Apart from the customs, import, excise duty, and maybe the auto transport fee, there is more that you have to pay for your car, if you buy one overseas. If you are buying your own car overseas and are planning to have it shipped to Africa, you had better find out the shipping rates before some smart broker outsmarts you, and puts a big dent into your wallet. The good thing is that with vehicle imports in Africa being a big business, you will find the rates on many shipping agencies’ websites. Therefore, you just need to some little footwork and you will have the rates.
Shipping estimator tool
This software is important, as it will help you estimate the amount that you need to pay to ship a vehicle to, say, Durban in South Africa, Mombasa in Kenya or Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. It will only take you a minute or two. Fill in the details of your car, the country of origin, the country of destination, the vehicle make, model and the chassis number. Once you hit the enter button, you will get enough values to guide you.
Look for shipping rates to your country. You see, a car would cost you a certain price to ship it to Durban, and it would cost you a different price to ship it to Nigeria.
Don’t be content to go with just one shipping website. Look for others. Do a comparison check and you might just get a cheaper offer. However, remember that when you are buying a car, cheap can turn expensive. Therefore, you want to be sure that the rates you pay are not too low. Look for the standard rates in the market and you will make it big. It is paramount that you get good value for your money.
Type of vehicle shipping
There are different types of car shipping services that you can pay for your car, to bring it to Africa. The first one is the RoRo shipping, also called roll on-roll off. This is not very safe as the car is not secured, but if you are on a slim budget, it will do. Relax, most other people use it. It is not so bad.
There is containerized shipping where your car is braced and secured against movement when it is in the container. Because it is in an airtight container, it will be protected from sea air, which could damage some metal parts. You will get it at a much higher price, actually, double that of RoRo, but it is well worth it.
A saloon vehicle will cost less. A van will cost slightly more and a truck will cost much more to ship, using any of the forms of shipping. Depending on how expensive the car is and your budget, choose the most appropriate form of shipping.