Shipping to Guyana from New York: Enjoy a smooth shipping experience
Are you looking for the right company for shipping to Guyana from New York? Shipping to Latin America can be pretty confusing for an individual unfamiliar with the customs laws of a particular region. Some countries may have the most complicated and lengthy list of restricted items, requiring certifications from various relevant authorities, which would exhaust a person to boot. But AES provides a customized shipping solution for all these processes. From transporting bulky machinery and completing the documentation process to sending household goods & vehicles safely and securely, AES makes the shipping process as seamless as possible for its customers.
Shipping to Guyana from New York: An overview
A symbol of British Colonial Architecture, Guyana lies on the North Atlantic Coast of South America. The country is famous for its rich Caribbean culture, ethnicities, and rainforests.
Georgetown city is the country’s capital and the largest commercial hub, lying in the Demerara-Mahaica, region 4. Also called the “Garden City of the Caribbean,” it is Guyana’s financial and administrative center and accounts for a significant portion of its GDP.
The USA is the leading trading partner of Guyana and enjoys a bilateral relationship with the country. Furthermore, the 2020 trade statistics show that Guyana received 39.3% of imports, mainly agricultural machinery from the USA.
The seaport of Georgetown (GYGEO) is the principal port of Guyana and accounts for handling 80-90% of the country’s trade, and operates approximately 44,000ton of cargo annually. The port also provides facilities for handling and storing bulk (solid & liquid), general cargo, RoRo, and container shipping.
Guyana is also a CARICOM (Caribbean Community and Common Market) member, a multilingual organization aiming to promote economic integration in less-developed states and share its benefits.
Methods of shipping to Guyana from New York
Whether you are shipping a car to Guyana from New York or sending heavy cargo or machinery, it is advisable to schedule your shipping at least 70 days in advance, to save cost and time in transport.
Ocean freight is usually the cheapest shipping method with the capability to carry heavy goods to and fro between countries. There are two shipping methods commonly adopted by shipping companies. The first is RoRo shipping and the other one is Container shipping. Here we have explained their features so that you can choose one according to your requirements.
When it comes to shipping to Guyana from New York, RoRo shipping can be the most cost-effective method to ship any kind of vehicle, small cars, large SUVs, minivans, buses, tractors, or even agricultural machinery. It requires no loading or unloading by crane. Units are rolled on the deck of a vessel, strapped tightly, and then rolled off as soon as they reach the destination port. This shipping method has a fast delivery; however, it requires the vehicles or machinery to be functional to be propelled off the deck.
You can ship as many vehicles as you want with this method. However, if you’re going to ship heavy cargo and machinery, which might be non-functional, you can also choose to transport it via container shipping.
Container shipping requires the vehicle or heavy machinery to be placed in a container which is then loaded via crane on the vessel. The shipping company usually offers a 20ft or 40ft container. You can choose one according to how many goods you wish to ship.
This shipping method may be a bit more expensive than RoRo but also provides the space to send heavy cargo, such as bulky machinery, large vehicles, and household items, all in one container. Nonetheless, you can send non-functional machinery or cars with this method. However, container shipping might not be as fast as RoRo.
There are further two options within container shipping which we have mentioned here. You can choose one according to your budget and how fast you want the delivery to be.
FCL or Private Container shipping
You can send as many items as you want with FCL (full container load) or private container shipping, as the whole space will be yours to utilize. The shipping will also be faster, but you will be required to pay for renting the entire container.
LCL or Shared Container shipping
In LCL (less than container load) or shared container shipping, you may also send heavy machinery and many cars, but you will be charged for the space only your goods will occupy. The remaining space will be occupied by goods & vehicles of other people. This shipping method is way cheaper than other modes of transport but will take time to deliver your shipment. The shipping company needs to fill the container before loading it on the ship, which takes time.
How much time will it take to ship to Guyana from New York?
The time taken in the delivery of a shipment depends upon the shipping method. Moreover, if the documentation process is not complete, the delivery of items or vehicles might be delayed. However, if there are no delays or restrictions in the process, it may take an average of 16-20 days for shipping to Guyana from New York
What is the cost of shipping to Guyana from New York?
The cost of shipping a vehicle or item can vary due to different factors. Such as the weight and size of the item, the taxes applicable at the time of shipping, or the customs duty on the shipment as it arrives at the port of the destination country.
However, if you are shipping a vehicle to Guyana, then the average cost of shipping ranges from $2000 to $4200 and can vary depending upon the number and types of cars you are shipping. Also, the shipping cost depends on Guyana’s import tariffs and customs duty.
Duty & Customs
Import on items in Guyana maintains a Common External Tariff (CET) rate that ranges from 5% to 20% of the total value of the cargo. Furthermore, the import of agricultural products incurs a 40% tariff rate.
A 14% VAT is another additional cost applicable to all imports and locally made items in the country. It is calculated based on CIF (Cost, Insurance, and Freight) value plus the total import duties or other taxes. But there are exceptions to VAT imposed on renewable energy technologies. In addition, the Guyanese customs inspection of items & vehicles at the seaport may also incur extra charges.
According to the Excise Tax Act of 2005, a fee is also imposed on everything considered consumable such as alcoholic beverages, vehicles, tobacco, and alcoholic beverages. For vehicles, it is calculated based on their age, engine capacity, type, and usage. Such as only vehicles older than four years and exceeding 1500cc are subject to excise tax in Guyana.
Items with excise duty also attract 14% Ad Valorem tax. However, GRA Commissioner-General can waive the excise duty if imported items are only for temporary use.
Prohibited & restricted import items in Guyana
There might be procedural obstacles in the customs process of a country because of the continuous change in customs laws. Import of some items might be legal in a specific place, whereas it might not be in another.
Moreover, the authorities keep changing the list of prohibited items. So, if you are shipping to Guyana from New York, it is necessary to have the current information regarding prohibitions and restrictions on certain import items or vehicles in the country.
We have outlined some of the items which either you cannot import into the country or require special permission from GRA (Guyanese Revenue Authority).
Prohibited items include counterfeit money, yellow or white phosphorus-based matches, goods having no trademark, and obscene material. In addition, the import of infected animals and food unfit for human consumption also come under this restriction. Moreover, you cannot ship shaving kits manufactured or exported from Japan, and opium to Guyana. According to the Guyanese customs law, trying to import any of these products may incur a heavy penalty or fine.
While the import of restricted items may require licenses or certifications from relevant authorities. The import of ammunition and firearms will require a written letter from the Guyanese Police Commissioner. Likewise, certain drugs made from cannabis may require certification from a Medical Officer.
Effective from 1st October 2020, as an outcome of the National Budget 2020, the Guyanese government has allowed the import of vehicles older than eight years, half-cut cars, and used tires.
Suppose you wish to import a specific item not mentioned in the prohibitions or restrictions. In that case, you may contact the embassy of that particular country where you want to ship your items. It will help you determine if you can ship that item or not.
Documents required for shipping to Guyana from New York
The documentation process for shipping from Guyana to New York could be complicated based on the type of import products. Each item or vehicle may require different specifications, certifications which the authorities verify before clearing them.
However, some necessary standard documents for shipping to Guyana from New York are as follows:
- Bill of Lading
- Certificate of origin
- Commercial or Proforma Invoices
- Packing List
- Electronic Single Administrative Document (eSAD) in ASYCUDA.
- Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).
- Permission certificates from relevant authorities or licenses applicable.
- Shipper’s Letter of Instructions (SLI)
- VIN of a vehicle, registration, title of ownership, and insurance documentation.
Why choose AES for shipping to Guyana from New York?
Guyana has one of the most lengthy and complicated documentation processes. A person could get stuck between what is prohibited, exempted, required, or which certifications to get and from where? The Guyanese customs laws are also changing, and they keep updating the lists of restricted items regularly. But you don’t have to fear this lengthy process, as AES will take care of it all without any hassle.
Handling heavy machinery or oversized cargo
With decades of experience in handling heavy cargo & machinery, AES has shipping partners worldwide, and through their help, our company strives to make the shipping process uncomplicated for you.
We understand that customs‘ importation process and procedure for an oversized cargo in Guyana can frustrate an unfamiliar person to boot. But we are here to take care of your documentation process and guide you at each step of your shipping journey. You will provide us with some info about the machinery and vehicle you wish to send to Guyana, and from there, we’ll handle it further.
We care about your convenience. That is why we provide an all-inclusive solution to your shipping problems. You don’t have to buy any expensive insurance for your shipment, as AES offers to include it in your shipping package. Marine insurance will protect your cargo the entire time it is on the ship, and in case your shipment faces any damage during transportation, you can claim the total value of your loss.
We understand that you might otherwise have different engagements and may not get the time to leave your goods or vehicles at the port. But thanks to our logistics partners, our company can offer to pick up your car, even if it is non-functional or any items you wish to ship from your door and will drop it at the origin port for further shipment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Bill of Lading?
It is a legal agreement between a shipper and the freight carrier, filled with all the information necessary for the carrier to handle and charge for the shipment.
Is it possible to track the shipment while it is in transit?
Yes, it is possible to track your shipment as AES provides live shipment tracking to its customers. You would be able to check the current status of your vehicle or equipment’s position via the app.
There are many factors affecting the overall cost of shipping a car overseas. Shipping distance and transportation method are the two main factors that determine the shipping costs. Other factors like shipping season, taxes, and vehicle size also affect the shipping costs. Get in touch with our customer support to get a custom quote now.