Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in South Africa

Year Restrictions

No Age Restriction

Destination Port

Durban (South Africa)

Time of Shipment

RoRo (24-34 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Monthly)

Shipping Line

The Keihin Co., Ltd.

Inspection

No Inspection Required

Shipping Ports:

Durban is the maritime port in South Africa for importing used cars from Japan.

Right Hand Drive Vehicles:

Right Hand Drive vehicles are only permitted for importation in South Africa and as per current legislation left hand drive vehicles which were not registered in RSA before 23 July 2004 may not be registered, licensed, roadworthied and operated on a public road in South Africa.

Documents Required

Documents required while importing used cars from Japan in South Africa.
Important points to be kept in mind while importing the used cars from Japan in South Africa

Duties and Taxes:

Customs duty applicable on the import of used cars from Japan in South Africa is calculated ad valorem of the used cars.

Customs Duty 30% (motor cars more than 20 years old are subject to 20% customs duty.)

Ad Valorem customs duty (based on a sliding scale depending on the value of the vehicle, with a minimum of 0.75% and a maximum of 20%).

Value-added tax (VAT) 15%

As an example, the cumulative taxes and duties payable on the car with a value of approximately R 200,000 are ±70% of the market value. All vehicles with a market value for ad valorem customs duty purposes of less than R 130,000 do not pay ad valorem customs duty on importation into South Africa.

If the original purchase invoice is not available, three written valuations must be obtained from Japanese used Car Exporters to assist the customs clearance process in South Africa.

About importing a second-hand or used vehicle:

You can only import a second-hand vehicle into South Africa if you have been granted a permit to do so. The importation of used vehicles is restricted to protect the local motor vehicle manufacturing industry. Permits are only issued under specifically defined circumstances. Mainly returning South African nationals and immigrants who have permanent residence are permitted to bring vehicles registered in their names into the country.

Other cars that may be imported include racing cars, vintage passenger vehicles, specially designed vehicles and inherited vehicles. Before you import a used vehicle, goods vehicle or trailer you must first obtain a letter of authority from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). More information is available in the import guidelines on vehicles and components compiled by International Trade Administration Commission (Itac).

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