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Import regulations for used and new cars from Japan to United Kingdom
Quick Reference: ・10 years or older easier to MOT ・ Weekly service to four ports and container service to additional ports ・Low customs brokerage fees ・Inner cargo shipped free
Vehicles must be imported thru a customs clearance agent on the UK side. We work with an excellent brokerage, and keep costs to a minimum.
Here is an example of the total cost involved in importing a car that has been won from auction:
Japan Side Costs
£3,700.00 winning bid
£175.00 delivery to port depending on distance
£750.00 freight to Southampton & Newcastle (£800.00 to Bristol)
£700.00 JCD fee
£5,325.00 = CIF
UK Side Costs
Winning Bid + Freight x 10% = Duty (e.g. £3,700.00 + £750.00= £4,450.00 x 10% =£445.00)
Winning Bid + Freight + Duty x 20% = VAT (e.g. £3,700.00 + £750.00 + £445.00 = £4,895.00 x 20% = £979.00)
UK Customs Clearance: £165.00
£1,589.00 Total UK Customs Clearance Cost
Total Cost: £6914.00
In addition to these costs, it is the responsibility of the importer to handle MOT and registration on the vehicle.
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We look forward to answering all of your questions and going forward to get you the best value for your money, and a fresh JDM ride.
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Great dependable business! Highly recommended! Thank you Mathew for all your hard work!Dmitri Gordei3/30/2022
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First time customer review:
All around a great company to work with. Mathew was very responsive and helped me throughout the entire process. With this being the first time importing a... read moreAdam Fifield1/10/2022
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