The Vehicle Registration Process For Ethiopia
Moving to a new nation is an adventure. And it would be wise to bring a reliable resource with you for the ride, such as a car. With that said, here are the steps for registering your car in Ethiopia for those willing to jump through the hurdles.
Steps To Register A Vehicle In Ethiopia
The nation’s vehicles are governed by the land Transportation of Ethiopia where owners looking to register their vehicle must stop. Before stopping by the office, have the following items checked off:
- Valid proof of identity
- Citizenship to the nation of Ethiopia
- Proof of current residence
- The customs value information
- The make and model of the car
- The size of the engine
Generally the country makes it easy to register a car once it’s cleared the import procedure. An agent will start the process through an online portal, sending updates and information via email or mobile device to the vehicle’s owner. After a vehicle is successfully registered, a registration book and unique number are issued.
Obtaining a license and registration is different for various organizations and individuals, with changing documents for each. Generally you need an application form, a letter from the organization you’re affiliated with and a letter from an Ethiopian authority granting permission.
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Motor vehicles imported into Ethiopia are subject to many taxes. Five separate taxes in fact. Here they are:
- A customs duty tax
- An excise tax
- A value added tax
- A surtax
- A withholding tax
There are exceptions to the some taxes, depending on the vehicles. Passenger vehicles that carry more than 15 people are exempt from the excise tax. Those that carry more than 10 but less than 15 are also exempt from the excise tax. That exception comes from extra duty taxes imposed on the vehicles upon entering the country.
Rules of the Road
Road conditions are poor at best. Road signs are not maintained well and road conditions are not stellar. Traveling outside of well-populated areas is not advised because of the danger of bandits. If you do travel outside of populated cities, it’s advised to travel in large caravans because of the high possibility of robberies on the roadside.
If an accident occurs, it’s advised that you stay in the vehicle and wait for police. An alternative to driving yourself is not public transportation. It’s not well regulated or monitored and buses are often in poor conditions. Instead a private transport company is recommended.
As far as what to expect of local drivers in the country, driving habits are erratic and other drivers do little to obey the limits imposed. An Ethiopian driver’s license is required to drive a car. Pedestrians and stray animals crossing the road are expected and other vehicles aren’t expected to be in proper maintenance.
Traffic accidents are frequent and sometimes fatal, with public roadside assistance nonexistent in the country.
Resources For Drivers & Vehicles In Ethiopia
Ethiopian Road Transport Authority - A good general resource for drivers and vehicle procedures in Ethiopia, including licensing and registration with links to the appropriate departments.
Embassy of Ethiopia - The Washington, D.C. embassy office for Ethiopia can help you with a broad range of issues, whether you’re staying temporarily or plan on moving to the country permanently.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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