Tanzania has several laws and regulations regarding the importation of vehicles. It’s important to understand these regulations before you make your purchase. Doing so will help you stay compliant. It will also help you avoid challenges that can be costly in terms of time and money.
Japan is one of the most well-known countries that provides export quality used cars to many countries around the world. Among other countries, Tanzania is one of them. Like other countries, if you want to import car from Japan to Tanzania, you need to know some important information.
In this article, I’ll share the general rules, regulations and other information that will help you to import Japanese used cars to Tanzania.
Why Import a Japanese Used Car to Tanzania?
When it comes to used cars, most people prefer Japanese cars. Both new and used cars are imported from Japan to Tanzania. The reason behind the hype of used cars are: you can also chekc the reason by this entry.
These are the basic information that will help you to import car from Japan to Tanzania. Tanzania is one of the largest importers of used cars from Japan to East African countries. If you understand and follow all the laws and regulations of importation, it will be an easy process to go through.
Used cars from Japan are shipped to the port of Dar Es Salaam to be imported into Tanzania.
JAAI inspection is elementary for vehicles imported from Japan. Vehicles imported into Tanzania from Japan must have passed the JAAI inspection. Before importing a vehicle from Japan, make sure that the vehicle has passed the JAAI inspection. A JAAI certificate will be sent along with the shipping documents.
There is no age limit for importing used cars from Japan into Tanzania. However, used motor vehicles of 8 years or more, counted from the year of manufacture, will be charged additional excise duty while importing into Tanzania:
Non-utility vehicle fee: 25 percent
Charge for utility vehicles: 5 percent
The importation of buses, vans, cars, trucks, etc. to be used on public roads in Tanzania must follow this rule. However, this rule does not apply to machinery, cargo, agricultural equipment, graders or bulldozers.
[Taxation in TANZANIA]
1.Vehicles with engine capacity up to 2000cc:
Import duty 25%.
Cumulatively this is 50% of the dutiable value.
2.Vehicles with engine capacity over 2000cc:
Import duty 25%
Excise tax 10%.
Cumulative 65% of dutiable value
In addition, if the vehicle is older than 8 years, you must also pay excise duty, which is 25% for non-utility vehicles and 5% for utility vehicles.
The excise duty also varies depending on the engine capacity. The duty is levied on goods and services produced locally or imported. It depends on the basis of different engine capacity.
Vehicle applicable rate of different capacity:
1.Cylinder capacity not more than 1000cc- 0%.
2.Cylinder capacity more than 1000cc but not more than 2000cc- 5%.
3.Cylinder capacity over 2000cc- 10%.
[Documents required for importation]
1.Bill of Lading
5.Agent’s power of attorney
6.Import Permits from TFDA and TBS (Tanzania Bureau of Standards)
7.Taxation in TANZANIA
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