Angolan government facilitates import of used vehicles

27 July 2018

Light vehicles with a maximum of six years of use and heavy ones with a maximum of ten years of use or since manufacture, counting from the date of first recorded licence, may enter Angola starting this coming 4 August, reports Legis PALOP+TL Regional Coordination.

The import of heavy vehicles solely meant for passenger transport with a maximum of six years of use will also be possible with the entry into force of Presidential Decree no. 161/18 of 5 July, amending Presidential Decree no. 62/14, which regulates the activity of importation, trade and technical assistance for road equipment and vehicles.

Up to 3 August only the import of light vehicles with a maximum of three years of use and heavy ones with a maximum of eight years of use is permitted, counting from the date of manufacture. The new presidential decree eases the requirements and conditions for importing road vehicles.

Two exceptions for the import of used vehicles outside the above limits will also become possible. One concerns vehicles meant to take part in sport competitions, provided they present the technical inspection certificate and the technical passport issued by the national automotive federations.

The second exception concerns vehicles under chapter 84 of the customs rules, such as farm and forestry tractors, winch tractors, crane lorries, cement mixers, forklifts, tower trucks, firefighting vehicles, sweepers and spreaders, provided they present a certificate of approval from the country of origin issued less than six months beforehand.

Also, the inspection certificate approving the vehicle’s technical state and compliance with pollution emission requirements, issued by the respective body in country of origin, will now have a minimum validity of six months (instead of three months) prior to the embarkation date. (Macauhub)