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.

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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