How long does it take to ship a car from Japan to Zimbabwe?

One of the questions that you will ask yourself, when you embark on the journey to import that dream car of yours to Africa from Japan is; how long will it take for my car to arrive in my country? Let’s take Zimbabwe as an example. How long does it take for a car that is bought on Be Forward to arrive in the country? This article looks at how long it will take to ship a car from Japan to Zimbabwe. So, what’s the time to ship a car from Japan to Zimbabwe?

It depends on how long it takes for your car to get on a ship

Once you have made your payment on Beforward, or on any other platform, the amount of time that your vehicle will take to get to your destination from Japan will be largely dependent on the amount of time that it takes for it to find a berth on a ship.

Obviously, no ship is going to set sail without a full complement of vehicles, no matter how much you may wish to have the process expedited. The ships that are used are what are call roll-o/roll-off (roro) ships. The cars are actually driven on and off the ships, hence the name. 

Once the ship has set sail

Once your vehicle has found a berth on a ship and the ship has set sail from Japan, you can expect to wait between 6 and 8 weeks before the arrival of your car at the port of your choice.

How long did it take me for my car to arrive in Zimbabwe

So, how long did it take me for my car to arrive from Zimbabwe? Remember that I purchased my beloved Toyota Corolla almost 3 years ago, so some things may have changed. However, it took me 7 weeks for the car to arrive in Zimbabwe from the moment of payment.

Time to ship a car from Japan to Zimbabwe: Payment date

I made payment for the car on 10 December 2015. The payment was made at FBC Bank. Those were the days when one could still walk into a bank and have the money transferred, with the payment being confirmed by the end of the day.

Arrival at Plumtree Border Post

My Toyota Corolla arrived at Plumtree border post, my favorite port when it comes to shipping vehicles to Zimbabwe, on 27 January 2016. I still have the receipts, so I know what I am talking about here. So, to put it clearly, it takes between 6 and 8 weeks to have a car shipped to Zimbabwe from Japan. Hope this article on the time to ship a car from Japan to Zimbabwe has been of help to you. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have had a different experience.

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