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Shipping a car to Durban can be a very simple process as long as you know what needs to be taken care of before you make the shipping arrangements. Durban is one of the leading manufacturing hubs in all of South Africa as well as a hot spot for tourists from around the globe. With the beautiful oceanic scenery and tropical climate, it is a prime area for those who want to relocate to South Africa.
You will need to hire a professional international auto transport company to handle all of your car shipping needs from the United States to Durban. Your shipping agent will fully explain all of the regulations required by customs officials as well as necessary paperwork that is required to ship internationally. You will need to provide your driver’s license, social security number, car title, auto insurance policy and a signed Power of Attorney to the auto transport company prior to shipping.
Durban Motor Vehicle Required Regulations
There are many motor vehicle regulations that you will need to adhere to when importing your vehicle to Durban. Right-hand drive cars only are allowed to be imported to Durban. Each person is allowed to import only one car per individual or family. You must get a Special Import Permit from the South African Embassy while the car is still in the United States prior to importation. If you are an immigrant importing a car to Durban you cannot sell the vehicle for at least two years once it is in Durban. If you are a returning resident of Durban you must pay full import duties and taxes to customs. Temporary residents must pay full import duties and taxes to the South African Customs agent and must have a valid temporary import permit. Foreign Diplomats will not need to pay any import duties or taxes but must provide a Diplomatic Certificate.
You can contact the South African Embassy in Washington, DC for more information on import and customs regulations for Durban, South Africa.
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Documents that are required
You will be required to have certain documents to provide to customs when your vehicle reaches Durban. The required documents are:
- Temporary License
- Original Bill of Sale
- Import Permit
- Original Vehicle Registration
- Forms D.A. 304A and P1.160 (three copies of each)
Documents required prior to Shipping
When shipping a car to any country internationally, including Durban, there are documents that you will need to have filled out prior to being able to ship. These are the required documents that you will need to have:
- Driver’s License
- Original Bill of Sale
- Social Security Card
- Signed Power of Attorney warrant if you will not be with the car at the port of exit
If other paperwork is needed prior to shipping, the transport agent will be able to go over all of that information with you in detail. The transport agent will also be able to go over the port nearest your home to take the car to for shipping as well as the port of entry in Durban. Before you export your car from the U.S. you need to make sure you get a final quote from the agent that includes the cost of shipping, container fee is you choose to ship by container, pick-up and delivery fee if they will need to pick-up and drop-off your car for you. The agent will also go over the different methods of shipping and the cost of each type.
Methods of Shipping Cars
RoRo Shipping– RoRo is the least inexpensive method of shipping your car to Durban. RoRo ships deliver cars, trucks, vans and other wheeled vehicles. Cars are safely driven aboard at the exit port and driven off at the entry port in Durban.
Container Shipping– Container shipping simply means you can have your car shipped inside of a container for international shipping purposes. Container shipping takes a little longer than RoRo Shipping because customs will have to inspect the containers. When you ship via container you can also ship personal and household goods along with your car internationally.
Air Shipping– Shipping by air is the fastest way to have your car shipped internationally. The car is loaded onto a cargo plane and flown to the Durban/King Skanska International Airport in Durban.
To find out more about the documents you will need prior to shipping your car, and other useful information on shipping and customs regulations when traveling internationally you can contact the U.S. Customs office for exportation laws in the U.S. and import regulations for Durban, South Africa as well as other cities and countries around the world.