ROADWORTHINESS INSPECTIONS – BAHAMAS
|This contracted assignment with the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) involves the conducting of pre- export road worthiness inspection of used motor vehicles from Japan, United Kingdon, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates destined for use within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
This enables only roadworthy and environmentally friendly vehicles to enter the country, thereby ensuring that the Bahamas does not become a dumping ground for poor quality used vehicles.
Right-hand or left-hand drive vehicles are allowed into the Bahamas.
There is an age restriction of not more than 10* years for Cars, Motorcycles and Light Commercial vehicles, and not more than 12* years for Commercial Vehicles (exceeding 3,000 kg).
In addition, a pre-shipment roadworthiness inspection is required for all imports.
|FAQ FOR THE BAHAMAS INSPECTIONS|
Over Age Vehicles
The Bahamas Customs Department have provided the following clarification for over age vehicles entering the Bahamas:
“Section 208(B) under Restricted Goods of the Customs Management Act states ” Any motor vehicle or motor cycle that is ten years old or older, unless authorized by the Minister” is restricted, which means that if importing any vehicle or motor cycle that is ten (10) years or older it has to be authorized by the Minister of Finance.”
Therefore import approval must be obtained from the Minister of Finance prior to the purchase of any vehicle that will arrive into the Bahamas over the age limits already imposed.
(EAA Company Limited is not expected to police this requirement and responsibility of adherence to age regulation is for the Importer/Exporter).
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