Namibia Import Regulations
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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
  • Certificate / Certificate A has been issued by the relevant Embassy and stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Returning residents must have lived abroad for 6 consecutive months to qualify for the duty free importation of household goods and personal effects.
  • If the Residence Permit / Work Permit is not stamped in the Passport upon arrival of the shipment, or if the exemption of taxes is not granted, the shipper has the possibility of releasing the cargo by making a refundable, provisional payment of 20% duties and 16.5% taxes.

Documents Required

  • NA 304
  • Import Permit (4 copies)
  • Registration documents
  • Proof of value / Purchase invoice
  • OBL
  • Diplomatic Certificate (Diplomats) completed and signed by Embassy / Consulate and stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with proof of value

Specific Information

  • Only one motor vehicle per family may be imported duty free if owned and used at least 1 year prior to shipment.
  • A tax of 15% is payable on the value of the vehicle (NAD value + 10%).
  • Once imported, a vehicle may not be sold or disposed of for 2 years.
  • Diplomats are exempt from the payment of duties and taxes.
  • For temporary residents, the Import Permit is not applicable if the vehicle is re-exported within 1 year.

Importing Pets Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate

Specific Information

  • The Veterinary Health Certificate must indicate that the pet is healthy, free of parasites, and has current inoculations.
  • The pet must have received a rabies vaccination no less than 30 days but no more than 12 months prior to import.
  • Noncompliance with the required regulations may result in refused entry, return to the origin country, quarantine, or worst case, put down.
  • Other kinds of pets (birds, rodents, etc.) may not be subject to rabies regulations but may be required to meet other requirements; contact the destination agent for specific information.
  • Firearms (an Import Permit is required)
  • Plants (check with the destination agent as certain plants and plant materials require a license  for import)
  • Cigarettes (400), cigars (50), tobacco (250 g)
  • Perfume (50 ml) and eau de toilette (250 ml)
  • Narcotics
  • Drugs
  • Incitements
  • Pornographic materials
  • Walkie-talkies radios
  • Products made from animals of protected species (feathers, furs, skins, tusks, etc.)
  • Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

Motor Vehicles imported By Natural Persons on Change of Permanent Residence to The Republic of Namibia
Rebate Duties

According to Rebate item 407.04 of Schedule No. 4 to the Customs & Excise Act 1998;
Immigrants and Namibian residents who originally emigrated from Namibia and obtained permanent residency abroad and there after return, being natural persons may;
After obtaining permanent residency in Namibia or on return to Namibia permanently import ONE MOTOR VEHICLE PER FAMILY under full rebate of customs duties for his/her own personal use, provided that the vehicle so imported was the personal property of the importer and was owned and used by him or her for a period of not less than 12 months prior to the importer’s departure to Namibia. Namibia residents should note that unless they comply with all three elements:

  • You originally emigrated from Namibia;
  • You obtained permanent residents status abroad; and
  • You are returning to Namibia permanently

Factors to Consider

  • Should the vehicle have been owned and used for less than 12 months prior to departure the amount of duty rebated will be reduced pro-rata according to the number of days less than 12 months.
  • Value added tax which is currently charged at 155 is not rebated and remains payable (Please note that for the purposes of calculating VAT, the FOB value is subject to an upliftment of 10%
  • If you qualify for the rebate under item 407.04 immigrants as well as returning residents, no import permit is required and the restriction on vehicles older than five years do not apply. If you do not qualify customs duties of 29% plus 7% ad valorem for higher valued vehicles will become applicable and the application for an import permit must be made prior to shipment of the vehicle to Namibia.
  • Permit applications must be to:

Section Import/Export Management
Ministry of Trade and Industry
Private Bag 13340
Tel +264612837292/3 Fax: +26461253865
Specific exclusions

The following persons DO NOT QUALIFY for the rebate:

  • Namibian citizens travelling abroad
  • Namibian citizens taking up temporary residence in a foreign country irrespective of the period involved I.e for study, work permit, contract work etc and
  • Foreign nationals taking up permanent residency in Namibia
  • In the case of company vehicles used and then purchased by the importer it must be noted that for any period that the vehicle may have been registered in the company’s name during the 12 months period prior to shipment, the rebate will be reduced on a pro-rata basis.

Documents to be produced

In support of clearance of the vehicle in Namibia, the following documentation must be produced to your clearing agent/customs:

  • Immigrants must produce their permanent residence permit issued by the Namibian Home Affairs ministry or a copy thereof;
  • Returning Namibians must produce proof of emigration from Namibia, proof of permanent residence obtained abroad as well as evidence that such permanent residence has been withdrawn
  • A duly completed form NA 304 A;
  • Purchase documents;
  • Registration certificate/permit
  • Documentary evidence of the date on which delivery of the vehicle was taken and;
  • Documentary evidence of the date on which the vehicle was handed to the shipper for shipment to the Republic

Additional Information

  • A vehicle shall not be deemed to be personally owned and used by an importee unless such importer was at all reasonable time personally present at the places where the vehicle was used. 
  • The period of use is deemed to be from the date on which physical delivery was taken of the vehicle/the date on which the vehicle was registered in the name of the importer whichever is after, until the date on which the vehicle was delivered by the importer to the shipper or other agent for the purposes of shipment or dispatch to Namibia
  • Vehicles imported under the provisions of item 407.04 may not be offered advertised, lent, hired, leased, pledged, given away, exchanged, sold or otherwise disposed of within a period of 20 months from the date of being cleared for Customs purposes in Namibia. 
  • Prior permission must be obtained should an importer wish to dispose of the vehicle within the 20months after date of clearance.
  • For the purposes of item 404.04 during the initial 20 months after customs clearance in Namibia an importer shall if he or she is absent for a continuous period of longer than 3 months from the place where the vehicle is usually used in Namibia be deemed not have imported the vehicle for his/her own personal use and the duty determined by the Commissioner for Customs & excise shall be payable as from the date of such absence

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

Savannah Freight Services Disclaimer: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While Savannah Freight Services has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, Savannah Freight Services makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

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