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How to Import Japanese Used Cars to the United Kingdom

Japanese used cars are famous all over the world. Many countries of the world import these cars. Durability and reliability of these cars are major factors behind the popularity of these cars. Low price and high quality are other features of these cars.  

These cars are not only exported in a few areas, there are exported in many parts of the world including Europe. Like some other European countries, the United Kingdom also imports these cars. Many people in the UK like Japanese used cars.  It is easier to import these cars in the United Kingdom. Here is how you can import these cars in the United Kingdom:

Find a Supplier:

You need to find a used cars supplier if you want to import Japanese used cars in Japan to the United Kingdom. In Japan, there are many exporters who supply Japanese used cars all over the world. They supply these cars in many countries. Many of them can be found online. They maintain their online presence to engage with their customers and facilitate them. You can contact them and get information about the services they provide.

You need to make it sure that your chosen exporter is reliable. It is necessary to get what you pay for. Ask in user forums and communities. The best way is to get in touch with their past customers and inquire about their experience.

Choose Your Car:

You have probably made your choice for now. You may have considered your needs and requirements before making a choice. However, you can make a choice a car if you have not already. Take a look at the stock of Japanese used cars supplier. Look at cars of different makes and models and choose the one that fits your needs.

Order and Payment:

If you have made a choice it is time to order. 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. After receiving the receipt of the payment send it to your supplier.


Shipping process can be started after your supplier receives the payment. It depends on the terms and conditions between you and your supplier.  

Port Clearance:

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

Import Rules and Regulations

It is easy to import Japanese used cars in England. However, you need to consider import rules and regulations when importing thee cars.

Shipping Ports

The United Kingdom is not a land-locked country. Liverpool, Bristol, Tilbury, Southampton, and Newcastle are ports of UK.  

Right Hand or Left Hand Drive Vehicles

The UK is a right-hand drive country. It allows import of any left hand or right-hand steering vehicle.

Vehicle Inspection

It is must for a used car to pass Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) or Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) to ensure car safety when running on public roads.

MOT is necessary to check road-worthiness of the vehicle. It is carried out by a government approved testing center.

Required Documents

  • Bill of Lading (BOL)
  • Deregistration Certificate.
  • Original Identification proof.
  • Trader's Unique Reference Number (TURN) for Commercial Importers
  • Purchasing Invoice from the supplier to show the owner of the vehicle

Import Duties:

Import duties are as following:

Used Cars: 10% tax

Pickup and Commercial Vehicles: 22%

Import Tax:

VAT: 17.5%

  • Ownership tax on passenger cars and commercial vehicles based on CO2 emission and weight and axles respectively

You can easily import Japanese used cars in the United Kingdom. If you are thinking about importing a vehicle do not wait and order. 

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