Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Bulgaria

Year Restrictions


Destination Port

Burgas and Sofia

Time of Shipment

Container (34-41 Days)

Vessel Schedule

Container (Weekly)

Shipping Line

Argo Maritime Ltd.



Shipping Ports:

Major shipping ports in Bulgaria are Port of Burgas, Port of Sofia.

Left-Hand Drive Vehicles:

Importation of left hand drive vehicles is allowed in the country.


Vehicles imported from outside EU need to be inspected before they gets registered.

Documents Required:

Customs regulations in Bulgaria:

Temporary importation of used vehicles is allowed only for six months. A foreign imported car can only be used by a person who has a written permission, by the government of the country.

If a car is imported from a country outside the EU or EEA, you will need to pay import tariff and VAT. The import tariff in Bulgaria is 10% and the VAT is 20%.


Duty free importation of vehicle by citizen of Bulgaria is allowed if the person has owed the car for a period of more than six months and the car has been driven more than 6,000 kilometers. Non-residents of Bulgaria have to pay import duty on the car.


Import duty is to be paid on vehicles imported outside the EU. An environmental tax called eco-tax (Eco-Tax) must be paid for all cars imported from outside the EU. The amount paid depends on the age of the vehicle it applies to all vehicles.

Vehicle Registration:

Following documents are required for registering vehicle:

Following documents are required for registering vehicle:

Note: A private vehicle may be temporarily imported and used on Bulgarian roads for up to six months as long as the vehicle has a minimum third party insurance policy. A ‘used’ car is more than six months old and has been driven more than 6 000 km.

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