Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Bangladesh

Year Restrictions

Max. 4 Years Old

Destination Port

Chittagong and Dhaka

Time of Shipment

RoRo (19-24 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Monthly)

Shipping Line




Shipping Ports:

Ports for shipment of vehicle in Bangladesh are port in Chittagong and Dhaka. Popular Japanese model in Bangladesh is Toyota. Generally for shipment of RoRo (Roll-on, Roll-off) method is used for vehicle shipment. However, on request of customers more expensive shipping method of container shipping is arranged.


All vehicles imported from Japan are required to pass JAAI inspection.

Year Restrictions:

Vehicles more than 4 years old are not allowed to be import in the country.

Right-Hand Drive vehicles:

Vehicle imported in Bangladesh should be a right hand drive vehicle.

Importation of used cars, jeeps, microbus, minibus including other old vehicles and tractors are allowed under the following conditions:

  • Vehicle should not be more than four years old.
  • Importation of used vehicle should be done only from the country of origin. Importation of used vehicle is not allowed from any third country.
  • A certificate issued by Japan Auto Appraisal Institute (JAAI) should contain age, model number and chassis number of the used car. That certificate should be submitted to the customs authority.
  • To determine the age of the imported car, the date will be calculated from the first day of the next year of manufacture of chassis.

Documents Required for port clearance:

Import Tax Rate on used vehicles imported in Bangladesh:

  • Import Tax: 0-40%
  • VAT 15%
  • 2.5% infrastructure development surcharge is levied on imports

Nationals returning to Bangladesh who have been living abroad for ten years or more will be regarded as “returning nationals”, and are eligible for duty free importation of one vehicle, provided that the vehicle has been owned for at least two years. Consideration will be given to the special circumstances of the returning individuals and their probable contribution towards the nation building.

Returning nationals are also exempted from Bangladesh Sales Tax (ABST) charges on a vehicle which has been owned by them for at least a year prior to its importation and is used for personal purposes.

Note: Excise taxes are also levied on vehicles. Duty-free importation of one used vehicle in Bangladesh is allowed only for Diplomats and Privileged Persons. All other Bangladesh nationals and foreigners have to pay duties to import a used vehicle.

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