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Kigali is the capital of Rwanda and the country’s largest city. It is located near the geographic center of the region and it is the economic as well as cultural and transport hub of the country since the independence in 1962. Ever since the year 2010, the country of Rwanda is using an integrated vehicle registration system along with other East African Countries which allows people to take advantage of a simplified registration procedure which is all and the same for everyone. There is an exemption on the import duty for residents of Rwanda who are returning to the country. NGOs as well as government aid workers and diplomats can also take advantage of duty exemptions.

There is no age limit of the vehicles which are brought into the country but they must be with a left-sided steering wheel and this is mandatory. Interestingly enough, the cars which are most common in the country are Toyotas and there are plenty of spare parts for them in case you need a repair. You can find car parts for other brands as well but they might be delivered from somewhere else in case you need servicing in the country.

The roads of the country are rather rough compared to U.S. and European standards. Some of them are paved but most of them are made out of dirt and unpaved. This is why it’s recommended to use a four wheel drive. To know more about driving in Rwanda, you will need to connect with an experienced shipping service such as A1 Auto Transport service.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Kigali

Kigali to (New York port)
to New York, NY
$275$46005+39 days
Kigali to (California port)
to Los Angeles
$350$55005+47 days
Las Vegas, NV to (California port)
to Kigali
$450$55005+47 days
Phoenix, AZ to (California port)
to Kigali
$550$55006+47 days
Seattle, WA to (California port)
to Kigali
$550$55006+47 days
Kigali to (New York port)
to Charlotte, NC
$575$46006+39 days
Chicago, IL to (New York port)
to Kigali
$675$46006+39 days
Miami, FL to (New York port)
to Kigali
$925$46007+39 days
Kigali to (California port)
to Dallas, TX
$1,025$55007+47 days
Houston, TX to (New York port)
to Kigali
$1,075$46007+39 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

Taxes and documents.

What follows is information on the taxes to pay and the documents to submit such that you can get your car imported into Rwanda.

  • Lading bill and an invoice of purchase.
  • Origin Certificate.
  • Registration and Title proof.
  • Driver’s license and international insurance policy.
  • Visa or a passport.

For any further questions and visa categories it is preferable to contact the Embassy of Rwanda. You should be aware that UK and USA citizens don’t need visas but they need a certificate stating that they are not suffering from Yellow Fever.


The taxes are as follows:

  • Customs duty – 24%
  • Withholding tax – 5%
  • Tax of consumption – it may vary depending on the vehicle.
  • Customs duty – 24%
  • VAT – 18%

Container Car shipping is a popular means of transportation because it is incredibly convenient in case you want to deliver other personal property and goods with the car. This is possible because you can use what’s left over from the container to store other personal belongings and there is no limitation. Of course, this also means that the price is slightly more expensive, but it is definitely worth it. You can share it with another person and you can choose from 20ft and 40ft container sizes.

Roll On/Roll Off shipping entails the placing of a car onto a shipping deck on to its actual wheels. The car is driven on the ship and then driven off it once it arrives at the destination. This is the most preferable way of transportation because it is the cheapest.

Joe Webster

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.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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