Importation of second-hand cars declines by more than 60 percent

HARARE-Importation of second-hand cars declines by more than 60 percent. New regulations gazetted on April 2 now require import permits for each second-hand light vehicle —which includes cars, pick-ups and kombis — of 10 years or more since manufacture.

Numbers of second-hand vehicles imported through Beitbridge have slumped from around 60 a day to an average of 22 a day this month following the introduction of new regulations that make it very hard to import cars more than 10 years old.

Most heavy commercial vehicles are still under the open general import licence. The permits for older cars are issued by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

Zimra spokesperson Mr Francis Chimanda said they were now processing import documents for an average of 22 cars daily at Beitbridge, Malindi, and Manica transit sheds. Imports were running at around 60 a day before the new regulations.

“Unfortunately, I cannot disclose the amount of revenue we are getting from vehicle imports since our system does not separate revenue from motor vehicles and that which is received from other goods,” he said.

Mr Chimanda said Zimra was using the pre-clearance system to ensure a speedy flow of goods at the country’s borders.

After the submission of all documents for assessment of duty, it could take an importer a maximum of two hours, depending on pressure and the number of other assessments already submitted when the documents were received.

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