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Customs regulations south Africa: Used Cars

Import requirements for South Africa

1. Motor Car (New or Used cars)

Returning residents and other car exporters are cautioned not to assume that import permits will be issued automatically as long as they undertake to pay the applicable duties For the necessary application forms, see ‘Documents Required.

a) Import Duty and Tax on Cars

As an example, the cumulative duties and taxes payable on a car with a value of approximately R200 000 are ±70% of the market value All vehicles with a value for ad valorem customs duty purposes of less than R130 000 do not pay ad valorem customs duty on importation into South Africa.
If the original purchase invoice for the car is not available, three written valuations must be obtained from motor car dealers in the country of export to assist the customs clearance process in South Africa

b) Import Permit

All used motor vehicles are subject to the production of an Import Permit that must be obtained prior to the vehicle being shipped to South Africa .

For the import permit application

You Will need to contact the department of trade and industry 012 3943610 speak to Mrs van Vuuren

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    For the application of the SABS permit

    Sifiso Phakathi, phone +27 (0)12 428 6534 email: phakatsz@nrcs.org.za
    Charlotte Makou, phone +27 (0)12 428 6891 email:makouck@nrcs.org.za
    Call Centre +27 (0)12 428 5000
    Only Once you have got those 2 documents, you can then proceed to ship the vehicle.
    Keep in contact with us once you get these documents for further advice on procedures.
    Documents required for clearance – to be received at least 7 days prior to shipment arrival in durban :

    We can arrange the customs clearing and all port documentation for the clearing of the car.

    You need to establish that the vehicle can in fact be imported first .you will be allowed to bring it in on the following conditions:
    ( If customs insist on duty being brought to account , duty will be calculated as follows :
    Advalorem tax can be calculated from around 4 % of the vehicle value but the percentage increases based on a sliding scale with the value.

    To qualify for the Duty/VAT rebate from Customs S.A.

    Vehicle has to be registered and owned by yourself for a period of not less than 12 months prior to shipping. You have to be permanent resident in the country from where you have purchased the vehicle or/ a non resident of S.A but intends to permanently settle in S.A. with a valid permanent residence permit for S.A

    Clearance costs for small passenger vehicles ( by Ro-Ro shipping) are as follows: estimated/subject to change

    Other costs if shipment release is delayed by Customs,

    ( + VAT where applicable)

    Shipping rates to South Africa (Durban)

    Vehicle Type RO/RO Prices / Costs Shared Container prices / Costs
    Saloon Vehicle e.g Toyota avensis from £1000enquire
    4x4 Vehicle e.g. Landrover discovery from £1050
    Vans e.g Vauxhall Combo enquire
    2 cars(saloon / 4x4) -

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