In an effort to manage vehicle imports (particularly from Japan) more effectively, the Trinidad and Tobago Government has started issuing Importing Licenses from the beginning of the year.
It is not clear whether only dealers can apply for and receive such licenses or if it is available for anyone. But the effects can already be felt. Because of this transition of requiring a licenses was started this year, many importers lost thousands of dollars after not having the proper documents to import the vehicle. If a car importer doesn’t not have a licenses from now on, they will not be able to clear the car.
So far over 350 foreign used car dealers have this license.