Bahamas Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Bahamas Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Bahamas


Year Restrictions
Max. 10 Years Old
Destination Port
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Nassau
Time of Shipment
RoRo (24-39 Days)
Vessel Schedule
RoRo (Monthly)
Shipping Line
No Inspection Required


Shipping Ports

The common port in Bahamas for importation of used vehicles from Japan is Freeport and Nassau.

Left-hand drive vehicles

Importation of left hand drive vehicles is preferred in Bahamas.

Pre-shipment Inspection

No inspection required. Marine Insurance-Not mandatory


Age restriction and Inspection

Age restriction on used vehicles imported in Bahamas is four years. Special permission is required for importation of trailers and caravans. Upon arrival the vehicle must be taken directly to the Road Traffic Department for inspection and licensing.


Documents Required

  • Copy of Certificate of Title and Registration

  • Original Commercial/ Purchase Invoice

  • Import permit

  • Taxpayer Identification Number

  • C-14 form for Nassau if your vehicle will arrive at Nassau Port

  • C-13 form for Freeport if your vehicle will arrive at Free Port

  • C-43 form for Declaration of the Value of the imported vehicle

  • Payment of an additional 7.5 percent tax imposed on the imported vehicle

  • Copy of ID/Passport/Driving License


Import Taxes Rates

  • Custom duties depend on the CIF value:

  • Car Value of $10,000 or less: 45% Duty
  • Car Value of $10,000 – 20,000: 50% Duty
  • Car Value of over $20,000: 65% Duty

  • VAT: As of January 1st 2015, Bahamians must pay an additional 7.5percent tax on imported vehicles, unless imported on a temporary basis.

  • Environmental levy is USD 200.

  • Procedure fee is 1percent of FOB price.

  • Other charges may include: storage fees, freight and insurance and landed charges.


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