Best Port to Ship Your Used Japanese Car to Zimbabwe

Should you decide to buy a used Japanese vehicle, as most people in Africa have been doing over the past decade, you will find that shipping will be one of you biggest concerns. For Zimbabweans, the question is, where should you ship you ex-jap? What’s the best port as far as shipping a used Japanese vehicle is concerned? If you are still looking for the best used Japanese vehicle for the African continent, feel free to check out the vehicles that are on Be Forward. Here, in any case, is the Best Port to Ship Your Used Japanese Car.

Shipping Options for Ex-Japs to Zimbabwe

Zimbabweans who are looking to buy cars from Japan through Be Forward, or any of the other used Japanese car sellers, can choose between any of 10 ports when it comes to shipping for their vehicles. These are;

  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Tunduma
  • Nakonde
  • Lusaka
  • Durban
  • Beitbridge
  • Plumtree
  • Harare
  • Beira
  • Maputo

Most of these options, including having your car shipped to Harare, Plumtree and Beitbridge, involve having the car that you are importing to Zimbabwe from Japan shipped via car carrier.

Which Port is the Best?

This is something on which there is never going to be agreement. Determining the right port from which to collect your vehicle is, of course, going to be dependent on a number of factors;

  • Personal preference
  • Convenience
  • Cost

Which Port Did I Use

When I imported my faithful Toyota Corolla (bubble), three years ago, the very thought of driving all the way from Dar Es Salaam was so scary that it almost forced me to buy something local. At the end, the choice came down to Plumtree and Beitbridge, for the simple reason that both ports offered shorter rides back to Harare.

The distance from Harare to Plumtree is 541.7 km, while that from Harare to Beitbridge is 582.3 km. Compare that with the 2 428 km drive from Dar Es Salaam, and you will realize why Plumtree is the best option.


At the end of the day, I decided to have my vehicle shipped to Plumtree border post, and this is a choice that I have been recommending to friends and family ever since. The difference in the quality of the road is something for which there can be no argument about the fact that Plumtree is the Best Port to Ship Your Used Japanese Car.

Why Plumtree is the best

I have already given one reason why I think Plumtree is the best port to ship your used Japanese car. Other than the good road, there are several other reasons;

  • Few people use this port. You don’t have to wait in line to have your car cleared.
  • Friendly staff at the border.
  • Friendly clearing agents, should you choose to use one.
  • The road is not as busy as the Beitbridge road. This is important while driving a car whose condition you are not really sure about.
  • There are very few heavy trucks on the drive back to Harare.

So, which mileage should you go for when it comes to buying a used Japanese car? Check out this article for more.

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