Ship Your Car To Or From Botswana
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- For the majority of regular vehicles (cars and small trucks), it costs between $1,800 and $3,900 to ship a car from the U.S. to Botswana.
- Most vehicle shipments to the area come from the eastern seaboard in the United States and are shipped in a container.
When you need to have your vehicle shipped to Botswana from the United States, there are many things that you need to be aware of. One thing to know is that the road conditions in Botswana are very rough. Most of Botswana is rugged terrain and only around ¼ of the roadways are paved. Since there are very few paved road it is advisable to have a 4×4 at all times when traveling through the country.
You will need to know where the nearest ports are located to your home or where the vehicle will be shipping from. The transport agent will be able to help you locate the closest ports. If they are far from where you or the vehicle are located, then you will need to make arrangements either with the transport company or with another driving service to drive the vehicle to the port if you will not be accompanying it in person.
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Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Botswana
Botswana has very few regulations and the country does not have any restrictions on importing vehicles into the country. There are some regulations that you will have to abide by though. The regulations are as follows:
- Must have an application form IC.2 (The transport agent will be able to provide)
- Vehicle registration that shows the vehicle has been owned for at least one year
- Import permit or a residence permit issued by the Commerce Committee
- Bill of Sale that shows the total purchase price of vehicle
- A CE101 form that must be copied two times
- Valid passport
- Certificate of Clearance from the police
All vehicles that are imported to Botswana must pay a National Road Safety Fund tax in the amount of $4.52 U.S. dollars. This tax expires at the end of December and must be paid annually. You can gather more information on necessary paperwork and fees that must be paid to import your vehicle by contacting the Botswana Embassy in Washington, DC.
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Documents That Are Required
You will be required to have certain documents filled out and in your possession in order to ship your vehicle to Botswana. You will have to provide the following documents prior to making arrangements to have the vehicle shipped:
- The original Title and Registration
- Original Bill of Sale
- Driver’s License
- Social Security Card
- Signed Power of Attorney if you will not be with your vehicle at the port of exit
Prior to Shipping
Before the date of vehicle shipping you need to make sure that you have a finalized quote for the cost of shipping the vehicle as well as the cost of driving the vehicle into Botswana if you do not plan on meeting the vehicle at the port of entry. You will also need to make sure that you have cleaned the interior and trunk of the vehicle to remove any personal items that may be inside. Since there are no ports directly in Botswana you will need to make arrangements to have the car driven into the country from the nearest shipping port. Durban is the most convenient port to have a car shipped to. You also need to note that it is not legal to drive an imported vehicle on the roadways in South Africa, so you will need to make arrangements with the Customs Clearance Agent to deliver the vehicle to Botswana for you.
Types and Cost of Shipping
The price of shipping will depend on the type that you choose. There are only two ways to ship/export a vehicle into Botswana and that is either Ro-Ro (Roll-On Roll-Off) or Container Shipping. Cost will also vary according to the weight of the vehicle and the distance from the port of exit in the United States to the port of entry to South Africa.
The two types of shipping a vehicle to Botswana are:
- Roll On Roll Off Shipping (Also known as Ro-Ro Shipping): Ro-Ro Shipping is the most preferred method of shipping/exporting a vehicle to Botswana. With Ro-Ro Shipping, vehicles are driven up a ramp onto the carrier ship at the point of origin and driven off at the port of exit. Ro-Ro shipping is the safest way to ship your vehicle as the vehicle is firmly secured onto the carrier. It is also the least expensive way to ship.
- Container Vehicle Shipping: When you use Container Shipping your vehicle will be shipped inside of a container on a carrier ship from the United States to the port nearest Botswana. Container Shipping is a bit more expensive than Ro-Ro Shipping but it is a great value for those who have personal items that need to be shipped along with their vehicles. Containers are available in 20ft or 40ft .Some people choose to share a container with another shipper who may be shipping a vehicle to the same port. Sharing a container can delay the time for your vehicle to ship though due to customs inspections.
Prior to shipping your vehicle to Botswana you need to make sure you have properly filled out all paperwork required. Once you have the correct paperwork you will then need to hire a transport company to take care of the shipping. To find out the specifics of necessary paperwork you can contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and they can direct you to acquiring the paperwork needed.
Before you ship your car to Botswana you will need to obtain and fill out all of the necessary paperwork before you hire the transport company. For a complete list of all forms that will be needed you can contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and they can give you all of the information needed to locate forms that will need to be complete to have your car shipped.
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