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Whether you are considering shipping a car to Botswana from Japan or United Kingdom, there are some shipping and tax regulations that you must observe. There are transport/shipping services for used and new trucks, buses, vans, and cars in Botswana. In addition, your vehicle can either be shipped through Ro/Ro (Roll on – Roll off) or it can be containerized. The containerized shipping method is more secure and safer than the Ro/Ro method. The vehicle in this method is braced, tied and blocked down, which ensures security during the shipping period. On the other hand, Ro/Ro is cheaper and simpler than the containerized method for shipping cars to Botswana. The vehicle is secured in the vessel, watertight.
For customs clearance, the importer can opt to use the services of an agent or conduct the process on their own. Depending on the address that you issue to the shipping agent in the shipping country, the transporter can come any time and collect your vehicle if the agent made such arrangements. Whether you are importing a new or used car, the vehicle will first land at the Port of Durban. The agent must organize for means by which the vehicle will reach the port of Durban. In most cases, the agent transports the vehicle to Botswana by vehicle carriers.
Your quote for international vehicle transport depends on the total mileage that the vehicle will travel before reaching you. Additionally, the shipping rates will depend on the container type, Ro/Ro and vehicle type. There are import requirements for every agent or individual who wishes to ship a car to Botswana. For example,
- The person must provide documents such as import permit and residence permit issued by the Commerce Ministry. They must present an application form IC.2 that a person can get from the agent of destination
- Papers for car registration and/or any document that proves that the owner used and owned the vehicle for a year
- Purchase invoice or any document that proves the exact purchase price
- CE101 form that you must complete in duplicate, which you must submit alongside your passport, Residence Permit, and Import Permit
- Clearance certificate from the police.
Apart from providing the documents, there are customs regulations. For instance, the person who intends to import the vehicle must be a Botswana resident during the procedure of customs clearance. The car importation process is duty-free, but that depends on the owner’s status. The zero duty applies in specific situations such as when the owner has possessed and used the vehicle for a year before transportation. In addition, the vehicle must arrive in the country within a period of 6 months. If you are considering importing a used car to Botswana, are there age restrictions?
What are the duty charges?
Currently, there are no restrictions on the age of the vehicle that you desire to import to Botswana. When it comes to customs duty for importing a vehicle to Botswana, you will pay 27% while the VAT that the local authorities charge is 12%. Consequently, the VAT and customs duty depends on the vehicle value, which includes inspection and shipping costs of 5%.