Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Kuwait

Year Restrictions

Max. 5 Years Old

Destination Port


Time of Shipment

Container (6-8 Weeks)

Vessel Schedule

Container (Monthly)

Shipping Line




Shipping Ports:

Major ports in Kuwait for importation of used vehicles are Shuwaikh, Doha and Shuaiba.

Left-Hand Drive Vehicles:

Importation of left-hand drive vehicles is allowed in the country.

Age Restriction:

The vehicle must not be more than five years old from the year of first registration. The car can’t be more than 5 years old from the present year. The max for trucks is 10 years. The import of automobiles and light trucks (under five tons) over five years old is prohibited under law no. 147 of December 27, 2000. Only Five Year Old all kind of vehicles.

Documents Required:

Taxation in Kuwait:

Customs duty for vehicles in Kuwait is 5% CIF meaning the 5% fee is assessed on the total value of car/truck, marine insurance cost(if applicable) and the freight charge.

There may be additional duties and taxes depending on the nature of the import and the status of the consignee (the person shipping or receiving the vehicle in Kuwait). It’s always best to discuss this with your salesperson before booking.

VAT on vehicles depends upon the following:

The first step for anyone deciding whether or not to ship a car to Kuwait is to determine whether it’s even possible. Kuwait has strict import guidelines for cars and other vehicles.


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