Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Colombia

Year Restrictions


Destination Port


Time of Shipment

31 to 41 Days (RoRo)

Vessel Schedule

Less Than Bi-Monthly (RoRo)

Shipping Line




Shipping Ports:

Port Cartagena, Port Buenaventura, Port Barranquilla and port Santa Marta are ports of the country.

Left-Hand Drive Vehicles:

Left Hand Drive vehicles are allowed to be import in the country.

Importing a Vehicle:

  • Non-Diplomats are not allowed to import used vehicles into Colombia.
  • Non-Diplomats can import new vehicles which must be manufactured in the current year with zero accumulated miles
  • Diplomats may import used vehicles once registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Diplomats must be in Colombia at the time of clearance.
  • Returning Diplomats must apply in person to obtain the Diplomatic Permit and it must be used within 6 months of completion of assignment.
  • Foreign Diplomats are exempt from duty and taxes on vehicle imports. Do NOT include vehicle in household goods shipment without consulting.
  • Foreign Diplomats do not need prior approval of the Import License.
  • The Anti Pollution Control Certificate must state that all parts and accessories are functional and do not adversely affect the environment. It must be legalized by the Colombian at origin.

Importation Rule:

Other required documents include:

Temporary Import Permits:

Documents Required:

In all cases the following documents need to be provided along with the Temporary Vehicle Import Form

Importing a Classic or Collector Vehicle:

To meet the requirements of the Ministry of Transport (Ministerio de Transporte), the car must be defined as

  • Vintage/Collector Car Automobile over 35 years old which has retained its original features and factory specifications are allowed to import.
  • Classic Car Automobile over 50 years old which in addition to retaining its original features and factory specifications corresponds to specific brands, series and models are eligible to import in Colombia.

Other Measures :

Registering an Imported New Vehicle:

For registering a new imported vehicle, go to the local Transport office and submit the following documents

  • Certificate of registration with the RUNT as an occasional importer1.
  • 1Certificate of purchase of SOAT (compulsory car insurance).

Import declaration and how to obtain an Import Declaration:


  • Since January 1996, all imports and sales of automotive parts and accessories transacted in Colombia are subject to a 16 percent value-added tax (IVA in Spanish). This tax applies to both locally produced goods and imports and, in the case of imports, is assessed on top of the CIF value and import tariff.
  • Consumption Tax for private owned vehicles (HTS 8703-8704 and 8711) of FOB value equal or lower than USD$ 30,000 is 8 percent Consumption Tax for private owned vehicles (HTS 8703-8704) of FOB value higher than US$ 30,000 is 16 percent(Vehicles – Luxury Tax).

Local/ Regional Content Requirements:

  • The Andean Automotive Complementary Agreement signed in 1999, removed the initial requirement of minimum regional/local content (24 percent) to reduce import duties.
  • Automotive parts and passenger vehicles with a capacity of up to 16 persons and cargo vehicles of 4.5 tons weight and other type of vehicles, will just need to comply with specific origin requirement established by the General Secretary Office of the Andean Community.

Roadworthiness Test:

Vehicles in Colombia must be tested to ensure that they are roadworthy in order to drive on Colombian roads. This test is known as the revisión técnico mecánica. In order for a vehicle to be deemed roadworthy it must, as a minimum, have fully functioning

  • Brakes
  • Steering system
  • Suspension
  • Lights
  • Mirrors
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