Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Ship your car to Kuwait
Are you moving here? Is your car paid off? Why not consider shipping it here, rather than buying/leasing/renting once you get here (and going through the hassle of financing)?
When I moved here in 1996, I intended to bring my car with me. I waited for 6 months to see if I wanted to actually stay in Kuwait, and then shipped over my 1990 Nissan 300ZX twin turbo. I felt like a piece of home was with me and I felt much more "settled" living here with my car.
You can import any car, 2007 and later (they don't import cars older than 5 years unless they are classified as "classic" - I don't know what the stipulation for that is). There are a lot of shipping companies (call any moving company in your home country - like exship.com, borderlinx.com, etc.). The cost for shipping it here is around 300KD ($1065 at today's rate).
I met with a dealer in Hawalli and for a fee of around 150KD, they will receive the car: Do the customs clearance, have your car cleaned, obtain 3rd party insurance, and get your car registration/tags once it arrives in Kuwait. (Note that you can check around Kuwait at any used car dealership where they sell imported cars and ask if they will provide the same service. You can also elect to do all this yourself, but with a lot of time and hassle.
You should consider the type of vehicle and if they normally import that type to Kuwait. For example, if you own a Saturn, there are no Saturns in Kuwait, no dealers, and most importantly NO spare parts. I used to have a Dodge Stealth. Although there is a Dodge dealership here in Kuwait, they never sold Stealths here. So, it was a nightmare to obtain spare parts for the car. Most brands are sold here. (If you have questions, you can ask me.)
If you want to ship your car to or from Kuwait, contact:
Haydee is a great help. Will assist you in completing all the formalities and paperwork. They are in alliance with Allied Pickfords - a US Shipping company. GFS does local and international moves. The moved me in/out of several different apartments and stored my apartment contents during my problems with my landlord.