Cyangugu is a city as well as the capital of Rusizi District in the western part of Rwanda. It is formerly known as Shangugu. The city lies on the southern end of Lake Kivu. Regardless of the reason for your relocation from USA to Rwanda, it is essential to being your vehicle along with you as public transportation isn’t reliable and commuting can become difficult.
That is why explore options of vehicle import from USA to Rwanda when you start planning your move.
Vehicle import regulations.
Residents who have been living afar and want to return to Rwanda will not be required to pay a duty if they want to bring their vehicle back with them, as long as that vehicle is not a commercial vehicle. It is only for personal use with no intent to sell within a stipulated time.
Rwanda follows the EAC rules and regulations for importing a vehicle. Your vehicle will qualify to be duty free if you are returning to Rwanda and you are bringing your personal vehicle. You may be eligible to duty free import if you are a diplomat.
More about Taxes and Documents.
When importing your vehicle, you will be charged a certain amount of taxes and you will need to provide all the documentation required including:
- Original title deed.
- Certificate of origin.
- Proof of insurance.
- Driver's License.
- Passport or visa.
- Bill of Lading.
You can contact the Embassy of Rwanda with any questions you may have regarding importing a vehicle. Anyone importing to Rwanda from the United States or the United Kingdom are exempt from any visa requirements.
To determine how much it will cost for you to import your vehicle, you will need to know how much is charged. All taxes are based on the value price of your vehicle which is determined by a customs agent. This can be calculated as:
* Customs duty ranges from 24%-25%
* 18% VAT
* Consumption tax depends on the value of the vehicle)
* 5%Withholding tax
Shipping Methods Available.
There are two shipping methods to choose from when shipping to Rwanda. These methods are the Roll On/Roll-Off method and container shipping.
The RORO method is the most chosen method of shipping because it doesn't cost as much money. With this method, the vehicle will be driven onto the deck of the ship for transport. It will be fastened down for the trip. Then it will be driven off once it reaches the Rwanda port. The only charge will be for the bay your vehicle is parked in.
Container shipping is a popular choice for those who want to ship personal items along with their vehicle. There are two container sizes to choose from; 20 foot and 40 foot containers. Each size varies in pricing. Once your vehicle is placed inside the container, you can fill the rest of the container up with your personal items. This method will cost more money than the RORO method.
Unlike some countries, there is no age limit on your vehicle but, all vehicles must be driven on the left hand side. When it comes to brand names, Toyota is the most common vehicle in Rwanda so repairing a Toyota would be more practical. Roadways in Rwanda are very rough. While some are paved, others are not so when driving, you will need to be careful. You may need to import an SUV or a 4-wheel drive instead of a car.
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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