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Importing a used or new car to Tanzania involves a simple procedure. When you take time to research on the type of car and learn about the regulations, you will get the right car. Used cars are an alternative for people on a slim budget.
Importers should know the procedure, regulations and considerations for importing a car to Tanzania. The process of importing your dream vehicle as per the law of Tanzania is simple. Regardless of the vehicle type, it must pass through road-worthiness inspection. When the vehicle is roadworthy, the officials who inspected it will issue a certificate. When you use a reputable importing agency, it will provide the inspection service before shipping the vehicle.
If you are considering importing a car to Tanzania from Japan, it must undergo a JAAI inspection (Japan Auto Appraisal Institute). This inspection is applicable for people who import second hand vehicles from Japan. JAAI is a non-profitable organization that is supervised by the Japanese Government. In case the vehicle fails to pass the inspection, the seller must perform repairs to import it to Tanzania.
If the individual imports a car that does not have the certificate, the owner or importer must pay the penalty. There are Tanzania Tax regulations that an imported vehicle and owner must adhere. In most cases, the price of the car includes the inspection fees, as well as, the handling fees. Import duty depends on the type and engine capacity of the vehicle that you want to import to Tanzania.
For example, for any vehicle whose engine capacity is 2000cc, it is entitled to import duty of 25% and 20% VAT. This adds up to the dutiable value of 50%. A car whose engine capacity is more than 2000cc falls under the import duty of 25%, 20% VAT, and 10% excise duty. The dutiable value of this car accumulates to 65%. If you are importing a passenger van, pickup, lorry or bus, you will pay 15% import duty, and 20% VAT. This accumulates to 32% dutiable value. Alternatively, the tax regulations depend on the age of the car. For instance, if you are importing a car to Tanzania that is 10 years or more, you are entitled to higher taxes than those that are 10 years and below.
How old should the used car that you want to import be? The Tanzanian law states that people cannot import vehicles that are 10 years. Older vehicles can also be imported but at a penalty of 20%. Apart from the inspection and vehicle year, it is essential to understand the local taxes of Tanzania before importing a vehicle. Depending on the policies of the government, the local tax regulations change with time. Therefore, it is necessary that you contact the local authority to gather information before you import a car.
Apart from the inspection, import duty and tax regulations you require to understand the order and payment confirmation; how to select the right car; shipping procedure in terms of departure and booking; among other relevant information. When you consider and conduct thorough research concerning the above points, the next step is to clear the vehicle and start driving.