Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Germany

Year Restrictions


Destination Port

Hamburg and Bremerhaven

Time of Shipment

RoRo (24-34 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Monthly)

Shipping Line

Zim Germany Gmbh, Hamburg Sud-Line, Hapag-Lloyd



Shipping Ports:

Major shipping ports in Germany are Hamburg and Bremerhaven.

Left-Hand Drive Vehicles:

Importation of left-hand steering vehicles is permitted in the country.


Technical Inspection (Fahrzeug-Hauptuntersuchung, common ‘TUV’) is required on vehicles imported in Germany. When registering a vehicle in the country, Technical Inspection certificate is required.

Documents Required:

Taxation in Germany:

  1. Import Duty of 10% of the vehicles Cost and Freight (C&F).
  2. Tax at 19% of the vehicle Cost and Freight (C&F)
  3. Every motor vehicle registered in Germany is subject to a special motor vehicle tax (Kfz-Steuer). The first payment must be paid soon after registering the vehicle.

Exemption on duty is given, provided the following conditions are satisfied:

It is allowed to drive the imported vehicle with the home license plates and registration if one imported the vehicle for temporary basis i.e. for a period of up to 12 months. Registration document with German translation is required. If one is staying for a longer period, then the vehicle must be registered at local Kfz-Zulassungsstelle.
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