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Japanese Used Cars to Zambia: Import Taxes and Custom Duties

Updated on February 22, 2011

Japanese used cars to Zambia: Import Taxes and Custom Duties

Here is a brief review of the taxes to pay in Zambia when importing used vehicles from Japan or other countries (as of February 17, 2011).

When importing a used vehicle to Zambia, multiple fees will apply, according to the type of vehicle.

We will present here only the total final rate, calculated after each pertaining fee is applied.

Taxes are calculated on the total CIF cost from Japan to Zambia Border

Taxes are calculated on the total vehicle cost (CIF).

This includes vehicle price, freight, insurance, transportation to Zambia border post and others.

Please be aware that Zambia Revenue Authority can uplift the value of the vehicle after physical inspection.

Tax rates including Custom Duties, Excise Duties and VAT

Sedan Cars, Station Wagons and other vehicles principally designed for the transport of people and with seating capacity up to 9 persons including the driver.

Engine size 0-1,500cc: 74% of total cost (CIF).

Engine size 1,501cc or more: 89% of total cost (CIF).

Buses , Coaches for the transport of 10 people or more.

Seating capacity 10-16 people: 67% of total cost (CIF).

Seating capacity 17 people or more: 33% of total cost (CIF).

Pickups, Trucks and Lorries.

Gross weight 0-19tons: 58% of total cost (CIF).

Gross weight 20 tons or more: 33% of total cost (CIF).

Used Toyota Rav4 from Japan
Used Toyota Rav4 from Japan

Example 1: Toyota Rav4 (2,000cc engine)

A Toyota Rav4 from Japan with engine capacity of 2,000cc.

Vehicle cost: US$4,850

Shipping from Japan to Dar-es-Salaam: US$1,000

Insurance and Inspection: US$310

Transportation and other costs up to Nakonde: US$500

Total CIF Nakonde: US$6,660 (K31,619,348 @ US$1=K4,748)

The rate that applies is the one for normal vehicles with engine above 1,500cc: 89%.

Total taxes payable: US$5,927 (K28,139,321 @ US$1=K4,748)

Used Toyota Starlet from Japan
Used Toyota Starlet from Japan

Example 2: Toyota Starlet (1,300cc engine)

A Toyota Starlet from Japan with engine capacity of 1,300cc.

Vehicle cost: US$1,250

Shipping from Japan to Dar-es-Salaam: US$700

Insurance and Inspection: US$310

Transportation and other costs up to Nakonde: US$400

Total CIF Nakonde: US$3,060 (K14,527,809 @ US$1=K4,748)

The rate that applies is the one for normal vehicles with engine below 1,500cc: 74%.

Total taxes payable: US$2,264 (K10,755,896 @ US$1=K4,748)

Used Mitsubishi Canter from Japan
Used Mitsubishi Canter from Japan

Example 3: Truck Mitsubishi Canter 1.5tons

A Truck Mitsubishi Canter 1.5 tons from Japan with gross weight 1,780kg.

Vehicle cost: US$5,900

Shipping from Japan to Dar-es-Salaam: US$1,300

Insurance and Inspection: US$310

Transportation and other costs up to Nakonde: US$700

Total CIF Nakonde: US$8,210 (K38,981,080 @ US$1=K4,748)

The rate that applies is the one for Trucks and Lorries with gross weight below 20tons: 58%.

Total taxes payable: US$4,761 (K22,609,026 @ US$1=K4,748)

Zambia Revenue Authority website

Detailed information on taxation and custom duties is available at Zambia Revenue Authority Website with a detailed explanation of the Motor Vehicles Clearance system.

You can also check estimated taxes for vehicles to import using the Motor Vehicle Tax Calculator.

Final notes

Please remember that the above rates are just indications.

We strongly recommend to check the latest regulations with Zambia Revenue Authority before importing any used vehicle from abroad.

This article was provided by JapaneseVehicles.com, exporter of high quality, low price Japanese used cars to customers around the world since 1988.

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