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 . This gives raise to possible undervaluation of cars. If cars are undervalued, there will be a need to revalue the car. However, this process is not as simply as it appears. It means all documentation has to be resubmitted. This is time consuming and it ties up resources. When such delays are experienced, most customers suffer as the correction process my take anything between 24-72hrs. During this re-evaluation of the SAD 500, there may be possibilities of vehicle owners incurring costs due to extended stay in Walvis. Usually after 72hrs, Namibian Port Authority starts to charge storage fees. It is therefore important to get this part of vehicle clearance right so that there are no inconveniences.
WHAT MUST YOU DO NOW?
In order to avoid delays associated with submitting incorrect documentation, you need to do the following:
- Choose a competent and knowledgeable shipping company (freight forwarder) from the departure destination. This does not necessarily mean the cheapest or the most expensive. A knowledgeable and competent shipper (freight forwarder) will give you information well in advance so that you avoid making wrong and expensive decision.
- Find out if the shipping company will be able to support you with clearance process in Namibia and Botswana or Zimbabwe, depending on where your final destination is.
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.
- There is minimum sea transit time from UK to Walvis Bay. Usually 14 to 21 days; compared to up to 36 days using either Durban or Beira.
- There is high security at Walvis Bay; this reduces the incidents of theft. There is a highly sophisticate surveillance camera system to make sure your cargo is safe.
- You can drive your car from Walvis Bay to Zimbabwe; Walvis Bay to Zambia; Walvis Bay to Botswana; but you cannot do so in South Africa.
- The routes from Walvis Bay to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana are safer
- Savannah Freight Services has a competitive pricing structure that suits the needs of every individual
WHY USE SAVANNAH FREIGHT SERVICES-UK TO CLEAR YOUR VEHICLE IN WALVIS BAY?
- Savannah Freight Services provides a dedicated and individual clearing service at Walvis Bay
- Savannah Freight Services has links and networks to understand all the logistics of clearing your car.
- Big discounts and savings are always offered to loyal customers
- We can facilitate to provide drivers from Walvis Bay to Zimbabwe
- We also facilitate to clear your car at Plumtree Border post as it is the most popular route into Zimbabwe
- We are committed to seeing your investment reaching its destination hassle free.
HOW TO CLEAR YOUR CAR AT WALVIS BAY WITH SAVANNAH FREIGHT SERVICES.
Clearing cars at Walvis Bay has become a straight forward experience ever since Savannah Freight Services-UK set up offices and contacts in Walvis Bay.
Once you send your car with Savannah Freight Services; your peace of mind begins there. We will be with you throughout the process: Below is a summary of the process we will do for you or with you:
- Submit to Savannah Freight Services all the necessary documents requested by Savannah. This set of documents is called the SFS V1 SET. This set will be the initial step to prepare for clearing your car while it is in transit. By the time your car arrives in Walvis Bay- SFS V1 set would have been forwarded to Savannah Freight Service-Namibia and its associated agencies.
- Your vehicle arrives in Walvis Bay
- Savannah Freight Services-Namibia and its associated agencies processes the release of your car.As SFS V1 set would already be with us in Namibia, the process of realising your car usually takes at most 24hrs if the Namibia Port Authority, Namport do their part quickly and efficiently.
- At the end of this process, we and our associated agencies would have done the following for you:
- Import service and Documentation processing
- Namport base tariff processing
- Special permit and police clearance
- Customs clearance- this includes customs documentation and clearance processing
- Bond Cover/ shipment processing
The above process is a long and sometimes frustrating. It is not as straight forward as it is written here. Savannah Freight Services therefore advises all its customers to cooperate in completing the SFS V1 set well on time and making sure that at least 7 days before the vessel arrives in Walvis Bay; all the the above processes that do not require the presence of the car are done.
Once your car arrives at Walvis Bay, its not a matter of you going to get your car keys.There are further processes that we will do before you come to collect your car. Behind the scenes our dedicated staff will be going through all the necessary customs paper processing. After what seems like eternity to the car owners, but in reality is the actual speed of how the process goes; the car keys are handed over to the own. The procedures of car search, chassis No verification;police clearance and Road Authority clearance (Commonly know as clean paper) are done. Eventually you get your car keys and you will be ready to depart.
A FEW FACTS TO TAKE CARE OF AND REMEMBER DURING THIS WHOLE PROCESS:
Often some people get a few nasty experiences. These experience are sometimes expensive. So with a good Freight Forwarder; these costly experiences may be avoided. Please never put a cost to this advise as not complying will be even more costly:
- Take extra marine insurance. Shipping vessels provide LIMITED LIABILITY. This means your car is shipped without FULL INSURANCE. Not taking full insurance for your car is to place your car at substantial risk. It is not as expensive as you think. Its may cost as low as £62.50 to insure a £2500.00 vehicle. If you need advise on the best insurance for your car; please contact us on email > Savannah Freight Services or phone us on 442070960264
- Always remain with the spare key of your car. If you purchase a car for export without a spare key, its worth the effort for you to have a spare key made. Our experience at Savannah Freight Services is that the shipping vessels are not the best of key keepers. Often keys get lost in transit. If you have not insured your car and the keys get lost; you are in for a BIG surprise. On most cases; the car will not be insured. It will then remain your responsibility to find a way of getting a spare key. Definitely the cost will be more than the £62.50 if your car is valued at £2 500.00. So this is food for thought for you.
- Always declare any goods in the car: any goods loaded in the car must be declared and paid for. If goods are not declared; there will be a penalty at any stage of transit of the car.
- Always complete your car details correctly: This seems an obvious thing to say; but this is one of the most common mistakes done. If mistakes are later found, especially the vehicle chassis number; there are penalties incurred for this.
- Unregistered vehicles in Namibia are not allowed to carry passengers.- Make sure that whoever is collecting your vehicle, he/she must not have an accompanying passenger. A penalty will be given for breach of this law.
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