The largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is the capitol and an economic center. It is the hub of fashion, music, media and finance. A bustling city it has immense employment opportunities attracting people from other parts of the world to stay on a short term or long term basis. If you are relocating to Dar es Salaam for work or to study, you might be interested in importing your personal vehicle from USA. As the city has a large network of road, it is easy to commute and enjoy the beauty of the verdant city. Although public transport is available, reliability is higher when you drive on your own.
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Tanzania has very flexible laws on importing vehicles and there is no age limit on the used vehicles. However, there are higher percentage of duties and taxes applicable, if the vehicle is over 10 years. Thus, ensure that you discuss the details of the export/import with the shipping service that is taking care of the transportation of the vehicle. Additionally, there are roadworthiness tests that need to be cleared before the car can be driven publically. If the vehicle fails the test then it will have to undergo modifications and clear it again before the Ministry of Transport in Tanzania allows it on the road.
There is a 25% import duty on all used cars and 10% to 20% VAT on all cars that are imported to Dar es Salaam. With plenty of ports in Tanzania, freight shipping is a profitable business and when you work with a reliable shipping service that specializes in international transportation such as A1 Auto Transport service, it helps to smoothen out the process.
Submission of documents.
There are plenty of documents that are needed when you are shipping to Tanzania. You will need to submit these:
- Valid driving license.
- Original car title deed.
- Insurance documents.
- Passport of the owner.
- Original bill of purchase.
Additionally the cost of the shipping will depend upon the method of shipping you select. You can choose from RORO or container shipping. When you compare the cost of both, RORO is cheaper as you only pay for the space occupied by the vehicle. In this method of shipping, you are not allowed to keep your personal things in the vehicle but only the spare tire, floor mats and car jack are allowed. While in container shipping, you have to hire the complete 20 feet or 40 feet container to secure the vehicle and transport other goods that need to be sent to Dar es Salaam.
You can contact Tanzania Revenue Authority and find the taxes and duties that are currently applicable. It will help you plan the shipping and import of vehicle better.
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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