Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Jamaica

Year Restrictions

Max. 6 Years Old

Destination Port


Time of Shipment

RoRo (24-34 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Monthly)

Shipping Line




Shipping Ports:

The most recommended port for shipments arriving to Jamaica from Japan is Kingston.

Age Restriction:

Importation of used vehicles with more than 6 years old is restricted in Jamaica.

Right-Hand Drive vehicles:

Import of right-hand drive vehicle is allowed in Jamaica.


The Government’s pre-shipment inspection regime for imported used motor vehicles, which will provide greater protection for consumers, comes into effect on February 1, 2018.

Age limit on importation of motor vehicles:

For Buses used for the transportation of passengers:

Seating Capacity Age Limit
9-12 Ten (10) years
15 – 20 Twelve (12) years
21 – 30 Fifteen (15) years
31 – 45 Twenty (20) years
Seating capacity exceeding 46 persons Twenty Five (25) years

For Trucks used for the transportation of cargo:

Loading Capacity Age Limit
3,001Kg– 6,000Kg Twenty (20) years
6,001Kg– 8,000Kg Twenty Five (25) years
Over 8000 kg Thirty (30) years
For other heavy duty commercial equipment – Thirty (30) years

Documents Required for importing vehicle:

The importation of the following also require a permit from the Trade Board Ltd.

  • Motorcycles
  • Pick-up & Truck Cabs
  • Pick-up Beds

What is the method used for determining the value of motor vehicles?

Under the WTO Agreement, invoices are to be presented to Customs from which the value for duty will be derived.

Importation of Damaged Vehicles

The importation of motor vehicles that are considered to be in a damaged or salvaged state is PROHIBITED.

Individuals and Returning Residents:

An individual or Returning Resident is allowed to import

Import Duties and Taxes:

To drive the vehicle on the road:

For registering the vehicle, Certificate of Fitness with the Import Entry documentation is required. The documents should be taken to the Revenue Service Center/ Tax Collectorate to register the vehicle and other purpose.

Other Relevant Information:

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