How to ship a vehicle abroad….

Getting a truck to Guatemala is not an easy task, there are a lot of working components and it seemed to be a logistical nightmare but we did it with all of your help and support!  We could not have accomplished this without you.

After we purchased the truck it sat in the church parking lot for 3 months until we could figure out all of this information. We hope compiling this information could be beneficial to the next person shipping a vehicle abroad.

Step 1: Obtain your vehicle
You may have a vehicle or are getting ready to purchase one. Our vehicle was generously donated by sponsors and we purchased a 2000 Toyota Tacoma  from a person at our church for $4,000.

Step 2: Get the vehicle titled and registered in the name of the business or person
We paid $91.99 to get the Tacoma tilted and registered in the name of Four Letter Word, Inc. and this was tax-free because of our nonprofit status. We also got a temporary tag because we were trailering the truck to Port Canaveral. To get a tag on the truck would of cost more and they take it off once you get to the Port. *Temporary tags are only good for 1 month in the state of Florida.

Step 3: Insure the vehicle 
We used esurance and insured the Tacoma for one month which went on Jon and Rayna’s personal insurance, it prorated and we paid a total of $65.00

Step 4: Contact
We filled out a ton of paperwork; application, release of liability, and signed an electronic signature form. We also needed to provide Four Letter Word’s organizing documents, Rayna’s passport, German’s ID, documents from the Municipality of Xenacoj saying German is affiliated with Four Letter Word, Insurance, and title and registration for the vehicle. We paid a $300 deposit and the total was $1,100.

Step 5: Set a sail date
The boat only transports vehicles every 2-3 weeks, so you will need to set up a date in advance and have your car to port within 3-5 business days before the ship sets sail!

Step 6: Rent a trailer
We rented a U-Haul auto transport trailer and paid $63.13, which included a 24 hour rental. We loaded the Tacoma and hitched it to another pickup truck to transport it to Port Canaveral. *Before trailering your vehicle, make sure to only have 1/4 of a tank of gas, they won’t ship with a full tank.

Step 7: Drop it off at port
After driving to Port Canaveral we dropped it off at the location provided to us in our contract from They were very helpful, we signed the remainder of our documents and waved goodbye to our vehicle on July 8th.

Step 8: Wait it out
The boat has a long journey ahead so here is where you wait, hope, and pray everything goes according to plan. The provided us ample information and confirmation where the boat was at all times. Our contacts in Guatemala arrived at Santo Tomas de Castilla on July 27th and waited for 5 days before they had the truck ready on July 31st. We sent additional money so they were taken care of with meals and lodging during their anxious wait.

Step 9: Picking up the vehicle and paying Government taxes
It was roughly $2,500 to get the Government taxes paid, the car’s gas tank filled up, and get it tagged and titled in Guatemala. We believe the newer the vehicle is the more taxes you have to pay. We had German, our Ambassador, check on the taxes ahead of time.

Step 10: Rejoice!
The vehicle was filled up with gas and driven (overnight) back to Xenacoj, where it now serves a purpose to transport food and assistance for widows and orphans.

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