Shipping a car to Japan through an international transport service is the most reliable and affordable way to relocate the vehicle such a far off distance. It is impossible to give an exact cost of shipping to Japan from the U.S.
However, if you provide a few details to the transport companies of interest, they can provide you with a quote. This quote will not include all of the costs. There will be import taxes you must pay too.
About Japan’s Import Taxes on Motor Vehicles
Since 1978, there have been no import duties on motor vehicle in Japan. There are additional taxes that will need to be paid though. Luckily, these aren’t very high and can be paid off easily. Most other countries charge 100-200% of the car’s value.
Part of the additional taxes include:
- 8% consumption tax.
- Vehicles over 13 years old pay an extra 10% tax otherwise this tax is dependent on engine size.
- 3% of the purchase price for acquisition tax.
- Tonnage tax- eco-friendly vehicles benefit from a tax cut here.
Call the Embassy of Japan to learn more of the regulations of the auto import policy and the taxes that must be paid to gain Customs approval.
Professional Transport Costs
The price of shipping a car to Japan through professionals isn’t all that expensive. Depending on the method of transport you choose for your vehicle, a transport can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Container shipping methods are the most expensive but provide extra protection and space.
The cost of shipping your car will be determined by the distance that must be traveled, the services purchased, the type of vehicle, and the weight of the vehicle. Other fees may be tacked on to your final bill. Ask the customer service representative for the transporter to break it down if you wish to know what you are paying for.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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