The city of Tabora is the administrative center of Tabora Urban District and is a large municipality of Tanzania. With time, there has been an increase in the population in the city, over the years due higher opportunities for foreigners and locals alike.
Irrespective of the reason that has led you to move to Tabora, it is important to ensure that you are not inconvenienced by the public transportation as it is not reliable. That is why it is important to have your own vehicle imported when you move from USA to Tanzania. Hiring the services of an experienced international shipping service is important. That is where A1 Auto Transport service steps in.
Specific vehicle regulations.
Unlike many other African countries, Tanzania has flexible laws when it is about importing vehicles from USA. Thus, with no age limitations, you can import a new vehicle or the one that you have been using for a couple of years. However, in case you are importing a vehicle that is over ten years old, you will have to pay a higher custom duty. We’d discuss the details of the shipment of your vehicle and evaluate the amount of tax that is applicable.
Every imported vehicle has to clear the roadworthiness tests and emissions inspections before it can be driven on the roads in Tabora and any other city in Tanzania. The Ministry of Transport in Tanzania only clears the vehicles that clear these inspections and if your car fails to clear it, modifications will be needed before it is inspected again.
At A1 Auto Transport service, we can assist you through the varied options of shipping your vehicle and help you calculate the amount of tax you will need to pay in Tanzania. This can help you cost the import of your vehicle. There is a 25% import duty while the VAT charges vary from 10% to 20%, based on the cost of the vehicle, freight charges and insurance on the vehicle.
Associated submission of paperwork.
To ensure that the vehicle is legally yours and that it has been imported using the right methods, and taxes are paid is an important part of the process. To prove your ownership and validate the import, you are required to process a number of documents, not limited to:
- Car title deed.
- Driving license.
- Passport of the owner.
- Insurance documents.
- Bill of purchase.
After the documents are cleared, the vehicle can be cleared by the Tanzania Revenue Authority. However, it is important that the documents are submitted at least 3-4 days before the vehicle reaches Tabora. You have the option of choosing container shipping or preferring Roll-on/Roll-Off as the transit method.
The total cost of the shipment will depend upon the method that you choose. Thus, you will need to select one of the methods before we can offer you the free quote. If you choose RORO method, your vehicle will be driven on the ship, put in the parking spot and secured. When it reaches Tanzania, it will be unlocked and driven down the ramp. This is the cheapest way to ship car to Tabora, Tanzania.
However, if you need to move personal belongings or household goods along with the car, then 20 feet or 40 feet container shipment works for you. It is more expensive because of the higher level of protection and safety offered to the goods. Contact the Embassy of Tanzania and get the current regulations before you ship out the vehicle from USA.
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.