Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Uganda

Year Restrictions

No Age Limit

Destination Port

Mombasa (Kenya)

Time of Shipment

RoRo (24-34 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Monthly)

Shipping Line

Hyundai Glovis



Shipping Ports:

Uganda being a land locked country, surrounded from all the sides by land has no port of its own, thus to import a Japan used car to Uganda either the port of Mombasa in Kenya or Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania can be used, both being equal in terms of cost related to import of the vehicle.

Age Restriction:

There is no age restriction on the import of used cars from Japan.

Right Hand Drive and Left Hand Drive:

Right and Left hand drive both types of vehicles arfe permitted.


Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has appointed JEVIC to conduct a compulsory inspection ‘Road Worthiness Inspection (RWI)’ for the used cars to ensure that it meets certain standards.

Documents Required:

Documents which are required at the time of clearing the used cars at the ports are as follow

Duties and Taxes:

The Custom duty value in Uganda is determined in accordance with The General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (G.A.T.T) valuation method. Taxation or tariffs on importing used vehicles in Uganda are as follows
Import Duty 15% of dutiable value
VAT 17% of VAT value
Import commission 2% of Dutiable Value
Withholding Tax 6% of Dutiable Value
There is an excise duty of 10% on selected cases. There is also duty remission on some commercial vehicles.

Note : It is a must to be registered with Tanzania Revenue Authority and have your Tax Identification Number (TIN) before clearing the car into Tanzania Customs Regulations.

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