Angola President Authorizes Entry of Used Vehicles Up to Six Years

President, João Lourenço Angola
Angola President, João Lourenço

The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, signed Monday (18 June) in Luanda a decree that allows the importation of used light truck equipment, with a maximum of six years, counted from the date of the first registered registration, of its manufacture or use.

The decree also allows the importation of used heavy road equipment, with a maximum of ten years, counted from the date of the first registered registration, its manufacture or use. This decree introduces changes to the import regime for used cars, making the terms of the procedure more flexible, taking into account the current context of difficulties in the acquisition, trade and technical assistance of road equipment.

The heavy vehicles, which are intended exclusively for the collective transport of passengers, will have similar treatment to that reserved for used light vehicles, concretely not more than six years, counting from the date of the first registration.

The decree stipulates that the process of importing the said means under the defined conditions will be subject, among other steps, to the presentation of an inspection certificate that approves its technical state and conformity of emission of pollutants issued by the competent authority of the country of origin and valid for a period of not less than six months, prior to the date of shipment. The measures adopted aim, inter alia, to facilitate the private purchase of passenger cars for personal use, putting an end to the restrictions on the import of used road equipment, adapting to the current economic situation and productive needs.

The holder of the Government defines that used cars can be imported for own use, outside the limits of the first registered license, its manufacture and years of use, among others.

For this purpose, the means must belong to consular representations or international organizations accredited in the national territory or be vehicles and engines intended to participate in sporting events, with the limitation of being able to travel only in the defined periods and itineraries.

Vehicles which, by their value or use, can be classified as collectors’ items or exhibits, according to a specific diploma, vehicles with more than 30 years of manufacture imported for cultural purposes, as well as imported vehicles which have been donated to non-profit institutions, duly recognized or acquired by inheritance, shall also enjoy an exemption from the limits of the first registered registration, its manufacture and years of use.