Special document requirements for used car shipments from UK to Kenya, Uganda, Zambia & Malta

The shipment of used vehicles to Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Malta from the UK now requires pre-shipment inspection and certification from JEVIC (Japanese Export Vehicle Inspection Centre) whose UK offices are based in Cranleigh, Surrey (Tel No. 01483 276900).

Shipment of Used Vehicles to Kenya
The shipment of vehicles to Kenya (as of January 2012) requires a Kenya Roadworthiness Certificate issued by JEVIC.  Please note that all fees and inspection criteria are regulated by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).  The inspection fee is currently £153.00 including VAT/vehicle and this includes the KEBS administration fee of USD 34.00.  These prices can change, so it is important to check beforehand.

The inspection is to assess the following parameters.
a)  That the vehicle is not more than 8 years old, based on the year of first registration, which must not be more than 1 year from manufacture;
b)  That the vehicle is right hand drive only;
c)  That the vehicle has a road worthiness certificate

All vehicles must be presented with an original DVLA Registration Certificate (V5C) and MOT Test certificate (VT20) – if applicable – with at least 4 months validity. The inspection can either take place at the client’s address or at the inspection site at Tilbury.  Any vehicle not inspected in the United Kingdom and arriving in Kenya without these certificates will incur a penalty fee of 15% CIF and be subject to an inspection on arrival by the KEBS.
Shipment of Used Vehicles to Uganda
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) now requires that the shipment of used vehicles to Uganda must have a Roadworthiness Inspection (RWI) prior to export and this is confirmed by the issuance of RWI Certificate issued by JEVIC.  The inspection fee is currently £125.00/vehicle if undertaken at the customer’s site and £105.00 if undertaken at Tilbury.  These prices can change, so it is important to check beforehand.

The inspection is to assess the following parameters.
a) That the vehicle has passed a safety and mechanical inspection;
b) That the vehicle is free of CFC (R12) Gas;

There are no age limits for vehicles being shipped to Uganda and both right and left hand drive is acceptable.

All vehicles must be presented with an original DVLA Registration Certificate (V5C) and MOT Test certificate (VT20) – if applicable – with at least 4 months validity.  Any vehicle not inspected in the United Kingdom and arriving in Uganda without these certificates will incur a penalty fee of 15% CIF and be subject to an inspection on arrival by the UNBS.
Shipment of Used Vehicles to Zambia
The Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) now requires that the shipment of used vehicles to Zambia must have a Roadworthiness Inspection (RWI) prior to export and this is confirmed by the issuance of RWI Certificate issued by JEVIC.  The inspection fee is currently £125.00/vehicle if undertaken at the customer’s site and £105.00 if undertaken at Tilbury.  These prices can change, so it is important to check beforehand.

The inspection is to assess the following parameters.
a) That the vehicle has passed a safety and mechanical inspection;
b) That the vehicle is free of CFC (R12) Gas;

There are no age limits for vehicles being shipped to Zambia and both right and left hand drive is acceptable.

All vehicles must be presented with an original DVLA Registration Certificate (V5C) and MOT Test certificate (VT20) – if applicable – with at least 4 months validity.  Any vehicle not inspected in the United Kingdom and arriving in Zambia without these certificates will incur a penalty fee of 15% CIF and be subject to an inspection on arrival by the ZABS.
Criteria of JEVIC inspection

(Please note that the details below are for information only and may change without notice.  Therefore, it is very important to check with JEVIC beforehand on their present criteria and not to rely on the following listing as either full or complete).
Exterior of Vehicle under inspection should have
1. No corrosion (if so this must be painted e.g. painting with chassis black (paint).
2. No repair that detracts from the general appearance of the car (such as taping)
3. No damage that exceeds an area greater than the 1/4 of a panel in size.
Even if it is not mentioned above, the car is failed when it has a hole in the panel.
4. No sharp or dangerous projections (including broken antenna, etc.)
5. No missing or loose parts.
6. Doors to be able to open and close smoothly, be able to lock.
7. All components must be fixed firmly.
8. Power operated doors to be able to operate manually.
9. Draught excluders and weather rubbers are present and working
10. Sliding doors are able to be secured in the open position

11. All door and ceiling linings and any upholstery are free from damage (such as open tears and staining) in excess of 10 cm for passenger vehicles or 30 cm for commercial vehicles
12. Not containing a large amount of rubbish.
13. Components are not to have any deterioration, looseness, and other excessive damage
14. To be equipped with safety belts that function correctly with no corrosion (if so, must be painted with chassis black paint)
15. No corrosion (if so, must be painted with chassis black paint)
Suspension
1. No corrosion (if so this must be painted with chassis black paint) excluding areas predetermined to rust (only unprotected from manufacture. e.g. differential case).
2. No leakage of water, oil, fuel and tears of the boots or bushes, loose mounts.
3. Shock absorbers operate normally.
Exhaust System
1. No leakage or excessive noise
Tyres
1. Correct size for the vehicle, without cracking, bulging or tear in the fabric which is more than 25 mm longer or 10% of tread width.
2. All treads need to be more than 1.6 mm, fixed to the vehicle firmly, Correctly inflated.
Engine Bay
1. No fluid leakage including water, oil, or fuel
2. Not containing a large amount of rubbish
3. No excessive noise or vibration and mechanisms functioning correctly.
4. No corrosion (if so, must be painted e.g. painting with chassis black paint)
5. No excessive deterioration or damage to the belts
6. No fluid leakage from the battery, all wiring and cables to be properly fixed.
Instrumentation
1. All functioning correctly
2. All bulbs working
3. No warning lamps to remain on after the engine is started
4. Air condition, Power window, Horn must function correctly
Lighting
1. All bulbs working
2. Switches functioning correctly,
3. No damage to lenses such as cracks, etc
Reflectors
1. Rear reflectors need to be coloured in red
2. Front or middle reflectors be coloured in orange
3. Securely attached
Mirrors
1. To be able to retract backwards, able to be stowed, securely attached and operating correctly.
Wipers
1. Function correctly in accordance with switch operation.
2. No corrosion or excessive lack of wiping.

Shipment of Used Vehicles to Malta

From 1st April 2011, Transport Malta requires that all M1 class of vehicles (passenger vehicles not carrying more than 8 passengers) and N1 class of vehicles (Goods conveying vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight) are required to have their odometers verified prior to import, registration and licencing on Malta.  This verification is to be completed by JEVIC and accompanied by an Odometer Certificate of Authenticity.The inspection involves both a physical and document check and each vehicle that completes an inspection successfully and has its odometer verified, will then be issued with a Certificate of Inspection.  If the odometer reading is found to be inconsistent with the documented recorded readings, then a non conformity report is issued and will be passed to the applicant.

The cost of this certification, per vehicle, is presently £28.50 + VAT, but this cost is liable to change, so it is good practice to check with JEVIC first.

Please note that this certification is not connected with the Single Vehicle Approval requirements from VCA (UK Vehicle Approval Authority), but is supplementary to the VCA inspection.  (The Malta SVA Inspection scheme started in 2003 and is a legal requirement specified by the Maltese Government for any used cars imported into Malta).

Maria Narancic from Point to Point Export Services is an independent international trade adviser who assists organisations world wide with their international trade projects, documentation, Documentary Credits and import/export training.  She is based in the United Kingdom.  If you require any further assistance with the matters mentioned above, please do contact us by e-mail on info@point-point.com or check out other international trade articles on the Point to Point Export Services website at www.point-point.com
 

 

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