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Offline Goedi

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Registration a motorcycle in SA
« on: July 29, 2007, 01:50:45 pm »
hi to all,

we are two bikers from germany and drove down to SA with a yamaha xt600.
we wanna stay in cape town a few months.

so we don't want to ship the bikes back to europe, too expensive

we have a offical document the "carnet"
now we have to registrate the bikes,
first step: we have to go for a letter of authority at the southafrican bureau of standards!
second step: we have to look for a import permit
third step: go to the customs at the southafrican renenue service

anybody who knows about this stuff? how much does it cost? and do we have a lot of hussles and how much time does it need?

ohterwise we have another option, to destroy the bikes and sell the used spare parts!?

thanks a lot
gerd
 

Offline Bossies

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Re: Registration a motorcycle in SA
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007, 11:28:54 am »
My understanding is that you can only import a bike into SA if you are a South African or a person on a foreign passport with a residence permit.

If you are one of these then yes you need to get a LOA from Mr Snyman at SABS and a import permit from Rene at ITAC BEFORE leaving Germany. Plus you must have three independent valuations of your bike from bike shops in germany. 

http://www.ritztrade.com/south-africa-cape-town-johannesburg/south-africa-further-services/import-regulations/import-regulations.php
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Offline Frank Warner

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Re: Registration a motorcycle in SA
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2007, 05:13:35 am »
otherwise we have another option, to destroy the bikes and sell the used spare parts!?

An alternative - sell the bikes to other travellers .. preferably a german riding back ...

Try www.horizionsunlimited.com .. there is bound to be a german site too...

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Offline Vaufi

Re: Registration a motorcycle in SA
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2007, 11:08:53 pm »

we have a offical document the "carnet"

ohterwise we have another option, to destroy the bikes and sell the used spare parts!?

Getting an import permit won't be as easy as anticipated.  Even if you destroy the bikes, for instance faking an accident you have to return the remains to Germany, otherwise you the office that gave you the carnet will not return your deposit. The carnet is meant to make sure that nobody "imports" a vehicle illegally in any way.

Apart from Franks suggestion the bikes would still be quite useful to you if you stay for a while in SA. It is no problem to extend the carnet. And n the meantime you could get a decent quite for shipping the bikes back to Germany. That's a bit cheaper than flying them back.

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Offline Vaufi

Re: Registration a motorcycle in SA
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2007, 02:02:42 pm »
Goedie,

just came across the following post at horizonsunlimited:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/travel-bikes-for-sale-wanted/overland-bikes-sale-cape-town-25064

Somebody is looking for a bike in South Africa.

Good luck!
Hans
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Offline Moto Zulu

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Re: Registration a motorcycle in SA
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2007, 08:49:40 pm »
Hi Guys,

for a privat person its not so easy to import and register a motorcycle, the first bikes I imported from Germany into south africa as private person took me 11 month to register.

But today I am a registerd importer and can help to register a bike in RSA. Its much easyer this way.

Who needs some help, just contact me

regards

Thomas



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