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Ship Car To Osaka

One of the large port cities, Osaka is located on the Japanese island of Honshu and is one of the primary economic centers of the country. It has a large percentage of businesses and merchant class, making it a favorite destination to live and work.  With host of employment opportunities, expatriates prefer the city and thousands have made it their home. Though Osaka has an extensive network of Shinkansen trains and railway lines apart from other public transport, personal vehicles are a necessity.

It becomes invaluable when you need to commute short distances or travel to different cities for your work. If you are planning on shipping your personal vehicle to Osaka, Japan from any city in US, you’ll need to contact an experienced international car shipping service, like our A1 Auto Transport Company that has shipped innumerable vehicles to different cities in Japan.

You do not have to be intimidated with the shipping documentation and permits because we already have the required information pertaining to international regulations. We have dealt with custom authorities at Japanese ports and departure ports in US. Working with an experienced company can ensure smooth passage through the customs and delivery at Osaka.  To know about the latest rules and customs regulations, please check Japan Customs.


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Methods of shipping.

When it is about shipping your vehicle, there are two ways of doing it. The first method is the container method wherein your vehicle is enclosed in a closed container, along with all the accessories. You can store your other goods within the container or have the option of sharing space with other individual’s cars, if you need to lower the cost.

In the Roll-on and Roll-Off method or the RORO way to ship is to harness the vehicle on the deck, bereft of accessories except the presence of car jack, floor mats, and a spare tire. It is rolled on at the departure port and rolled off at the port of delivery. This is the cheapest way to ship.

Vehicle Import procedures.

As per the Japanese regulations, if you need to ship your vehicle for less than a year, different rules are applicable under Temporary Import. The most important document is the CPD or the ‘Carnet de Passage en Douane’, which is the ownership identification documents and you need to have it with you always. The JAF or Japan Automobile Federation requires this document along with other paperwork to get the vehicle registered in your name in Osaka.

In case, you need to have your car or vehicle in Osaka for over a year, you need to import it under permanent import and require completing detailed paperwork. You will be required to send in the documents pertaining to vehicle ownership, insurance, Bill of Lading and other registration documents. Custom duties will need to be paid at the time of arrival at the Osaka port apart from other local taxes. An important prerequisite of importing cars is clearing the emission tests by the local transport authorities and then you can get the car’s ownership and registration completed. To know more about it, check the latest at Japan Automobile Federation.

Joe Webster

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.

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.

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