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Hello guys! Selamta lehulachihu yidress...

I am new here, you seem to have a pretty nice forum.

So, please do allow me to ask you some questions around cars and exporting them from Europe to Ethiopia. What do I have to know before sending a used car to Addis?

I just want to sell my 12-year-old car in Addis. Is it a good idea at all to send a used car to Ethiopia?

I look forward to your opinion.

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^^^bad idea. It will cost you more than whatever you're car's valued at.

A moot endeavor I'd say, for the sale of one old car.
Welcome to the forum YeneBitte.

I don't think it's a good idea either but I'm no expert. I know that the government is discouraging imports right now to boost local production and I also know that they've banned the import of cars older than 10 years. The taxes alone will be astronomical so I don't see how it's beneficial to you.
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You'll have to find out. Some cars value actually appreciate. You figure a brand new corolla will set you back about $20K plus another $15 - $20k in taxes.

if you're lucky, you'll break even. If you're really lucky you'll make a little money out of it.

for example my 1987 Landcruiser was imported from germany. Bought it for $8k but taxes were going to cost me $18k. Well i didn't have $18k so it was parked for two years and finally i found out that the tax is lower as the car ages and in 2008 i found out i only had to pay $8k. So i paid it and got the plates. So my total investment is $16k.
When you sell a car, it appreciates because you have to take into account the tax you paid for it. I called my cousin and asked him to make some calls to see what kind of offers people made him. Four people offered him 500k Birr and a couple more just below that. With the current exchange rate that comes to almost $32k
So in my case, i would be doubling my money. I can do this because for two reasons.
1. It's a Landcruiser
2. It's a bad ass looking fire red with black trim Landcruiser

There was a lot of talk about getting up to 50% off tax for importing a new economical car, but i haven't been able to confirm with any of my friends.
Take the value of your car in the states and add $3k to it's value. Then double that value and that what you will expect to pay in taxes. Then consider your transport options. Flight cargo being the most expensive will take about a month and will cost around $7k. Your next option is putting it in a container and shipping it, which will take about two months and then you'll have to figure out a way to transport/drive it from Djibouti. You'll also have to drain all of your car's liquid in order to transport it and they will check. So when you pick up you will have to bring gas, oil, tranny fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid. This option will be about $4k.
Finally if you have friends/family (that you can trust) find a buyer and see how much it's going for and go from there.

personally, i don't think it's worth the hassle and work unless it was your own car and something you wanted to keep, something i plan on doing with my Nissan.
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Very informative, thank you, guys! Anyways, it doesn't sound encouraging, ehh! I heard there was a new law concerning the import of old-used cars from this past September. Has it already been implemented?
Very informative, thank you, guys! Anyways, it doesn't sound encouraging, ehh! I heard there was a new law concerning the import of old-used cars from this past September. Has it already been implemented?
I've asked people over there and they don't know either lol... TIA
Anyone have updates to this? I want to import a used car, and assume I have to pay double the value of the vehicle.
If you have lived for more than five years abroad then go to Ethiopian Embassy in the country you live and get a "Franco-Valuta" letter. This will give you permission to send your car to Ethiopia without a license that is given to car dealers in Ethiopia. To obtain such letter, you must let the embassy know that you will be moving "for good" to Ethiopia and need personal vehicle to function. If you don't have the "Franco-Valuta" option, then you can send your car via a dealer in Ethiopia for a small fee (maybe ~20,000 - 30,000 birr... as requested by the dealer). Remember, regardless of the letter, you are still required to pay tax on the vehicle. Tax may not be required if you have Investment License or are diplomat.

Tax is determined primarily on the number of cylinders of the car you are importing plus engine size. Number of seats also play a factor i.e., two door cars tend to be cheaper than four doors.

Here is a website that might give you an idea to determine if it is a good idea to send your used car to Ethiopia.

If you ask me, I don't think it is a wise investment and there is a good chance you will lose money on it especially if the model and make of your car is foreign to the Ethiopian market.

Below you will find additional information from The Ethiopian Revenues and Custom Authority. Hope this helps
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ለምሳሌ፡- የቀረጥ ማስከፈያ ዋጋው ብር 70,000፣ የሲሊንደር አቅሙ 1280 የሆነ አዲስ ቶዮታ ኮሮላ አውቶሞቢል ቢገባ፤ ቀረጥና ታክሱን ለመወሰን የሚከተሉት አምስት የስሌት ደረጃዎች ይሰላሉ፡፡ የመጀመሪያው የጉምሩክ ቀረጥ ሲሆን ማስከፈያ ዋጋው በጉምሩክ ቀረጥ መጣኔ በማባዛት የሚሰላ ነው፡፡ በዚህ መሰረት ተከፋዩ የጉምሩክ ቀረጥ 70,000 X 35/100 = 24,500 ይሆናል፡፡

በቀጣይ የሚሰላው ኤክሳይዝ ታክስ ሲሆን በዚህ ስሌት የአውቶሞቢሉን የቀረጥ ማስከፈያ ዋጋ እና ተከፋይ የጉምሩክ ቀረጥ በመደመር በኤክሳይዝ ታክስ ምጣኔ ማባዛት ነው፡፡ በዚህ ስሌት መሰረት ተከፋዩ ኤክሳይዝ ታክስ መጠን (70,000 + 24,500) x 30% = 28,350 ይሆናል፡፡

በሶስተኛ ደረጃ የሚሰላው ተከፋይ የተጨማሪ እሴት ታክስ ሲሆን በዚህ ስሌት የአውቶሞቢሉን የቀረጥ ማስከፈያ ዋጋ፣ ተከፋይ የጉምሩክ ቀረጥ እና ኤክሳይዝ ታክስ በመደመር በተጨማሪ እሴት ታክስ ሬት ይባዛል፡፡ በዚህ መሰረት የሚከፈለው ተጨማሪ እሴት ታክስ ብር (70,000 + 24,500 + 28,350) X 15% = 18,427.5 ይሆናል፡፡

በአራተኛ ደረጃ የሚሰላው ሱር ታክስ ሲሆን ስሌቱ የአውቶሞቢሉን የቀረጥ ማስከፈያ ዋጋ፣ ተከፋይ የጉምሩክ ቀረጥ፣ ኤክሳይዝ ታክስ እና ተጨማሪ እሴት በመደመር በሱር ታክስ መጣኔ ማባዛት ነው፡፡ በዚህ መሰረት የሚከፈለው ሱር ታክስ (70,000 + 24,500 + 28,350+ 18,427.5) X 10% = 14,127.75 ብር ይሆናል፡፡

በአምስተኛ ደረጃ ተከፋዩን ዊዝሆልዲንግ ታክስ ነው፡፡ ይህ ታክስ የሚሰላው የቀረጥ ማስከፈያ ዋጋን በዊዝሆልዲንግ ታክስ መጣኔ በማባዛት ነው፡፡ በዚህ መሠረት ተከፋዩ የዊዝሆልዲንግ ታክስ 70000 x 3/100 = 2100.00 ብር ይሆናል፡፡

በመጨረሻው የስሌት ደረጃ ሁሉም ተከፋይ ቀረጥና ታክሶች ይደመራሉ፣ በዚህ መሰረት መንግስት ከአውቶሞቢሉ የሚሰበስበው ቀረጥና ታክስ ስሌት ድምር 24,500 + 28,350+ 18,427.5 + 14,127.75 + 21,000 = 87505.25 ብር ይሆናል:
What *******s!! The taxes are actually cumulative?! This is ripping people off in the first degree. You're paying taxes on taxes ... unbelievable
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