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Located in the Northern Province Rwanda, you will find Ruhengeri, which is also known as the capital of Musanze District. Ruhengeri is close to the Twin Lakes, which is also between Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo.

You need to pass through Ruhengeri to reach the Volcanoes National Park and Mountain Gorillas located in the north western part of this country.

Since 2010, Rwanda has been a system for registering and importing vehicles that co-inside with the regulations of the East African Countries. These regulations give those who wish to bring over a vehicle a simple process to do so. If you are a resident of Rwanda and are coming back, or if you hold a diplomatic position or work for the government, you will be exempt from any duties owed.

Regulations to Ruhengeri, Rwanda include no age limit on the vehicle you wish to import and vehicle must have a left-side steering wheel. Because auto parts can be hard to find in Rwanda, Toyotas are the most commonly traveled vehicles in this area because parts are easy to get to.  When traveling to Rwanda, you may notice that the roads are more rough then what you may be use to in the United States and Europe. While some of the roads are paved, the majority of them are unpaved and made out of dirt. You may need to drive a four-wheel drive while here. If you are shipping a personal vehicle here, our shipping service, A1 Transport service to transport your vehicles.

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.

Documentation Needed.

If you have any questions regarding documentation, you will need to contact the Embassy of Rwanda. If you are from the US or the UK, you will not need to provide visas however, you will need to provide a certificate clarifying you do not have Yellow Fever.  When scheduling your import to Rwanda, you will need the following documentation:

  • Original certificate.
  • Proof of registration.
  • Bill of Lading.
  • Purchase invoice.
  • Driver’s license.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Visa or passport.

Additionally, you might be interested in knowing more about the vehicle import cost and taxes that you will have to pay. The customs duty is 24% with a Withholding tax of 5%.  You have to pay a fixed 18% VAT on all vehicles but the amount varies as they consider the evaluated price of the vehicle.

Affordable Cargo Shipping options.

There is a method of shipping that will help you ship your personal belongs and your car over at the same time. Container car shipping is best means of shipping if you plan to make one trip do it. This method offers a 20 foot or 40 foot container that you will be able to place your car into and fill up with your personal belongings. This shipping method is more expensive but may save you additional costs later on.

The most affordable shipping method is the Roll-On/Roll-Off shipping. This method allows your car to be driven onto the ship and then strapped down and secured inside of a provided bay. Once the ship reaches a port in Rwanda, your vehicle will then be driven off of the ship and begin the collection process.

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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