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Byumba is a densely populated city located in the northern region of Rwanda. Currently, it is the capital of the Gicumbi District. It is also a home to an SOS children’s village and is approximately 60 kilometers away from Kigali – the capital of the country.
If you are moving here for an extended period of time, there are quite a few procedures that you would have to complete, if you have to import your vehicle here.
As part of the EAC countries since 2010, Rwanda now abides by the regulations set forth in the agreement between them. It aims to unify the rules when it comes to importation. If you are a returning citizen you would qualify for exemption on your personal vehicle. Others who might get the exemption are diplomats and governmental organizations. However, before you ship your vehicle.
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Taxation and Documentation.
As it is with all other international imports, there are quite a few documents that have to be properly submitted so that the import is rendered legal and the vehicle is cleared after the taxes are paid. They include:
- Certificate of origin.
- Title deed.
- Registration documents of the car.
- Purchase invoice as well as a Lading Bill.
- Passport or a Visa.
- International Driver’s License.
Taxation and Duties.
The taxes that are imposed are based on the price of the vehicle as determined by the customs agent. You would have to pay a duty tax of up to 25% and the VAT which is about 18% of the value. There are additional taxes such as the Consumption tax which is going to be based on the price of the car and a withholding tax that amounts to about 5%.
Roll On/Roll Off shipping method is the most common and preferred means of transportation. The method includes sea transportation in which the vehicles are transported on the carrier deck on their wheels. The sea vessels are specifically designated to provide aid in this particular process.
Container shipping is the next possible option. You can choose private containers which would usually vary between 20ft and 40ft in dimensions. The upside is that you can pack other personal inventory in the space of the container which is not used by the vehicles or you can choose to share a container with another one to make the procedure more affordable. Overall this method is a bit more costly because there are more safety checkpoints and additional procedures that should be taken into account.
Driving and using the vehicle.
There is no limit on the age of the vehicle but it has to be left handed. Some of the roadways could be quite rough as the majority of them are rugged and unpaved which means that you are better off with a 4×4 wheel drive. You might want to contact the Embassy of Rwanda if you have any further questions.