Since then; we have been contacted by numerous customers wishing to know if there is an alternative to going from Namibia to Zimbabwe without going through Botswana?
Yes; there is a alternative route. The traditional route of driving cars from Namibia to Zimbabwe through Plumtree is no more.
I would like to update all our valued customers and readers that there are issues being raised by the Permanent Secretary in TheMinistry of Transport & Communications in Botswana
. A circular dated 19th December; 2013 has been released to us. It is clarifying the government of Botswana's position on unregistered cars driving through Botswana.
Savannah Freight Services Namibian Customs Regulations & Information for Imports
- Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
- Packing list
- NA 304 (3 copies)
- P1.160 (3 copies)
- Detailed valued inventory in currency of origin country
- Letter of Application for Exemption
- Residence Permit / Work Permit
- Diplomatic Clearance / Certificate A issued by the Embassy,
stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Diplomatic shipments can be imported duty free provided that
a Diplomatic Clearance
We saw this and thought our customers and readers might be interested. It ties in with our article we posted here
about avoiding being scammed when buying a used car from UK.
Source: Guardian UK
The internet has surely transformed lives in Africa. With increasing ease of access to the internet through smart phones and tablets this has meant that the world is truly a global village. A person in Mutorashanga in Zimbabwe can browse UK's Auto Trader looking for a car to buy. Now with the availability of high definition pictures and video they can vividly see the car they want to buy. Heady with mental images of themselves driving that car and with numerous ways of communicating like email, Skype, WhatsApp, they can contact a seller of the car they like arrange to wire the money for the purchase of that car as well as paying for its shipping until it gets to Zimbabwe.
What is customs and why do governments charge it?
· Every country levies on goods that
are bought into the country using a indirect tax called Customs Duty.
· Customs duty can be interpreted as a
punitive tax aimed at discouraging people from importing goods outside of their
country when they can source it within their country or a way of protecting
· It could also be a result of a trade
agreement between trading block or countries belonging to a regional or
international body such as the EU or SADC.
The Beira Corridor is one of Southern Africa’s main
transport routes. It is a road and rail network linking large parts of Zambia,
Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to the port of Beira on the Indian Ocean.
For businesses reliant on imports operating in the above named countries, Beira Port
in Mozambique offers an alternative route to business whose operations are time
critical. Beira is just 4 hours drive from the Zimbabwean city of Mutare, which
shortens the journey and the time a business has to wait for delivery of
imported goods critical to their business.
Ship Early To Avoid Disappointments This Christmas
It might be too early to talk about Christmas, but it
is important that we make our customers aware that leaving your cargo just a
few days before Christmas will only result in frustrations. The months leading
to Christmas are the busiest in the transport industry. The retail industry
would be looking to stock up early. In order to avoid not only shortages of
popular items but also to avoid the risk of having replacements delivered late
as there will be bottleneck of deliveries in weeks leading to Christmas.
BAN OF LOADING PERSONAL AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS INTO CARS GOING TO NAMIBIA
Namibia Port Authority has issued a memo notifying all Shippers and Agents thatwith effect from 01 February 2013
all vehicles destined to any Namibian Port on Roll on Roll Off (ro/ro) will not be accepted into the country if they are carrying any goods inside.
It has been the practice that when people send cars from overseas to Walvis Bay; in order to maximise on space; people would load some extra goods inside the cars.
I have had numerous enquiries from our valued customers who want to understand what a bill of lading is; without getting too technical? I will try to simplify the explanation for the benefit of those who just want to know.
What is Bill of lading?
The term bill of
lading is derived from
the combination of words“bill,”in the sense of a bill
for transporting goods,
and"lade", the verb meaning “to load,” specifically, a cargo for shipping.
Bill of Lading (sometimes abbreviated as
With effect from 11th June; 2012, original vehicle registration books (LOGBOOKS) commonly referred to as V5 in United Kingdom will be required as part of the customs clearance in Namibia.
This was announced on the 1st of June, 2012 by Namibia's Ministry of Finance- Customs and Excise's Deputy Director General- Western Region YHM HAIHAMBO.
WHY IS ORIGINAL LOGBOOK NOW REQUIRED IN NAMIBIA?
According to the Customs and Excise department in Namibia, wrong year and models are being declared on the SAD 500 .
We get a lot of questions regarding importing cars into South Africa. Below is a summary of the requirements and procedure to follow BEFORE YOU BUY A CAR TO SHIP TO SOUTH AFRICA.
You will need an Import Permit (IP) and a Letter of Authority (LOA) from South Africa, before you can import a car.
1)IMPORT PERMIT APPLICATION
Import authorisation will be consideredONLY:
- if the applicant spent an uninterrupted period of not less than six months overseas for studying/training, research,or employment purposes and the motor vehicle has been owned, used and registered in the owner's name for the same period.
Returning South African Resident
Returning South African residents (those with permanent or temporary residents permit) are allowed to bring with them household affects and personal goods (excluding alcoholic beverages and Tobacco products).These goods can be brought into South Africa free of charge; without paying import duties or VAT . The returning resident must prove to the State that he/she has been out of South Africa for at least six months for purposes other than touring or studying.
It is one thing to shipping cars to Zimbabwe,via Namibia. It is the most popular route at the moment. Popularity of Walvis Bay to Plumtree route is its relatively cheaper cost, depending how you look at it.
However, there is a myth that using a particular Border post will have an effect on the actual duty paid. There is nothing further away from the truth than this.Customs Duty payment for importing cars into Zimbabwe is the same. Payment and processing of duty by Zimbabwe Revenue Authority is the same.
Savannah Freight Services-Namibia
100 Theo Ben Hurrah Street
Walvis Bay has become a popular clearing port for cars that destined for Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. Clearing cars at Walvis Bay in Namibia has become preferred to Durban in South Africa and Beira in Mozambique.
WHY USE WALVIS BAY?
- There are no Port delays due to congestion- Vehicles are released usually on the same day if you use Savannah Freight Services for you clearance.
Importing into Swaziland
Goods imported into Swaziland may be cleared under one
of the following customs procedures withinseven (7) daysof the date on which
they are deemed to have been imported:
(later cleared for home consumption or re-export)
If goods are not cleared with seven days of importation, there are penalties.
For customs clearance purposes, the importer should
submit a customs declaration document, supporting documents (invoice, transport
document, certificate of origin, permits and any other document that may be
required for verification purposes).
Now that the dust has settled. It has now been clarified that the intended ban is no more. From the beginning the idea was not well thought. How on earth were the powers in Zimbabwe ever thinking of banning cars less than 5 years? How many of us in UK are driving cars that are less than five years? It was absurd to say the least.
Now that the dust has settled, what next? Banning left hand drive cars in Zimbabwe is a good idea but statistically how many are there to warrant the effort they are putting to ban them?
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Its an ever changing scenario. Please read the link below for the latest position on banning car imports into Zimbabwe. If this article is to be believed, thenTHAT IS THE ENDof the story. Cars below 5 years will be effectively banned from entering Zimbabwe, from October 31, 2011.
The situation may change but as you know, there is never a straight way of do the obvious thinks in Zimbabwe.
Savannah Freight Services
have a growing presence in the Botswana market, and we are planning to get even
bigger. Please keep an eye open for our adverts which will be appearing in local
newspapers and radios very soon. UK has been known to produced good quality cars. UK is now increasingly becoming a favoured source of highly sort after cars.
At Savannah Freight Services we can provide you with just about
any vehicle of your choice.
into Botswana is very easy and there are currently no major restrictions.