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How many Japanese used cars are exported to Mozambique?

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MOZAMBIQUE VEHICLE EXPORT DATA

YEAR 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
UNITS 6,973 5,094 5,307 7,900 10,886 16,503 23,214

Car Export Data From Japan to Mozambique

Like many of its neighbouring countries, there has been an explosion in the popularity of importing used vehicles from Japan over the pasts few years.
Compared to 2010, twice as many vehicles were imported in 2012, and four times as many were imported in 2014.
What is the catalyst behind such a remarkable increase? Below are some factors that might be contributing to it.

Why is the number of imported vehicles rising?

1. Population Growth. More people means higher demand for transport. The graph below shows how much the population has grown between 2008 to 2014.
Foreign investments, especially from China, are helping to build the country's much needed public transport infrastructure but it is still heavily dependent on vehicles.
TOYOTA HIACE VAN are used mainly for public transport in cities, and buses such as TOYOTA COASTER are used for travels between cities. There are rail services, but they are infrequent.
Current trend suggests Mozambique will still be dependent on vehicles for a while.

YEAR POPULATION
2008 22,170,000
2009 22,760,000
2010 23,360,000
2011 23,970,000
2012 24,580,000
2013 25,200,000
2014 25,830,000

Mozambique Population Transition

2. Economic Growth. On average, Mozambique's economy has grown by 7.4% every year over the past 20 years.
A large part of the population still lives below the poverty line especially in rural areas. However, political stability and growth potential have attracted strong foreign investments over the recent years, pointing to even stronger growth.
Mozambique is thought to have massively underexplored mineral reserves. In 2010 for example, a huge gas reserve was discovered offshore in Pemba, and multinational companies were soon flocking in to take a slice of the huge gains to be had.
It is estimated that the gas industry alone will add $39 billion to the Mozambican economy over the next 20 years.

3. Currency. Mozambican Metical is a relatively stable currency, especially when compared with many of the neighbouring counterparts.
It was one of the best performing currencies in the world against USD in 2012, and weakening Japayese Yen has helped becoming a car owner more affordable.

4. Internet & Service. As the country's economy grows, so do net connectivity and technology infrastructure.
More people are carrying smartphones so they can get connected with just a swipe of their fingers and see what vehicles are available for import from Japan at any time.
There are also more used car exporting companies now than ever, which is great for consumers as more competition means companies have to cut profits and offer superior services to survive in the over-saturated market.
Many of these companies are also offering door-to-door delivery service, so ordering your vehicle online from Japan is literally just a question of clicking a few buttons, and the vehicle will be delivered to your nearest city in 2-3 months' time.

What cars are popular in Mozambique?

Mozambique is one of the main countries that CardealPage exports to.
Please see the table below for the ranking of the most popular cars in Mozambique according to CardealPage sales data.

Popularity Ranking  
  Vehicle
1 DYNA
2 HIACE VAN
3 X-TRAIL
4 CANTER
5 CANTER GUTS
6 LAND CRUISER PRADO
7 HILUX SURF
8 RAV4
9 COROLLA
10 TOYOACE
11 CAMI
12 COASTER
13 HIACE WAGON
14 ALLION
15 PAJERO
16 HARRIER
17 COROLLA RUNX
18 ALLEX
19 PAJERO IO
20 CARAVAN VAN
21 VITZ
22 ATLAS
23 CIVILIAN
24 SPACIO
25 IST
26 CARAVAN COACH
27 CR-V
28 PAJERO JR
29 ROSA
30 HIACE REGIUS

Import Regulations

*Shipping Destination Ports: Maputo, Nacala, Beira (Mozambique), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).
*Age Restriction: None
*Road Worthiness Inspection: INTERTEK
*Other Restrictions: Right Hand Drive (apart from specialized vehicles such as ambulances and fire engines).

DUTY

Passenger Vehicles (e.g. COROLLA, RAV4)
CC Custom Consumption Tax VAT
>1000 20% 0 17%
1000 - 1500 20% 5% 17%
1500 - 3000 20% 35% 17%
<3000 20% 40% 17%

Commercial Vehicles
Trucks (e.g. DYNA, CANTER)
Weight >5t 5% 0 0
5t - 20t 5% 0 17%
Vans (e.g. HIACE VAN, CARAVAN)
3 seats or fewer 5% 0 0
4 - 9 seats 20% 35% 17%
10 or more seats 5% 0 17%

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