Liberia accepts imports of vehicles made by several different auto manufacturers. The country, which is still recovering from civil strife in its recent past, is not especially interested in new vehicles. In the capital of Monrovia, around 50 percent of vehicles are used as taxi cabs.
Data from Best Selling Cars Blog indicates that Nissan model vehicles are far and away the most popular and populous types of vehicles in the country, especially the Nissan Sunny (or the Sentra as it is known in the United States). The Nissan Frontier pickup truck and the Nissan Patrol sports-utility vehicle are also highly popular models in Liberia.
If you are interested in exporting salvage cars to Liberia, there are several regulations and requirements that you need to consider first.
- Newly-minted Trade & Investment Framework Agreement with the United States.
- Imported $16 million worth of new and used vehicles in 2013 alone.
- Persistent, but receding political instability from recent civil unrest.
- Only recently free of West Africa’s pandemic-level Ebola outbreak.
Departure Ports Serving Liberia
Departure Ports for roll-on roll-off shipping
- Bayonne, NJ to Monrovia, Liberia
- Baltimore, MD to Monrovia, Liberia
- Jacksonville, FL Monrovia, Liberia
- Port Everglades to Monrovia, Liberia
- Houston, TX to Monrovia, Liberia
Departure Ports for container shipping
- Linden, NJ to Monrovia, Liberia (Full and Less Than Container Load)
The Port of Monrovia is the main arrival port both for roll-on roll off ships and container ships.
- The original Certificate of Title and Registration
- The original Commercial/Purchase Invoice
- An Original Bill of Landing
- The owner’s driver’s license and their International Insurance Policy (green card)
- Importing used vehicles over 12 years of age is prohibited in Liberia.
- Only left-hand drive vehicles are considered road legal within the country.
- Liberian law requires pre-shipment inspections on used vehicles to be shipped to the country.
Import Duty Taxes
Transporting used cars through customs to Liberia will result in import duties. These rates will range from anywhere between 38 percent and 60 percent, though the actual rate you will be paying is a function of the type of vehicle you’re importing and the size of the engine it has – larger vehicles with larger engines are subject to higher import duties.
However, customs tariffs are subject to change at any time, so be aware that these figures may not be correct if the import duty taxes change suddenly.
If you’re in the United States and you want information on the current vehicle import duty scheme for the Republic of Liberia, you can contact the country’s embassy in Washington, DC at the following address:
5201 16th Street N. W.
Washington, DC 20011