Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Guatemala

Year Restrictions

Max. 10 Years Old

Destination Port

Puerto Quetzal

Time of Shipment

24-36 Days (RoRo)

Vessel Schedule

Less Than Bi-Monthly (RoRo)

Shipping Line



No Inspection Required

Left-Hand Drive Vehicles:

Importation of left-hand drive vehicles is permitted in the country. When importing a used vehicle into Guatemala, there are a few things you should be aware of. First, customs authorities will not allow a vehicle that’s older than 10 years (from the date of manufacture) to be imported into the country. You need to procuring documentation that establishes the value of your used Japan vehicle before importing it into Guatemala.

Age Restriction:

Vehicles more than 10 years old are not allowed to be import in the country.

Shipping ports of used car at Guatemala:

Guatemala is a member of the Central American Dominican Republic United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), and as such it’s incredibly easy to find a port that offers shipping services to Guatemala. Aside from choosing the port you’d like to ship from, the biggest decision that you’ll have to make is your preferred shipping method.


The two major container ports in Guatemala are Puerto Quetzal and the Port of Santo Tomas de Castilla. The first of those two ports is located on the western coast of the country and makes an ideal arrival port for those shipping their used vehicles from Japan. The Port of Santo Tomas de Castilla is located on the eastern coast of Guatemala, south of Belize.

Importing a Used Vehicle:

Guatemala, a Central American country south of Mexico, is home to volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites. Guatemalans are very much fond of Japanese used cars, as their superior quality made them so popular and also Japanese used cars are available within the couple of years of using, which are highly reliable and worthy to buy because one of the most major factor is they are cheaper and affordable. Before importing a used vehicle from Japan, an importer from Guatemala need to do homework in order to import smoothly into the country premises.

Documents Required:

Clearing your used vehicle shipped to Guatemala through Japan Customs:

Getting your used car through Guatemala Customs:

For clearing your used vehicle through Guatemalan customs is a relatively straightforward affair. Once the vehicle arrives in port, you will need to present the following documentation to customs authorities:

Note: The first four items on the above list will need to be notarized after being inspected by Guatemalan customs.

Duties and Taxes:

Used vehicle importers have to pay duties and taxes on used vehicles imported in the country. Taxes/duties range from 1% to 15% of CIF value plus 12% of VAT (Value Added Tax).


Exemption from duties/tax is given to diplomats and member of international missions provided their extension obtaining a diplomatic franchise for shipment release.

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