South Korea Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

South Korea Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in South Korea


Year Restrictions
No Age Limit
Destination Port
Time of Shipment
20-30 Days(RoRo)
Vessel Schedule
Shipping Line
Hyundai Merchant Marine(HMM)
No Inspection Required


Shipping Port

The common port in South Korea for importation of used vehicles from Japan is Busan.


Left Hand Drive Vehicles

Importation of left hand drive vehicles is allowed in South Korea. It is not allowed to import Japanese cars in South Korea.
Only small and medium sized vehicles may be imported.


No inspection is required to import a used vehicle in South Korea.


Documents Required

  • Original Certificate of Title and Registration

  • Work permit, valid for at least a year

  • Original Purchase Receipt/Invoice

  • Passport

  • Proof of Insurance (Either an Original or a Copy of the Policy)

  • An Inventory of Vehicle’s Technical Specifications (what type of fuel – petrol or diesel, etc.)


Duties and rates on vehicles

A car being imported into South Korea must clear customs. The car must be recognised by customs as part of the moving cargo. Duty is charged on both new and used vehicles. The Korean Customs Service should be contacted for more precise details on the duty to be paid.


Inspection on a used vehicle

If the owner has been in South Korea longer than 6 months, the car is classified as not being part of household goods and must undergo the following examinations after clearing customs:

  • A noise and vibration inspection
  • A vehicle type and model approval, which is carried out by the Korea Automobile Test and Research Institute
  • An emissions inspection


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