Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in France

Year Restrictions


Destination Port

FOS-SUR-MER and LE Havre

Time of Shipment

RoRo (24-34 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Monthly)

Shipping Line

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, CMA CGM


No Inspection Required

Shipping Ports:

Ports for shipment of vehicles in France are Le Havre and Marseilles.

Left-Hand Drive Vehicles:

Left Hand Drive cars are used and also can be Import to the Country.

Documents required for importing vehicle:

The applicant will have to complete a declaration de mise en circulation (Declaration of distribution) and a form for additional information about the vehicle. The report will be sent to the DREAL, which will send notification by mail when to present the vehicle for examination at the DREAL testing centre. If it passes the test, the DREAL will issue a statement of approval. Take the statement of approval, the Carte Grise and new registration number to the local Prefecture or Sous-Prefecture. All that remains is to have new number plates made and fitted.

Taxes in France:

If the vehicle is less than six months old or has covered less than 6,000km (3,728mi), the VAT is calculated on the invoice price; otherwise a reduction is made according to its age, and VAT is payable on the balance.


Along with VAT, when the vehicle is imported from outside the EU, customs duty must be paid on cars. No duty on cars imported from another EU country, provided that the importer produce purchase and registration documents. The rate of duty varies with the country of origin and on the vehicle’s value in France.


After the importer pay VAT or confirmed that VAT isn’t payable, the importer will receive a customs certificate (Certificat de Douane 846A). That allows the importer to register the vehicle in France. It is necessary to register the vehicle within three months of importation.

Importing a used vehicle from Non-EU nation:

While importing a used vehicle in France, no duty is payable on a used vehicle imported for personal use, provided that all customs fees and taxes due were paid in the country of origin. Plus the vehicle should be belonged to the importer for a period of above six months, and that they were resident outside the EU for at least a year. VAT, customs duty must be paid on cars imported from outside the EU.

Documents required for registering a vehicle:

Before registering a foreign vehicle in France and receiving a Certificate d’Immatriculation (Certificate of Registration) document, the used vehicle imported must match with the French road standards. The process can vary depending on the make, age and country of origin of the vehicle.
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