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Import regulations for used vehicles from Japan to The UAE

Quick Reference:  ・Low Duty ・Only LHD ・Low freight cost ・No tinted windows

Importing Is Simple and Affordable
Importing a car to the United Arab Emirates is as easy as getting the car cleared to customs, having it tested, insured, and registered with the Roads and Transfer Authority (RTA). Once your vehicle has been tested, insured and registered, you’re free to drive in all 7 United Arab Emirates!

Costs
Processing fees (cash or credit):

  • A clearance certificate fee: AED 4,700
  • Inspection of the Container: AED 700
  • Export Plates: AED 60
  • Clearance Certificate Paper: AED 10

Duty
5% of the commercial value
*The above costs do not include fee charged by the shipping company

Import Regulations

UAE Residency
To import a vehicle to the UAE, you must be able to prove that you are a legal UAE resident. This means you must have a valid passport, local visa and local driving license.

Limit on Individual Imports
Officially, individual car imports are limited to one car per year, up to two cars per private individual. However, our customers have imported more in one year.

LHD Only
It is important to keep in mind that only left-hand-drive (LHD) vehicles can be registered for use on UAE roads.

Age Limit
Import regulations for used vehicles in the UAE dictate that a car should be 4 years or newer for import. Older cars can be imported but they must apply at the RTA for “classic status” and receive classic plates in order to be registered for use on UAE roads.

RTA Regulations
The RTA has strict regulations on vehicle condition. They will not allow registration of cars with any evidence of accident damage or corrosion, and they only allow vehicles with original stock parts. For example, they have been known to refuse to pass cars with aftermarket steering wheels until they were replaced with the original stock steering wheel.

No Tinted Windows
Tinted window cars are not allowed to be imported. A fine will be imposed on the vehicle and will require all windows to be replaced.

Required Documents for Customs Clearance:

Provided by JCD:
・Bill of Lading
・Commercial Invoice
・Export Certificate
・English Translation of Export Certificate.

Provided by the Importer:
・Authority Letter (To be obtained by client upon arrival in Dubai)
・Passport (Original and copies)
・Driving License (Original and copies)
・UAE Residence Permit or Visa (Original and copies)

*The Name in the Title of ownership of the car should be the same as that mentioned in the visa

Documents required for testing:
・Original passport
・UAE ID
・Driving license
・Custom clearance papers
・Import documents

*  Testing fees vary by vehicle type.

Documents required for insurance:
・Vehicle inspection report
・Passport
・Driving license
・UAE ID

Documents required for RTA registry:
・Completed application form
・Customs clearance letter
・Vehicle inspection clearance
・Proof of purchase
・Blue export number plates
・Insurance documents
・Local Driving License
・Passport with valid visa

*  Proof of residency besides visa e.g. utility bill or rental agreement

Resources
Please visit the official RTA Website:
https://www.rta.ae

For official information about the rules and regulations to import a vehicle into the UAE, please visit:
https://www.abudhabi.ae/portal/public/en/business/international-trade/import-and-export/importing-vehicles-into-abu-dhabi?_afrLoop=2058303246950831

When you have time please read thru how-to-buy and FAQ on our site to learn more about how the business goes.

*   Information on this page is correct to the best of our knowledge and is subject to change without notice.
** It is the responsibility of the importer to confirm their vehicle(s) comply with their country’s import regulations
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  • review rating 5  Mat is is the best he was right on target and video descriptions are perfect. Shipping was alot faster than I thought it would be, as JCD didn't mess around. My van was at port and ready to go. I will be using JCD again soon, got my van now I want a car.

    thumb Lee Frye
    1/22/2019

    review rating 5  I hunted the internet for a broker I could trust with my money. JDC won and I am so happy I went with them. Matt and Yoshi are great. Matt puts up with a very demanding customer in me, I can certainly take up time. Matt sends me cars from the list I sent him, when I don't have time to check the auction. It is scary how accurate Matt is when I ask him to predict a selling price. He is always very close which sometimes is not fun but he really does know pricing. They have walked we through buying two cars now and have held my hand on both. I really apricate all the time and knowledge. After purchase they have also held my hand through the whole import process which can be daunting for a first timer. I am a dealer and Matt is great at suggesting other cars to import as well. I am very satisfied with my choice

    thumb John Holmes
    1/19/2019

    review rating 5  What can I say? The service was friendly and good, and I got my car, which ended up being in a better condition than expected. Sure, there were couple of unforeseen snags that no-one had anticipated, but overall, it was an extremely positive experience. Hommat meni hyvin, auto tuli Suomeen eikä noiden pyytämä hintakaan ollut mikään mahdottoman paha.

    thumb metziih
    1/12/2019
  • review rating 5  I bought a 1993 RX7 FD from these guys they are great! Communication was very good, and prompt! Iv has my car now for 6 months and have been loving it! I would recommend emailing them and looking into the options! They are upfront about price and will steer you into the right direction on what the car will take to own! I’m working with Yoshiro to buy another car now! I’m very pleased with the service I received. It can be scary sending lots of money to a person you don’t know for a car you have never seen, but they will come through with everything they tell you they will do!

    thumb Spencer David
    12/19/2018

    review rating 5  They've somehow made what was expected to be complicated, so simple. I got all the info I needed and imported my first JDM car without a single problem. Matthew was super fast to respond and always had an answer.

    thumb Elliott Riggen
    11/12/2018

    review rating 5  A must for exporting cars from Japan. I've exported various models with these guys now and they have been exactly how we wanted them with no underlying issues or surprises when they arrive. Very pleased and will continue to use these guys in the future!

    thumb Callum Underwood
    9/28/2018
  • review rating 5  This was my first time importing a vehicle for my personal use and naturally I was leary about who to go through. After looking through a few other places and after getting in touch with a longtime customer of theirs I decided to try these guys out. I can say without a doubt I'm glad I did. They are definitely professional and know their craft when it comes to getting you your dream car. Everything from getting cars inspected and bidding was completely transparent and went smoothly. I couldn't be happier with the car I bought and I hope down the line I'll be able to purchase another using these guys!! Thanks for all you guys do!!!

    thumb Kevin Heidari
    9/17/2018

    review rating 5  I have already purchased 3 cars from this company and have a 4th on the way. They are very nice, extremely helpful, and work around your budget. I worked with Yoshi. He is very nice and made me a lot more comfortable with the wire transfers (after purchasing the vehicle), because let’s be honest, it is nerve racking to send money to a foreign country and have to wait several weeks for your vehicle to arrive. However, everything has gone smoothly, and they make it very easy to import the car of your dreams. I will continue to go with Japan Car Direct for all my japan car needs 😀

    thumb Patrick Smolka
    7/23/2018

    review rating 5  Amazing people to work with. Answered any question I could think of and never left me hanging in during the entire process. I was always kept in the loop. Matt and his team are superb in every way. From picking my car out at auction to picking it up at port they were always there and now I have great little cappuccino to drive around now! I will be using them again to bring in another car in the near future that's for sure.

    thumb Allan Thomas
    7/16/2018
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