Zambia Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Zambia Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Zambia


Year Restrictions
No Age Limit
Destination Port
Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)
Time of Shipment
RoRo (24-34 Days)
Vessel Schedule
RoRo (Monthly)
Shipping Line


Shipping Port:

Used vehicles in Zambia are shipped through Dar-Es-Salaam or Durban.


Left-Hand Drive vehicle:

Only left-hand drive vehicles are allowed to be imported in Zambia. Exception is provided in case of ambulance and fire engine.

Age Restriction:

No age restriction on age of used vehicles imported in Zambia.


Roadworthiness Inspection:

All Japanese used vehicles imported to Zambia must be JEVIC (Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Center) certified for roadworthiness.


Documents Required for port clearance:

  • Original Certificate of Title and Registration

  • Commercial/Purchase Invoice :- showing purchase date and price

  • Driver's License & International Insurance Policy (green card)

  • Letter of Transfer from client's employer

  • Valuation Certificate


Duties & Taxes:

Import VAT

  • Collected on behalf of the VAT Division and taxed on imported goods that attract VAT.

  • VAT is charged on the Taxable Value i.e. Customs Value + Customs Duty (+Excise Duty, where applicable) at the rate of 16percent.

Carbon Emmision Surtax:

  • This is charged on all motor vehicles being imported as well as those visiting and transiting.

  • It is an annual charge for those vehicles already in the country based on the engine capacity of the vehicle as shown below: 


Engine Capacity in Cubic Centimeters Surtax Rate
1500cc and below 50,000
Between 1501cc and 2000cc 100,000
Between 2001cc and 3000cc 150,000
3001cc and above 200,000



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