By Azania Post Reporter
THE embassy of Japan in Tanzania has cautioned all prospective online motor vehicle buyers that it is not in a position to assist, investigate or intervene in commercial disputes.
According to statement issued by the embassy, recently it has received many reports of problems related to importing used cars to Tanzania, from Japan or through companies claiming to be situated in Japan.
The embassy said that in certain cases online advertisements for the sale of used cars may be fraudulent.
Prospective buyers are advised to exercise caution when entering into online purchase transactions, which hold certain risks, including limitations to take legal action as a result of insufficient evidence to constitute a fraud case.
On his part the newly Japanese ambassador Masaharu Yoshida, said Tanzania and Japan have enjoyed a truly friendly relationship for long.
This is my first posting in Africa, and I am determined to further strengthen such ties in various areas through all possible channels, officially and privately, as the All-Japan Team.
Yoshida said he would be happy if more Tanzanians have a chance to know about Japan; its technology, culture and beauty we possess.
According to him more Japanese people would visit Tanzania and experience the splendor of the beautiful East African country.
Experts says all used Japanese imported vehicles have their regulations which all people must follow in order to operate in Tanzania
According to Japan’s Vehicle Supplier , Autorec although there may not be an age restriction on import vehicles in Tanzania, there are still a few things to consider when importing to Tanzania.
People intend to purchase a car will need to have the vehicle inspected and certified for road worthiness.
Road worthiness inspection for Japanese used vehicles being imported into Tanzania is currently performed by JAAI (Japan Auto Appraisal Institute) and EAA-S (East Africa Automobile Services), which will help alleviate any potential stress or worries that may be caused by possible purchasing lemons.
The agency said a trader will also need to consider the applicable taxes and custom duties when importing to Tanzania.
Although the tax is a bit complicated, there is the VAT (Value Added Tax), Import Duty, and Excise Duty.
The import duty, which is the tax applied to all import items, is calculated as 25% of the CIF, and the VAT is fairly simple, it's the value added tax that is applied to all products sold, and is 18% of the CIF + Import Duty.
The Excise Duty is calculated depending on the engine displacement, and age of the vehicle. If the car you are importing has an engine displacement of 1000cc or less, then there is no excise duty applied for the engine size.
For passenger vehicles with an engine size between 1001cc and 2000cc, there is a 5% tax applied to the CIF plus import duty. And passenger vehicles with an engine size of 2001cc and up will have a 10% tax applied to the CIF plus import duty.
There is also an excise duty applied to vehicle age, where vehicles that are 7 years old or younger do not have a an excise duty applied for age, but cars that are between 8 and 10 years old are taxed 15% of the CIF and import duty, while vehicles 11 years or older are taxed 30% of the CIF and import duty.
In addition to this, buses that are older than 5 years old have a 10% tax applied to the CIF and import duty.