Duty Free Concession when importing a car in Zimbabwe

Duty Free Concessions – Travelers Rebate When importing in Zimbabwe

Individuals who personally import their vehicles are entitled to the travellers rebate if they qualify for such. The effect of this is that the determined value is reduced by usd300.00 to give the effective value for duty purposes. It should be noted that there is no aggregation of the traveler’s duty free allowance. In cases where several members of the same family are travelling together in the vehicle being imported, only one member can claim the duty free allowance on the vehicle. The other family members can claim their duty free allowances on other goods they may be importing.

Valuation of Cars when importing vehicles in Zimbabwe

Valuation of Motor Vehicles By Zimbabwe Customs

The valuation of motor vehicle as with the other goods is in accordance to Part X of the Customs and Excise Act [Chapter 23.02]. ZIMRA reserves the right to accept declared values or in some cases, reject the declared values when the declared values do not reflect a bona-fide open market value. This is usually the case with used motor vehicles when ZIMRA will assess the values of the imported cars. The assessment of values is in accordance with Section 112 of the Customs and Excise Act.

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Documents Required when importing a car in Zimbabwe

Documentation Required When importing a car in Zimbabwe

The following documents are required to be produced on importation:-

  • Invoice/agreement of sale
  • Police clearance – SARPCO Certificate (when imported from a country in Southern Africa
  • Export bill of entry and supporting documents
  • Registration book (in the case of used motor vehicles)
  • Selling commission
  • Brokerage
  • Storage
  • Handling
  • Documentation
  • Freight (up to the place of importation, only when the vehicle is not driven to such place of importation)
  • Insurance (up to the place of importation)

Declaration when importing a car in Zimbabwe

Particulars of Vehicle on Entry in Zimbabwe – Declaration

It is a legal requirement that a person importing a vehicle into Zimbabwe makes a declaration of the particulars relating to the vehicle. A declaration on Form 47 (ZIMRA Customs Declaration Form) should be completed giving all the necessary information as required. The information required pertains to the details of the importer and those pertaining to the vehicle. Of paramount importance is the declaration of value which should tally with the selling price on the invoice or agreement of sale in the case of purchased vehicles. It should be noted that it is an offence to make a false declaration.

Importing cars via Plumtree border

Importing cars in Zimbabwe from Plumtree border Namibiai

Plumtree border has suddenly become very popular as more and more Zimbabweans are choosing to get their vehicles shipped to Walvis Bay in Namibia. There is a perception that vehicles get cleared quickly in Walvis Bay and also wrong perception that one gets lower duty in Plumtree border. Zimbabwe Revenue Authority charges the same duty no matter which border you cross. One advise we do offer is to get a good Custom Clearance agency with presence in Plumtree or any other border post you choose to use in addition to your port of entry.

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used Cars for Sale in Zimbabwe

used Cars for Sale in Zimbabwe

used cars for sale in Zimbabwe are available at world’s top LHD RHD car, 4WD, luxury car, van, minibus, truck, bus and machinery exporter. We have been buying and selling quality new and used vehicles since 1911 and have myriad of satisfied customers all over Zimbabwe. Some of our services include Car Buying and Selling, Cars bought for cash, Sale on Commission, car search, export worldwide and preparation of export documentation. used Cars are always on sale at world’s top used Car Dealer and world’s top new car dealer and exporter.

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Zimbabwe to allow import of used vehicles older than 5 years

Zimbabwe government will allow import of used vehicles older than 5 years

The Zimbabwe Government has indefinitely suspended the ban on used car imports that are five-years-old and above while the importation of Left-Hand-Drive vehicles will not be allowed from November 1, 2011.

The bans are provided for in Statutory Instrument 154 of the Road Traffic Act. No Left-Hand-Drive vehicle will be allowed into the country from October 2011 on. But those already in the country and imported by October 31, 2011were allowed to continue plying the country’s roads until they outlive their economic lifespan

The new arrangement will be provided for in the amended Statutory Instrument to be gazetted soon. Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Minister Nicholas Goche told journalists in October 2011 that after consultation on the proposed ban, Government had decided to lift it until the economy improves. When the ban was introduced, the minister said Government expected that the economy would have improved and that capacity utilisation by industry by end of 2009 would be around 60 percent.


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Zimbabwe Country Description By Zimbabwe top Car 4WD pick-up SUV Dealer exporter

Thailand  top new and used car 4WD vigo triton exporter to Zimbabwejim is Thailand’s, Australia’s, New Zealand’s and Untied Kingdom’s top exporter to Zimbabwe. A landlocked country of south-central Africa, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) lies between the Zambezi River on the N and the Limpopo River on the S. It has an area of 390,580 sq km (150,804 sq mi), with a length of 852 km (529 mi) WNW–ESE and a width of 710 km (441 mi) NNE–SSW. Comparatively, the area occupied by Zimbabwe is slightly larger than the state of Montana. Bounded on the N and E by Mozambique, on the S by the Republic of South Africa, on the SW by Botswana, and on the NW and N by Zambia, Zimbabwe has a total boundary length of 3,066 km (1,905 mi). Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, is located in the northeast part of the country.

The word “Zimbabwe” is derived from the Shona dzimba dza mabwe (house of stones). It has been written that one of the most striking features of Zimbabwe is the depth of its historical roots; that the past of Zimbabwe can be followed, through both traditions and documents, as a continuous story for five centuries. With more than a passing resemblance to a magazine’s “best of” issue cover, Zimbabwe is a beautiful country to visit, with hinterlands which are positively bursting with gorgeousness, both four-legged and furry, wild and winged, spiky and splashy.

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Zimbabwe Import Duty

Zimbabwe Import Duty

Zimbabwe uses the GATT system of tariff codes. Imports are subject to duty, import tax, and surtax. Capital goods are exempt from all three. Duties mostly range between 15% and 20% but can go as high as 60%. The surtax is 10% and sales tax is charged the importer as the end-user. The customs duty for textiles is 5% and the duty for clothes is 15%. Zimbabwe is a member of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC), which was formed to promote “regional integration,” and the 22-nation Preferential Trade Area (PTA) of Eastern and Southern Africa, which provides reduced duties on trade between member countries.

Import duty on Vehicles

The rates of duty on imported motor vehicles are dependent on the type of vehicle being imported. Information obtained from (http://www.zimra.co.zw/index.php?view=items&cid=1%3Aduty&id=187%3A-can-you-give-the-rates-of-duty-charged-for-cars-and-their-different-categories&option=com_quickfaq&Itemid=8)

a) Motor vehicles for the transport of ten or more persons including the driver attract Customs Duty of 0% to 60% (buses, kombis, etc.)

b) Motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons other than those mentioned above attract Customs Duty of 25% to 40%. These vehicles include light passenger motor vehicles, station wagons, etc.)

c) Motor vehicles for the transport of goods attract Customs Duty of 25% to 40% depending on the gross vehicle weight. This category includes pick-up trucks and double cabs

In addition to the Customs Duty, there is Value Added Tax (VAT) of 15% and Surtax of 25% on second-hand motor vehicles which are more than five years old.

Please note that a few years back duty on Double Cab vehicles was increased substantially and an importer was required to pay in foreign exchange. The importers are now buying Single Cab and Extra Cab Vigoes.

used Vehicle

There is no restiction on how old a vehicle may be imported in and no road worthiness inspection is required. Though as mentioned above vehicles older than 5 years attract a 25% surcharge.

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Zimbabwe Vehicle Information

Zimbabwe Vehicle Information

Zimbabwe is a Right Hand Drive country and Jim Autos Thailand, Jim Autos Singapore, Jim Autos United kingdom, Jim Autos New Zealadn and Jim Autos Australia are exporting Right Hand Drive new and used Toyota Hilux Vigo, Toyota Hilux Tiger, Mitsubishi L200 Triton, Nissan Navara and a host of other 4WD pickups and SUVs to Zimbabwe via Durban and Beira ports. Zimbabwe allows import of both RHD and LHD vehicles but it is safer to use RHD vehicles and bulk of our exports are of RHD vehicles.

A very good network of paved roads stretches across the countryside. Personal automobiles remain the most reliable form of transportation between cities, but the frequent lack of fuel at many Petrol stations can make long distance traveling problematic. Most travelers fill up in Harare before leaving the city, and carry adequate fuel for the round trip in portable “jerrycans”.


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