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.
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.
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.
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
- 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)
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.