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. Call Mr. Sameh at 2262-2400. (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. Sameh was just a huge help to me and is kind, ethical, and I now consider him a friend.) 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.)