You can only import a second-hand vehicle into South Africa if you have been granted a permit to do so.
The importation of used vehicles is restricted to protect the local motor vehicle manufacturing industry. Permits are only issued under specifically defined circumstances.
Mainly returning South African nationals and immigrants who have permanent residence are permitted to bring vehicles registered in their names into the country.
Other cars that may be imported include racing cars, vintage passenger vehicles, specially designed vehicles and inherited vehicles.
Before you import a used vehicle, goods vehicle or trailer you must first obtain a letter of authority from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).
More information is available in the import guidelines on vehicles and components compiled by International Trade Administration Commission (Itac).
- Complete the Application for importation of a second hand or used vehicle form (IE462)
- If you are a South African citizen, submit the following documents:
- identity document or passport
- letter from employer confirming permanent employment abroad and reflecting period of employment (salary advices, payslips, job offers, job contracts, tax returns, work permits, etc. are not considered proof of employment)
- a certified copy of the official foreign vehicle registration certificate
- If you are a bona fide immigrant, submit the following documents:
- a copy of your South African permanent residence certificate
- a copy of your foreign passport (page with photo and details)
- a copy of your foreign motor vehicle registration certificate
- proof of study or research to be concluded where applicable.
How much does it cost
Itac does not charge service fees but you will have to pay customs duty at South African Revenue Service (SARS). Customs duty is calculated as a percentage of the value of the goods (set in the schedules to the Customs and Excise Act). For more info on SARS customs duty, visit the SARS website.
|ITAC national office|
|Tel||0861 843 384|
|Physical address||International Trade Administration Commission, 77 Meintjies Street, Block D, Sunnyside, Pretoria, 0001|
|Postal address||Private Bag X753 Pretoria, 0001|