The Zambian city of Kabwe was earlier known as Broken Hill due to the intense mining operations for zinc and lead that were undertaken in the early 20th century. The legacy has continued and even today, it is an important center for mining and transportation.
If you are moving to Kabwe, it helps to bring over your own vehicle as public transport is unreliable, overcrowded and you might encounter language barriers. That is why it helps to have your own car or vehicle to travel within and out of the city limits.
There are stringent rules when it comes to auto import regulations, as an import permit and letter of Authority is mandatory before the vehicle docks at the last port. You might need to contact the South African Bureau of Standards for getting the requisite approvals.
Information on paperwork.
Every import requires proper documentation and there is basically no age limit but a limitation is there on vehicles over 25 years old. The main documents include:
- Proof of owner- passport, photo ID.
- Bill of Sale.
- Letter of Authority.
- Title deed of the vehicle.
- Insurance policy.
- Import Permit.
- Customs Release Notification form.
You might want to talk with A1 Auto Transport service so that you are clear about the cost of shipping. We’ll assist you with the financial information so that you are clear about the break-down of the cost.
Methods of shipment.
When you are shipping a vehicle to Kabwe, you have three options- air shipping, Roll-on/Roll-Off and Container shipping. However, air shipping is too expensive and is usually not an option. The RORO method of shipment is the cheapest as the car is driven on, parked on the open bay and then driven off the ship. It has to be empty but only the car jack, spare tire; extra set of keys and floor mats is kept.
The container shipping is more expensive than RORO but you are allowed to put your personal items and vehicle, inside the large 20 feet or 40 feet container and then it is sealed. As Zambia is a landlocked country, it is important that your vehicle is offloaded at Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Then it will be transported by land to Kabwe.
If you need more information, you can contact the Embassy of Zambia and get a better perspective on the laws.
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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