HOW TO IMPORT A TRUCK FROM UK

THE COST OF VEHICLE IMPORTATION

Have you ever wondered how much it would cost you to import a car or truck from UK?

Kitwe Online Management Ltd offers an import service for vehicles and other goods. We can deliver the vehicle to your door step. You can also choose to collect the vehicle from the port in Namibia or Dar-es-Salaam on your own, if you so wish. Importing through Namibia tends to be about K10,000 cheaper than through Dar-es-Salaam.

Determining how much it will all cost you can be quite a challenge if you have never done it before. The table below will give you an idea how much it would cost to import a tipper truck or flatbed truck which weighs 18 tons or above.

Import duty calculations vary depending on the type of vehicle you buy, its age, the size of the engine and its loading capacity. There are different charges for different categories of vehicle. Trucks above 20 tons and tractor units are exempted from Excise Duty. Cars attract 30% Excise Duty. The currency exchange rate also varies with time.

Insurance is optional. It works out at around 7% of the sum of the combined purchase and shipping costs.

Kitwe Online charges an affordable administrative fee that includes the cost of inspecting the vehicle to ensure that the customer gets the best deal. It also includes the cost of mailing subsequent paper work.

You can email us or visit our shop in Luanshya’s 2nd class trading area, Stand No. 96, Mwaiseni Street. Mobile phone: +260 97 3980018.

EXCISE DUTY

is % of (VDP + Customs Duty)

Custom Duty Excise Duty VAT Carbon Tax
Motor Cars(1 to 9 passengers) 25% 30% 16% 50
Pickups & Trucks below 20 tons 15% 10% 16% 150
Trucks above 20 tons 15% 0% 16% 200
Buses (>10 passengers) 15% 25% 16% 200
Tractor Units 0 0 16% 200

The figures for the cost of purchasing and shipping up to an African port (e.g. Walvis Bay in Namibia) are easy to work out. The final figures for the taxes at the Zambian border can only be determined once the customs officers inspect and work out the value. The figures provided here are therefore just an approximation.

 

CALCULATION OF TRUCK IMPORTATION COSTS – an example
Exchange Rate (XR)   13.0417
1. UK COSTS:
POUNDS KWACHA
Purchase price of vehicle = Free On Board (FOB) 10,000 130,417
Transport to port 500 6,521
Insurance charges (7% of Cost + Shipping) 0 0 7%
Freight up to Walvis Bay(Transport costs) 3,500 45,646
A. Costs Including Freight (CIF) – Walvis Bay 14,000 182,584
2. AFRICA COSTS:
  COSTS UP TO ZAMBIAN BORDER (Kazungula)
Port charges 54 710
Driver payment 115 1,500
Reflectors,Triangles,Fire extinguisher,etc 29 380
Physical inspection fee 77 1,000
Road toll, Insurance & Council charges 27 357
Diesel from port to border 77 1,000
Contingency 38 500
B. CIF – Up to Kazungula border post 418 5,447
CALCULATION OF TAXES
A+B Value for Duty Purposes (VDP) 188,031
C Customs Duty @ 15% of VDP   28,205 15%
A+B+C Value for Excise: (a + b)
D Excise Duty @ % of (a + b)   0 10%
E Value for VAT purposes (c + d) 216,235
F VAT @ 16% of (e)   34,598 16%
ADDITIONAL TAXES:
Carbon Emission Tax (>3001cc) 200
Motor Vehicle Fee 128
Asycuda Processing Fee 50
G. TOTAL OF ADDITIONAL TAXES 378
H. TOTAL TAXES (C+D+F+G) 4,844 63,180
EXTRA COSTS:
Agent on Namibian side of border 360
Agent on Zambian side of border 1,000
Road tolls 1,000
Diesel from border to Kitwe 1,000
I. TOTAL OF EXTRA COSTS 258 3,360
J. TOTAL AFRICA COSTS 5,520 71,987
 POUNDS  KWACHA
3. LANDED COST (1 + 2): 19,520 254,571

If you are ordering a trailer without a tractor unit, you would have to add the cost of hiring a tractor unit to tow it from the port to your door step. The same applies to ordering a shipping container.

Any contents you load on the truck have to be declared and paid for separately.

ZRA Motor Vehicle Clearance

For more information, you can check out the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) website guide: Motor Vehicle Clearance. 

 

 

 

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