A major suburb near Banjul, Bakau in Gambia is an important town and is considered to be well-developed with proper infrastructure and communication. It is a bustling city with varied employment opportunities and educational facilities, making it feasible for returning citizens, foreign students and workers to come and stay temporarily or on a long term basis. However, the public transportation leaves much to be desired and that is why it is important to have your own vehicle for faster and easy commuting.
However, roads aren’t in the best condition and during the monsoon, many of them are flooded making commuting a task. That is why it is best to have a SUV or a 4-wheel drive for commuting in Bakau. The main port of entry to Gambia is at Banjul and it accepts both RORO and container shipping, making importing your vehicle easy on your pocket.
Different countries have different laws on vehicle imports and in Gambia, it is important to furnish the car’s Title Deed and Original Bill Of Purchase of the vehicle which has all the details on the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), engine and chassis number, license plate and enumerates the model, make and year of manufacture. It is important to note that only left hand driven vehicles can be imported, so it is better to review the vehicle you have before progressing on the next step.
Additionally, as per the laws, the import duties and taxes usually vary as per the value of the vehicle that you are importing. Although there is a fixed 1% as custom department’s sales tax and an additional 10% levy by the government on all imports. Other documents that are needed to be submitted at the US port and at Gambia Revenue Authority are:
- International Driver’s License.
- Original Bill of Lading.
- Social Security Card.
- Insurance documents pertaining to the vehicle.
Shipping details and methods.
In case, there are more documents that are needed, your shipping service will be able to help you put that in order when you consult them about the shipping. Whether you need door-to-door service or need someone to be authorized and collect the car in Banjul and transport it to Bakau, A1 Auto Transport service can fulfill all the requirements. With over 20 years of experience in internationally shipping of vehicles, give us a call today if you want to ship your vehicle to Gambia. We offer free quote on the total shipping cost and help you customize the shipping completely.
There are different methods of shipping and the fastest yet the most expensive is air shipping but it is not a practical solution. When you are shipping by ocean bound freight ships, RORO or Roll-On/Roll Off is the cheapest method. You will need to clean your vehicle, remove all your things and drive it on board the ship and get it secured in place. It will be driven off the ship at Banjul. Contrarily, in container shipping which is more expensive than RORO, you are allowed to put your personal goods along with the car into a fixed size shipping container of 20 feet or 40 feet. Then it is sealed.
To know more about the regulations, taxes and levies please contact the Embassy of Gambia.
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.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.