. The cost is 1.75% of the value you wish to insure the car for.

Click on the link below to learn more about Marine Insurance.

Now that you know all there is to know about shipping a car to Guatemala, it’s time to get your free quote on our site. Remember, we are here for you anytime if you have any questions pertaining to your specific needs, at 888-805-4994 toll free or 858-547-0840.

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