Japan Used Automobile Import Duty / Regulation in Singapore

Year Restrictions

Max. 3 Years Old

Destination Port


Time of Shipment

RoRo (09-14 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Fortnightly)

Shipping Line

Samudera Shipping Line Pte Ltd.


No Inspection Required

Shipping Ports:

The common port in Singapore for importation of used vehicles from Japan is Singapore.

Age Restriction:

Vehicles more than 3 years old are not allowed to be import in the country.

Right Hand Drive Cars:

Importation of right-hand drive vehicles is permitted in the country.


Importing your car from overseas is not recommended, as there are import duties and fees to pay upon bringing your vehicle over. But if you have to, the following will be some useful guidelines and information.

Import a Vehicle:

  • You can only import cars that are less than three years of age.
  • The age of the used vehicle is calculated from the date of its first registration in a foreign country. If the first registration date of the vehicle cannot be ascertained, then the age of the vehicle is calculated from the date of manufacture.
  • There is a surcharge of S$10,000 for each imported used car registered in Singapore.
  • The used vehicle has to comply with the Euro II emission standard. As such, the used vehicle will have to be tested by LTA/ENV recognized overseas vehicle emission test laboratories to ensure compliance with the required standard at the time of import.
  • All safety glass fitted must have not less than 70% light transmittance and must not contain any metallic oxide coating.
  • All modifications made to the car must be properly certified, and be done only by the manufacturer or an agent authorized by the manufacturer.
  • The car must use unleaded petrol.
  • The cars air-conditioner must be CFC-free.
  • Your car to be a right hand drive type.
  • Your car to be fitted with approved seat belts both front and rear.
  • Your car not to have any asbestos in its brake or clutch lining.
  • The car must pass a mechanical inspection by the LTA.

Things to prepare:

Documents Required:

Registering your Vehicle:

  • Send in items numbers (1) to (6) above to the New Registration Department of the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for verification. They will arrange a time and date to send your car for an inspection.
  • If there is no inspection, obtain a Temporary Certificate Of Entitlement from the Land Transport Authority and insurance for your vehicle.
  • Make a trip to the Singapore Network Services Service Centre (SNS) located at Bugis Junction to collect your Vehicle Registration Application Form upon submitting the vehicles particulars into a service centre.
  • You would need to return to the New Registration Section of the Land Transport Authority and submit the following documents
  • Your Certificate of Entitlement (COE)
  • Your Registration Card / Log Card
  • Your Road Tax disc (Please take note of its expiry date)
  • Your Insurance letter or Certificate of Insurance
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