Gisenyi is located in the district of Rubavu in the Western Province of Rwanda. It is also neighboring Goma, which is the city across the border which separates Rwanda and Congo.
Back in 2010 the harmonized process for vehicle registration was integrated in Rwanda in compliance with other East African Community countries. This means that there is now a uniform set of regulations which applies across the entire region, making the shipping in between these countries incredibly easy. Residents of the country, who are returning to Rwanda, can take advantage of the reduction duty which is available in case the car is not a commercial one. Those who work for a non-governmental organization as well as government aid workers and also diplomats from other countries may also qualify for a duty reduction.
Just as any other import, you are going to be required to submit a lot of documents and to fill out plenty of paperwork. You would also have to take care of taxes and fees. The documentation that you need to prepare includes:
- Insurance policy.
- Driver’s license.
- A visa or a passport.
- Bill of Lading as well as Invoice.
- Registration and Title.
- Certificate of Origin.
If you have any further questions regarding the particular visa categories, you should go ahead and contact the Embassy of Rwanda. You would be exempt from visa requirements if you come from the USA or from the UK.
Taxes and Import Fees.
The customs agent is going to determine the value of your vehicle. The taxes and the fees are going to be based on this value. You would have to pay an approximate 25% of the value of your car in duty taxes and 18% VAT. An additional 5% is going to be charged as a Consumption tax.
Being the cheapest, the RORO shipping method is the overly preferred choice. Your car is going to be driven on a shipping deck on its own wheels. The carrier ships are specifically designed to withhold great loads and the decks are equipped with fastening devices.
At the same time, the container shipping is popular amongst people who would want to transport other personal belongings with the car. If you want the agent to pick up your car from your door, you would have to pay extra. The sizes of the containers are 20ft and 40ft and you can choose one according to your needs. You can fill the leftover space with other items or you can share the container with someone else to reduce the shipping cost.
Driving and Vehicle Regulations.
It doesn’t matter how old your car is, the only requirement is that the wheel is on the left side of it. Toyota is the best option for you because finding a spare part would be easier in Rwanda. While other parts are also not hard to find, often you would have to order them overseas.
The roads are rather rough. There are some which are paved but the majority of them are rugged as well as unpaved. It is highly advisable to get a four-wheel drive or a SUV.
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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