Documents essential for Car Import in South Africa

Please note that you must have first obtain these two documents BEFORE you can import a vehicle in South Africa: (1) Import Permit (from the Department of Trade and Industry) and (2) Letter of Authority (from the South African Bureau of Standards).

Only one car or motorcycle is allowed per family and the said vehicle must have been registered in that person's name for at least a year before car's import.

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Documents Required to import a vehicle in South Africa

  • Immigrants need their permanent residence permit issued by the Department of Home Affairs (or a copy)
  • Returning South Africans must show proof of emigration from SA, proof they had permanent residence abroad and evidence that the permanent residence has been withdrawn.
  • A duly completed form DA304A
  • Bill Of Lading
  • Purchase Documents (Invoice(s))
  • Registration Certificate/permit (Deregistration Certificate)
  • Documentary evidence of the date on which delivery of the vehicle was taken
  • Documentary evidence of the date on which the vehicle was handed to the shipper for shipment to South Africa
  • An Import Permit and
  • An original Letter of Authority

Process to get approval to import a car in South Africa

Applications for Import Permits should be addressed to:

  • The Director of Import and Export Control
  • Trade and Industry
  • Private Bag X192
  • Pretoria
  • 0001
  • South Africa
  • Tel: +27 12 428 7793 or 428 7796
  • Fax: +27 12 428 7799
  • E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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