Import Regulations

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ARGENTINA

Importing used vehicles is not allowed. Argentina Embassy in Japan http://www.embargentina.or.jp/

 

AUSTRALIA

Importation of Vehicles Manufactured Before 1 January 1989 *Vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1989 may be imported without restriction. *Vehicles manufactured during or after 1989 will need to qualify under the Registered Automotive Workshop Schema (RAWS).

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/vehicle_regulation/bulletin /importing_vehicles/index.aspx

RAWS Registered Automotive Workshop Schema http://raws.dotars.gov.au/

Customs

Australian Customs Service http://www.customs.gov.au/

AQIS

Australian

Quarantine

and

Inspection

Service

 

http://www.aqis.gov.au/icon/

 

*Only Right Hand Drive

 

*An

import

approval

must

be

obtained

for

a

vehicle

to

gain

 

Customs clearance at its point of entry to Australia. Vehicles that arrive in Australia without an import approval


 

Generally incur significant storage costs until an Import Approval is issued.

Australia Embassy in Japan http://www.australia.co.jp/english/


 

BANGLADESH

No vehicle will be more than four years old in the case of shipment Used Vehicles will be importable only from the country of origin

A certificate containing age, model number and chassis number of the used car will have to be submitted to the customs authority from Japan Auto Appraisal Institute (JAAI).

For determining date/age of the imported used car the date/age will be calculated from the first day of the next year of manufacture of chassis.

Ministry of Commerce http://www.mincom.gov.bd/

TAX

*Import tax is 30%, VAT is 15% Embassy of Bangladesh http://www.bdembjp.com/

 

BRAZIL

Importing used vehicles is not allowed. Brazil Embassy in Japan http://www.brasemb.or.jp/

 

CANDA

All vehicles have to be fifteen (15) years old or older as determined

by the month and year in which the vehicle was manufactured.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/importation/impxus_e.htm

CBSA

Canada Border Service Agency http://www.cbsaasfc.gc.ca/import/menueng.html Embassy of Canadian http://www.canadanet.or.jp/english.shtml COSTARICA

Right Hand Drive cars are not allowed to import.

TAX :

Impuesto Selevtivo de Consumo

Under 3 years : 30% 45 years : 40% Over 6 years : 50% Impuesto para la Comision de Emergencias: 1% Impuesto sobre las ventas: 13% Margen de Utilidad Proyectada: (CIF price + ISC + CNE) x 25%

Embassy of Costa Rica

http://www.costarica.co.jp/embassy_of_costarica/

 

COLOMBIA

Importing used vehicles is not allowed. Colombia Embassy http://www.colombiaembassy.org/

CHILE

RightHand Steering Wheel has to be change into Left-hand

Steering Wheel. National Customers Service http://www.aduana.cl/ Embassy of Chile http://www.chile.or.jp/en/index.htm

Importer must be of Chilean nationality, having remained abroad for over one year without dissolution of continuity. The duties to be paid vary according to


 

the capacity of the motor (in cc).

Documents Required To Import A Vehicle Into Chile

                        Original endorsed OBL

                        Vehicle’s identification certificate purchase invoice

                        Ownership certificate

                        International Police certificate

                        Final cost certificate

                        Internal taxes

                        Passport

                         

CHINA

Importers need importing license.

Ministry of Commerce http://english.mofcom.gov.cn/ General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine http://www.aqsiq.gov.cn/ Certification and Accreditation Administration

http://www.cnca.gov.cn/ General Administration of Customs http://www.customs.gov.cn/ Embassy of the people’s republic of China http://www.chinaembassy.or.jp CYPRUS

Used private vehicle (saloon) : Under 5 years Used light goods vehicle up to 3 tons gross weight : Under 4 years Score – from “3” Both RORO & Container accepted

Ministry of Foreign Affaires http://www.mfa.gov/cy/ ECUADOR

Importing used vehicles is not allowed. The Embassy of Ecuador http://www.ecuadorembassy.or.jp/


 

EGYPT

Cars and vehicles with less than 9 ton maximum capacity must be under 1 year. Vehicles with more than 9 ton maximum capacity must be under 5 years. Only Left Hand Drive

Ministry of Trade and Industry

http://www.mfti.gov.eg/english/english.asp

Embassy of Egypt http://www.embassyavenue.jp/egypt/index.htm FRANCE

TAX:

Import Customs: Cars 10% Trucks 1020%

VAT: (CIF + Import Custom) x 19.6%Registration Fee : EUR 46 per horsepower (half price for more than 10 years old cars)

*EU Automobile Industry

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/automotive/directives/vehicles/

*Paris Police

http://www.prefecturepoliceparis.interieur.gouv.fr/demarches/carte_grise/cout.htm Embassy of France http://www.ambafrancejp.org/ FUJIISLAND

Under 4 years Embassy of the Republic of the Fiji Islands http://www.fijiembassy.jp/jp/

 

HONG KONG

All commercial importers of vehicles have to register with the Customs and Excise Department. Customs and Excise Department http://www.customs.gov.hk/

Only Right Hand Drive Vehicles

ITALY

Vehicles under 6,000km

TAX

Custom Duty : about CIF price x 10%IVA : 20%

Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (only Italian)

http://www.infrastrutture.gov.it/Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.esteri.it/MAE/EN/Home.htmAgenzia delle Dogane http://www.agenziadogane.it/wps/wcm/connect/ee/Embassy of Italy http://www.ambtokyo.esteri.it/ambasciata_tokyo/


 

IRELAND


 

Import Document

*SAD Single Administrative Documents. *Invoice *Export Certificate

TAX

 

*Customs

Duty

10%

 

*Ministry

of

Commerce

 

(Invoice

price

+

Customs

Duty

+

Transportation

Fee)

x

21%

Register

 

 

Bring the car to Vehicle Registration Office, and inspect the car. Pay VRT Vehicle Registration Tax

VRT

*Cars0 1900cc OMSP (Open Market Selling Price) x25% : Minimum 315 EUR over 1900cc OMSP x 30% : Minimum 315 EUR*Mini Van, Some Jeep OMSP x 13.3% : Minimum 125 EUR

Vehicle Standards (Department of Transport)

http://www.transport.ie/roads/vehiclestandards/Irish Tax and Customs http://www.revenue.ie/Embassy of Ireland http://www.irishembassy.jp/

 

INDONESIA

Importing regulation in Indonesia is very strict. Ministry of Trade http://www.depdag.go.id/index.php?land=EN Indonesian Embassy http://indonesianembassy.jp/index.php?land=en


 

INDIA


 

Vehicles have to be less than 3 years.

Vehicles have to be Right Hand Drive.

Importers can do import clearance only at Mumbai Port.

Vehicles need to be inspected by Japan Auto Appraisal Institute (JAAI).

http://www.jaai.or.jp/

Department of Commerce http://commerce.nic.in/

Central Board of Excise and Customs http://www.cbec.gov.in/cae1english.htm

Department of Road Transport and Highways http://morth.nic.in/ Embassy of India http://www.embassyofindiajapan.org/index.html

KENYA                                                                                                   Vehicles have to be under 8 years.

Vehicles have to be Right Hand Drive.

Score – from “3.5”

Both RORO & Container accepted

Vehicles

need

to

be

inspected by Japan Export

Vehicle

Inspection

Center

(JEVIC).

 

Insurance

needed

 

http://www.jevic.co.jp/jevic_english/index.html

 

 

TAX

Import duty: CIF price x 25%Excise duty: (CIF price + Import duty) x 20%VAT : (CIF price + Import duty + Excise duty) x16%

Kenya Revenue Authority http://www.revenue.go.ke/Kenya Embassy http://www.kenyarepjp.com/en/index.html


 

KOREA

Determination of Customs Value; CIF price (the price of the car + insurance fee + freight rates)

Taxes imposed on the Car;1) customs duty : the Value x 8%2) special consumption tax : (the Value + customs duty) x 7~14% depends on the engine3) education tax : 3) x30%4) VAT : (the Value + 1 + 2 +3) x10%5)Sum :1)+ 2)+ 3)+4)

Korea Customs http://www.customs.go.kr/KOTSA http://www.kotsa.or.kr/Korean Embassy http://www.mofat.go.kr/ek/ek_a001/ek_jpjp/ek_02.jsp

 

MAURITIUS

Imports of goods with duty at 55% from countries currently under general tariff (i.e., no preferential tariff) are subject to an additional duty of 10%. A Value Added Tax (VAT) of 12% is payable by importers on the Cost, Insurance, and Freight (CIF) value of their imports. Vehicles, petroleum, alcoholic drinks, and cigarettes are subject to excise duties in addition to the basic import duties, ranging from 0 to 360%.

More details http://mauritius.usembassy.gov/chapter_6.html NAMIBIA

MOTOR VEHICLES Immigrants


 

http://www.orbitmoving.com/Index.asp?ArticleID=64&CategoryID=84

One motor vehicle per family which has been owned and used for a least one year prior to shipment to Namibia may be imported free of duty. Once the NAD value has been determined on the motor vehicle that amount is inflated by 10% and Value added Tax (currently 14%) is payable on the value of the vehicle. A special Import Permit in quadruplicate must be obtained (please contact our agent for details). This must be submitted together with attested form NA304A. Registration documents and proof of value e.g. purchase invoice. Once imported the motor vehicle cannot be sold or otherwise disposed of for 2years.

First obtain an import permit from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Then pay import duties and VAT to the Customs Division of the Ministry of Finance. After this, the company apply for the Interpol clearance with the customs paid document (known as the IM4) and the release order from customs. Once the police clearance is obtained, get a roadworthy certificate from NATIS, which also inspects the engine and chassis numbers before registering the vehicle. NATIS requires the police clearance, customs release and payment receipt, roadworthy certificate and original deregistration certificate from the country of export before registering the vehicle. If the deregistration is in a foreign language, NATIS requires a sworn translation from a registered translator.

NEW ZEALAND

Only Right Hand Drive

Land

Transport

 

http://www.ltsa.govt.nz/publications/infosheets/

infosheet210

japan.html#mbetc

 

TAX

 

GST (Goods and Services Tax) : CIF price x 12.5%

 

New

Zealand

Customs

Service

http://www.customs.govt.nz/travellers/Motor+Ve

hicles/default.htm

Bio

security

New

Zealand

 

 

http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/imports/nonorganic/standards/bmgstdvehil.htm


 

Ministry of Transport http://www.transport.govt.nz/

Land Transport http://www.ltsa.govt.nz/importing/

Independent Motor Vehicle Dealers Association (IMVDA)

http://www.imvda.co.nz/

New Zealand Embassy http://www.nzembassy.com/ NIGERIA

Vehicles have to be under 8 years. Vehicles have to be Left Hand Drive.

Custom Duty

Cars : 30% Bus : 15% Trucks : 30% CKD :5%

TAX

CISS (Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme) : 1%NAC (National Automotive Council) : 2%VAT :5%ETLS (Ecowas Trade Liberalization Scheme) : 0.5%Sub Charge on Duty Payable

Central Bank of Nigeria http://www.cenbank.org/Federal Ministry of Finance http://www.fmf.gov.ng/Federal Ministry of Transport http://www.fmt.gov.ng/


 

PAKISTAN

Used vehicles can only be imported by Pakistani Nationals under any of ;

Transfer of residence

Gift

Personal baggage

Pakistan Customs

http://www.cbr.gov.pk/tpef/customs/vehiclesimport/ImportofVehicles.pdf


 

PHILIPPINES

Only Left Hand Drive Importers need importing license.

Tarriff Commission http://www.tariffcommission.gov.ph/Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas http://www.bsp.gov.ph/Philippine Embassy http://tokyo.philembassy.net/


 

RUSSIA

Custom Duty

Based

on

the

Clearance

Value

1

 

Cars

:

5%,

20%,

25%.

 

2

 

Bus

:

5%,

10%,

20%.

 

3 Trucks : 5%, 10%, 15%.

 

VAT

 

Excise duty

 

Clearance fee

 

Federal Customs Service http://www.customs.ru/en/

 

Department of Transportation (only Russian) http://www.gai.ru/

 

Russian Automobile Dealers (only Russian) http://www.asroad.org/

 

Embassy of Russian Federation http://www.russiaemb.jp/

 

SRI LANKA

 

 

Cars with less than 9 seats have to be under 3 year. Vans/Trucks vehicles with more than 10 seats have to be under 5 years.JAAI certificate needed (Japan Auto Appraisal Institute)Score – from “4”LC only (Letter of Credit)Both RORO & Container accepted

TAX

Customs Duty


 

Surcharge PAL : Port and Airport Development Levy Excise Duty VAT : Value Added Tax Social Responsibility Levy Tax % depends on the engine displacement and fuel type.

Sri Lanka Service http://www.customs.gov.lk/mv.htm Embassy of Sri Lanka http://lankaembassy.jp/


 

SOUTH AFRICA

Basically importing used vehicles is not allowed except transiting to the other countries.

ITAC (International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa)

http://www.itac.org.za/import_guidelines.htm Embassy of the Republic of South Africa http://www.rsatk.com/index.htm


 

SINGAPORE

Vehicles have to be under 3 years. Vehicles have to be Right Hand Drive.

TAX

Duty : OMV (Open Market Value) x 20% Consumption tax : (OMV + Import duty) x5%

Singapore Customs http://www.customs.gov.sg/


 

One. Motoring http://www.onemotoring.com.sg/ Singapore Embassy http://www.mfa.gov.sg/tokyo/


 

TANZANIA

5 yrs back (12 yrs back allowed if can bear more taxes, for heavy vehicles 17 yrs allow if can bear more taxes)Score is from “3.5”Japan Automobile Appraisal Institute (JAAI) certificate needed. Import Declaration Form (IDF) is applicable on all imports to Tanzania irrespective of value.

All vehicles of engine capacity up to 2000cc:

Import duty 25%VAT 20%cumulatively this is 50% of dutiable value.

All vehicles of engine capacity above 2000 cc:

Import duty 25%Excise duty 10%VAT 20%cumulatively this is 65% of dutiable value.

Buses, Lorries, pickups, passenger vans (Commercial units):

Import duty 15%VAT 20%cumulatively this is 32% of dutiable value.

Import Declaration Fees (IDF) is 1.2% of FOB value + US$ 10 per unit. Please note that it is a must to be registered with Tanzania Revenue Authority and have your Tax Identification Number (TIN) before clearing the car into Tanzania.

Various charges levied at DaresSalaam Port:

                        Wharfage: This is charged at 1.6% of CIF value+20%VAT

                        Handling: This is charged on the volume (cubic meters) x US$5+ VAT

                        Removal fees: This is charged on the volume x US$1+ VAT

 

THAILAND


 

Basically importing used vehicles is not allowed except transiting to the other countries. The Customs Department

http://www.customs.go.th/CustomsEng/indexEng.jsp The Excise Department http://www.excise.go.th/engindex.html Department of Foreign Trade (only Thai)

http://www.dft.moc.go.th/index.asp?solution=800 Royal Thai Embassy http://www.thaiembassy.jp/rte2/


 

UGANDA

Any year manufactured vehicle can import Any grade can import Insurance needed Uganda revenue authority http://www.ugrevenue.com/ USA

Customs and Border Protection http://www.customs.gov/xp/cgov/home.xml EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) http://www.epa.gov/otaq/imports/ Vehicle Importation Regulations http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/ Embassy of the United States http://japan.usembassy.gov/tmain.html

UK

TAX :

Custom Duty : CIF price x 10%VAT (Value Added Tax) : (CIF price + custom duty + clearance fee) x 17.5%


 

Licensing and Registration

SVA Cars : GBP 150, Commercial Vehicles : GBP 180ESVACars : GBP 180, Commercial Vehicles : GBP 90MoT Roadworthiness Test GBP 40.75Need to change speedometer (to mile), space for the plate etc About GBP 600

Department for Transport HM Revenue & Customs http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/British Embassy http://www.uknow.or.jp/be_e/

Only Left Hand Drive Custom Duty : CIF price x 5%Importers need to obtain Commercial License (Trade License)

Re Export to Other Countries No regulation, No custom duty

UAE Free zone http://www.uaefreezones.com/Dubai Customs http://www.dxbcustoms.gov.ae/home.aspxEmbassy of The United Arab Emirates http://www.uaeembassy.jp/


 

VIETNAM

Only Right Hand Drive Only under 5 years

Custom Duty

UAE


 

*1000cc : 6,300 US$*10001500cc : 8,500 US$*20002500cc : 12,000 US$*over 5000cc : 26,500 US$

TAX :VAT : 10%SCT : 50% for cars with less than 5 seats, 30% for cars with 615 seats

Ministry of Trade http://www.mot.gov.vn/Ministry of Finance http://www.mof.gov.vn/Ministry of Transport http://www.mt.gov.vn/


 

ZAMBIA

Documentation required at importation

The following documents are required at time of importation:

1.1 Invoice or letter of sale indicating the price paid;

1.2 Bill of Lading (for overseas imports) and/or road/rail consignment note/manifest (for overland transportation)

1.3 Freight Statement (including overland costs from port);

1.4 Insurance Certificate; and

1.5 Any other documents relevant to the purchase, acquisition, shipment or importation of the vehicle. These may include certificate of registration and police clearance certificate.

Duty Rates

4.1 The customs duty rates for motor vehicles described in the table below are expressed as percentages or at specific rates if the VDP for a vehicle does not exceed K8, 000,000 for category (a) or K13, 333,333 for categories (b).

4.2 Excise Duty is a percentage of the sum of VDP and the applicable Customs Duty.

4.3 The Import value added tax (VAT) is a percentage of the sum of VDP, customs duty and excise duty.

Excise Duty

Description

Custom Duty

VAT


 

(a)

Motor cars and other motor vehicles (including station wagons) principally designed for the transport of less than ten persons, including the driver

25% or 000,000 vehicle, whichever is greater

K2, per the

1.With 1500cc and below20% 2.Above 1500cc 30%

17.5%

(b)

Pickups and trucks/lorries with gross weight not exceeding 20 tones.

15% or 000,000 vehicle, whichever is greater

K2, per the

10%

17.5%

(c)

Buses/coaches for the transport of more than ten persons

15% or 000,000 vehicle, whichever is greater

K2, per the

1.With seating capacity not exceeding 16 – 25% 2.Seating capacity of 16 or more0%

17.5%

(d)

Trucks/lorries with gross weight exceeding 20 tones

15%

0%

17.5%

 

 

Note: Other motor vehicles not included in the table above (i.e., horses for semitrailers, ambulances, prison vans, hearses, crane/breakdown lorries, fire fighting vehicles, etc.) attract customs duty at 15% and Import VAT at 17.5%, but no excise duty is applicable.

Furthermore the following additional tax Known as Carbon Emission Surtax is payable on all motor vehicles being imported as below:

Engine Capacity in Cubic Centimeters

Surtax Rate

1500cc and below

50,000.00

Between 1501cc and 2000cc

100,000.00

Between 2001cc and 3000cc

150,000.00

3001cc and above

200,000.00


 

Clearance Points

Currently full Customs clearance facilities are available at the following ports: Kapiri Mposhi Livingstone Nakonde Chirundu Kitwe Lusaka Ndola Mwami

All imports, including motor vehicles, must be cleared within 30 days after importation. Otherwise interest for late clearance/payment of duty is charged

More details

http://vehicleszambia.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12 &Itemid=27 ZIMBABWE

                        Immigrants or returning residents after an absence of two years or more:

                        o Each family member over age 18 can import a motor vehicle duty and tax free if owned by individual member for six months

                        If less than six months, all relevant documents will have to be produced to Customs, including import license

                        A returning resident absent for less than two years will not usually be allowed duty free importation

                        Autos may not be sold or disposed of within 12 months of importation

                        Not more than two vehicles per family

                        Documents required:

                        O Form C38 (MV)

                        O Immigrants Declaration

                        o Passport

                        o Residence Permit

                        o Import License if ownership of vehicle prior to importation is less than six months

                        There are no restrictions but front seat safety belts are required by law. The duty on autos is 60%, the tax is 15%, and the surtax is 35%. Duty rates are subject to change at any time without notice.

 

For more details http://tracking.alliedintl.com/customs_reports/Zimbabwe.asp