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Dec 04 2017

How to Import Japanese Used Cars to Malta?

Japanese used cars are popular in many countries of the world and including Malta. Many people in Malta want to buy Japanese used cars and it can be seen on their roads.

Importing Japanese used cars to Malta is easier. It is import to have knowledge of rules and regulations regarding the import of Japanese used cars in Malta.

Here is the process you can use to get your desired car imported in Malta:

Find a reliable exporter:

The first step is finding a good Japanese used cars exporter. There are many used cars suppliers in Japan who export Japanese used cars in different countries. It is better to contact them and start exploring their stock.

But, the first step is finding a used cars exporter that is reliable. You may find many used cars exporters on the internet and their sites can provide you much detail about them. Read their websites for details. Call them or contact on social media to know more. But, the best way is to get in touch with their past customers.

Make Your Choice:

After you have selected a good exporter, explore their used cars stock. Find the cars that you like. Do they have what you are looking for? Look at their stock and vehicle details. Read everything carefully.

Also, take a look at pictures of the vehicles. It can make it sure that you get what you pay for.

Order and Payment:

You may have chosen your desired vehicle for now. It is time to order that vehicle. Order your desired vehicle on their site and let the process start.

The supplier will send you an invoice. Pay the price in your local bank account, so it is transferred to their bank account. Receive the receipt of payment and send it to your supplier. After they receive a receipt they will start the process.


It is time to get the vehicle shipped. After they receive the receipt shipment of the vehicle can be started. It depends on the conditions between you and your supplier.

Port Clearance and Custom:

You need to find the local port clearing company to get the vehicle cleared off the port. They can get your car custom cleared. You can follow their instructions and provide the relevant documents.

Right or left Hand Car:

Malta allows only Right-Hand drive vehicles.

Road-Worthiness Test:

A vehicle getting to be exported should be road worthy.

Single Vehicle Approval:

In order to improve the quality of the vehicle imported in Malta, Maltese authorities have issued some rules and regulations these vehicles.This policy is called single vehicle approval (SVA). It is done to improve the quality of Japanese used vehicle imported in the country.

Under this scheme, the vehicle should satisfy the requirements of Malta Transport Authority. A vehicle is gone through many tests. All vehicles must have a ‘Certificate of Conformity with Model Report' before being exported to Malta.

Major Port:

Valletta is the major port for Japanese used cars that are exported in Malta.

Required Documents:

  • Original Certificate of Title and Registration
  • Original Commercial/Purchase Invoice
  • Import License – Issued by Department of Trade
  • Export Certificate or Log Book
  • MOT or Test Certificate to show roadworthiness
  • Driver’s License & International Insurance Policy (green card)

Import Tax:

Import tax is applied to the following scheme:

  • Value Added Tax: 18%
  • Duty: CIF 10%

Registration Tax depends on Engine Power (CC).

If you want to import Japanese used cars in Malta, it is easier to do. It is better to have some understanding of rules and regulations about the import of Japanese used cars in Malta. It can make you familiar with the import process. 

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