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Current criteria used to determine if you are eligible for duty free status are as follows:

"IMMIGRANT" means any person who enters Zimbabwe:

  • To take up employment
  • To take up permanent residence
  • As a visitor but remains to take up employment
  • As a Diplomat
  • To attend any educational institution
  • A Zimbabwean returning home holding a Zimbabwean foreign passport after have resided outside Zimbabwe for a period of not less than two years.

1- RETURNING RESIDENT : IMMIGRANT'S REBATE

  • The person claiming rebate must have stayed outside the country for a period not less than two years.
  • Whenever a person returns to Zimbabwe, the immigration department must be informed that the person is on holiday so that the passport is stamped with the correct information.
  • There must be proof of payment of the vehicle in the form of a bank statement. A copy of the telegraphic transfer will also help.
  • A record of earnings whilst abroad in the form of a payslip
  • A Commercial Invoice in the name of the returning resident dated before returning back.
  • A letter of resignation is required or college/university qualification.
  • P46 - Tax clearance certificate
  • The clearance documents must be presented to Zimra within three (3) months from date the RR Accepted is stamped on the passport.

    2- TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT PERMIT: IMMIGRANT'S REBATE

  • From the date the TEP stamp is endorsed on the passport, you are given three (3) months with which to buy and clear your goods.
  • When the immigrant leaves the country after the TEP stamp, the first time you come back to Zimbabwe is deemed to be the first time of arrival and only those goods you have owned prior to arrival will qualify for immigrant's rebate.
  • Proof of payment for the vehicle is required in the form of a bank statement.
  • The TEP stamp must be endorsed on the passport.
  • Proof of ownership of the motor vehicle in the form of a commercial invoice in the name of the immigrant.

    3- DIPLOMATIC REBATE

    For a diplomat coming to take up employment the information under Temporary Employment Permit applies. Clearance of vehicle at the border:
  • Mercedes-Benz offer 20% off on the cost of the vehicle. Discuss this with a Product Executive at ZIMOCO.
  • Request the embassy to issue a letter requesting Zimra for clearance under Report Order.
  • The copy of the passport should be attached.
  • The vehicle is moved from the boarder under Report Order for final clearance under Diplomatic Rebate.
  • This is processed by the embassy through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    4- REBATE OF DUTY ON DONATED MOTOR VEHICLES TO ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANISATIONS IN ZIMBABWE INVOLVED IN CHARITABLE OR WELFARE WORK

  • The vehicle must be donated.
  • The vehicle must be brand new.
  • The funds should note be sourced locally, but from outside The following documents must be submitted to Zimra to support the rebate application.
  • The objectives of the association or organisation
  • The details of the motor vehicle in the form of a Commercial invoice from the supplier.
  • The vehicles intended use.
  • The letter of donation from the donor
  • Proof of payment for the motor vehicle by the donor i.e telegraphic transfer.
  • Rebate application letter which will have the following declaration and undertaking "The motor vehicle is soley imported for the purpose of furthering objectives of the association and in compliance with any conditions that the commissioner may fix. The motor vehicle will not be sold or be disposed of in Zimbabwe without prior written permission from the Commissioner and payment of such duties may be due" . NB: SBS is prepared to submit these applications on behalf of customers and to follow up with Zimra in order to expedite processing.

    5- REBATE OF DUTY IMPORTED BY A FOREIGN ORGANISATION UNDER AN AID OR TECHNICAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT

  • A written application to the Commissioner at Zimra.
  • A commercial invoice showing the details of the vehicles.
  • The purpose of which the vehicle will be used.
  • Details of the operational terms of the aid or technical co-operation agreement.
  • A writtern undertaking that the motor vehicle will not be disposed of without the prior permission of the commissioner.

    6- SUSPENSION OF DUTY ON MOTOR VEHICLES IMPORTED FOR USE BY PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS

  • Under this suspension, only Value Added Tax (VAT) is payable.
  • The vehicle should be under tariff 8703.
  • Single cabs and twin cabs do not qualify.
  • The vehicle should have been manufactured or assembled not more than 10 years ago

    Requirements
    1. Application letter for permission to clear under this rebate.
    2. Specialist doctor's letter with original stamp.
    3. Invoice or proforma invoice showing the following:-

  • Name of Importer
  • Type of Vehicle
  • Value of vehicle
  • Year of Manufacture
  • Engine and Chassis Nos
  • 6- SUSPENSION OF DUTY ON MOTOR VEHICLES : VAT IS PAYABLE

    Effective 1 March 2009 to February 2011

    TOURISM Operators

    Requirements

  • Permit for the required vehicle from Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
  • A letter for exemption from Zimbabwe Revenue Authority . Please refer to the SI 46 of 2009 for the tariff heading for all vehicles allowed under Tourism Operators.

    HIRE CAR COMPANIES

    Requirements

  • Permit for the required vehicle from the Zimbabwe

    Tourism Authority

  • A letter for exemption from Zimbabwe Revenue Authority . Please refer to the SI 46 of 2009 for the tariff heading for all the vehicles which fall under Car Hire

    SAFARI OPERATORS

    Requirements

  • Permit for the required vehicle from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
  • A letter for exemption from Zimbabwe Revenue Authority . Please refer to the SI 46 of 2009 for the tariff heading for all the vehicles which fall under Safari Operators

    Statutory Instrument 60 of 2009

    This SI is for new investors, operators with the Tourism Authorities in respect of new capital equipment which will be used for
  • expansion , modernisation renovations of hotels and restaurants
  • boat equipment and other goods which the commissioner may fix Please note that you would require a rebate of duty from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority

    DISCLAIMER

    THE INFORMATION THAT IS PROVIDED HERE IS MEANT AS A GUIDE ONLY. IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE DIPLOMAT OR IMMIGRANT OR RETURNING RESIDENT OR PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSON OR NGO OR ZTA MEMBER, TO SEEK ADVICE AND RULING LEGISLATION FROM ZIMRA. THE IMPORTER IS ALSO WELL ADVISED TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW WITH A REPRESENTATIVE OF SOUTHERN BUSINESS SERVICES (SBS) WHO ARE ZIMOCO'S CLEARING AGENTS. THE SERVICES OF SOUTHERN BUSINESS SERVICES AND ZIMOCO ARE OFFERED TO YOU FOR THIS PURPOSE. NEITHER COMPANY WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPORTS THAT DO NOT MEET THE ZIMRA REQUIREMENTS.

    FOR FURTHER CONTACT INFORMATION from ZIMOCO

    PASSENGER VEHICLE SALES STAFF:
    PRODUCT EXECUTIVES

    Leo Masukumasukul@sales.zimoco.co.zw+263 (772) 292 503
    Tendai Silotsilo@sales.zimoco.co.zw+263 (772) 320 283
    Tafadzwa Pfumojenataffy@sales.zimoco.co.zw+263 (11) 639 485

    FOR FURTHER CONTACT INFORMATION from SBS

    SBS MANAGEMENT STAFF

    David Tigeredavid@sbsgroup.co.zw+263 (772) 513 858
    Colline Nhenderecolline@sbsgroup.co.zw +263 912 513 860

    Alternative contact details for SBS are
    TEL: 263 4 305533/ 39 / 48/ 79
    EMAIL: dtigere@mweb.co.zw

    ZIMOCO SHOWROOM: 3RD STREET/GEORGE SILUNDIKA AVENUE
    TEL: 263 4 702650 - 8

    EMAIL: enquiries@sales.zimoco.co.zw

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