by Barasa Oluru Protus, BE FORWARD Customer from Uganda
Buying your first Japanese used car online and importing it to Uganda may seem a little daunting at first—you need to consider where to have it delivered, the costs of shipping and taxes, whether you need to have it forwarded on to you, and more.
While there are a number of local services offered from car exporters like BE FORWARD that can help you with shipping and forwarding, it is important to be able to calculate the total cost including taxes in order to plan ahead. In this article, I give details about my personal experience importing a Japanese used car to Uganda through Kenya with BE FORWARD.
Tips for Importing a Used Car in Uganda and Kenya
The Payment & Shipping Process
When you begin the purchase process for your vehicle with BE FORWARD you are also given a room for negotiations, meaning that you have room to slightly lower the price if possible. Once you’re satisfied with the negotiations, a Proforma Invoice will be issued. You have to put in mind that any requested Proforma Invoice takes only 48 hrs to expire and when it expires, the invoice will be cancelled and the vehicle you’ve chosen will be returned to the stock list for another customer.
When you pay within 48 hours and send the original TT copy showing or having bank stamp, then it will not take more than 2 working days to acknowledge your payment. The booking team in Japan will start the booking process for your vehicle and the shipping date will be sent to you upon confirmation. Conveniently, BE FORWARD provides all the updates for your vehicles to your CAP page where you can be updated on the movement of the vessel to your port of destination.
While I live and work in Kenya, the below vehicle, the Toyota Mark II, was the car I bought for my regular customer across the border who is staying in Uganda.
For customers in Uganda, when processing to get a Log book the following documents should be availed:
- Original bill of lading
- Export certificate
- Any other useful documents provided
It’s important to note that the name indicated on the bill of lading should match with the name under your Tax Identification Number (TIN). If the name on the documents does not match the name on your TIN, then delays in the clearing process in Uganda will be experienced.
For customers in Kenya, the year of manufacture of the vehicle is really important. Any vehicles below or above the given year stated within official documents will cause problems with its delivery.
How to Calculate the Total Cost of Importing a Used Car to Uganda
The purchase documents are usually sent within three to five days via DHL to the delivery address given, which depending on your choice is the consignee details or details of a third party. A tracking number is also provided on delivery, allowing you to monitor your parcels whereabouts.
The documents sent should be original and include:
- Bill of lading (two copies)
- Export certificate
- Copy of invoice
- EAA if available etc.
- Any other requested documentation
How to Calculate Ugandan Import Tax
In order to calculate, the value (given by the revenue, current currency rate, and other taxes (including import duty, VAT, withholding tax, environmental levy, infrastructure, registration fee, etc.) need to be considered.
VALUE x RATE x 105% + 1,253,000 (including other taxes)
Value (2,550.36) x rate (1 dollar/shs 3,380 (Ushs) x 105%
2,550.36 x 3,380 x 105% +1,253,000
(2,550.36×3,380) X ( 105%) + (1,253,000 ugx )
( 8,620,216.8 ) x (105%) + (1,253,000 ugx)
= 905,122.8 + 1,253,000
TOTAL TAXES =10,304,228 in Ugandan currency
How to Ship to Mombasa Port and Deliver to Uganda
When importing your vehicle there are not any additional expenses on top of the Cost of Insurance Freight (CIF) to Mombasa agreed upon at the time you bargained for the price, and the arrival date of the vessel carrying your vehicle is always showed on the Car Arrival Progress (CAP) page. When the vessel arrives at the port, it will dock and be ready for the unloading of vehicles.
The costs incurred when the vehicle has reached Mombasa Port are Port Authority charges, and are based on M3/weight of the unit according to the Kenya port authority in Mombasa.
Upon arrival at the border the clearing process will be undertaken, whereby things like bond cancellation can be requested if the vehicle is meant for the tax to be paid in Uganda. This in particular will involve some additional expenses including the bond cancellation fee, insurance stickers, and road usage license.
Delivery and Forwarding to Uganda
Although you have the option of picking up your vehicle at the port yourself, for an additional cost you can have it delivered to you using BE FORWARD’s city delivery services. Personally, I often recommend others to use city delivery services to have their vehicle delivered to their respective destination, as you will not have to worry of any possible mechanical problems and other things like theft and missing parts before it reaches the final destination.
If any damage or loss occurs to your vehicle, the city delivery service will be held responsible for it. Also, if your car breaks down, they will repair it at no extra cost on top of what you have already paid for the delivery.
As I share my experience of four years in the car business working closely with BE FORWARD for my clients and myself, I also want to take the opportunity to commend them for being the number one Japanese used car exporter I have ever worked with. Thank you very much BE FORWARD! Uganda supports you, and you support us.
This article is written by BE FORWARD Supporters ID 202339 BARASA OLURU PROTUS in Kenya from his experience to support for importing used car from Japan to Uganda. What is BE FORWARD Supporters? Click here to join!