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Aug 11 2017

How to Import Japanese Used Cars to Saudi Arabia

Japanese used cars are famous all over the world. These cars are exported to many parts of the world. The popularity of these cars is mostly due to the reliability and durability of these cars. These cars offer high quality at a low price.  

Like many other countries’ Middle East countries’ also import Japanese used cars. Almost all of these countries import Japanese used cars. Like some other neighboring countries, Saudi Arabia also imports these. It is easy to import these cars in Saudi Arabia. Here is how you can import these cars:

Find a Supplier:

You need to find a supplier if you want to import Japanese used cars in Saudi Arabia. There are many used cars exporters in Japan who export these cars all over the world. You can get to them and find more information. Many of them have online portals to facilitate their customers. These portals are good to learn about them and their services.

Make it sure that reliable you choose is reliable. You are spending money on a car and it is necessary to make it sure that you get what you pay for. You can ask in user forums and communities. Call your supplier and get more information about them. The best way is to get in touch with their past customers and ask their opinion.

Choose the Car:

Choosing a car can be a daunting task sometimes. You need to take your needs and budget into account and then make a decision. It is possible that you have made a choice already but you can take a look at your supplier’s stock if you have not made a choice. You can find cars of different colors, specifications, and prices. You can make a comparison to reach a good decision.

Order and Payment:

It is time to order if you have made a choice. Order the car and you will receive an invoice. Pay the amount in your local bank account so it is transferred to their account in Japan. Send the receipt of your payment to your supplier.


Shipment 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 clear your vehicle after it reaches on the port. Hire a clearing agent to get it cleared. Provide all the relevant documents and fees to your agent for the clearance of your car.

Import Rules and Regulations

Here are some rules and regulations that you need to consider when importing Japanese used cars in Saudi Arabia.

Shipping Ports:

Dammam and Jeddah are two common ports for the import of vehicles in Saudi Arabia.

Left-Hand Drive Vehicles:-

Saudi Arabia allows import of left-hand drive vehicles only. Even right-hand drive vehicles converted to left hand are not allowed in the country.


Used cars, buses and other light vehicles older than five years are not allowed in the country. On the other hand, heavy vehicles over 10 years are not allowed. The vehicle should not have a sign of damage or involvement in an accident.

Documents required:-

Here are some documents that you need for the importation.

  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof of Ownership (Title)
  • Purchase Invoice and Certificate of Origin
  • Letter of Saudi sponsor
  • Customs Fee Declaration
  • Copy of Passport and Residence Permit (IQAMA)
  • Letter of Authorization from consignee to clear car
  • Valid Saudi driver license required for registration
  • Saudi Arabian Standard Organization (SASO) Conformity Certificate from the country of origin
  • For used cars, Certificate from Interpol, or origin traffic police, showing there is no police case against car/ de-registrations from the country of origin

Duties and Taxes:-

Customs duty for cars is 5%. Based on custom final assessed value, 12% is for trucks. Special purpose vehicles and antique cars are excluded.

Many people import Japanese used cars in Saudi Arabia. Importation of these cars is easy. Do not wait for the perfect moment and order your car. 

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