Archive for March, 2008

Importing Modified Cars

March 31, 2008

Japan is a great producer of performance road vehicles. Names such as Impreza, Skyline, RX-7/8, Soarer, among many others all come from the Japanese. Many of these many of these low and mid-level racing class vehicles have many aftermarket parts that improve performance or appeal. Can you import cars that have aftermarks parts?

Recently, there has been a lot of news of Mine’s and Amuse breaking track records with their aftermarket parts for the new GT-R. Other aftermarket companies, such as HKS, are also constantly developing new parts that increase power or improve aerodynamics or just lighten the vehicle. Some of these kits are only offered in Japan, while others maybe be found elsewhere. A question that often comes up is whether you can import cars that are upgraded.

Ultimately, you need to ask to your customs, environment, traffic, and/or road safety government agencies. You might be able to find some information about importing to your country at www.Japan-Used-Cars-Exporting.Info/Import/. For some countries, the laws on importing car a simple and may not be concerned about aftermarket parts. On the other side of the spectrum, some countries refuse entrance to any modified vehicle.

Another case includes that you can import modified vehicles, but they need to pass normal and maybe additional test. You country might have also an approval list of parts that are acceptable.

In general, importing a modified vehicle would cost possibly significantly more. If you are able to find the aftermarket parts sold in your country, you may find it easier to import a stock car then have additional modification installed after the car is legalized and import process is completed. You might (if your country allows) be able to import aftermarket kits and mod later as another option.

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Exporting to Mongolia

March 26, 2008

Information on exporting and importing Japanese used vehicles into Mongolia is very hard to come by, especially in English. This is difficult for importers and exporters alike as the try to find ways to bring trade to this rising star. Just last year in 2007, Mongolia was place as the 11th top importing country of Japanese used passenger vehicles.

The ever need of vehicles growing in Mongolia will be dramatically rising as the baby boom generation are starting become adults. In fact, according to US International Census data, the largest 5-year span group in Mongolia is 15-19 at about 300 thousands boys and girls.

Soon, these teenagers and young adults will be looking for affordable cars. For them, it is a choice between used Chinese, Korean, or Japanese cars. Currently, the market is very open and growing rapidly and is good time for Japanese used vehicle exporters to enter the market. For more information on importing used cars from Japan into Mongolia, visit:

Japanese Used Car Exporting Info – Importing Help For Mongolia

Japan Used Car Auctions: Not Only Japanese

March 21, 2008

When you think of Japanese used car auctions, you immediately think: Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Suzuki, Subaru, etc. But Japanese make cars aren’t the only cars you can get in Japan. Did you know that there are thousands of non-Japanese used cars going through auction in Japan everyday?

Seriously, the big auctions have sold today (this Friday): 1,012 Mercedes-Benz, 777 BMW, 412 VW, even 166 Mini. Over 230 Chrysler, 113 GM, 230 Volvo, 182 Fords, 106 Chevrolet, and hundreds of other foreign made cars.

If you are in a country that doesn’t have direct access to a particular brand, you could buy it at a Japanese auto auction and have the vehicle imported from Japan. For more information on exporting and importing used cars from Japan, you can visit JUCE.info.

Another reason to buy non-Japanese used cars in Japan is because you will be able to get a cheaper car than importing from another country while the condition of the vehicle has been kept very well. For example, there is a classic that you can buy in your country, but it will cost you a ton of money. You might be able to find the same car for a cheaper price and better maintained in Japan. Many exporters will allow you to use their access to search auto auctions for free if you register with them.

Just to point out, there are many auctions that auction foreign cars in Japan. There are also some Auctions that specialize specialize in Import Vehicles (into Japan) that have many foreign vehicle. One example is Zip Toyko and Osaka. For more information on other auto auctions, visit this Auto Auction In Japan List.

Sri Lanka Customs Revenue Takes Hit

March 20, 2008

Just last month, we reported how Sri Lanka raised import taxes by 10%. This month we are seeing the protest of importers have effect. Instead of raising revenue the government gets from imports, they actually get less.

In 2007, the Sri Lanka Customs made Rs.8 Billion less overall than expected. They expected Rs.283 Billion and only made Rs.275 Billion. While there was an overall increase, income from vehicle imports drop by Rs.11 Billion. They were expecting Rs.26 Billion from vehicle excise tax, but only got Rs.15 Billion.

There are a number of reasons for this. First, in 2006, nearly 70% of car imports were from Japan and this year it was only 46% that were mostly buses and vans. The other imports were coming from places such as China, India, and Korea. This other countries make and sell their cars cheaper, so as a result, that means less income for Sri Lanka.

The second reason for less revenue, is because many car imports are being imported by civil servants which get duty free import permits. As people know, Sri Lanka has among the highest duty rates so getting duty free permits really help imports and really reduce import revenue.

This is not the end of this. If import duties continue to stay high, they can continue to expect less revenue. One official says while the revenue target from motor vehicle imports for 2008 is estimated at Rs. 35 Billion, it will be difficult to make even 40% of that estimate. Hopefully, we can see a change of heart and a drop in the super high import taxing.

For more information on importing into Sri Lanka, visit:
Japanese Used Car Exporting.Info – Importing Help For Sri Lanka

Import Tax Upped In Vietnam

March 18, 2008

Vietnamese Government have decided to raise import taxes for both new and used car imports by 10%. The new rates come into effect at the beginning of April.

After a few years of lowering import taxes to keep vehicle prices down, this year marks yet another change in policy. The government claims they want to restrict the amount of cars being imported and bought to slow down the amount of traffic increases. Traffic jams are at all time intensities, and they feel reducing imports will fix this problem. The real problem is poor urban planning for the only two cities that have real traffic problems: Hanoi, the capitol in the north, and Ho Chi Minh in the south.

Another problem is arising for many importers, not just in Vietnam, but globally. Many countries, like Vietnam, trade in US Dollars. The problem is the value is sinking like a rock and importer who have to wait a month for their consignments to arrive are having a difficult time making profit. I don’t know how longer countries will continue to use the US Dollar, but trade can sure use a switch.

For some more information on import used cars to Vietnam, visit:
Japanese Used Car Exporting.info – Import Help for Vietnam

Information Seminars On Importing Vehicles Into Canada

March 17, 2008

Canada Border Services Agency has begun holding free seminars in various cities throughout Canada about importing cars into Canada. These seminars are very helpful and informative to anyone thinking about purchasing a vehicle in another country and importing it into Canada.Typically these seminars will have 5-8 guest speakers from various government agencies, including Canada Border Services agency, Transport Canada, RIV, and the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.Topics covered include:

  • requirements
  • documentation
  • prohibitions
  • costs
  • regulations of the Canada Border Services Agency, Transport Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the provincial government

Attendees will be given helpful literature and example paperwork related to importing vehicles into Canada. There is also time given to address specific questions or concerns that you may have about the importation process.

For dates and times of the seminars, or to register for a seminar in your area visit the Information Sessions and Seminars section on the Canadian Border Services agency website.

Source: ImportCartoCanada.info

If you don’t feel like going to a seminar or waiting, you can get much info on importing from Japan into Canada used cars at:

Japanese Used Car Exporting.info – Importing Help For Canada

Trade Statistics For Used Car Export From Japan

March 14, 2008

Big Changes from Dec 07 to Jan 08

Singapore: ↓ from 1760 to 1034 (units)
Malaysia: ↓ from 2333 to 1019
Indonesia: ↑ from 39 to 631
Pakistan: ↓ from 1204 to 461
Bangladesh: ↓ from 1800 to 1181
UAE: ↓ from 9272 to 6814
Russia: ↓ from 38124 to 26017
Cyprus: ↓ from 2288 to 651
Peru: ↓ from 7068 to 44
Chile: ↓ from 7068 to 3249
Kenya: ↓ from 1660 to 948
Tanzania: ↓ from 1477 to 768
South Africa: ↓ from 2862 to 1778
New Zealand: ↓ from 8427 to 6426
Total: ↓ from 98591 to 63968

While there is a drop from December to January, this is what to expect during the post-holiday slump. Some of the reason for the downturn have been reported such as Eastern Africa, Russia, New Zealand. New-car lobbyists have made unfortunate progress in a number of states (see NZ, Malaysia, Philippines) but the largest market, Russia, continues to lead strongly. A majority of the biggest changes are mere seasonal fluxes. 

Uganda Imports Hit By Kenya Rift

March 11, 2008

In January, the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) collected Ush10.75 billion from car imports (new & used) compared to the average monthly revenue of Ush11.49 billion. Kenya is to blame as transport from the Mombasa seaport is restricted from civil unrest.

Uganda, not being on the coast, must import vehicles through either Kenya (Mombasa) or Tanzania (Dar-es Salaam). Importers prefer to go through Mombasa, which is considerably cheaper after road or rail transport into Uganda is added.

Importers also argue this isn’t the only thing affecting their sales, but also the high taxes imposed. Car imports is one of the largest sources of revenue for the Uganda government.

Luckily for importers, tensions in Kenya are starting to loosen, allowing trade to return to previous levels. Japanese exporters can sigh relief that this dip in trade is only temporary.

Import News For Philippines

March 10, 2008

Apparently, the Filipino Government has finally become active against illegal imports of used cars “smuggled” into their country. Laws which have banned the importation of used cars (heavily lobbied for by new car importers) have been around for a while, but before the government never really actively enforced these laws. Recently there has been changes as Customs have started seizing many cars throughout the Islands.

This is unfortunate news to Japanese exporters as last year over 11,400 vehicles were exported for the Philippines. Many Filipino importers have now canceled orders as their government have started to use X-ray machines on containers. For now, trade will have to wait till everything is sorted out.

More Caribbean News

March 6, 2008

Dominican Republic, a Spanish speaking nation, have put a 5 year age limit on cars imported. Any car imported that is over 5 years old from date of manufacturing will face a hefty fine determined by the Republic’s Customs.

Dominica, a English speaking nation also in the Caribbeans, have put a 4 year age limit on cars imported. Any car imported that is over 4 years old from date of manufacturing will face an additional 140% excise tax.

UK Waits Till March 2009 For Nissan GT-R

March 5, 2008

Just out, Nissan UK puts a price tag on the all-new GT-R that is coming to the Isles in March, 2009. Pre-orders start this April, but why wait?

The UK branch has decided to charge £52,900 for the base GT-R, £54,200 for the Premium Edition, and £55,500 for the Black Edition. In comparison, Japanese auto auctions are selling the Premium Edition for £43,000. You can import a GT-R yourself for not that much more and get the car one year earlier than everyone else.

With all the costs involved in importing (Duty, VAT, test, registration, etc.), you can pay a few thousand more (about £59,000) and skip the wait, getting your GT-R one year before others in the UK. If your able to afford a GT-R, you’re probably able to afford paying a few more quid if you want the GT-R. If you need more help on importing, visit this guide for importing into the UK.

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March 3, 2008

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