Shipping Car Parts To Colombia: A Quick Guide

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Shipping car parts and even cars to countries all over the world is not uncommon. With the total global value of exported car parts amounting to US$339.8b, Singapore sees US$1.59b worth of automotive parts being exported worldwide.

Common auto parts shipped include bonnets, boots, doors and body panels, engines, gearboxes, wheels, interior, satellite-based navigation/infotainment units and much more.

Whether you’re operating in the auto parts shipping business already or have plans to start your own business, there have been some very important changes within the industry recently. These changes have the potential to save your business thousands of dollars a year, improving your operational bottom line in the process.

Ship to Colombia for less with PASFTA

In late January 2022, a free trade agreement struck between Singapore and four countries in Middle and South America including Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia. Shipping to these countries now means being able to enjoy either substantially reduced or even 0% tariffs.

As per Straits Times Singapore, in 2021, total trade value between Colombia and Singapore was S$327m, a 17% increase from the year before. As Singapore’s sixth largest trading partner in Latin America and the Caribbean, Colombia holds a significant position in our state’s export strategy. The business of auto parts shipping to Colombia specifically will thus show no signs of slowing down anytime soon, and hence the Pacific Alliance Singapore Free Trade Agreement (PASFTA) will be well received by many businesses. 

Tips for packing auto parts for shipping to Colombia

Got some orders that need to be fulfilled and sent to Colombia? Fast-shipping auto parts safely isn’t as simple as bubble-wrapping and sending them out for delivery. Here are some packing tips below to ensure you overcome common cross-border shipping challenges and get your products to their destination safely.

1. Measure twice, cut once

An age-old saying which most definitely applies to shipping car parts to Colombia or anywhere else in the world. Many auto parts are quite heavy and, as such, require a heavy-duty packaging, such as the use of crates, which come at a higher cost than other materials. 

Ensure you order the right-sized crate by measuring the car part(s) you’re shipping at least twice, so you can prevent shipments delays from reordering of crates.

2. Custom packaging for common items

If there are any auto parts you’re shipping in large quantities, it might be time to have a custom packaging design, developed and manufactured. This will potentially save you on shipping costs due to the reduced dimensions and weight catered specifically for car parts with unique and irregular shapes for a tighter fit.

3. Proper protection

Any empty spaces that exist after you’ve placed the item into its packaging needs to be filled. While air balloons might work for other products, car parts are often heavier so opt for packing peanuts instead. You should also wrap the individual car parts with bubble wrap or padded foam wrap.

It may also be worth insuring your package, especially if it’s of high value; where you’ll be able to get comprehensive financial coverage for your shipments in the unlikely event of damage or loss.

4. Secure it all snugly

For shipments of more than one auto part, secure each of the items down so they do not collide with one another while in transit, potentially getting damaged in the process. Even if it’s just a single part, securing it into place reduces movement and will help protect it. Refer to our packaging guide if you need a little help.

5. Prepare it according to shipping regulations

Some car parts require special preparation before being packed and shipped. For example, if the part contains any liquid, it must be drained off completely before you ship them. Some examples of such items include radiators, engines, transmissions and differentials. 

When it comes to batteries, in particular lithium batteries, it is important to know that they are classified as dangerous goods as they are highly flammable. To ensure your shipments are in line with regulations, there are a few procedures to follow, which include the types of labels and packaging to use. Our batteries shipping guide covers them all. 

A reliable global delivery network makes fast-shipping auto parts a breeze

Being able to trust that your logistics partner will get your packages to their destination seamlessly and on time enables you to focus on the more important aspects of operating your business. 

With a worldwide delivery network of 220 countries and territories, DHL Express is uniquely positioned to ensure every auto part fast shipping consignment received is completed to the highest level of excellence. DHL Express’ end-to-end tracking visibility keeps you updated on your shipments’ movements across the globe. Plus, with the ability to offer urgent time-sensitive shipments, you can cater to global customers who require specific car parts shipped over within the quickest possible time, even on the very same day.

For businesses looking to send bulk orders to different recipients within the same country, the DHL Express Breakbulk allows you to consolidate your order under one shipment label and clear them within a single customs entry. This saves you time and money, streamlining your operational costs so you can channel them to other areas of your business.

If you’re looking for a global delivery company you can rely on that offers exceptional service for your business’s needs , create a business account with DHL Express and find out how we can help!