Ethiopia Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Ethiopia Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Ethiopia


Year Restrictions
No Age Limit
Destination Port
Time of Shipment
21-30 Days (Container)
Vessel Schedule
Weekly (Container)
Shipping Line
No Inspection Required


Shipping Ports:

The most common shipping port in Ethiopia is port of Djibouti. Port of Djibouti is the port of the country where importation of good is done.


Left-hand Drive:

Importation of only left hand drive vehicles is allowed in Ethiopia.



There is no requirement of the inspection before the shipment of used vehicle.


Importing A Vehicle:

  • All vehicles imported into Ethiopia are subject to high taxes and duties.

  • Vehicles must be shipped with original Bill of Lading when entering Customs - Bill of Lading must show vehicle chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand, make and model.

  • All vehicles being imported must be accompanied by the original certificate of title, vehicle registration and purchase invoice or receipt.

  • Customer must also show a valid driver's license and international insurance policy.


Documents Required:

  • Certificate of Title and Registration

  • Commercial/Purchase Invoice or Receipt

  • Drivers License & International Insurance Policy (green card)

  • Letter of Support (non-Diplomats, schools, private organizations, NGOs, etc.)

  • Authorization of the Road Authority Transport and Communication Ministry (issued to the shipper by an organization or Diplomatic Mission).


Duties and Taxes on vehicles imported:

Vehicles with spark-ignition engine of Cylinder Capacity:

Cylinder Capacity Duty Rate Excise Tax Surplus Tax
1000 - 1300 CC 35% 30% 10%
1300 - 1800 CC 35% 60% 10%
Greater than 3000 CC 35% 100% 10%
Not Exceeding 1300 CC 35% 30% 10%
1300 CC - 1500 CC 35% 60% 10%










Top Selling Used Vehicles in Ethiopia


Motor vehicles for the transport of goods:

Duty Rate Excise Tax Sur Tax
10% 0% 0%





Public transport type vehicles (diesel/semi-d) seat capacity greater than or equal to 15 passengers:

Duty Rate Excise Tax Sur Tax
10% 0% 0%





Note- For all vehicles, Withholding tax is 3% and VAT is 15% 



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