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Can I Afford to Ship a Car to Japan?
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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.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

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.

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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. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com

Satisfied Customers

“Most of the time people take the time to write a complaint letter. I am very happy with your service so far so I thought I would write and tell you. In today's world where mediocre service is the norm your company has proved your commitment to customer service is far above that of your competitors. I have not received my car yet but I felt compelled to write this email and commend A-1 Autotransport for the job well done thus far. Here are some points I would like to make. Your dispatcher Marie Ferguson upgraded my cars transportation, at no extra cost, to an enclosed transporter. My car is a rare SS Camaro Convertible with only 4,000 miles and is perfect in every way. I can't tell you how much I appreciate her concern for my cars safety. When the seller of the car was a little on the uncooperative side your agents offered to pick the car up where it was at the sellers residence. Again at no extra cost to me. The seller of the car called me after the car was picked up and mentioned how professional the driver was and how he moved cars off the transporter to put my car in the best location for it's long ride to Oregon. When I heard that I felt reassured I had chosen the right company to move my car. The system you have to track the progress is really fun. It took me a little while to figure it out but I had a blast watching the progress. Your driver didn't waste any time. The car was picked up in Ft Lauderdale Florida on Tuesday evening and was in Watsonville California Saturday afternoon. Great Job! I thought I might hear from you Sunday to arrange pick up of my car, most likely I hear from you Monday morning. Thank you again for all you folks have done for me. I would be happy to recommend your service to anyone who asks. Best Regards, Brian Hewgill”

“Cherie has always been extremely courteous, prompt, helpful and efficient when it comes to helping me with my auto shipping. She is a pleasure to do busines with. Sincerely, Gene Valley Classic Motors ”

“I had my Mini Cooper transported with A1 Auto Transport, and I’m very glad I did. I used 2 transport services before trying A1 in the past. Both times, the communication was poor, I never knew when my car would arrive, and even when they did estimate an arrival date, the truck would always be late. The first time I had to pick up my car at 2 am from a parking lot 30 miles from my home. Third time around, I chose A1 Auto Transport to get my car to New York, and I am very pleased with my decision. Working with Joe felt like a breath of fresh air. He was always available, very communicative, and made sure things went according to plan. The price was reasonable, and the truck arrived at my house at the exact time it said it would. From that moment, I knew things would go well and they did. The initial quote stayed the same. I’m glad to report a successful experience.”

“AIR OCEAN LAND TRANSPORT LOGISTICS INC. REFERENCE: LETTER OF COMMENDATION FOR A-1 AUTO TRANSPORT INC. Gentlemen, I am taking the liberty of this writing to commend you for your outstanding courteous service as observed by the undersigned for over the past twelve years. Your company's diligence towards moving vehicles for various clients over the years has been outstanding. I am impressed with your ability to track movements and enable pinpoint the exact location of shipments whilst in transit. This saves both my company and my client undue stress. Thanks! Your overall demeanor and that of your staff, from customer service to sales and even accounting is thorough to say the least, yet courteous and patient with regard to any given situation that may arise as a result of your service. You maintain a high quality of professionalism, one that is indeed rare in today's corporate environment. As you are aware, within twelve years of doing business together, one encounters many challenges in today's business dealings. I am ecstatic to advise you that it has been nothing but a pleasure indeed to further my dealings with your esteemed firm, as I am steadfast in my conviction to deal with only reliable and business conscious companies. Your firm has indeed surpassed that in many more ways than one. In closing I feel that it would be a waste of my time to attempt dealing with any other company for all my vehicle moves, unless I utilize the services of A-1 Auto Transport! Should there be a need for a testimonial or reference from my company about your firm for any reason, do not hesitate to advise, as the same would indeed be a pleasure. Sincerely, Nash Asandas (President & CEO) Air Ocean Land Transport Logistics Inc.”

“Gentlemen, I would like to compliment you on the marvelous job you performed on delivering my Cadillac. I would especially like to give my regards to Stephanie and Mark. You did wonderfully.”

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