This information can be used as a general guide to the importation rules of the following countries. Prior to importing, please be sure to confirm with your local authorities, all the required procedures and specific rules relating to the importation of vehicles into your country. 

IMPORTING TO AUSTRALIA:
 
Import used vehicles into Australia:
  • An import approval must be obtained for all vehicles entering Australia, in order to gain customs clearance at point of entry.  All vehicles entering Australia require an import approval to enter the country legally. Any vehicle that arrives in Australia without an import approval, can be refused entry, and may have to be re-exported or crushed.
  • Vehicles manufactured before January 1st 1989 may be imported without restriction.
  • Vehicles manufactured during or after 1989 must qualify for compliance, under the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme.
  • Vehicles manufactured during or after 1989 must be a SEVS eligible vehicle (Sports and Enthusiasts Vehicle System). Please check the list of SEVS eligible vehicles here.

Taxes:

  • Customs Duty = 5% x CIF costs (CIF costs = all costs to port in Australia)
  • GST: (CIF + Customs Duty) x 10% GST
  • LCT: Luxury Car Tax, is applicable to vehicles with a CIF value of over AU$57,180. LCT is levied at the rate of 33%, on the portion of the taxable total, over AU$57,180.

Reference:

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IMPORTING TO CANADA:

Import used vehicles into Canada:

  • All vehicles must be fifteen (15) years old, or older, at the time of importation into Canada, as determined by the month and year in which the vehicle was manufactured.
  • All imported used vehicles and machinery that are contaminated with soil will be refused entry.

Reference:

Canada Border Services Agency
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/menu-eng.html

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IMPORTING TO CYPRUS:

Import used vehicles to Cyprus:

  • Used private vehicle: under 5 years
  • Used light goods vehicle up to 3 tons gross weight: Under 4 years

Reference:

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IMPORTING TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:

Import used vehicles to the Dominican Republic:

  • No right hand drive vehicles can be imported. Only left hand drive. 
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IMPORTING TO FIJI:

Import used vehicles to Fiji:
  • Vehicles must be under 4 years old from month of manufacture.
Other:

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IMPORTING TO FRANCE:
 
Import used vehicles to France:
 

Taxes:

  • Import Customs :  Cars  10%   Trucks 10-22%
  • VAT : (CIF + Import Customs) x 19.6%
Reference:

Other:

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IMPORTING TO HONG KONG:

Import used vehicles to Hong Kong:

Regulations:

  • Importers have to register with the Customs and Excise Department.
  • Cannot import left hand drive vehicles, only right hand drive.

Reference:

 
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IMPORTING TO INDIA:

Import used vehicles to India:

  • Vehicles have to be under 3 years.
  • Vehicles have to be Right Hand Drive.
  • Importers can do import clearance only at Mumbai Port.
  • Vehicles need to be inspected.

Import Duty:

  • 1) Basic Duty: CIF x 101%
  • 2) Additional Duty 1: (CIF x 101%) x 16.48%
  • 3) Additional Duty 2: (2) x 3%
  • 4) Additional Duty 3: (1+2+3) x 4%
  • 5) Countervailing Duty: (CIF x 101% +1+2+3+4) x 4%
  • total: 1+2+3+4+5

Reference:

Other:

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IMPORTING TO IRELAND

Importing used vehicle to Ireland:

Import Documents required:

  • SAD - Single Administrative Documents
  • Invoice
  • Export Certificate
  • Customs Duty 10%
  • VAT - Value Added Tax
    (Invoice price + Customs Duty + Transportation Fee) x 21%

Registering the vehicle in Ireland:

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

Reference:

Other:
 
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IMPORTING TO ITALY:

Import used vehicles to Italy:

  • Vehicles must have under 6,000km at the time of import into Italy.

Taxes:

  • Customs Duty : CIF price x 5 or 10%
  • IVA : (CIF + duty) x 20%
Reference
Taxes:
  • Customs Duty : CIF price x 5 or 10%
  • IVA : (CIF + duty) x 20%
Other

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IMPORTING TO JAMAICA:

Import used vehicles to Jamaica:

  • Cars : Under 3 years                   
  • Commercial Vans : Under 4 years
Other:
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IMPORTING TO KAZAKHSTAN:

Import used vehicles to Kazakhstan:

  • RHD Cars can not be imported.
Other:

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IMPORTING TO KENYA:

Importing used vehicles to Kenya:

Regulations:

  • Vehicles must be under 8 years of age, based on month and year of manufacture.
  • Vehicles must be Right Hand Drive.
  • Vehicles must be inspected by Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Center (JEVIC), prior to export from Japan. 

Taxes:

  • Import duty: CIF price x 25%
  • Excise duty: (CIF price + Import duty) x 20%
  • VAT: (CIF price + Import duty + Excise duty) x 16%
  • IDF (Import Declaration Form) : 2.75%
Reference: Other: Port:
  • Mombasa

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IMPORTING TO KOREA

Importing used vehicles into Korea:

Duty & Tax:

  • Determination of Customs Value: - CIF price
  • Taxes imposed on the Car:
    1) customs duty : the Value x 8%
    2) special consumption tax : (the Value + customs duty) x 5 or 10% depends on the engine
    3) education tax : 3) x 30%
    4) VAT : (the Value + 1 + 2 +3) x 10%
    5) Sum : 1) + 2) + 3) + 4)

Reference:

Other

Port
  • Inchon
  • Pusan
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IMPORTING TO MALAYSIA:
 
Importing vehicles into Malaysia:
 

Reference:

 
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IMPORTING TO MALTA:

Import used vehicles to Malta.

  • All imported vehicles must be SVA tested prior to registration in Malta.
Reference
  • SVA testing in Malta:
  • http://www.vca-asia.net/maltaintro.htm
Other
 
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IMPORTING TO NEW ZEALAND:

Importation of Vehicles into New Zealand.

  • Only Right Hand Drive

Tax

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

Reference

Other: Port:
  • Auckland
  • Lyttelton
  • Nelson
  • Wellington
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IMPORTING TO NIGERIA: 

Importation of Vehicles into Nigeria:
  • Vehicles must be under 8 years.
  • Vehicles must be Left Hand Drive.

Customs Duty:

  • Cars : 30%
  • Buses : 15%
  • Trucks : 30%
  • CKD : 5%

Taxes:

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


Reference: Port:
  • Lagos


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IMPORTING TO PERU:

Import used vehicles to Peru:

  • Only Left Hand Drive (or vehicles converted to LHD).
  • Under 5 years for Cars, Under 2 years for Bus/Trucks
  • Vehicles should be in good condition, with no accident history
Taxes:
  • Import Duty : 9%
  • VAT : 19%
  • Commodity Tax : 30%

Reference:

Other:


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IMPORTING TO THE PHILIPPINES:

Import used vehicles to Philippines:

  • Only Left Hand Drive
  • Importers need importing license.

Reference:

Other:

Port:
  • Manila

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IMPORTING TO ROMANIA:
 
Import used vehicles into Romania:

Taxes:

  • Duty : 10%
  • VAT : 19%
  • Commodity Tax : 1.5 - 9%
Reference:

Other:

 
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IMPORTING TO RUSSIA:

 Import used vehicles to Russia:

 Taxes:

    Cars under 5 years old

  • 0~1000cc: 1.2 euro/1cc
  • 1000~1500cc: 1.45 euro/1cc
  • 1501~1800cc: 1.5 euro/1cc
  • 1801~3000: 2.15 euro/1cc
  • 3001cc~: 2.8 euro/1cc

    Cars 5~7 years old

  • 0~1000cc: 2.5 euro/1cc
  • 1001~1500cc: 2.7 euro/1cc
  • 1501~1800cc: 2.9 euro/1cc
  • 1801~3000cc: 4 euro/1cc
  • 3001cc~: 5.8 euro/1cc

Reference:

Other:


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IMPORTING TO SAMOA:

Importing used vehicles into Samoa:

  • RHD Cars manufactured before 2002 are not allowed.

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IMPORTING TO SINGAPORE:

Importing used vehicles into Singapore:

Regulation:
  • Vehicles have to be under 3 years.
  • Vehicles have to be Right Hand Drive.

Taxes:

  • Comodity Tax: OMV (Open Market Value) x 20%
  • Consumption Tax: (OMV + Comodity Tax) x 5%
  • Surcharge: S$10,000-
Reference Other Port 
  • Singapore

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IMPORTING TO SPAIN:

Import used vehicles to Spain:

 Taxes:

  • Import Duty : Cars and motorcycles 5% or 10% : Bus 10 or 16%
  • VAT : 16%
  • Registration fee : EUR 62.2
Reference

Other

Port
  • Barcelona

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IMPORTING TO SRI LANKA:

Import Used Vehicles to Sri Lanka:

  • Only Right Hand Drive
  • need JAAI inspection

You do not require an Import Control License:

  • Cars and Jeep under 3 and a half years.
  • Bus/Vans/Truck under 5 years.

Taxes:

  • Customs Duty
  • Surcharge
  • Cess
  • PAL : Port and Airport Development Levy
  • Excise Duty
  • VAT : Value Added Tax
  • RIDL
  • SRL : Social Responsibility Levy

Reference:

Other:
Port:
  • Colombo

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IMPORTING TO SURINAME:

Import used vehicles into Suriname:

  • Cars must be under 8 years old.
Port:
  • Paramaribo

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IMPORTING TO TANZANIA:

Import used vehicles to Tanzania:

  • JAAI inspection is required.

Other:

Port:
  • Dar Es Salaam
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IMPORTING TO THAILAND: 

Importing used vehicles to Thailand:

  • Importing used vehicles is not allowed, only forward transit to third countries. 

Reference:

Other:

Port: 
  • Leam Chabang
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IMPORTING TO UGANDA:

Import used vehicles into Uganda:

  • JEVIC inspection is required.
Other: Port:
  • Mombasa

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IMPORTING TO THE UAE:

Importing vehicles into UAE for Domestic Sale:

  • 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

Reference:

Other:

Port:
  • Dubai

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IMPORTING TO THE UNITED KINGDOM:
 
Importing vehicles into the UK:
 
Taxes:
  • Customs Duty : CIF price x 10%
  • VAT (Value Added Tax) : (CIF price + customs duty + clearance fee) x 17.5%

Licensing and Registration:

  • Vehicles over 10 years old, only require MOT to be registered in the UK.
  • Vehicles under 10 years old, will require an SVA test + MOT for registration.
Reference:

Other:

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IMPORTING TO THE USA:

Importing vehicles into the USA:

  • Vehicles with a manufacture date of over 25 years, can be imported into the USA, without restriction.

Reference:


Other:
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IMPORTING TO UZBEKISTAN:

Import used vehicles to Uzbekistan:

  • RHD cars are not allowed to import.
Other:
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IMPORTING TO VIETNAM:

Import used vehicles to Vietnam:

  • Only Left Hand Drive
  • Only under 5 years

Customs Duty:

  • Is related to engine size of the imported vehicle/s.

Taxes:

  • VAT : 10%
  • SCT : 50% for cars with less than 5 seats

Reference: