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How to Import Japanese Used Cars to Uganda

Japanese used cars are exported in many countries of the world. Durability and reliability of these cars are the reason behind their popularity. It can be seen on the roads of many countries of the world.

Like many other countries, these cars are also popular in Uganda.  Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. Its capital and largest city are Kampala.  People of Uganda also import Japanese used cars. It can be seen on the roads of the country. It is easier to import Japanese used cars in Uganda. Here is how:

Find a Reliable Exporter:

The first step is to find a reliable used cars exporter. There are many used cars exporters in Japan who supply vehicles in many countries of the world. Many of those exporters have their own websites. You can access their website to find more about them. Make it sure that exporter you choose is reliable. Ask on user forums and communities about the exporter and get relevant information. The best way is to get in touch with their past customers.

Choose the Right Car:

You may have finalized the car of your choice till now after assessing your needs. If you have not found a car yet, you can find on exporter’s website. They keep stock of Japanese used cars. You can find any car that is good for you.

Order and payment:

If you have chosen your desired car, it is time to order. Order your desired car and you will receive an invoice. Pay the amount in your local bank account and get the receipt. Send this receipt to the supplier so the shipment process can be started.


After you have made the payment, shipping process can be started. It depends mostly on the terms and conditions between you and supplier. You can get more information from them.  

Port Clearance:

You need clearance after the car arrives on the port. Contact with a port clearing company and get your desired car off the port. 

Import Rules and Regulations

Uganda is a landlocked country that has not any port of its own. Mombasa of Kenya or Dar-e-Salam of Tanzania can be used for the import of these cars. Both are nearly equal in cost.

Age Restriction:

Many countries have the age restriction on the import of used cars. But, Uganda does not have the age restriction on the used cars.

Right and Left Hand:

Both right and left-hand drive vehicles are permitted for the import. 

Inspection Requirement:

JEVIC inspection is compulsory for the vehicles that are to be imported in Uganda. Uganda National Bureau of Standards has made it compulsory to pass roadworthiness inspection for the used cars to make it sure that it meets certain standards.

Duties and Taxes:

Custom duty value in Uganda is determined in accordance with the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (G.A.T.T) valuation method.

VAT: 17% of VAT value

Import Duty: 15% of dutiable value

Withholding Tax: 4% of dutiable value

Import Commission: 2% of dutiable value

Documents required:

Here are the documents that are required when importing Japanese used cars to Uganda.

  • Two clear negotiable Original Bills of Lading.
  • Original Bills of Lading
  • Immigration Permit
  • Work Permit (copy)
  • Immigration Permit
  • An invoice or valuation for the vehicle
  • Certificate of Residence Change
  • Attestation reservation de cale
  • Original Passport of Consignee
  • The original logbook of the vehicle or the original export documents from the country of origin
  • Inventory in triplicate, English, detailed, valued, signed and dated by the customer
  • A Tax Identification Number: it will be issued by issued and obtained for the consignee by the consignee local employer in Uganda
  • Electrical powered items should be shown with serial numbers

Import of Japanese used cars to Uganda is easier. Some rules and regulations apply when importing these cars to Uganda. Find a reliable supplier and order the vehicle. 


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