Namibian Authorities Introduce Tough Conditions For Ex-UK Second Hand Cars
The Namibian Revenue Agency (NamRA) has announced that any second hand car transiting through Namibian can only do so in a car trailer and not on its own wheels.
Cars imported by Zimbabweans from the United Kingdom transit through Namibia and previously, one would be allowed to drive a car through Namibia on its way to Zimbabwe, but NamRa says not anymore, starting 1 March. Said Namra in a statement.
The Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) herewith informs vehicle importers and the public that with effect from 1 March 2023, all second-hand motor vehicles will be required to transit through Namibia only when on a car carrier trailer and no second-hand motor vehicle will beallowed to transit on its own wheels.
This amendment to the Customs and Excise Rules of Designation of Places of Entry, Authorised Roads and Routes, and Related Issues: Customs and Excise Act, 1998 (Act No. 20 of 1998), results from observed deviation were imported vehicles are dubiously declared as in transit but end up in the local market and subsequently registered on the National Traffic Information System (NaTIS) database without paying the required import taxes.
This notice is issued in accordance with Government Notice No. 403 published in Government Gazette No. 7978 of 15 December 2022, Paragraph 2(a)(1)(b). Second-hand motor vehicles referred herein are specified in Annexure A of the Government Gazette No. 5293 of 23 September 2013.
Since the Zimbabwean car industry has been in a dire state for decades, many Zimbabweans can only afford second-hand cars, with some importing from the UK while some get them from Japan.