Are you thinking of moving your vehicle to Costa Rica? And you are confused because you do not know anything about transporting a car how to ship a car overseas? You are in the right place as we deal with overseas car shipping on daily basis. United Auto Transport provides services of international car shipping to the port of Limon in Costa Rica. Our international car shipping company helps our valuable customers to get a quick auto transport quote for shipping cars overseas.

Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the east and south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica translates literally as "Rich Coast.” Among Latin American countries, Costa Rica ranks 5th in terms of the 2006 Human Development Index. Costa Rica is a middle-income, developing country with a strong democratic tradition. Tourist facilities are extensive and generally adequate. The capital is San Jose. English is a second language for many Costa Ricans.

Being an worldwide vehicle transport company, our company offers different ways to ship a car overseas to our valued customers. When shipping a car overseas, depending on your requirements and budget, you can choose from moving your car on with container-shipping or roll on, roll off service. United Auto Transport is a reliable company and while transporting a car overseas we are capable of taking it from port to destination. We, as an international car shipping company can provide door to port service from throughout the United States.

We keep our customers informed with the specific dates of their transport and the approximate transit time which will be based on standard shipping times and prevalent conditions. United Auto Transport provides complete information with regards to your international car shipping and overseas vehicle shipping requirements to move cars overseas - from the freight rate, booking and final delivery of your vehicle. As a result, you get best class international car shipping services for your overseas car shipping goals.

Two important attributes a person needs to keep in mind while shipping cars to Costa Rica is thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations for shipping cars to Costa Rica and to be well prepared on the same. This is because there are various rules in the process of shipping cars to Costa Rica. Moving cars overseas, an overseas car transport company like ours strictly follows all country rules and regulations. By following these regulations we are capable of satisfying our customers when it comes to shipping cars overseas. As an international car shipping company we have a strong historical record. This record means that while shipping a car overseas, our customers will get the best price, the best quality and the best services which, as being our valuable customer you want and deserve on shipping cars overseas.

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Quality international car shipping from the US, moving your car safely to anywhere in Costa Rica.  Whatever type of vehicle you need to be shipped, we can do it, cars, motorbikes, boats, jeeps, vans  all shapes and sizes shipped by container or Ro Ro.  We have fantastic deals on all auto shipping to anywhere in Costa Rica.  International car shipping specialists from the United States.  We are not a freight broker we actually do ship your cars.

Our US International Car Shipping partners will provide you with your shipping quotation and service.  Get your quick on-line quotes via our user friendly system for shipping your vehicle to Costa Rica from any US state.  Shipping to any City or town in Costa Rica via regular Shipping Container Services or Roll on Roll vessels.

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International Car ShippingWelcome to our international auto shipping website. We offer great vehicle shipping rates with fast and frequent shipping services from mainland US and the rest of the world to over 5000 international destinations. We'll ship your automobile/car, motorcycle truck or any other vehicle by Roll on Roll off (RORO) vessel or secured and packed into your own 20ft car shipping container.Overseas car shipping

We offer global car transportation services to suit your needs and have some of the best online international car shipping and transport deals available. Our company and our agents offer professional, quick and cheap shipping throughout the world. Container shipping.

Safe and secure inside your own container. All vehicles are securely blocked, braced and tied down ensuring absolute security during transportation. You can also ship any personal effects inside the vehicle.RORO Shipping

This is the simplest and cheapest method of shipping. Vehicles are driven directly into the RORO vessel and secured to the car decks; securely inside the vessel, wind-and-watertight. You cannot ship personal effects using this method but spare tire and factory fitted accessories are allowed.International Auto Shipping

We offer our auto shipping services to and from most countries and can arrange vehicle collections throughout the USA, Canada, TO AND FROM  Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama

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There are three different ways to transport your vehicle to Costa Rica, those being by air, sea or land, however, the law regarding the importation of any vehicle is the same. Below, I have outlined the procedure for clearing you car though customs, in the event that you had your vehicle shipped via sea. If you drive your car into the country or have it flow in, the same requirements exist with respect to obtaining and renewing your drivers permit.Most vehicles arrive by sea, by way of a shipping vessel. The largest port in Costa Rica for this type of merchandise (in fact, for all merchandise) is Puerto Limón, which resides on the Atlantic side. A second port, Puerto Caldera, is located on the Pacific Coast; a few hours drive from San José. Unless your vehicle departs from California or Vancouver, your vehicle will most likely arrive in Puerto Limón. Some shipping companies make stops in Honduras, or other destinations, prior to arriving in Costa Rica, while others make a direct route. The length of time required to ship your vehicle depends on which shipping company you work with, but most vary between 4 days and 10 days.

Most individuals shipping their vehicle will do so with the assistance of a freight forwarder/customs broker. Most North American based operations work hand in hand with local brokers to handle the Costa Rican side of the shipment; few have offices in both locations. Depending on the type of vessel you choose, your vehicle can be shipped either in a container or on what is called a car deck. The most secure means to transport your vehicle is in a container, as the car is placed and secured within the container before departing, and not opened until it arrives or goes through customs. Some larger containers can accommodate several cars simultaneously, while others only one. Car decks accommodate numerous vehicles, all of which have to be driven on and off the vessel. The possibility of damage and theft exists more with this type of shipment. If you can afford it, we recommend a container.

Depending on what freight forwarder you use, you should have the opportunity to clear your vehicle through to San José, which means that your car will not go through customs in either Puerto Limón or Puerto Caldera. If your vehicle was shipped in a container, the container itself will not be opened until it arrives to the capital of San José. An additional fee is required for this service (clearing your vehicle through to San José), however, it is well worth it. Vehicles tend to clear customs much quicker in San José than they do at the ports, which is of great importance if you plan on clearing the vehicle yourself through customs. Clearing your vehicle yourself is not a complicated procedure, however, being fluent Spanish is definitely required. The procedure to clear your vehicle can be accomplished within one day, if you followed the directions properly. Clearing your vehicle through customs yourself in Puerto Limón or Puerto Caldera is a much more complicated procedure, as you have to go there (approximately 2-2 1/2 hours by bus), and there is no guarantee that you will accomplish the procedure in one day. You would then have to stay overnight and complete the procedure the following day. If you intend to clear it yourself to pay the taxes, have the car sent and cleared in San José. If you are not fluent in the language, we recommend that you hire a local customs broker. Most North American freight forwarders will provide you with assistance in Costa Rica for an additional fee; that being a customs broker (discuss this with your shipping agent before shipping your vehicle).

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. In order to do this you must follow the following procedure (this is what the law stipulates):

You have to leave the country prior to the three month limit, anywhere for 48 hours. When you re-enter, they will re-stamp your passport, which will allow you to drive the vehicle for three additional months. If you wait until the three month period is up, theoretically you are required by law to pay the taxes on the vehicle. We highly recommend that you do not drive the vehicle if the permit has expired. Any vehicle being driven after the permit has expired is by law, an abandoned vehicle. The police have the legal right to confiscate the vehicle and not give it back. Most likely, they will compound the vehicle until the taxes are paid. Either way, it will not be fun.Special Considerations:
Always keep the permission papers in the vehicle at all times. If you are pulled over and cannot produce the documents, they will detain you and most likely compound the vehicle.Do not, under any circumstances, allow a local Costa Rican to drive your vehicle. By law, only the person(s) on the permission slip can drive the vehicle. It is illegal for a Costa Rican to drive a tourist vehicle; the transit police have the legal right to compound the vehicle. A hefty fine could result, or even worse, they could force you to pay taxes on the vehicle.

Before shipping the vehicle, take the license plates off the vehicle and either carry them down with you or ship them with a mail carrier. Plates are often removed(stolen) during transport or when the vehicles arrive. If your plates get stolen, you will be required to make up fake plates to place on the car, as you legally need plates to operate the vehicle.


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