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How to Import Japanese Used Cars in the Netherlands


Japanese used cars are famous all over the world. Many countries import these cars. Reliability and durability of these cars is a major reason behind the popularity of these cars. These cars offer great quality at a low price. These cars are a major contribution to the auto industry.

Like many other countries, Japanese cars are also popular in the Netherlands. Demand for used cars in Netherland has grown over the years. Many people have started importing Japanese used cars. It is easy to import Japanese used cars in the Netherlands. Here is how you can import these cars in the Netherlands.

Find a Supplier

You need to find a supplier of Japanese used cars in order to import your car. There are many Japanese used cars exporters in Japan who supply these cars all over the world. You can find many of them online. Many of them have online portals to facilitate their customers. You can get on those portals and find information about them and their services and how they work.

Make it sure that the supplier you choose is reliable. It is necessary because you should get what you pay for. You need to do proper research about the exporter. Ask in user forums and communities. Ask industry experts and get their opinion. The best way is to get in touch with suppliers past customers and ask for the advice.

Choose the Car

Choosing the car can be a confusing task for you. With many models of cars out there it can be a bit difficult to choose the one that fits your needs. You need to assess your needs and then choose a car to make a better decision.

You may have chosen a car for now but, if you have not you can take a look at exporter’s stock and find a suitable one for you. You can make comparisons and choose a car that is best for you.

Order and Payment

After you have made your choice, it is time to order the car. Order the car on the supplier’s website and you will receive an invoice. Make the payment in your local bank account so money is transferred to their account in Japan. Send receipt of the payment to your supplier.


Shipping process can be started after your supplier receives the payment. However, it depends on the terms and conditions agreed between you and your supplier.

Port Clearance

You need to hire a port clearance agent for the clearance of your vehicle as it arrives on the port. Provide all the relevant documents and fees to your supplier for the clearance of your vehicle.

Import Rules and Regulations

Every year many used cars are exported in the Netherlands. However, here are some rules and regulations that apply when importing these cars.

Shipping Ports

Major ports- Aruba, Bonaire, and Philipsburg Port are famous ports of Netherlands.

Left-Hand Drive vehicles

Netherlands allows importation of only left-hand drive vehicles.


It is necessary for the vehicles to be inspected before importation in the Netherlands. ‘Rijksdienst voor wegverkeer’ ensures that a vehicle meets environmental, safety and economic demands.

Required Documents

Here are some documents that are required when importing Japanese used cars in the Netherlands.

  • Copy of work contract
  • Original Purchase Invoice
  • Copy of Proof of insurance         
  • Original Certificate of Title and Registration

Taxes and Duties

A permit is required for the tax-free importation of vehicles from non-EU countries. A permit is granted if the importer has lived in a non-EU country for at least a year and owned the vehicle for at least 6 months.

The importer is required to pay duties and taxes if the permit is not granted.

The demand for used cars in the Netherlands is growing over the years. It is easy to import Japanese used cars in the Netherlands. You can follow the above-given guidelines and import used cars in your Netherlands.  

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