Germany Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Germany Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Germany


Year Restrictions
Destination Port
Hamburg and Bremerhaven
Time of Shipment
RoRo (24-34 Days)
Vessel Schedule
RoRo (Monthly)
Shipping Line
Zim Germany Gmbh, Hamburg Sud-Line, Hapag-Lloyd


Shipping Ports

Major shipping ports in Germany are Hamburg and Bremerhaven.


Left-hand drive vehicles

Importation of left-hand steering vehicles is permitted in the country.



Technical Inspection (Fahrzeug-Hauptuntersuchung, common 'TUV') is required on vehicles imported in Germany.

When registering a vehicle in the country, Technical Inspection certificate is required.


Documents Required

  • Copy of passport or other identification

  • Residence Registration Confirmation

  • Copy of certificate of Title and Registration

  • Proof of Ownership - bill of sale, commercial invoice: required for vehicles in the owner's possession less than 6 months

  • Insurance Card - from origin country

  • Export permit

  • Original vehicle registration papers

  • Third Party Liability Insurance - initiated at Customs clearance


Taxation in Germany

  1. Import Duty of 10% of the vehicles Cost and Freight (C&F).
  2. Tax at 19% of the vehicle Cost and Freight (C&F)
  3. Every motor vehicle registered in Germany is subject to a special motor vehicle tax (Kfz-Steuer). The first payment must be paid soon after registering the vehicle.


Exemption on duty is given, provided the following conditions are satisfied

  • The importer must have lived outside the European Union (EU) for at least a year.

  • The vehicle must be bought outside EU and have driven for at least six months before its importation.

  • The importer must be a registered citizen of Germany.

  • The vehicle is intended for personal use only.

  • The importer should keep the vehicle for at least one year following its importation.

It is allowed to drive the imported vehicle with the home license plates and registration if one imported the vehicle for temporary basis i.e. for a period of up to 12 months. Registration document with German translation is required. If one is staying for a longer period, then the vehicle must be registered at local Kfz-Zulassungsstelle.


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Documents required for registering the vehicle

  • Proof of identity and residence such as passport, residence registration receipt.

  • Customs clearance certificate (Zollbescheinigung) stating payment of or exemption (Unbedenklichkeitsbe-scheinigung) of relevant taxes and duties.

  • Proof of liability insurance

  • TUV certificate

  • Insurance confirmation




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