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Car Import Duties in Seychelles

By Jack A. Kates

Import Duty

All motor vehicles imported require an import permit. Restrictions on importation of vehicles are under those categories:

  • Vehicle and Chassis bodies (e.g. fork-lift, trucks, cranes, and derricks)
  • Spark-ignition piston engine of kind used for the propulsion of vehicle e.g. bulldozers, graders, excavators, scrapers and shovels
  • Compression piston engine (diesel or semi diesel engine) of kind used for propulsion of vehicle e.g. Chassis fitted with engine
  • Bodies (including cabs, for motor vehicles) e.g. nose cuts, front cuts, and rear cuts

A returning graduate/resident may import a new or used motor vehicle but there is no concession on taxes for either case. All applicable trades tax, excise tax, GST and levy are payable. The vehicle must enter the country within 6 months of the returning graduate/resident taking residency in Seychelles.

The importation of used vehicle by a returning graduate/resident is however subject to the following conditions under the Used Vehicle Policy under the Ministry of Finance:

  • The vehicle must be right hand drive
  • The vehicle must not be older than 3 years
  • The motor vehicle must be for passenger use only
  • Only one vehicle is permitted per person

Difference of Duty in Smart Cab and Double Cab Pickups

Toyota Hilux Vigo Smart Cab is the biggest imported diesel pickup truck in Seychelles. Prior to the change in duty structure the choice was double Cab. When importing a smart cab one only pays duty and 10,000 SCR levy but to import a double cab one must pay not only the duty and a levy of 100,000 SCR but also excise duty of 75%.

Seychelles Returning Resident - Change in Policy in 2012

The Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment (MFTI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Transport has recently revised the policy on importation of used vehicle by returning residents/graduates taking effect 10 September 2012.

What has changed with this revised policy?
The changes are the following:
Previous Policy Revised Policy 
The vehicle must not be older than 5 years  The vehicle must not be older than 3 years 
The vehicle must be registered on your name for a minimum period of12 months before importation.  No longer applicable. There is no specific duration for the time of ownership of the used vehicle before importation. 
Returning resident who have in their possession a vehicle older than 5 years but which has been registered in their name for a minimum of12 months will be permitted to replace the vehicle with a secondhand vehicle of not less than 5 years of age.  No longer applicable. 
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Information about Seychelles

Thailand  largest new and used car 4WD vigo triton exporter to SeychellesSeychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, consists of an estimated 115 islands, most of which are not permanently inhabited. The second-smallest country in Africa, Seychelles has an area of 455 sq km (176 sq mi), of which Mahé, the principal island, comprises 144 sq km (56 sq mi). Comparatively, the area occupied by Seychelles is slightly more than 2.5 times the size of Washington, D.C. There are two main clusters: one is a granitic group, centering around Mahé; the other, to the SW, includes the coralline Aldabra Islands and the Farquhar group. Situated about 1,600 km (1,000 mi) off the east coast of Africa, Mahé extends 27 km (17 mi) N–S and 11 km (7 mi) E–W.

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