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By Sandra Birungi

Ordering a car from Japan only requires you to visit the internet and find the type of car you want or need. Shipping it from Japan to Uganda depends on which car dealer you have ordered the car from.

When importing a car from Japan, there are very many options. Some of them are JapanTradeCar, trade cargo, autorec and pick and buy 24 . When importing, the car dealers with organise the shipment from Japan to Mombasa.

You can get a car through Mombassa or Dare salaam. Most people choose to go through Mombassa, however some people do go through Dar Es Salaam. There isn’t any major difference here, and really it just comes down to personal preference. The shipping costs are the same, although it may well be that Mombassa is a bit closer for you.

You can collect your vehicle personally from either port (with the help of a reliable agent), or you can have your agent deliver it to the Ugandan border. There are no specific regulations regarding Japanese vehicles, however be sure to check with your local authorities before making a purchase.

Many Ugandans choose to buy directly from Japan because quite simply you will be getting a better quality vehicle, with a lower mileage at a cheaper price. Vehicles made in Japan often have the highest grade options fitted as standard. We estimate that when you add everything up you will be saving at least $1000 compared with a similar quality vehicle bought locally.

There is no limit on age of vehicle that can be imported to Uganda. Uganda also does not require any pre shipment inspection on used vehicles.

The dutiable Value (customs value) in Uganda is determined in accordance with The General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (G.A.T.T) valuation method.

URA taxes on imported vehicles from Japan

Vehicles in Uganda are taxed as follows; Import Duty: 25% of dutiable value, VAT : 17% of VAT value, Import commission: 2% of Dutiable Value, Withholding Tax: 6% of Dutiable Value, environmental levy charged on cars older than eight years is 20%.

There is an excise duty of 10% on selected cases. There is also duty remission on some commercial vehicles. Details on these can be obtained from Uganda Revenue Authority Website.

Clearing your car from Mombasa to Uganda

The clearing and forwarding agents in Uganda are familiar with these rates. Vehicles to Uganda will be imported through Mombasa or Dar-es-salaam ports as one may require.

Used vehicles imported to Uganda must under go a “Road Worthiness Inspection”. Road Worthiness Inspection in case of all imports of used cars from Japan to Uganda must be performed by JEVIC.

Ordering a car from Japan only requires you to visit the internet and find the type of car you want or need. Shipping it from Japan to Uganda depends on which car dealer you have ordered the car from.

When importing a car from Japan, JapanTradeCar will organize the export from Japan up to the port of Mombasa or Dar-Es-Salaam.  If you buy your car from JapanTradeCar.com, they will arrange export and shipping from Japan.

You can get a car through Mombassa or Dare salaam. Most people choose to go through Mombassa, however some people do go through Dar Es Salaam. There isn’t any major difference here, and really it just comes down to personal preference. The shipping costs are the same, although it may well be that Mombassa is a bit closer for you.

You can collect your vehicle personally from either port (with the help of a reliable agent), or you can have your agent deliver it to the Ugandan border. There are no specific regulations regarding Japanese vehicles, however be sure to check with your local authorities before making a purchase.

Comments

  1. osinya osbert says:

    yes when u say 25%, its percent of what?, cost of the car as it is used or as it would be new from factory?

  2. William says:

    Well am also wondering is this 25% charged on the amount i have it from Japan or. Thanks

  3. alfred says:

    Its 25% of whatever value that URA has assigned to the vehicle!

  4. Alumale says:

    I don’t quite understand the term dutiable value in relation to the import of cars. Is it charged on FOB price or on total price?

  5. Name (required) says:

    25% 0f. What?