Sri Lanka Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Sri Lanka Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Sri Lanka


Year Restrictions
Max. 4 Years Old
Destination Port
Colombo and Hambantota
Time of Shipment
RoRo (14-24 Days)
Vessel Schedule
RoRo (Fortnightly)
Shipping Line


Shipping Port:

Generally used vehicles are shipped to the maritime port of Colombo and Hambantota.


Age Restriction:

Age of used cars imported should be under 2 years, whereas vehicles (vans and dual purpose) should not be more than 5 years old.


Road-worthiness Inspection:

All Japanese used vehicles imported to Sri Lanka must be JAAI (Japan Auto Appraisal Institute) certified for roadworthiness.


Right-Hand Drive vehicles:

Importation of only Right-Hand Drive (RHD) vehicles is allowed in Sri Lanka.


Import Taxes rates:

  • Duties :- 5-35%
  • Motor vehicles :- 25%
  • VAT :- 12%
  • Ports and Airport Levy (PAL) :- Generally 5% of the CIF value, or in some cases at a reduced rate between 0% and 2.5%, of the CIF value.
  • Ad valorem rates :- 1%- 45% (of the CIF value).
  • Nation Building Tax :- Two percent of the sum of the CIF value X 110 percent, customs duty, cess, excise duty and PAL.


Documents required for port clearance:

  • Original Bill Of Lading
  • Owner's passport
  • Purchase Invoice
  • Transport Ministry Approval :- It must be obtained by the importer prior to the shipping of left hand drive vehicle.
  • Insurance Certificate
  • Original Registration Certificate :- The certificate should have an English translation.
  • Import License


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