Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Brazil

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Brazil

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Brazil


Year Restrictions
Destination Port
Time of Shipment
37-46 Days (Container)
Vessel Schedule
Weekly (Container)
Shipping Line


Shipping Port

Major ports in Brazil for importation of used vehicles is Hamilton.


Age Restriction

No age restriction on importation of used vehicle.


Left Hand Drive

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


Brazil officially the Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. The process of importing a used car is long and complex. Brazilians who are lover of Japanese cars and wishing to import used car from Japan, they really have do hard work for bringing Japan used car into Brazil.


Importing into Brazil can be divided into four parts

  • Administrative

  • Fiscal

  • Operational step


Department involves in this process

  • Departamento de Operações de Comércio Exterior (DECEX).

  • Sistema Integrado de Comércio Exterior (SISCOMEX).

  • Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (IBAMA).

  • Departamento Nacional de Trânsito (DENATRAN).

  • Secretaria da Receita Federal do Brasil (RFB).


Importing a vehicle in Brazil

  • Before importing the vehicle into Brazil the individual or their representative should have to obtain a configuration License.

  • An importer need  to get a certified copy of the LCVM and  must be sent to the National Transport Department who will issue a Certificate of National Transport Law Compliance.

  • The Next step is to register for getting  an Import license.

  • After above mentioned steps has been carried out, the Ministry Of Overseas Industrial and Commercial Development will analyze the application and authorize the import License.

  • After authorization of the Import License, the vehicle can legally enter Brazil.

Note: The importer must then register a Declaration of Importation (Declaracao de Importacao - DI) with Siscomex.

The next is Tax office will verify that the informations on the Declaration of Importation (Declaracao de Importacao (DI) conforme with the import market legislation, and that all documents submitted are correct.

Ultimately these organisations have authority to verify all the documents submitted and take the decision whether the vehicle can be collected or not. Once this has been decided, the importer can collect the vehicle from the point of entry or the point of delivery. 


Importing a special vehicle

  • In certain cases, for example for bullet proofed vehicles (blindados: a growing market in Brazil), it will be necessary to obtain authorisation from the Military Command (Comando do Exercito - Comexe).
  • Or, in the case of vehicles equipped with medical facilities, the National Health Agency (Agencia Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria) must issue an authorisation. The Ministry of Agriculture (Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento - Mapa) must issue authorisation for imported tractors.


Importing a Temporary Vehicle

  • If the vehicle is exclusively for private tourist purposes, residents from countries in Mercosul with a vehicle registered in Mercosul may move freely in the country, without the need for any customs formalities.
  • Individuals and vehicles from countries outside of Mercosul may be granted a temporary entry permit for a land vehicle for the duration of their stay (usually up to 90 days). This may be renewed up to the limit of the extended visa (usually a further 90 days). This is done by means of a Simplified Import Declaration Form (Declaracao Simplificada de Importacao/DSI).


Documents Required

  • Valid driving license
  • Passport
  • All ownership documents, including the vehicle's logbook (registration documents)
  • Proof of insurance valid in Brazil
  • For hire cars, the contract must specify that the vehicle may be brought to Brazil


Duties & Taxes

  • Agent Fees – U$1.000
  • Harbor Taxes – U$3.000
  • Import Duty 35%
  • IPI 25%
  • ICMS 18% 
  • PIS, COFINS and other taxes 12%
  • Freight cost – U$6.000


What's the cost of Importing a Car to Brazil

The process of importing cars to Brazil isn't cheap.

  • Agent Fees – BRL 1.000

  • Harbor Taxes – BRL 3.000

  • Import Duty (35 percent) - BRL 14.000

  • IPI(25 percent) - BRL 10.000

  • ICMS (18 percent) - BRL 7.200

  • PIS, COFINS and other taxes (12 percent) - BRL 4.800

This adds up to BRL 46.000 or 115 percent of the car price.

Note: You should assume that the cost of importing a car to Brazil is between 90 and 120 Percent of the foreign value of the car.


Custom Clearance

For clearing your vehicle from custom, you have to pay all your taxes Receita federal this include (Import duty, IPI, PIS, COFINS EKMS)

With the confirmation of payment Receita Federal in place and all the other documents that you collected during the process you will get the car released from custom.


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