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Importing Japanese Used Cars Into India

WHAT YOU CAN IMPORT

Import used vehicles to India;

  • Vehicles have to be under 3 years.
  • Vehicles have to be Right Hand Drive.
  • Importers can do import clearance only at Mumbai Port.
  • Vehicles need to be inspected by Japan Auto Appraisal Institute (JAAI). ($150) - Website

The total Customs duty incidence on cars comes to around 181%. The car can only be imported if you are transferring residence into India, the engine capacity is less than 1600 cc (for new cars - there is no engine size limit for old and used cars) and the vehicle is in your possession for more than 1 year.

In other words, only personal imports are allowed. Particularly, for these groups:

  1. Persons (Indian National or Foreigners) Coming/Returning To India For Permanent Settlement.
  2. Foreign Nationals Married To Indian Nationals.
  3. Foreign Nationals Working In India.
  4. Foreign Firms, Companies And Institutions Established In India.
  5. Companies Incorporated In India Having Foreign Equity.
  6. Journalists/Correspondents Of Foreign News Agencies.
  7. Indian Firms Executing Contracts Abroad.
  8. Charitable And Missionary Institutions.
  9. Physically Handicapped Persons.
  10. Honorary Consuls Of Foreign Government.
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HOW MUCH IT WILL COST

The total Customs duty cost on cars comes to around 181%. The total effective duty works out to 101.656% which includes the following:

BASIC CUSTOMS DUTY35%
SPECIAL CUSTOMS DUTY10%
ADDITIONAL DUTY40% (16% CENVAT + 24% SPECIAL EXCISE DUTY*)
M.V.CESS0.125%
SPECIAL ADDITIONAL DUTY OF CUSTOMS4%

* Special Excise Duty exempted in the case of cars capable of being used by physically handicapped persons.

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LINKS FOR INDIA

Ministry of Commerce and Industry: Directorate General of Foreign Trade
Central Board of Excise and Customs
Department of Road Transport and Highways
Emassay of India, Tokyo

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