Commercial vehicles exempted from the import license

Government has stated that the importation of second hand vehicles which are 10 years and above from the date of manufacture now require consideration for import license.

This was gazzetted under the Statutory Instrument 89 of 2021 which has removed the second hand motor vehicles aged 19 years from the Open General Import License.

In a press statement, Minister of Industry and Commerce Sekai Nzenza said the move by government is in line with the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS 1) which underscores value addition.

“The S.I encourages effective standards regulations and use of road worthy vehicles that meet environmental and safety standards,” Nzenza said.

Commercial vehicles such as tractors, haulage trucks, earth moving equipment as well as other specialized vehicles in mining and construction sectors shall be exempted.

“The ministry is advising that clients whose motor vehicles were bought on or before 2 April 2021 will be requires to apply for import licenses at the ministry,” Nzenza said.

Importation of sugar and cement will also require consideration for importation licenses.

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