Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in East Timor

Year Restrictions

Less Than 5 Years

Destination Port

Less Than 5 Years

Time of Shipment

20-28 Days (RoRo)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Monthly)

Shipping Line



No Inspection Required

Shipping Ports:

Pot of Dili is the only port of the country.

Right Hand Drive:

Right Hand Drive Vehicles are allowed to be import in the Country.

Road Inspection Test:

Inspection is not needed for importing a vehicle in Timor-Leste.

Age Restrictions:

It is prohibited to import light passenger and mixed vehicles more than 5 years from the date of their original manufacture to the date of import, with the following exceptions
  • Vehicles imported by returning residents who have lived outside of Timor-Leste for a continuous period of more than 12 months, as long as the vehicle was purchased, registered and owned abroad by the person importing it for at least 12 months before being imported into Timor-Leste.
  • Heavy passengervehicles with seating capacity of over 20 seats.
  • Heavy cargo vehicles, including vans and lorries with cargo capacity over four tons, agricultural vehicles, construction vehicles and material-handling vehicles.
  • Motor Vehicles imported under International Agreements.
  • Vehicles imported for personal use and are identified as collectibles.
  • Motor vehicles determined by the Directorate-General of Revenue and Customs as having public utility and donated to registered charities, in order to provide assistance to the community.

Documents Required:

Duties and Taxes:

Duty payable when importing a motor vehicle.

The duty payable on the importation of a motor vehicle is


  • Import Duty 2.5 % of the CIF value of the vehicle
  • Sales Tax 2.5% (CIF value + Import Duty + Excise Duty) *If the vehicles cost more than $70,000
  • Excise Duty 35 % of the (CIF value + Import Duty)

Note: The excise tax is valid only on vehicles costing more than $70,000.

About East Timor:

East Timor is within Timor, an island roughly the size of the Netherlands (32,000 sq km/12,355 sq mi) that forms an arc between Asia and Australia and is situated within the Nusatengarra Archipelago. Opposite the well-traveled island of Bali, East Timor is surrounded by the Indian Ocean at the south at the Pacific Ocean at the north. Its size rivals New Jersey or Israel, and its 15,007-km (9,325-mi) territory extends beyond its mainland to include the enclave of Ocussi-Ambeno in West Timor, and the islands of Atauro in the north and Jaco in the east. Dili, a small port city on the northern coast, is the capital.

People of East Timor like their cars:

Folks in East Timor like their cars, 4WD pick-up trucks, 4WD SUVs. They want them to be of highest quality but are always on the look out for East Timor Cars For Sale and East Timor 4WD Pick-up trucks for sale and East Timor SUV for sale. Most buyers will buy in the local market as they can touch and feel the vehicle and have it right away if they like a particular car or pickup. Many dealers in East Timor offer cars, luxury cars, pick-up truck or SUVs on sale so there is always a car to be found in a person’s budget.

Buying East Timor Cars for Sale from outside East Timor:

If you want a real sale then you have no choice but to go to a worldwide dealership which can get you rock-bottom prices on over hundreds of models from over 30 brand names so whether you are looking for used Toyota, used Mitsubishi, used Honda, Mazda, used Nissan, used Lexus, used Isuzu, used Mercedes-Benz, used BMW, used Audi or any other brand of your used vehicle JCT is the best choice.

Required Permits:

Before importing a motor vehicle, importers must obtain a permit from the National Director of Ground Transportation.
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