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Driving your car from Walvis Bay (Namibia) to Zimbabwe via Zambia

In December 2013; the I wrote an article updating all our valued customers about the changes that were effected by Botswana government. The article was entitled: IMMEDIATE BAN ON UNREGISTERED VEHICLES PLYING BOTSWANA ROADS .

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.

In February 2013; the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Botswana issued a letter toBotswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS)banning the driving of unregistered cars through Botswana.

Namibia Import Regulations

Clearing cars in Namibia; Car Clearance agencies in Namibia
Savannah Freight Services Namibian Customs Regulations & Information for Imports

Documents Required:

  • Passport
  • 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

Specific Information

  • Diplomatic shipments can be imported duty free provided that a Diplomatic Clearance

How To Buy A Used Car From The Guardian UK

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

If You Are Buying A Car From UK Beware of Scams

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.

Customs Duty - Frequently Asked Questions

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 local industries.
· 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 Offers An Alternative To Business Dependent On Time Critical Imports

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.

Send Your Goods Early To Avoid Christmas Delays

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.


There is a bit of confusion as to his issue that we reported on 09-January 2013. 

Today, 23-01-13, We at Savannah Freight Services Ltd-UK contacted Namibian Port Authority to get clarification on the issue.
We are delighted to let all our valued readers that we have been given guidance on what is required andshould anyone be intending to send personal effects in a vehicle, IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE.


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.

What is Bill of Lading?

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 


Shipping cars to NamibiaIMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
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.

According to the Customs and Excise department in Namibia, wrong year and models are being declared on the SAD 500 .

Car Import permit and Letter of Authority to import car into South Africa

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

 Import authorisation will be consideredONLY:
  1. 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.

Importation of Household effects and Personal goods into South Africa

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.

Clearing cars at Plumtree Border Post Zimbabwe

Clearing cars in Zimbabwe; Car Transporters in Zimbabwe; Clearing agents in Zimbabwe; Clearing agents at Plumtree Border Post Zimbabwe

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.

Clearing Cars at Walvis Bay- Namibia

SHIPPING  cars TO ZIMBABWE; Clearing cars in Namibia; Agents in Namibia; Shipping cars from UK to Namibia
Savannah Freight Services-Namibia
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100 Theo Ben Hurrah Street
Walvis Bay

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.


  1. 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 and exporting goods in Swaziland

importing goods to SwazilandImporting 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:
  • Home consumption
  • Warehousing (later cleared for home consumption or re-export)
  • Transit/in bond
  • Temporary admission
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).


car shipping to zimbabwe

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?

Latest on shipping cars to Zimbabwe-26-09-11

Write your post here.
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.

Shipping cars from Walvis Bay to Plumtree

The situation may change but as you know, there is never a straight way of do the obvious thinks in Zimbabwe.

Shipping Cars to Botswana

Shipping cars to BotswanaSavannah Freight Services
  We 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. Importing into Botswana is very easy and there are currently no major restrictions.