UAE Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

UAE Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in UAE


Year Restrictions
Max. 4 Years Old
Destination Port
Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah
Time of Shipment
RoRo (19-29 Days)
Vessel Schedule
RoRo (Monthly)
Shipping Line
Hyundai Glovis
No Inspection Required


Shipping Port

Port for shipment of vehicles to the U.A.E are Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.


Age limitation on imported cars

The manufacturing date of a car should not be more than four years old.


Left Hand-Drive vehicle

Importation of only left-hand drive vehicles is allowed in the U.A.E. Even though one can also import a right-hand drive vehicle, but the vehicle won't get register, hence one cannot use it on the roads of the U.A.E.


Documents Required for importation

  • Original Bill of lading:- It should include make, model, chassis number, engine number, color and type of car.

  • Export certificates issued by the Traffic Department (Title of ownership) Purchase/Commercial/Proforma Invoice

  • Copy of Passport

  • U.A.E residence permit or visa page copy (endorsed on passport)

  • Authority letter (will be obtained by client upon arrival in Dubai)

  • The Name in the Title of ownership of the car should be the same as that mentioned in the visa

  • Report on Car Condition from load port

  • Certificate of Origin

  • Insurance Certificate


Customs Inspection and Fees

  • Upon arrival, vehicles are subject to inspection/ evaluation by a customs in the U.A.E.

  • Tinted window cars are not allowed to be imported and will incur a fine and will require all windows to be replaced.

  • Customs duty at present is 5 percent of the value estimated by customs on used motor vehicles.



Top Selling Used Vehicles in UAE


Japan is among one of the largest automakers in the world. Around millions of vehicles are produced and exported from Japan within a year only. With global reach, Japanese automakers are more efficient in comparison to other makers. Japanese brands such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and Mitsubishi have become synonymous to quality, reliability and safety. There is no doubt that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) automobile market is dominated by Japanese manufacturers.


Vehicle Registration in U.A.E

  • After duty payment is made, importer must register the car and obtain local license plates at the Dubai Police-Traffic Dept.

  • A Vehicle Clearance Certificate (V.C.C.) for each vehicle upon clearing customs will be provided by Dubai customs, which should be submitted to the Dubai Traffic Police for the registration.

  • A valid U.A.E driver's license must be possessed by drivers. One must possess a valid U.A.E Residence Visa when applying for a driver's license.

  • Annual basis vehicle registration is must in the U.A.E.




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