Bulgaria Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Bulgaria Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Bulgaria


Year Restrictions
Destination Port
Burgas and Sofia
Time of Shipment
Container (34-41 Days)
Vessel Schedule
Container (Weekly)
Shipping Line
Argo Maritime Ltd.


Shipping Ports

Major shipping ports in Bulgaria are Port of Burgas, Port of Sofia.


Left-hand drive vehicles

Importation of left hand drive vehicles is allowed in the country.



Vehicles imported from outside EU need to be inspected before they gets registered.


Documents Required

  • Passport (copy)

  • Proof of ownership (original title of vehicle)

  • Purchase invoice (must be owner's property for more than six months)

  • Proforma-Invoice (prepared by origin agent)

  • EUR 1 Certificate

  • Foreign registration card

  • Visa

  • Driver's license

  • Proof of insurance


Customs regulations in Bulgaria

Temporary importation of used vehicles is allowed only for six months. A foreign imported car can only be used by a person who has a written permission, by the government of the country.

If a car is imported from a country outside the EU or EEA, you will need to pay import tariff and VAT. The import tariff in Bulgaria is 10% and the VAT is 20%.

Duty free importation of vehicle by citizen of Bulgaria is allowed if the person has owed the car for a period of more than six months and the car has been driven more than 6,000 kilometers. Non-residents of Bulgaria have to pay import duty on the car.

Import duty is to be paid on vehicles imported outside the EU. An environmental tax called eco-tax (Eco-Tax) must be paid for all cars imported from outside the EU. The amount paid depends on the age of the vehicle it applies to all vehicles.


Vehicle Registration

Following documents are required for registering vehicle:

  • Proof of identity

  • Original receipt/bill of sale

  • Proof of residency or employment contract

  • Vehicle registration documents

  • Receipts proving that Bulgarian vehicle tax have been paid. The amount paid depends on the age and model of the car

  • Proof of minimum third party insurance

  • Proof of payment of customs duty for non EU/EEA vehicles

Once the vehicle gets registered in Bulgaria, owner is not allowed to sell the vehicle in the first year of registration.

Note: A private vehicle may be temporarily imported and used on Bulgarian roads for up to six months as long as the vehicle has a minimum third party insurance policy. A 'used' car is more than six months old and has been driven more than 6 000 km.


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