However, once knowledgeable, buyers and sellers can import a range of models that had been previously unavailable in the country. That’s why Marketmeri created this step by step guide, to help you jumpstart your way to importing vehicles in PNG.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of importing a secondhand car?
The car import industry has had its fair share of praises and complaints in recent years – even raising concerns of quality from the Road Traffic Authority back in 2015, and again in mid-2017. This is the risk you have to take when shipping from overseas. However, that doesn’t mean that all imported secondhand cars in PNG have issues. Given the right amount of foresight and market insight, you can buy a good quality car at a fairly reasonable price.
This is especially true for cars from Japan. Being one of the tech-forward countries that have a number of automobile manufacturers, innovation tend to work in favor of the emerging markets like Papua New Guinea because cars are more likely sold at a fraction of the normal cost to help the seller afford a more current car.
In fact, in an article for Business Advantage PNG, The Lowy Institute’s Jonathan Pryke mentions that Japan has been one of Papua New Guinea’s primary importing markets for vehicles and other technical appliances.
What should I check for before purchasing a car for import?
Before going through the whole import process, it’s important to do your due diligences first. This includes getting photos of the car, examining if there are dents. You can even ask for a video of the car running just to get a feel of what you’ll be buying. Check to see if the original documents are also in place, including whether or not the Vehicle Identification Number is valid. Do a background check on the seller as well, if possible.
Importing secondhand cars intead of buying a new one might ultimately be less expensive, but it still costs a lot of time and effort – especially because Customs in PNG are very strict when following protocol. It would be a shame to get a car and realise, in the end, that it wasn’t even worth importing at all.
What are the relevant fees for importing a secondhand car in PNG?
Other than the cost for the vehicle, here are a few more things to take into consideration when you import secondhand cars in PNG:
Cost of Vehicle with 2,000cc engine capacity: K8,000.00
Costs of Freight: K3,500.00
Cost of Freight Insurance: K270.00
CIF tax: (Cost of Vehicle + Cost of Freight + Cost of Insurance) * 0.6 = K7,062.00
Import GST: (Cost of Vehicle + Cost of Freight + Cost of Insurance + CIF Tax) * 0.1 = K1,883.20
Brokerage Costs: K650.00
Quarantine Costs: K123.20
Wharf Handling Costs: K650.00
Safety Inspection: K30.00
Car Registration: K160.50
Total Cost: K22,328.90
For inspection, handling, quarantine, registration,and brokerage costs, you can inquire through Customs:
Papua New Guinea Customs Authority
+675 312 7594
Waigani Port Moresby
National Capital District 1111
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Customs Authority
NCD, Port Moresby, 121
Papua New Guinea.
What are the requirements for import?
Here’s a list of documents you need to have before, during, and after the whole process:
What is the process of importing a secondhand car in PNG?
Step 1: Coordinate with distributor or seller
If you are buying the car through a importer, make sure that you important questions like freight costs, insurance fees, and the vehicle’s expected time of arrival. This will not only help you set your expectations, but it will also help you compute for the import taxes and the GST (goods and services tax).
If you are purchasing the car directly from a seller in another country and importing it yourself, make sure that you obtain the required documents and information from the seller, such as the purchase invoice and the Original Bill of Lading.
Commercial vehicles, on the other hand, have a different set of requirements which include the original certificate of title and registration, the original commercial/purchase invoice, driver's license, international insurance policy, customs declaration, the original bill of lading.
Step 2: Coordinate with a Customs agent/broker
Present the applicable documents to a customs agent or broker so you can secure the necessary permissions to allow the import of your secondhand vehicle. The broker first files a declaration with DTI (Department of Transport and Infrastructure). Once the tax clearance, certificate of conformity, and certificate of assignment have been obtained, you will then be eligible for registration.
Step 3: Register with Customs
For registration, you would have to pay the handling cost, the payment for brokers, the quarantine fee, the registration fee, the inspection fee, and taxes. The taxes you would have to pay include the CIF (Cost, Insurance, and Freight) Tax/Import Duties, and the GST (Goods and Services Tax). You would then need to pay Customs Duties which usually depend on the engine size of the vehicle and the type of vehicle being imported.
If there is doubt in the values declared, the vehicle could be held back for further investigation to assess its value.
Step 4: Wait for your vehicle to be released
Once everything is approved, just wait for the vehicle to be approved, quarantined, and inspected, then you can claim the car through Customs. After that, you can literally enjoy the ride of your life.
It can get exhausting with all the paying and waiting for your car to arrive, but with greater understanding of the process, you’re less likely to get confused and stressed out. After all, if you want something, you’re supposed to do everything you can to get it. And once you do get it, you’ll know that it will all be worth the wait!