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  South Africa Import Regulation
Import Permit For Permanent Importation of Vehicles
For importing, all used vehicle into south africa must be obtained prior to the vehicle being shipped to South Africa. Applications for Import Permits should be addressed to:
The Director of Import and Export Control
Trade and Industry
Private Bag X192
Pretoria
0001
South Africa
Tel: +27 12 428 7793 or 428 7796
Fax: +27 12 428 7799
E-mail: rvuuren@itac.org.za
Note :– Import Permits are only forwarded to South African addresses.
Letter of Authority For Permanent Importation of Vehicles
All vehicles being imported into South Africa is required a Letter of Authority. Applications for Letters of Authority should be addressed to:
The South African Bureau of Standards
Private Bag X192
Pretoria
0001
South Africa
Contact: Mr. Paul Snyman
Tel: +27 12 428 6276
Fax: +27 12 344 1568
E-mail: snymanpj@sabs.co.za
Contact: Mr. Allen Cohen
Tel: +27 12 428 6891
Fax: +27 12 344 1568
E-mail: cohenaj@sabs.co.za
Note:-The importation of left-hand drive vehicles is generally prohibited if registered in the name of an importer on or after 1 January 2000 unless authorised by the SABS.
Taxes on Permanent Importation of Vehicles
  • Customs duty = 36% (motor cars more than 20 years old are subject to 20% customs duty)
  • Ad valorem customs duty (based on a sliding scale depending on the value of the vehicle, with a minimum of 0.75% and a maximum of 20%)
  • Value-added tax (VAT) = 14%
If you do not have purchase invoice , three written valuations must be obtained from motorcar dealers in the country of export to assist the customs clearance process in South Africa.
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Importing - Motor Cycles (New or Used)
  • Above 800 cc = Customs duty free, 7% ad valorem customs duty, plus 14 % value-added tax 200 – 800 cc = Customs duty free, 5% ad valorem customs duty, plus 14% value-added tax Under 200 cc = Customs duty free, ad valorem customs duty free, plus 14 % value-added tax.
  • An Import Permit is required for all used motor cycles.
  • If the original purchase invoice is not available, three written valuations must be obtained from motorcycle dealers in the country of export to assist the customs clearance process in South Africa.
  • Immigrants who are in possession of a Permanent Residence Certificate may import one motor vehicle per family without the payment of customs duties and tax on change of residence to South Africa on condition that the vehicle is registered in the importer’s name and has been owned and used by the importer for a period of at least 12 months before shipment of the vehicle to South Africa.
  • All rates of import duty and tax are subject to amendment without prior notification.
Import Regulation for natural persons on change of Permanent Residence to South Africa
Documents Required :-
  • Immigrants must produce their permanent residence permit issued by the Department of Home Affairs (or a copy thereof)
  • Returning South Africans must produce proof of emigration from the Republic, proof of permanent residence obtained abroad as well as evidence that such permanent residence has been withdrawn
  • A duly completed form DA 304 A
  • Purchase documents
  • Registration certificate/permit
  • Documentary evidence of the date on which delivery of the vehicle was taken
  • Documentary evidence of the date on which the vehicle was handed to the shipper for shipment to South Africa
  • An import permit (used vehicles)
  • An original Letter of Authority (all vehicles)
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