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How to Ship a Car to Trinidad

by Anthony Faccenda

If you are traveling or moving to Trinidad and Tobago, bringing your car along may be a good investment. Shipping your car can save you the hassle of having to buy a new car or renting one while in Trinidad. It will also save you the cost of storing your car.

What Do I Need?

In order to ship your vehicle to Trinidad and Tobago, you will need to show proof of ownership and have a valid driver's license. Using your U.S. driver's license to drive your car is acceptable. If staying for an extended time period, you can use your U.S. license and registration until they expire. Once they expire, you will have to register your car in Trinidad.

RoRo Shipping

RoRo (Roll on Roll off) shipping is the easiest and most used car-shipping method to Trinidad and Tobago. Your car is driven onto a RoRo vessel and safely secured to a car deck. Once you arrive in Trinidad and Tobago you simply drive your car off the vessel.

Container Shipping

Although more expensive, containerized shipping allows you to ship your car in its own individual container. Your car is securely braced, blocked and tied down, ensuring utmost security during transportation to Trinidad and Tobago. This method is popular for overseas shipping because it allows you to ship any personal effects inside the vehicle.

Trinidad and Tobago Fees and Taxes

Aside from the shipping cost, Trinidad and Tobago places additional taxes on your vehicle. An additional fee is placed on all containerized shipments due to the Bunker Adjustment Factor. There is a customs fee for exporting your car to Trinidad and Tobago, as well as a Bill of Laden charge.

About the Author

Anthony Faccenda has been writing entertainment-related articles since 2009. He has written concert reviews for "The Noise Boston" and press reviews for "Revitalize the Scene." Faccenda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Rhode Island College. He is a member of the National Honors Society for history.

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