Update 3/30/17 (12:09 AM EST): Stefano Siciliano commented with the following, regarding the car: “The owner of the other LaFerrari in South Africa (residing in Cape Town) has said that he knows the owner and said that it is being handled. He claimed that the officials here told him to take it out the country and bring it back in with the correct credentials, he supposedly has done that (Congo bit) and for some reason it was detained but shouldn’t be a huge issue.”
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Awesome input and even more awesome news for the LaFerrari. Thanks, Stefano!
Are you a fan of the LaFerrari hypercar? You may not be a fan of what you’re about to read.
In 2014, an owner of a gorgeous red LaFerrari decided to try and bring his hypercar into South Africa. Upon his attempt, according to Fin24, the owner didn’t pay the needed custom duties and value-added tax (VAT). Because of this, the car was stored in a warehouse where it sat from 2014 until recently. In February of this year, the owner went to export the car to the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, just a day the owner went to have the car reenter South Africa through the same port it was exported through. Unfortunately for the owner, the car was detained upon reentry.
The South African Revenue Services (SARS) have issued the owner a letter of intent, meaning the owner must make a case for the import of the car. Carbuzz states that if the owner is unable to do so, the car could be crushed. After a quick bit of research, a forum post on Carforums.co.za notes that illegally imports can be “disposed of in terms of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964 (Act 91 of 1964).” That word “disposed” leads me to believe that this car could actually be squashed. Let’s hope that this doesn’t happen to the poor, unsuspecting car.
If you have any more information regarding the import law and what can happen to illegally imported cars in South Africa, please let me know in the comments below!
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