Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Spain

Year Restrictions


Destination Port

Barcelona, Pasajes, Santander

Time of Shipment

Container (34-41 Days)

Vessel Schedule

Container (Weekly)

Shipping Line

Arkas Spain



Shipping Ports:

Major shipping ports in Switzerland are Barcelona, Pasajes, Santander.

Left-Hand Drive Vehicles:

Importation of left-hand drive vehiclesis permitted in Spain.


In order to register a vehicle there are certain documents which are needed for the car to undergo an inspection known as the ‘ITV’ (inspeccion tecnica de vehiculos).

These tests can only be carried out at an official ITV testing station and an appointment is required.

Documents required for port clearance in Spain:

Additional documents for permanent import:

  • Change of Residence Certificate – for returning Spanish nationals
  • Residence Permit – for foreigners
  • Certificate of CIF value of vehicle in Spain

Roadworthiness Inspection:

It is important for the vehicle to pass the Spanish inspeccion tecnica de vehiculos (ITV) test in order to receive permanent registration number. If a vehicle fails the test, necessary repairs must be done on the vehicle within two months of the test.


If the vehicle is not tested again during the two month period, then the vehicle may get deregistered. In case of classic cars, there is a special test required as well as a certificate of authenticity to be issued by the regional authorities (comunidad autonoma)

Duties and Taxes:

The following taxes are implemented on the used vehicles:
  • Petrol engine vehicles with capacity over 1,600 cc, four-wheel drive vehicles and diesel engine vehicles over 2,000 cc- 12%
  • Vehicles with smaller engines-7%
Residents coming to live in Spain permanently and have owned the vehicle for minimum period of six months and have previously paid VAT are exempted from duties. Application for exemption must be made within the month of the date of issue of residence permit. Importers should present a certificate of non-residence from their previous country.

Vehicle Registration in Spain:

Once the vehicle passes the customs, it should get registered at the nearest provisional traffic department (Jefatura Provincial de Trafico), which will first issue you a temporary license plate. These plates are valid for limited period of days, generally 10 days. For vehicle registration, following documents are required :
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