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A. RETURNING SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZEN

RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

This is only a quick overview. Please see the "Documentation required" section for your application status, as there are nine categories in which applications are classified, each with their own unique requirements. These categories are:
A. New vehicles – Foreign (e.g. from the USA or UK)
B. Used vehicles - Foreign (e.g. from the UK or Botswana)
C. Used vehicles – Made in South African (incl. trailers)
D. Motorcycles - Used
E. Motorcycles - New
F. Trailers - Used
G. Trailers – New

 

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED FOR IMPORTING A VEHICLE:

The following information will indicate in which category the application will be classified.
This document supersedes all other documents in terms of rules and regulations, documentation required and restrictions. Additional documentation may be required if deemed necessary.

Please also read through the “Additional Information” section at the bottom of the page. You will also find the application forms in this section.

 

 

A. NEW VEHICLES (e.g. from the USA or UK)
1. Proof of compliance with South African or equivalent (EEC/ECE) regulations issued by the original manufacturer of the vehicle. (See additional information)
2. ID or passport of applicant or proxy.
3. Proof of purchase or ownership of the vehicle - commercial invoice and bill of lading / air weigh bill.

 

B. USED VEHICLES - FOREIGN (e.g. from the UK or Botswana)
1. Proof of compliance with European Regulations (EEC/ECE), issued by the original manufacturer if the vehicle was manufactured after 01/01/1997. (see additional information)
2. ID or passport of applicant.
3. Vehicle registration documents from foreign country, officially translated if not in English - proving ownership for at least six months.
4. Proof of six months' continuous employment / study / research.

 

C. USED VEHICLES - MANUFACTURED IN SOUTH AFRICA
*Includes SA manufactured trailers.
1. ID or passport of applicant, or ID of proxy if the applicant is a registered company.
2. Letter of proxy on company’s letterhead. (If applicable)
3. Registration document of vehicle where vehicle was last registered prior to export to South Africa.
4. Confirmation of the South African origin of the vehicle: certificate from the original manufacturer or importer, previous SA license document, or bill of entry for export / police clearance when the vehicle was exported.

 

D. MOTORCYCLES – USED

1. ID or passport of applicant.
2. Vehicle registration documents from foreign country, officially translated if not in English.
3. Proof of purchase, if not registered in applicants name, e.g. an off-road scrambler. If registered, a copy of the bike’s registration certificate.

 

E. MOTORCYCLES – NEW
1. ID or passport of applicant.
2. Proof of purchase.

 

F. TRAILERS – USED
1. If the trailer is not SA manufactured, proof of compliance with European Regulations (EEC/ECE) is required, as issued by the original manufacturer if manufactured after 01/01/1997. (See additional information)
2. ID or passport of applicant.
3. ID of proxy if the applicant is a registered company.
4. Copy of the trailer’s registration documents. (If applicable)

G. TRAILERS – NEW
1. Proof of compliance with European Regulations (EEC/ECE), as issued
by the original manufacturer of the trailer.
2. ID or passport of applicant.
3. Proof of purchase.
4. ID or passport of proxy if the applicant is a registered company.
5. An additional inspection might be required if deemed necessary.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Only the following types of vehicles may be imported into South Africa:
- motorbikes / quad bikes
- passenger cars
- veteran / vintage vehicles (40 years and older)
- collectors vehicles (collectors status must be determinable)
- 4X4’s
- pickup trucks / bakkies
- minibuses (passenger only, e.g. Chrysler Voyager)
- tractors (with less than 99kW/75HP, this applies to used tractors only)

These are some of the vehicles that may not be imported, or only with very special permits:
- trucks (e.g. 6X6 or 8X8 drive trucks)
- minibus taxi’s
- buses
- certain types of construction equipment

 

Very important: Vehicles that are exported from SADC countries (e.g. Namibia or Zimbabwe) need to undergo a police clearance in the country of export before the vehicle can be registered in South Africa. For a complete list of SADC countries, click here……..

 

1. Only right-hand drive vehicles may be imported into SA. No left-hand drive vehicles are allowed, except if you registered the vehicle before 01/01/2000 in your name in the country of export. HOWEVER, contact us in this regard because with the assistance with Springbok Imports we can obtain a permit for left hand drive vehicles, but the vehicle must then be converted to right hand drive once it has been imported!

 

2. A used vehicle must have been registered in your name for a period of six months before you can apply for import permits. Motorbikes, collector’s vehicles and vintage cars are exempt from this regulation, so you can "buy, get permits and ship". New cars are also exempt from this regulation.

 

3. If the vehicle is a 1997 model or younger, you need to supply Proof of Compliance with European Regulations (EEC/ECE), which can be obtained from the vehicle manufacturer. This can sometimes be a real hassle to get hold of, but should you experiance any difficulty obtaining the Proof of Compliance certificate, please contact Springbok Imports and we will gladly assist with this matter. (Some manufacturers refer to the Proof of Compliance also as the Type Approval Certificate) Please note that Japanese manufactured vehicles and motorbikes are exempt from this requirement.

 

4. Proof of six months uninterrupted employment / study / research. If you have changed jobs during those six months, not more than a week may have passed in-between the two jobs. If this is a problem, please consult
Springbok Imports so that an alternative plan can be made! NOTE: Certain categories in the "Documentation Required" sections do not need proof of employment.
- Employment can be proved by means of a letter from your employer(s), providing info such as start to finish (if applicable) dates, job / project / course description and the date the letter was written. (The letter must be on a letterhead.)
- If you had your own business, you need to provide a company / business registration letter as well as a letter from your accountant.

 

5. It takes about twenty-one days to issue all the relevant import permits.

 

6. All the import permits are only valid for twelve months from date of issue. Springbok Imports can extend the permits to a longer period if necessary – free of charge.

 

7. The vehicle can be sold in South Africa after two years from the date of importation.

 

8. You may import up to three vehicles into SA during your lifetime.

 

9. Documentation must be in English. Certified translation must be submitted where applicable. Springbok Imports can arrange for translation. (e.g. From French to English)

 

10. Should the vehicle/trailer be South African manufactured, you do not have to have had the car registered for six months in your name. For example, certain Toyota Hilux’s, BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class or VW Golf IV models were manufactured in SA and exported to Europe. This regulation, however, applies to all SA manufactured vehicles.

 

To download the application forms, (RIGHT CLICK, SAVE TARGET AS...)

APPLICATION FORM

LETTER OF AUTHORITY

 

The documentation can be send to Springbok Imports in one of two ways:
- E-mail (the ID or passport and vehicle registration certificate must be scanned in COLOUR – the rest of the documentation can be in black)
OR
- Post (we do not want the original paperwork - all copies of the documentation must be certified by a commissioner of oaths, e.g. Attorney, minister, police officer)

 

B. EMMIGRATING FOREIGNERS

RULES AND REGULATIONS

In order to obtain an import permit, the applicant must be in the possession of a permanent residence permit. In such a case the rules would be as follow:

  • If you bought a vehicle BEFORE you received your permanent residence permit, there is no “minimum ownership period” applicable before you can apply for the permits.
  • If you bought the vehicle AFTER you received your permanent residence permit, you must have owned the car for six months or longer before you can apply for the export permits. You will also need to supply proof of six month employment in the country of export. (This is not required with motorbikes, collector and vintage vehicles)

Please also see the “Additional Information” section further down the page.

You would need supply us with the following documentation:

  • Copy of your passport OR identification document
  • Copy of your permanent residence permit for South Africa
  • Copy of the vehicle(s) registration document, indicating ownership.

Should you want to export the vehicle on a work permit to South Africa, the regulations are different from the permanent residence permit. Please contact Springbok Imports in this regard.

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Only the following types of vehicles may be imported into South Africa:
- motorbikes / quad bikes
- passenger cars
- veteran / vintage vehicles (40 years and older)
- collectors vehicles (collectors status must be determinable)
- 4X4’s
- pickup trucks / bakkies
- minibuses (passenger only, e.g. Chrysler Voyager)
- tractors (with less than 99kW/75HP, this applies to used tractors only)

These are some of the vehicles that may not be imported, or only with very special permits:
- trucks (e.g. 6X6 or 8X8 drive trucks)
- minibus taxi’s
- buses
- certain types of construction equipment

 

Very important: Vehicles that are exported from SADC countries (e.g. Namibia or Zimbabwe) need to undergo a police clearance in the country of export before the vehicle can be registered in South Africa. For a complete list of SADC countries, click here……..

 

1. Only right-hand drive vehicles may be imported into SA. No left-hand drive vehicles are allowed, except if you registered the vehicle before 01/01/2000 in your name in the country of export. HOWEVER, contact us in this regard because with the assistance with Springbok Imports we can obtain a permit for left hand drive vehicles, but the vehicle must then be converted to right hand drive once it has been imported!

 

2. If the vehicle is a 1997 model or younger, you need to supply Proof of Compliance with European Regulations (EEC/ECE), which can be obtained from the vehicle manufacturer. This can sometimes be a real hassle to get hold of, but with Springbok Imports a free inspection can be arranged for once the vehicle has landed in South Africa. Please contact us in this regard.

 

3. Only if required - proof of six months uninterrupted employment / study / research. If you have changed jobs during those six months, not more than a week may have passed in-between the two jobs. If this is a problem, please consult
Springbok Imports so that an alternative plan can be made! NOTE: Certain categories in the "Documentation Required" sections do not need proof of employment.
- Employment can be proved by means of a letter from your employer(s), providing info such as start to finish (if applicable) dates, job / project / course description and the date the letter was written. (The letter must be on a letterhead.)
- If you had your own business, you need to provide a company / business registration letter as well as a letter from your accountant.

4. It takes about twenty-one days to issue all the relevant import permits.

5. All the import permits are only valid for twelve months from date of issue. Springbok Imports can extend the permits to a longer period if necessary – free of charge.

6. The vehicle can be sold in South Africa after two years from the date of importation.

7. You may import up to three vehicles into SA during your lifetime.

8. Documentation must be in English. Certified translation must be submitted where applicable. Springbok Imports can arrange for translation. (e.g. From French to English)

9. Should the vehicle/trailer be South African manufactured, you do not have to have had the car registered for six months in your name. For example, certain Toyota Hilux’s, BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class or VW Golf IV models were manufactured in SA and exported to Europe. This regulation, however, applies to all SA manufactured vehicles.

 

To download the application forms, (RIGHT CLICK, SAVE TARGET AS...)

APPLICATION FORM

LETTER OF AUTHORITY

 

The documentation can be send to Springbok Imports in one of two ways:
- E-mail (the ID or passport and vehicle registration certificate must be scanned in COLOUR – the rest of the documentation can be in black)
OR
- Post (we do not want the original paperwork - all copies of the documentation must be certified by a commissioner of oaths, e.g. Attorney, minister, police officer)

 

C. COLLECTORS VEHICLE

What is a collector’s car? It is usually seen as a vehicle which has some unique characteristics to it. Some samples would be:


-Mazda RX7 Turbo
-Citroen 2CV
-Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 SWB
-Toyota Supra Twin-Turbo

 

The collector status of a vehicle is determined by certain South African government agencies – which would consult motoring clubs for opinions.

Unlike other classifications of used car imports, it is not required that you must have owned the vehicle for more than six months in the country of export. Thus, you can buy the vehicle and import it immediately once the import permits has been granted.

If there is referred to “import”, it does not necessarily mean “ship”, as many of the Japanese vehicles can be bought in Durban harbor or in Botswana.

 

The application process is a two-stage process:

-Stage one: fill in the application form and submit it to Springbok Imports together with your ID or passport so that the collectors’ status can be determined. You do not need to supply us with vin or engine numbers at this stage yet (should it not be known or available)

 

-Stage two: once the specific vehicle has been granted a provisional import permit, a new application form need to be completed and then submitted with the vehicle’s registration certificate. A LOA document would need to be completed as well at this stage.

Left hand drive vehicles may only be imported if it is to be converted to right hand drive.

The vehicle may not be sold for a period of two years from the date of importation.

The fee of R3900-00 for all the relevant permit costs and services is only payable once stage two has been completed.

 

Very important: Vehicles that are exported from SADC countries (e.g. Namibia or Zimbabwe) need to undergo a police clearance in the country of export before the vehicle can be registered in South Africa. For a complete list of SADC countries, click here……..

Should you require more information on the subject please contact Springbok Imports.

 

To download the application forms, (RIGHT CLICK, SAVE TARGET AS...)

IE463

LETTER OF AUTHORITY

 

 

D. VINTAGE OR VETERAN VEHICLES

A vintage or veteran vehicle is a vehicle that is 40 years or older.

Please note that you are only allowed to import a left hand drive vehicle if the vehicle is to be converted to right hand drive once it has been imported.

 

Unlike other classifications of used car imports, it is not required that you must have owned the vehicle for more than six months in the country of export. Thus, you can buy the vehicle and import it immediately once the import permits has been granted.

The vehicle may not be sold for a period of two years from the date of importation.

 

The application process is a two-stage process:

-Stage one: fill in the application form and submit it to Springbok Imports together with your ID or passport. You need to supply us with vin and engine numbers, but if you do not have these information please contact us so that an alternative plan can be made.

-Stage two: once the specific vehicle has been granted a provisional import permit, a new application form need to be completed and then submitted with the vehicles registration certificate. A LOA document would need to be completed as well at this stage.

The fee of R3500-00 for all the relevant permit costs and services is only payable once stage two has been completed.

 

Very important: Vehicles that are exported from SADC countries (e.g. Namibia or Zimbabwe) need to undergo a police clearance in the country of export before the vehicle can be registered in South Africa. For a complete list of SADC countries, click here……..

Should you require more information on the subject please contact Springbok Imports.

 

To download the application forms, (RIGHT CLICK, SAVE TARGET AS...)

IE463

LETTER OF AUTHORITY

 

E. INHERITANCE

If you have inherited a vehicle from abroad, you need to supply us with copies of the following documentation:

  • Identification document or passport of the deceased person.
  • A copy of the will.
  • A copy of your ID or passport
  • The registration document of the vehicle.

Please note that you are only allowed to import a left hand drive vehicle if the vehicle is to be converted to right hand drive once it has been imported.

You need to complete an import permit application form and a LOA application form.

The fee of R3500-00 for all the relevant permit costs and services is only payable once all the permits can be issued.

Very important: Vehicles that are exported from SADC countries (e.g. Namibia or Zimbabwe) need to undergo a police clearance in the country of export before the vehicle can be registered in South Africa. For a complete list of SADC countries, click here……..

Should you require more information on the subject please contact Springbok Imports.

 

To download the application forms, (RIGHT CLICK, SAVE TARGET AS...)

APPLICATION FORM

LETTER OF AUTHORITY

 

F.  RACING PURPOSES

Any type of vehicle may be imported for racing purposes, whether it is a sports car or a 4X4.

In order to apply for an import permit we will need:

  • A copy of your ID / passport
  • A copy of your regional / provincial / national / international racing license
  • Once the permit has been granted, a copy of the vehicle’s registration certificate.

Please note that the vehicle may NOT be used on South African public roads. It may only be used off-road or on racing courses.

The vehicle may not be sold in South Africa, unless the second buyer can also obtain a permit for racing purposes.

 

The vehicle may however be sold in a foreign country, e.g. Botswana.

To download the application form, please click here:

The fee of R3500-00 for all the relevant permit costs and services is only payable once all the permits can be issued.

Very important: Vehicles that are exported from SADC countries (e.g. Namibia or Zimbabwe) need to undergo a police clearance in the country of export before the vehicle can be registered in South Africa. For a complete list of SADC countries, click here……..

Should you require more information on the subject please contact Springbok Imports

 

To download the application forms, (RIGHT CLICK, SAVE TARGET AS...)

IE463

LETTER OF AUTHORITY

 
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