Costa Rica Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Costa Rica Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Costa Rica


Year Restrictions
Not Required
Destination Port
Time of Shipment
14-26 Days (RoRo)
Vessel Schedule
Monthly (RoRo)
Shipping Line


Shipping Ports:

Port Caldera and Port Puerto Limon are the ports of the country. Port Caldera is the mainly used port in the country.


Left Hand Drive:

Left Hand Drive vehicles are allowed to be import in the country.



Documents Required:

  • Proof of ownership
  • Document showing Vehicle Identification Number
  • Original invoice showing purchase of car
  • Recent emissions test certificate


Duties & Taxes:

  • There are a number of taxes due when a vehicle is imported into Costa Rica:
  1. Import Duty (Impuesto Arancelario)
  2. Consumption Tax (Impuesto Selectivo de Consumo)
  3. Sales Tax (Impuesto de Ventas)
  4. Further taxes may be applied
  • Vehicles less than three years old - 52.29 percent
  • Vehicles four to five years old - 63.91 percent
  • Vehicles six years or older - 79.03 percent
  • Motorcycle less than three years old - 34.85 percent
  • Motorcycle four to five years old - 46.48 percent
  • Motorcycle six years or older - 58.10 percent


Vehicle Insurance:

  • In Costa Rica, it is the vehicle that is insured, not the driver. A driver without a valid driving license is not covered in the event of an accident.
  • The law in Costa Rica requires that the owner of every vehicle purchases a minimum level of liability insurance for the vehicle.
  • This insurance is billed annually as part of the vehicle's registration (Marchamo).
  • It is illegal to drive a car which does not have the Marchamo: the car can be impounded and there is a substantial fine.



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