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 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

  • Insurance Policy


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.


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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