SHIPPING VEHICLES TO SOUTH AFRICA
With the high cost of buying used cars in South Africa,
many immigrants or returning residents are finding that
shipping their own cars from the UK to South Africa is
a very attractive alternative. Even after paying the shipping
and Customs fees the savings can still be very significant.
The import process can be a little daunting but we are
here to offer you help and advice.
We are very experienced in shipping all types of vehicles
to South Africa and you will find our rates for roll on
roll off or containerised shipments to be the most competitive
in the market.
Main ports in South Africa are:
• Port Elizabeth
• East London
• Cape Town (containers
SOUTH AFRICAN IMPORT REQUIREMENTS:
• Import permit (Must
be obtained prior to shipping)
• Letter of Authority
• Customs form DA304/A
• Registration papers
• Valuation for customs
Import permits can be obtained from:
The Director of Import & Export control
Department of Trade & Industry
Private bag x 192
Tel +27 12 428 7793
Letters of authority can be obtained from:
The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)
Private bag x 191
Tel +27 12 428 6276
CUSTOMS DUTIES AND TAXES:
Immigrants to South Africa are allowed to import one motor
vehicle per family free of Duty and tax provided the vehicle
has been in your ownership and used for at least 12 months,
and will not be sold for 2 years after the date of importation.
Additional vehicles may be imported but Duty and taxes
will be levied at the full rate. In all cases, the vehicle
must have been owned and used for at least 6 months.
Returning residents do not qualify for this concession.
If you have been away from South Africa on a non permanent
or working basis (even after several years) you will be
liable to pay the full rates of Duty. If a resident did
leave on a permanent basis and has decided to return to
South Africa he must be able to show intention that the
initial move to the UK was permanent i.e. closure of bank
accounts etc in South Africa or have dual nationality.
AMOUNT OF DUTY PAYABLE:
Duty is 36% (unless the car is over 20 years old then
the rate is 20%)
Ad Valorem Duty is charged on a sliding scale depending
of the value of the vehicle. Minimum is 0.75% and maximum
VAT is at 14%
For more information please contact us on: +44
(0)1268 286999 Ext 68
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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