Car Import permit and Letter of Authority to import car into South Africa
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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 considered ONLY:
  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.
Copies of motor vehicle registration book, passport and proof of work/ training abroad must be supplied. Original purchase invoice
So the best is for you to contact International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) to obtain an application form no:- H462. Their Details are:
Directorate:Import and Export Control
Private Bag X 192
Tel: 0027124287000

Application for Letter of Authority takes 7-21 working days.
Address is:
National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS)
Private Bag X 25
South Africa
Tel: 0027124286314

 We are able to facilitate all this for you should you need us to do so. 

Thank you

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

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NOLULU NDIKI on 01 June 2012 15:34
Dear Sir/Madam RE APPLICATION FOR A LETTER OF AUTHORITY I intend to bring back my cars from the UK- a SAAB-95 and a MERCEDES E CLASS Yours sincerely Nolulu Ndiki
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Godfrey Mushandu on 03 July 2012 22:01
Dear Nolulu Ndiki. Thanks for contacting us through our blog. If you want to bring back your cars from UK to South Africa; please follow the steps above. 1) You need to have a letter of authority from South Africa 2) You need to get an import permit from South Africa 3) After getting the above two, (letter of authority and import permit) then you can start organising shipping your cars. At this stage, you can then contact your preferred shipping company. If you decide that Savannah Freight ships for you, then you can contact us for further support and guidance.

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uzo on 20 August 2012 14:06
I sold a south African car to Lesotho but the business failed at the last minute after registering it already . Now I want to re import it into SA.They need LoA. How quickly can I get that and for how much?
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