In the Southeast region of Africa, you will find the beautiful agricultural country of Mozambique. It has been gifted with extensive and abundant natural resources. While this country’s economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, other industries have started to develop over the years. These sectors include chemical manufacturing; food and beverages; and petroleum and aluminum production. Of course, as these industries start to grow, the demand for transport vehicles has continued to rise.
Mozambique may be considered as a financially challenged country. This is why many people are looking for cost-effective options when buying vehicles. Consequently, a huge population prefers Japanese used cars, SUVs, vans, and trucks. For example, when they’d need a vehicle for transporting cargo and people, they’d opt to look for a cheap used Toyota HiAce for sale. After all, Japanese cars have been known to be relatively affordable yet reliable and durable.
However, if you’re planning to import any vehicle to Mozambique, you have to follow a set of regulations and rules. Of course, you would also want to know how to compute the taxes, fees, and other charges before you make a purchase. This way, you won’t have unpleasant surprises along the way.
How to Calculate the Fees for Importing Used Japanese Vehicles in Mozambique
Here at Carused.jp, we have a plug-in that allows you to conveniently calculate your vehicle import taxes. On the other hand, we still understand that there are people who are interested in knowing how the fees are computed. So, we’ve put together this guideline which will help you determine how your car import taxes are calculated.
- FOB (Free on Board) – This is the imported vehicle’s cost before adding the fees for shipment, insurance, and inspection.
- CIF (Cost Insurance Freight) – When you add the fees for the freight, inspection, and insurance to the FOB, you will get the CIF.
The prices illustrated in this article do not necessarily represent the actual value of the vehicle on our listing. You can always check out our website to get the accurate amount of the car you wish to import.
Keep in mind that when you import a cheap used Toyota HiAce for sale or any vehicle to Mozambique, you must pay for Intertek inspection. In compliance with Ministerial Diploma 244/2011, every pre-owned vehicle imported to Mozambique must pass the Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI). The physical inspection must be performed in Japan, before the shipment to Mozambique.
If the vehicle gets to Mozambique without proper inspection by Intertek, Customs will not clear it. It will be subject to destination inspection (DI) at the full costs of the pre-shipment inspection. Aside from that, there will be a fine equivalent to 10% of the CIF. The amount will be determined by Intertek.
As we’ve mentioned, you can take advantage of our built-in calculator to compute the estimated total cost (including duties, taxes, and fees) of your vehicle. However, you take a look at the instructions below to learn how to compute the fee manually.
1. Collect the Necessary Data on the Vehicle
The first thing you have to do is choose the car model you wish to purchase from our online catalog. Once you find one that suits your preferences, write down the following information:
- Car make
- Car model
- Engine size
- Year of manufacture
- Model code
- Fuel type
For instance, if you open the listing for a 2008 Toyota HiAce KDH206V, you will see the vehicle’s specifications. Now, list down the details:
Car make: Toyota
- Car model: HiAce
- Engine size: 3,000 CC
- Year of manufacture: 2008/8
- Model code: ADF-KDH206V
- Fuel type: Diesel
- FOB: $4,000
2. Record the CIF of the Vehicle
After you’ve collected the important data on your vehicle, record its CIF by selecting a port of delivery or a country of destination. When you choose Mozambique, you will be able to select from four ports—Dar Es Salaam, Darban, Maputo, and Nacala. Let’s say the vehicle you chose has a CIF worth $4,893.
3. Convert the Amount
Keep in mind that most of the prices you will see on car exporting sites are in US dollars (USD). As we all know, the exchange rates are dynamic. So, it is advisable to use Google’s currency conversion tool to know the advertised amount in Mozambican metical (MZN).
Since you’re most likely to transact and make payments via your local bank, it is best to visit it and learn about their current exchange rate. Keep in mind that the rates vary from one bank to the other. So, instead of making wild guesses, you should get the accurate conversion from your local bank representative.
Let’s go back to our example. Let’s assume that 1 USD = 58 MZN. So, the CIF worth $4,893 amounts to 283,794 MZN.
4. Compute the Car Import Tax
All the vehicles imported in Mozambique are subject to fees that are dependent on various factors like engine capacity and vehicle type. To give you an overview of how the taxes are calculated, check out the guide on car import taxation rules in Mozambique:
- Engine displacement greater than 1500 CC – 40%
- Engine displacement less than 1500 CC – 25%
- Minibuses imported to Mozambique do not require customs duties.
- Single cabs are subject to 20% customs duties.
5. Calculate the Total Port Costs
In Mozambique, the port cost is determined according to the make and model of the vehicle.
6. Compute the Overall Expenditures
Let’s assume that the car import tax is 113,517 MZN and the total port costs amount to 100,000 MZN, the overall breakdown will be as follows:
CIF + Car Import Tax + Port Cost = Total Amount of the Imported Vehicle After Taxes
283,794 MZN + 113,517 MZN + 100,000 MZN = 497,311 MZN
Important Things to Remember When Importing to Mozambique
Unlike certain countries in Africa, Mozambique does not have an age restriction on used vehicles. However, the vehicle must be inspected by Intertek, the official partner of the Mozambican government. It is also worth noting that all cars, SUVs, vans, and trucks imported to Mozambique must have right-hand steering.