Import Informationfor Other Countries
Cyprus:Customs & Excise
European Commission: Enterprise & Industry
Finland: AKE, TULLI
Hong Kong: Customs & Excise
Ireland: Citizens Information
Jamaica: Jamaica Customs, Trade Board,Import Policy
Mauritius: Industry & Commerce
Myanmar: Vehicle Importing
New Zealand: Land Transport NZ, MAF
Philippines: Bureau of Customs
Singapore: One Motoring
South Africa: ITAC
Sri Lanka: Customs
Sweden: Customs, Bilprovningen, Swedish Transport Agency
Tanzania: TRA | Vehicle Importing
Trinidad & Tobago: Trade & Industry
Uganda: Vehicle Importing
UK: Vehicle Importing
Zambia: Vehicle Importing
Zimbabwe: Vehicle Importing
Preparing To Import
Be aware that every country has specific laws regarding the age, engine size, model etc. of used vehicles that are allowed for import. Information for some individual countries can be found at Destinations. It is important to do the research beforehand, to save yourself from headaches, paying fines, or even possibly being denied your vehicle after it has arrived in your country.
Some countries require the car passes an inspection before it’s shipped. For example, the Japan Auto Appraisal Institute (JAAI) inspection is required by Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Mauritius, Tanzania, and others. The inspector will come to the port and inspect your vehicle before it is loaded on the ship. The certificate is mailed to the exporter, and couriered to the buyer with the other required documents.
Usual Required Documents
All the required documents will be sent to the buyer after the vehicles are on the ship.
- Export Certificate
- English Translation of Export Certificate
- Invoice or Bill of Sale
- Bill of Lading
- Certificate of Origin
- JAAI Certificate
After the vehicles clear customs, they are loaded on the next available ship to their destination. There are monthly shipments to most destinations by Pure Car Carriers, which are ships where the vehicles are driven on and off. This type of shipping is known as Roll On/Roll Off, or abbreviated as RO/RO. The other option is container shipping, where the vehicles are loaded into containers, and secured for shipment. The container shipments go to most destinations more frequently, but cost more per vehicle in most cases.
Arrival at Port
Once the vehicles arrive at the port of destination the buyer will receive notice of the shipment’s arrival from the port authority or broker if you are using one. Take the original Bill of Lading, along with the other required documents to the port and follow their instructions to take possession of your vehicle. You will be required to pay duty, taxes and other fees and fill in all of the required customs forms. You may also have to complete a vehicle inspection and or get temporary registration. Inquire at the port authority as to any additional procedures that may be necessary.
It is advisable to hire an import agent/broker to handle the import procedures, as it can be a very time consuming and confusing process.
Please contact us for further information.
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I was totally clueless and was having a really hard time finding someone that I felt I could trust to help me with these auctions. A couple folks recommended Mathew over at JCD and I very reluctantly reached out. Yeah, I have trust issues. Dude put me at ease and really walked me through the whole process. After a couple months I didn’t end up buying a vehicle, but that’s on me. When I changed my direction, Mathew helped me wrap things up and wished me well. I have zero reservations about reaching out to these guys or recommending anyone else to do so. Very helpful, knowledgeable, prompt and everything I needed. You won’t be disappointed.
Ordered an Acty Van with these guys. five star service all the way. everything went perfect!!!. I was so afraid to import a car myself. JCD made it seamless. I would import wit them and only them again and again. Thanks guys!!
Discovered KEI vehicles about a year ago and spent many hours searching the internet in hopes of finding an affordable van state side, to no avail. That is until I sent a message to Mathew at JCD. He was quick to respond, answered way too many of my silly questions, and worked diligently to find the right van for me. He is thorough, clear, and timely. Made the process simple and enjoyable. I am more than excited to work with him again. I highly recommend the service these gentlemen provide.
Matt made importing a few mini trucks for our farm a breeze. Super easy to deal with and transparent with all the details involved in bidding and winning auctions, the import process, and everything in between.
My truck had been stolen and Matt was helping me bid on mini-trucks to replace it. Of course once we started bidding the truck was recovered, but Matt was upfront and very helpful both getting into and out of our auction based relationship. I would not hesitate to work with JCD again!
I worked with Mat and i believe i couldn't have done any better. This was my first time dealing with importing, Mat was so patient and helpful through this purchase. I also feel he got me the best deals, i have since the first purchase made two more and will continue to do business with Mat.
I purchased three vehicles from auction with Matt, he made it extremely easy and was available whenever I needed him throughout the entire importing process. This is not the last time I will be dealing with them. I plan to order more vehicles in the near future! If your looking for a trustworthy company to order vehicles through I highly recommend JCD!
Mathew was super helpful if helping me get more info and bid on cars I was interested in.
Mathew and the gang were great with helping me with the acquisition of my 1994 Subaru Sambar dump kei truck. I was so excited about getting a truck I was ready to buy just about anything. Matt put the breaks on that and used his experience and knowledge to weed out the potential problems. I use my truck almost daily around our farm moving things and as a work surface. It is great. Mathew and Japan Car Direct helped my sister get a kei truck as well and I have and will continue to recommend them to anyone who has expressed interest in my great little vehicle.
I purchased a 1994 4wd Suzuki Carry Kei truck through JCD. Yoshi helped me during the process and after nearly 3 months and over 100 emails back and forth between questions and translations of auction sheets I finally decided on a truck. I've now had it for nearly a month and couldn't be happier with the purchase. They are extremely promt with responses and answered all questions I had. Being completely new at the importing process I never felt uneasy with my decision. If I ever decide to import another vehicle I will definitely use them again.
Excellent service from beginning to end. I registered over the new year holidays and received an automatic out of office response and also still received personal response indicating when auctions resumed. The process takes doing your own due diligence to study the cars you want but the guys at JCD will assist where they can as well.
When I thought about importing a vehicle from Japan, I was a little apprehensive. I read some real horror stories. Once I got in contact with Yoshi, he put me at ease. The entire crew at Japan Car Direct made the process effortless. From translations, to inspections, to the auctions, I felt comfortable with the entire transaction. The hardest thing was waiting for the ship to arrive at port with my new truck. I highly recommend JCD to anyone considering a vehicle import from Japan.
The entire Team at Japan Car Direct has been incredible at making purchasing a vehicle from Japan quick and effortless. Matt and Yoshiro are extremely friendly, and have performed above and beyond my expectations from start to finish. No matter how many questions you may have, these guys will know all the right answers! If you’re looking for a vehicle from Japan then look no further than Japan Car Direct. 10/10 ⭐'s
After ordering my minivan from Mathew and the folks at JCD, I will definetely use them again. Took three months to get the van but I am on the other side of the world. Van arrived in better condition than I expected although battery was dead and gas was extremely low. Other than that, the documents were sent to me promptly and the process of registering was seamless with the supplied documents. Thank you Matt and team and I look forward to working with you in the future!