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Dec 04 2017

How to Import Japanese Used Cars to Chile

The popularity of Japanese used cars is not only in a particular region; these cars are famous all over the world. Many countries of the world import these cars.  It can be seen on the roads of many countries. Reliability and durability of these cars is a major reason behind the popularity of these cars. These cars are offered at a low price with great quality.

Like many other countries Japanese used cars are also famous in Chile. Many people in Chile import Japanese used cars. It is easier to import these cars. Here is how you can import Japanese used cars to Chile:

Find a Supplier

Finding a used cars supplier is the first step towards importing used cars to Chile. You need to find a used cars supplier for the import of these cars. There are many exporters in Japan who supply these cars in many countries of the world. You can find many of them online. You can access their online portals.  

You need to take extra care when choosing an exporter. You can find many used cars exporters, but it is better to make it sure that your exporter is reliable. Search for information on forums and communities. It is better to call them and take information about their services. The closer you get is better. The best way is to get in touch with their past customers and inquire about their experience.

Choose Your Car

You may have chosen your car for now considering your needs and budget. Buying a car is an expensive decision and you need to consider many things. If you have not chosen a car yet, you can take a look at the exporter’s stock to make a choice.  You can find cars of different makes and models. You can find a wide variety of cars with their prices. To make it easier, you can make comparisons between cars and find a suitable car for you.

Order and Payment

If you have found a car that suits your needs within your budget, it is time to order it. Order the car and you will receive an invoice. Pay the amount in your local bank so it is transferred to their bank account in Japan. Send receipt of the payment to the supplier so the process can move forward.


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

Port Clearance

You need port clearance after your car it reaches on the port. Hire a port clearance agent for the clearance of your car. Provide your agent all the documents and fees for clearance. You can receive your car after it has been cleared.

Import Rules and Regulations

Like many other countries, Chile has rules and regulations regarding the import of Japanese used cars. Here are some rules and regulations that you need to consider when importing these cars to Chile.

Age Limit:

Age limit for the used car being imported to Chile is maximum 5 years.


Here are some documents that you need for the importation of your vehicle.

  • Bill of Lading (BL)
  • Pro forma invoice
  • Export certificate
  • (Other documents might be needed)

Shipping Ports:

Recommended ports for the import of Japanese used cars to Chile are Arica, Iquique, and Valparaiso.

Road-Worthiness Inspection:

Roadworthiness inspection is not needed for vehicles being imported to Chile.

Left or Right Hand Drive:

Chile allows import of only left-hand drive vehicles. As Japan is a right-hand drive country, you need to convert right hand to left hand.

Following Commodities Are Prohibited In Chile For Importation:

  • Used tires and used motorcycles.
  • Non-FTA qualified vehicles are governed by the regulation.
  • The importation of used passenger and cargo transport vehicles are prohibited.
  • Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA (Intl. Air Transport Association).

Japanese used cars are famous all over the world. You can import these cars easily in Chile. Do not wait for the perfect moment and order your car. 

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