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Import a car for private use
Posted by: Alex (---.dip.t-dialin.net)
Date: March 26, 2011 04:53PM

Hello there dear friendly people,

would it make sense for a saint martin resident to import a car from the us?
how much would that cost approximately, and how much taxes would i have to pay?
Car price could be around 3-5000$

Thanks a lot, and have a beatiful day, with a few clouds & chilly winds,
Alex

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: Neil Rooney (Moderator)
Date: March 27, 2011 02:21AM

NO Import taxes, Dutch side.

Ship from Miami suggest Bernith Lines 305-633-7711. Cost depends if you want it shipped in a container or as deck cargo, I suggest in a container and fill up the car with other "stuff". About $1,200.

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: Alex (---.dip.t-dialin.net)
Date: March 28, 2011 06:53AM

Hi Neil,
thanks a lot for your helpful answer!
That seems to "be" fair.

And if I´m resident on the french side, what would I have to do, or pay?
Or can I just pick it up on the Dutch side and register it on the French side?
What would I have to face to do that?

Let the sunshine in your heart & warm regards, Alex

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: Tabba Khady (Moderator)
Date: March 28, 2011 07:51AM

NO customs or taxes on the French side either. You just need to pick up your car with your bill of landing at the shipping company, makes sure that you have all the imports papers with you and clear title from the US with the purchase invoice on your name, then you will need to bring the car first (after insurance of course..) to the technical control. They will pass the inspection and identification of the vehicule, then to the "Hotel de la collectivite" for registration and "carte grise"! There you will need to also show proof of (legal) residency, a carte de sejour" if you are a non EU citizen, original invoice of the car, technical control, proof of address, and 150 euros....

Kind Regards,
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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: Neil Rooney (Moderator)
Date: March 29, 2011 11:30PM

You WILL need a "Right Of Export" certificate from your state of title.

THis gives you the OK to export it with a CLEAR or OK TITLE.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/29/2011 11:31PM by Neil Rooney.

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: Alex (---.dip.t-dialin.net)
Date: April 01, 2011 01:09PM

Wow, Philippe & Neill, thank you both a lot!!

You´ve been absolutely helpful in every detail,
thanks again and my appreciations, Alex!

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: sxmjay (---.w92-160.abo.wanadoo.fr)
Date: October 14, 2011 08:35PM

Hello, I am just in the process of getting my french license but have the right to drive for a year with my american license, can i import my car from the US and park it until it gets insured?

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: Tabba Khady (Moderator)
Date: October 15, 2011 07:44AM

I believe you need an international driving license if you are resident.... your car can be insured within an hour so I don't see the reason to "park it until". Before You receive your car at the terminal you take all the import papers and tittle from the shipping company who imported your car, you go to an insurance company, you insure your car awaiting registration plate and numbers, and then you follow the process of registration but at least you can drive..IMO

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: sxmjay (---.w92-160.abo.wanadoo.fr)
Date: October 15, 2011 01:18PM

Well the problem is i don't think i can personally register and insure my car without a french license as i have a us license that is not transferable for a french license. An international license will only translate your license but this is also only valid 6 months or a year maximum. Can be frustrating if you have seen the code de la route recently

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: jaysxm (---.w92-160.abo.wanadoo.fr)
Date: October 15, 2011 01:47PM

Another quick question for you phillipe since you have been here for so long, this may solve my problem for the moment , my mother has a french license could i register the vehicle for her here? I'm sure i can get a proof of address like a lease or something

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: Tabba Khady (Moderator)
Date: October 15, 2011 04:42PM

If you are a French citizen, you do not need to show prove of driving license to register a vehicle on your name. You need to show prove of residency, and passport, plus all paper from the vehicle itself proving it is yours...

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: Jaysxm (---.w92-160.abo.wanadoo.fr)
Date: October 15, 2011 08:36PM

Hmm so i would just need to register it in my name and wait till i get my. License to insure the vehicle . Would i be able to register it on behalf of someone maybe i should go to the hotel de la collectivite office and ask?

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: Tabba Khady (Moderator)
Date: October 16, 2011 07:30AM

Contact Nagico insurance company in Marigot, I believe you can insure your vehicle with your american driving license... (or as I said an international driving license):

NAGICO Assurances
17 Rue de la République – Marigot
St. Martin – CEDEX

Tel: 0590-290270 or 0590-299242

Fax: 590-929236

Kind Regards,
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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: Ita (---.mia.bellsouth.net)
Date: October 17, 2011 01:42PM

I got insurance at Nagico using my US License.
Cheers
irina

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Re: Import a car for private use
Posted by: George (---.dsl.irvnca.pacbell.net)
Date: November 03, 2011 12:58PM

No custom or import taxes. But you have to have all your legal documents ready with your name, etc.

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