Import regulations and procedures for used cars in Zambia

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Ports of Delivery in Zambia

To optimize your comfort and convenience, we have selected three ports of delivery across the country. You can pick up your pre-purchased vehicle at any of the following ports:

  • Durban (South Africa)
  • Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)
  • Mombasa (Kenya)

Car Import Regulations in Zambia

Like other countries, Zambia has a set of car import rules and regulations that you need to follow. So if you are planning to import used cars in Zambia, you need to extensively review the car importation guidelines in the country so you won’t face legal issues that may delay the shipment.

Below are some of the important rules and regulations on importing used cars in Zambia via the South African, Tanzanian and Kenyan ports:

Age Restriction

There is no age restriction on the vehicles imported in Zambia. You can even import vintage cars as long as it passes the inspection procedures in the country.

Car Import Taxation and Charges in Zambia

  1. Cylinder Capacity 0-1500:
    • Surtax Rate- 50,000
    • VAT- 17.50%
    • Excise Duty- 20%
    • Customs Duty- 25%
  2. Cylinder Capacity 1500-2000:
    • Surtax Rate- 100,000
    • VAT- 17.50%
    • Excise Duty- 30%
    • Customs Duty- 25%
  3. Cylinder Capacity 2000-3000:
    • Surtax Rate- 150,000
    • VAT- 17.50%
    • Excise Duty- 30%
    • Customs Duty- 25%
  4. Cylinder Capacity 3000 and above:
    • Surtax Rate- 200,000
    • VAT- 17.50%
    • Excise Duty- 30%
    • Customs Duty- 25%
  5. Pickup trucks
    • Surtax Rate- 200,000
    • VAT- 17.50%
    • Excise Duty- 30%
    • Customs Duty- 15%
  6. Trucks in general
    • Surtax Rate- 200,000
    • VAT- 17.50%
    • Excise Duty- 0%
    • Customs Duty- 15%
  7. Buses/Coach
    • Surtax Rate- 200,000
    • VAT- 17.50%
    • Excise Duty- 16-25%
    • Customs Duty- 15%
NOTE: Car importers need to pay the Carbon Emission Surtax annually. The surtax, as provided above, will range from 50,000 Kwacha to 200,000 Kwacha per year, depending on the engine size.

Car Inspection in Zambia

All used vehicles imported from Japan to Zambia must undergo a "Road Worthiness Inspection" performed by JEVIC. JEVIC (Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Center) is a strict vehicle safety inspection test.

The vehicular test inspects the vehicle for the following areas:

  • Safe tires
  • Good working brakes
  • Constant velocity joints in good condition
  • Genuine mileage
  • No damaged chassis
  • No major rust
  • All lights must work efficiently

JEVIC ensures that the vehicle is safe to drive on the harsh terrain of Africa. This inspection is mandatory in Zambia.

In addition, only left-hand drive vehicles are allowed to be imported in Zambia, except for utility vehicles like ambulance and fire engine.

Other Requirements

  • Invoice/proof of purchase for the vehicle
  • Bill of Lading (Original Copy)
  • Freight statement
  • Documents that are related to the acquisition, purchase, shipment or importation of the used vehicle
  • Certificate of Title and Registration (Original Copy)
  • Driver's License
  • International Insurance Policy
  • Non-Sale Certificate
  • Valuation Certificate
  • Letter of Transfer
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