BE FORWARD President Hironori Yamakawa and his team recently went to Malawi to get more involved in the community.
A donation ceremony was held along with several Malawi ministers from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Sports where they accepted over 30,000 items of household goods (valued at $63,000 USD) donated by BE FORWARD to distribute to community and health centers around the country. The household goods are from a leading Japanese household goods manufacturing and distribution company called LEC.
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As the number of people who want to own a private car in Zambia increases, many people would want to know what goes into importing a car from Japan into Zambia. Africa is among the leading importers of Japanese used cars. Therefore, one would be interested to know the cost and the regulations regarding vehicle importation into the country. For instance, a couple of factors will influence the overall cost of the car that you import including the age of that particular car among other determinants. This article covers most important aspects on importing a car from Japan to Zambia.
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Before getting into too much detail about the fees involved with importing a vehicle from Japan to Zimbabwe, it may be best to first understand the basic requirements for taxes and duties. Please note that this information is subject to change, so it is important to visit the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority’s official website for the most up-to-date information.
• The value added tax (VAT) for imported vehicles is 15 percent.
• For vehicles that have small-capacity engines, around 1500 cc or less, the import duty is 40 percent.
• Vehicles meant for carrying 10 or more people, such as buses and minivans, require an import duty of up to 60 percent.
• Vehicles meant for transporting goods have an import duty of 25–40 percent. This percentage depends on the gross weight of the vehicle.
• Station wagons, vans, and other light vehicles meant for transporting people also require an import duty of 25–40 percent.
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It might seem like something out of an episode of “The Jetsons,” where you simply step into your flying saucer in a briefcase and say, “Take me ‘Home,’ AVA.” (Of course, AVA stands for “Autonomous Vehicle Alpha,” but this doesn’t exist in “The Jetsons’” universe.) Still, the premise is that AVA would instantly calculate your voice command, along with your current GPS location, a recorded “Home” location, a route from Point A to Point B, as well as current weather and traffic conditions, and she would get you home without any further input.
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When a person buys a vehicle, they normally expect it to perform three main functions: start, go and stop. While the failure to start or go are fairly harmless - more or less, it is the failure to stop that is the horror of every driver. Can you imagine what would happen if one day you were unable to stop your car? Quite a scary thought crosses your mind, right? Knowing how the brakes work may not be all that important; but knowing how to care for them should be of importance to you.
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Importing a vehicle from Japan to Mozambique can be quite tricky for many, especially if you are not aware of the regulations and other legal hurdles that go along with this process. Nevertheless, it is not as hard as most people would like to make it out to be. One only needs to study the regulations about importing a vehicle from Japan to Mozambique and they will be good to go. The most important thing is to find out the basic requirements, such as age restrictions if any, importation costs, and so forth. So, to help you in your goal of importing the perfect Japanese used vehicle, we have compiled a list of basic information.
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If you think back to the heyday of convertible cars, they were the boyhood dream of practically every young man and woman with a thirst for the wind in one’s hair. Indeed, no other vehicle offers quite the same kind of driving experience as a convertible, and you can enjoy an open-air country road trip as well as you can enjoy a starlit night with a special someone in a drop-top.
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Including feet and horses, practically every form of transportation has its mild version, that is, the car that was designed to appeal to the most people. That being said, stock vehicles aim to be as non-descript as possible, not overly flashy, loud, powerful, or special. After all, if an automaker wants to make a car that will sell to the majority of people, it can’t really afford to go too crazy. True, there are some “special” cars out there, such as the Lexus LFA, which specializes in being powerful and twitchy, but it also sold for $375,000, only 500 were ever produced. The run-of-the-mill made-to-offend-no-one Toyota Corolla, however, sold more than 1,100,000 units last year alone!
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As today’s families become more mobile, that is, they need to get around to destinations beyond work or school, finding suitable and adaptable transportation becomes more important. Once you realize you can’t fit Mom, Dad, two kids, the family dog, and all their stuff in a Honda Civic for a weekend trip to the mountains, the beach, or Grandma’s, what other options are there? Don’t get us wrong, the Honda Civic is a great little car, as efficient and reliable as they come, but space is a premium in such a small vehicle. On the other hand, just because you have occasional trip out of town, this doesn’t mean that you have to buy a second vehicle.
Perhaps something in between would be more suitable? Enter the compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), also known as crossover SUV, which offers more space and capability without sacrificing fuel economy and daily reliability. Many crossovers come with four-wheel drive (4WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) and small efficient four-cylinder engines, but are still easy enough to get around town. A used crossover SUV could be the perfect replacement for the compact sedan that you’re driving right now.
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The BE FORWARD office in Tokyo welcomed Ugandan Ambassador Betty Grace Akech Okullo and First Secretary Nasanairi Kamudoli on August 21st to discuss BE FORWARD business in Uganda.
BE FORWARD currently ships around 600 – 800 used cars monthly to Uganda and offers two local support centers in Kampala and Malaba. The Ambassador spoke with BE FORWARD President Hironori Yamakawa and the executive team about several concerns that she has, one being the amount of broken down cars that have been abandoned on the roads of Kampala.
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