Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in China

Year Restrictions

Max. 10 Years Old

Destination Port

Tianjin, Shanghai, and Dalian

Time of Shipment

10-15 Days (Container)

Vessel Schedule

Weekly (Container)

Shipping Line

Cosco Shipping Lines Co.(COSCO)



Shipping Ports:

The major shipping ports in China are Shanghai Port, Tianjin New Port, Dalian New Port and Guangzhou Huangpu Port.

Left-Hand Drive Vehicles:

Importation of only left hand drive vehicles is allowed in the country. Even though in some cases right hand drive vehicles are imported, it is not allowed to register and use them on the roads.

Inspection on used vehicles

Vehicles manufactured prior to 1 January 2005 will not be registered without undergoing a rigorous inspection. All vehicles being registered in Beijing for the first time must meet EURO IV standards. Diesel vehicles are prohibited.

Import Restrictions

Only Permanent Representative (working in permanent institutions), only foreign resident staff enterprises in the three forms of Sino-joint venture, cooperative business and exclusively foreign-owned enterprises in China, and foreign experts are allowed to bring their car into China. But the foreign students studying in China cannot bring in cars for their private use.

Overseas students of high level who are verified by governing departments and live or work back in China for more than 1 year continuously can apply for importing one self-use motor vehicle from overseas, including sedans, SUVs and passenger cars with no more than 9 seats only.


Diplomats are allowed to import a vehicle duty and tax free including motorcycles. Other foreigners are strongly discouraged from importing vehicle. Returning Chinese citizens are allowed to import their vehicle only if they are returning diplomats or can get an import permit.

Documents Required:

Customs duties and taxes:

Customs duty rate of motor vehicles is 25%, Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate is 17% and consumption tax rate is calculated according to gas displacement of motor vehicles.
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