One of the most populous cities in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo is the second largest city and the industrial center and railway hub of the nation. This was due to the strategic position of the city as it is near South Africa and Botswana. This is one of the reasons Bulawayo has a higher population and if you intend moving here on a short term or a long term basis, you might like to explore the beautiful city and suburbs of Bulawayo and Harare. Another reason you will require your personal vehicle is that the public transport isn’t very regular or efficient. Thus, before you move from USA to Bulawayo, ensure that you understand all aspects of the import so there are no delays.
As Zimbabwe is a landlocked country, shipping your vehicle to Bulawayo will require freight shipping till the closest seaport of Beira in Mozambique. Although river ports and harbors abound and Harare is a busy port city, you have the option of land transportation of your vehicle from Beira port in Mozambique or further transport the vehicle through the river routes. However, to make the process seamless, it is important to hire an international auto shipping service like A1 Auto Transport service that has decades of practical experience moving vehicles to South Africa.
As per Zimbabwe Revenue Authority the Form 47 has to be filled which is the ZIMRA Custom declaration Form that requires all of the pertinent information about the vehicle that is being imported. Additionally, only vehicles with steering on the right side are allowed to be imported. All vehicles are charged a fixed custom duty of 40% apart from the 25% surcharge if the vehicle that you are importing is older than 5 years. However, other than that rules are lax and there are no emission standards or roadworthiness of the vehicle that is checked.
Documentation to be submitted
However, as with shipping to any international destination, there are a host of documents to submit along with copies. Here is a list of essential documentation that is needed:
- Car title deed
- Ownership proof and passport
- Driver’s license
- Insurance certificate
- ZIMRA Custom declaration Form
- Letter of Authority from SABS
- Import permit
Affordable methods of shipping
Although the quickest method of shipping your vehicle would be by air, but it is exorbitantly expensive and that is why it is important that you select RORO or container shipping. Although Zimbabwe does not have a sea-port, the car can be transported through land over multi-carriers or driven across the Mozambique border. However, from the domestic US port to Mozambique port, you can select RORO wherein the car is driven on the deck, secured and harnessed for minimum damage during transit and then driven off the Mozambique port. If you are looking to transport household goods or an expensive vehicle, it makes sense to spend more and hire a 20 feet or 40 feet container.
It would be difficult to import your vehicle to Zimbabwe without clearance of custom duties and submission of the essential documentation. You might like to get further details and clarification about the import of your vehicle from the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
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.