Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Zimbabwe

Year Restrictions

Max.10 Years Old

Destination Port

Durban (South Africa)

Time of Shipment

RoRo (24-34 Days)

Vessel Schedule

Monthly (RoRo)

Shipping Line

Hoegh(Fourway Maritimes)


No Inspection Required

Shipping Ports:

Used cars imported to Zimbabwe are shipped to the maritime port of Durban in South Africa, Walvis Bay in Namibia or Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania.

Age Restriction:

Maximum 10 Years old used vehicles can be imported to Zimbabwe. Commercial transportation vehicles such as tractors, haulage trucks, earth-moving equipment, and other specialized vehicles used in mining and construction work will be exempt from the age restrictions. Importation of Japanese used cars that are 10 years old and more will require import license from the Industry and Commerce ministry. The commercial vehicles and other specialised vehicles used in agriculture and mining does not require the import license.

Right Hand Drive Vehicles:

Importation of Right Hand Drive vehicle is allowed in Zimbabwe. Exception is provided in case of ambulance and fire engine.


No mandatory inspection on used vehicles imported in Zimbabwe.

Documents Required:

Import Tax Rates:

Engines CC / Vehicles Taxes / Rates
For all non-commercial vehicles 60% – 80%
For light passenger vehicles, station wagons 25% – 40%
For vehicles with engine smaller than 1500cc 40%
Buses or mini-buses. 0 – 60%
Surtax of the Value for duty purposes (VDP) on vehicle that are more than five years old. 25%
VAT 15%
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