Located in a north western town of Swaziland, Piggs Peak was settled when gold was being prospected in 1884. Its main industry today is forestry and has led to commercial businesses and better employment opportunities.
If you are coming to Piggs Peak to live for a year or more, you may want to bring your vehicle with you to get around the city.
Since Swaziland is landlocked, your vehicle will need to be imported to Maputo located in Mozambique or it can be shipped to any South African port and then it can be driven across to Piggs Peak. Once your vehicle reaches the port in Maputo, it will then be placed in a bonded warehouse where it will stay until land transportation can be provided. Once transportation is available, you will need to pay all tariffs and customs duties for your entire import. You won't need to pay any duty while your vehicle is being housed.
Import related documentation.
Before your vehicle is allowed to leave the port in the United States, you will need to submit a stack of documentation needed to process your import request. These documents will include:
- Vehicle purchase invoice.
- Proof of insurance.
- Bill of Lading.
- Original car title.
- Proof of ownership.
Any vehicle coming into Swaziland has to clear the customs duties as applicable. If you are importing a used vehicle, you will need to submit any proof you have that you owned your vehicle for at least one year. The title, as well as the purchase invoice, will need to be submitted also. You will need to pay attention to any commercial and private vehicle importing rules and regulations so that there is no delay. Additionally, you are only allowed to import one vehicle per year. You are required to submit specific documentation so that the vehicle import is legal. These documents are:
- Owner's passport.
- Customs and tax clearance certificate.
- Non-citizen work/residence permit.
- Finance Ministry's import application.
- Purchase invoice with all the vehicle details on the vehicle supplier's letterhead.
If you want to avoid having your vehicle quarantined in Mbabane, you will need to steam clean your vehicle, remove the air conditioning gas, and take out all personal items. You will need to hire A1 Auto Transport Service to assist you in looking over your vehicle and documenting any scratches or dents in your vehicle prior to exporting and sign the certificate.
Sea-bound Freight Shipping Methods.
Once you have sent in all paperwork required, you will need to prepare your vehicle for export. A1 Auto Transport Service will assist you in coming up with the freight shipping charges so you will know what to expect. You will also need to decide on a shipping method. Most people choose the Roll On/ Roll off shipping method, also known as the RORO. This method of shipping involves driving the car onto the ship deck and then securing it inside a predetermined bay where it will stay until it reaches its new port. Then it will be driven off and given over to customs. If you have household goods to ship over, you may want to choose the container shipping method which allows you to ship your vehicle and your household goods at one time. The container is then secured onto the deck of the ship and sealed up for transport. You can contact the Embassy of Swaziland today if you would like further details on importing vehicles.
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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