Sapporo is the fourth biggest city of Japan, as determined by population. It is also the biggest city of the Japanese Island of Hokkaido. Sapporo is the capital and administrative hub of Hokkaido Prefecture. Sapporo is filled with employment opportunities and has been home to many who come seeking better possibilities.
While there is public transportation available, many who come to live or stay in Sapporo find it easier to bring their own personal vehicle with them. Shipping your vehicle to Sapporo, Japan is the best option for anyone looking to send over their vehicle. A1 Auto Transport Company can assist you in shipping your vehicle to Japan.
Whether you need to commute a short distance or if you want to travel to different cities in order to work, having your own vehicle in Sapporo is the quickest way to get around. A1 Auto Transport Company knows the rules and regulations for shipping to this part of the world and can assist you every step of the way. They are familiar with the customs authorities at the Japanese ports and departure ports in the United States. They have the experience you need in a company to transport your vehicle following all the rules and regulations.
There are two different shipping options to choose from when shipping your vehicle to Japan. The first shipping option is the container shipping method. This type of shipping is more expensive but it does allow you to ship personal/household items over with your vehicle. The container secures your vehicle and all your belongings during transport.
The second shipping option to choose from is the Roll On/ Roll Off shipping method. This way of shipping involves the vehicle being placed onto the deck of the ship where it is safely harnessed for freight transportation. You will only be able to leave floor mats, a spare tire, and your car jack inside the car during transit. This method of shipping is the cheapest way to send your vehicle over.
Japanese regulations and requirements are different depending on whether you choose to import short term or long term. If you want to bring your vehicle over short terms, you will need to plan on staying less than one year and fill out a CPD form or Carnet de Passage en Douane. This is an ownership identification document that you will need to keep in your vehicle at all times. The Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) requires that you bring this form with you when you register your vehicle in Sapporo. If you plan to stay in Sapporo for more than one year, you will need to file for permanent import and fill out the necessary paperwork. Documents you will need include:
- Proof of ownership.
- Bill of Lading.
- Vehicle Registration.
- Any other document that pertains to your vehicle ownership.
You will need to pay any customs duties once your vehicle arrives at Sapporo port. Your vehicle will need to pass all emissions tests in order to gain clearance into Sapporo. If you want more information on shipping to Japan, you can contact the Japanese Embassy.
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.