Ship a Car to Saipan

Shipping a Car from the USA to Saipan

Shipping Your Car to Saipan? Car Shipping to Saipan from the USA starts at a cost of $1,650 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 25 – 45 days, depending on the make and model of the vehicle and whether the origin in the USA is on the east or west coast. Below, our 2020 guide will explore everything you need to know about car shipping to Saipan.

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Want more information on car shipping services to Saipan from the USA?

Read on below for our US to Saipan Vehicle Shipping Checklist, Vehicle Import Options, US to Saipan Car Shipping Costs & Time Frame, US to Saipan Vehicle Shipping Options, Ports Served in the US & Saipan, and other details on Car Shipping from USA to Saipan.


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US to Saipan Vehicle Shipping Checklist

Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to ship your vehicle to Saipan.
  • Gather all necessary vehicle documentation, including:

    • Sales Contract / Bill of Sale

    • Car registration

  • Understand the costs of shipping a vehicle, including:

    • Freight and insurance charges when shipping your vehicle

    • Wharf, transport, storage and delivery charges after your vehicle arrives

    • Duties, taxes and fees

    • Cleaning the undercarriage of foreign soil

    • Registration and insurance requirements in the relevant Saipan State or Territory

    • Other charges such as import processing, customs brokers’, and logistics service provider charges

  • Select an international car shipping company and preferred shipping method to transport your vehicle from the United States to Saipan
  • Determine your vehicle’s departure and destination ports
  • Confirm the vehicle’s undercarriage is clean and free of foreign soil

More information on the process of shipping a vehicle to Saipan can be found here.

Vehicle Import Options

As you engage in the vehicle shipping process, some of the most important questions to consider include:

  • Whether you plan to permanently keep the car in Saipan or if it’s just a temporary move,

  • Whether you have been the owner of the car for at least 6 months.

  • Whether you’re importing a new or used vehicle.

These questions and more will determine whether your car is eligible for shipping to Saipan. Your actual tax rate is based on these details.

You should never assume your scenario is the same as someone else’s. Some vehicles such as used cars may have eligibility requirements that differ from those for newer vehicles for import into Saipan. To obtain an estimate of the cost to ship a car to Saipan, fill out our free quick quote form.

Vehicle Import Approval

Upon arrival of your vehicle import to Saipan, the vehicle must be declared in Customs.

You’ll need the following documentation:

  • Copy of Passport
  • Driver’s License and Valid Insurance Policy
  • Purchase Invoice (Original)
  • Title & Vehicle Registration (Original)
  • Ocean Bill of Lading (Specifying brand and model, year, cubic capacity, as well as chassis and engine numbers)
  • Manufacturer’s Letter of Compliance stating the vehicle meets USA emissions and DOT standards.

Things to Consider

  • As a US territory, when shipping a car to Saipan, CNMI from mainland USA, vehicles are subject to USA emission standards. Vehicles that don’t meet USA emission requirements will be shipped back at the owner’s expense.
  • CFR provides the following vehicle shipping to Saipan information for your convenience, but these regulations can and do change without notice. Get in touch with one of our expert shipping agents if you have any questions.

US to Saipan Car Shipping Costs & Time Frame

Using a baseline of a compact car being shipped using the roll-on/roll-off method from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Saipan, our estimate for Car Shipping from USA to Saipan starts at a cost of $1,650 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 25 – 45 days.

However, the cost to ship a car to Saipan can vary according to factors such as the model and make of your vehicle, your current location, the nearest departure port in the USA, your shipping method of choice, availability of your chosen services and your final destination. Additionally, you’ll need to consider costs such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, and Saipan taxes & duties.

Taxes & Duties for Saipan Car Shipping

Prior to shipping a vehicle from US to Saipan, verify your vehicle’s specifications and compliance with Saipan requirements. If you are importing a vehicle to Saipan from the USA, your car will be subject to local customs duties as well as excise tax levied by the Saipan, CNMI government:

  • Passenger Vehicle Valued Under $30,000 – 5% ad valorem
  • Passenger Vehicle Valued Over $30,000 – 5.75% ad valorem

The amount of taxes and import duties payable when shipping a car to Saipan from the US will vary and depends on the details of your shipment.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to ship a car to Saipan, fill out our free quick quote form.

US to Saipan Vehicle Shipping Options

Car Shipping from USA to Saipan can be performed using a shared container, or sole container service.


Shared Container Service – Our best value option! Vehicles are securely loaded into an enclosed ocean container, along with several vehicles that will share in the added expenses for container shipping. These include: customs fees, terminal handling, unloading and trucking charges.

How do we fit several vehicles into a single container? Cars are loaded and stacked using a steel loading system that allows the safe and secure loading of multiple vehicles, without relying on potentially damaging wood and nails.

Unlike Roll-On/Roll-Off car shipping, you’ll have the added security of a fully enclosed container with no exposure to the elements. However, the container must reach capacity prior to shipping, so you might experience a longer wait time before your vehicle ships out to Saipan.


Full Container Load – Our top of the line car shipping solution! Just like our shared container service, enjoy the advantage of a fully enclosed shipping container that will contain solely your vehicle. Added terminal handling expenses won’t be shared with other vehicle owners, but there won’t be an added wait for the container to reach capacity. You’ll enjoy a shorter wait before the vehicle ships out.

Once CFR receives your vehicle, our agents will photograph and record the vehicle’s condition. Vehicles are carefully loaded using our steel loading framework, ensuring safe and secure shipping. When the vehicle is loaded as a full container load, it is locked and secured for transport so that it can’t be accessed before reaching its destination in Saipan. We invite our customers to transport additional items inside the vehicle, since the car will be fully enclosed in a secure container. However, please make sure everything is packed securely, as we won’t be responsible for any damages.

Upon arrival in Saipan, our shipping agents will unlock the container, make note of the vehicle’s condition into our guaranteed condition report. Compared to our Roll-On/Roll-Off Service, enclosed container transport to Saipan is safer, as well as quicker thanks to regular weekly departures.

Additional Services


Sourcing Vehicles – For a small fee, our shipping agents can assist overseas clients with vehicle sourcing and car buying. Take advantage of the network of reputable car buyers we’ve developed in our over twenty years as leaders in the shipping industry.


Other Services – Some of the auto transport services we offer in overseas territories include domestic pickup, vehicle import assistance, tracking of your shipment, customs clearance in the USA and a full vehicle inspection report.

Ports Served in the US and Saipan

Departure Ports – United States

The location your vehicle will depart from depends on the method of car shipping to Saipan, where your vehicle is located, your budget and which services the nearest port offers. We have multiple departure locations in the USA, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Savannah and more.


Destination Ports – Saipan

CFR Rinkens can arrange for vehicle shipping services to just about any worldwide destination. We offer vehicle shipping services from mainland USA to Saipan, the capital island of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage

Before shipping your vehicle to Saipan, the undercarriage must be cleaned and free of foreign soil to prevent the introduction of invasive plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. This can be accomplished through steam cleaning or other thorough cleaning methods.

CFR Rinkens can assist with finding an appropriate cleaner to help ensure you comply with this requirement. We do not recommend washing the interior of the vehicle as it can cause mold during transport. Vacuuming the interior is usually more than sufficient.

Plating Your Vehicle in Saipan

To register your imported vehicle in Saipan, you must submit a vehicle registration application. Our shipping experts can assist with arrangements.

The application for registration shall be made on the following form, signed by the owner or authorized representative with written authorization. For more information, you can visit the official Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – Department of Public Safety.

Other Saipan/US Shipping Options

This information was updated in October 2019. All information, time frames, pricing, and regulations are subject to change. Please contact a sales representative for the most current rates and information.