Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Brazil

Year Restrictions


Destination Port


Time of Shipment

37-46 Days (Container)

Vessel Schedule

Weekly (Container)

Shipping Line




Shipping Ports:

Major ports in Brazil for importation of used vehicles is Hamilton.

Age Restriction:

No age restriction on importation of used vehicle.

Left-Hand Drive Vehicles:

Left Hand Drive vehicles are allowed to be import in the country. Brazil officially the Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. The process of importing a used car is long and complex. Brazilians who are lover of Japanese cars and wishing to import used car from Japan, they really have do hard work for bringing Japan used car into Brazil.

Importing into Brazil can be divided into four parts:

Department involves in this process:

Importing a vehicle in Brazil:

Note: The importer must then register a Declaration of Importation (Declaracao de Importacao – DI) with Siscomex.

The next is Tax office will verify that the informations on the Declaration of Importation (Declaracao de Importacao (DI) conforme with the import market legislation, and that all documents submitted are correct.

Ultimately these organisations have authority to verify all the documents submitted and take the decision whether the vehicle can be collected or not. Once this has been decided, the importer can collect the vehicle from the point of entry or the point of delivery.

Importing a special vehicle:

  • In certain cases, for example for bullet proofed vehicles (blindados: a growing market in Brazil), it will be necessary to obtain authorisation from the Military Command (Comando do Exercito – Comexe).
  • Or, in the case of vehicles equipped with medical facilities, the National Health Agency (Agencia Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria) must issue an authorisation. The Ministry of Agriculture (Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento – Mapa) must issue authorisation for imported tractors.

Importing a Temporary Vehicle:

  • If the vehicle is exclusively for private tourist purposes, residents from countries in Mercosul with a vehicle registered in Mercosul may move freely in the country, without the need for any customs formalities.
  • Individuals and vehicles from countries outside of Mercosul may be granted a temporary entry permit for a land vehicle for the duration of their stay (usually up to 90 days). This may be renewed up to the limit of the extended visa (usually a further 90 days). This is done by means of a Simplified Import Declaration Form (Declaracao Simplificada de Importacao/DSI).

Documents Required:

  • Valid driving license
  • Passport
  • All ownership documents, including the vehicle’s logbook (registration documents)
  • Proof of insurance valid in Brazil
  • For hire cars, the contract must specify that the vehicle may be brought to Brazil

Duties and Taxes:

  • Agent Fees – U$1.000
  • Harbor Taxes – U$3.000
  • Import Duty 35%
  • IPI 25%
  • ICMS 18%
  • PIS, COFINS and other taxes 12%
  • Freight cost – U$6.000

What's the cost of Importing a Car to Brazil

The process of importing cars to Brazil isn't cheap.

This adds up to BRL 46.000 or 115 percent of the car price.

Note: You should assume that the cost of importing a car to Brazil is between 90 and 120 Percent of the foreign value of the car.

Custom Clearance:

For clearing your vehicle from custom, you have to pay all your taxes Receita federal this include (Import duty, IPI, PIS, COFINS EKMS)


With the confirmation of payment Receita Federal in place and all the other documents that you collected during the process you will get the car released from custom.

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