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Q: Can Japanese Domestic Models (JDM's) be
imported into North America?
A: JDM's aren't built to automatically
conform to Federal or Canadian standards. As a USA individual, you
must engage the assistance of a CCI, Certified Commercial Importer,
who will perform the necessary conversions and certifications with EPA, NHTSA,
etc. for you to be able to license a non-complying imported vehicle. Appreciate that this will take time, and cost money. Lots of paperwork must be
lodged and approvals granted with Govt. agencies before you can import a
A Bond equivalent to 150% of the
vehicles value must be lodged with the Customs (Commerce) Dept. You must apply
for, and receive, an EPA waiver prior to importation.
Canada doesn't seem to have any such
process, but vehicles complied into the USA appear to be subsequently
accepted by Canada for registration.
The NHTSA have a list of CCI's,
Registered Importers, in your
area, and an informative site which gives a rundown of procedures, and a
list of import vehicles that have already been complied to US Federal
NOTE: We do NOT supply any JDM model
that automatically complies with Federal regulations! We do NOT supply any
Left Hand Drive JDM's, or LHD conversion kits for any make or Model! We do
NOT modify any JDM vehicles to conform with Federal
or Canadian Design standards! We do NOT approach
North American Govt. Depts. on your behalf!
Q: Is there any other way to import
a JDM into the USA or Canada?
A: USA has a "Display"
provision where you can import a non-complying vehicle ,with a
minimum of conversion, but
there is a restriction on the mileage you can drive in a Year.
Both in Canada and the USA there appears to be provisions to import
non-complying vehicles for OffRoad performance events (Read:
Racing). In either respect, you must obtain all necessary permissions
BEFORE you import, and these permissions come from Govt. Depts. your side,
not from Graham Motors!!
SO: Study the above NHTSA site. Contact your local Customs
Department and Dept. responsible for Registration of Motor Vehicles and get the
full story before you Import! Talk to a Registered Importer (CCI) in your
BOTTOM LINE: Our Business doesn't
revolve around educating North Americans into the finer points of importing Japanese Domestic Model vehicles (with over 1000 enquiries last year alone, we'd go broke!).
along these lines to ourselves will direct you to the above NHTSA link.
GUYS;THERE IS A PROCESS! (1) ASK
QUESTIONS YOUR SIDE. (2) MAKE SOME PHONE CALLS TO GOVT.
DEPARTMENTS. (3)MEET AND TALK TO A REGISTERED IMPORTER IN YOUR AREA.
You are now ready to :(a) order
your JDM car! (b) give up and buy an Oldsmobile while you can still get
one.........(just kidding folks!!)
Oh; for Nissan Skyline importation
into the USA FOLLOW THIS LINK
We do export all JDM parts and speed
equipment to North America daily. http://www.japanparts.com
As regulations can change we welcome
all feedback regarding importation into North America of JDM's.
Any company that assists with LHD
conversion, or is a Registered importer or has some other common interest in
this subject is welcome to email and we will link your email address or website
through this page.
Q: Can Japanese Domestic Models (JDM's) be imported into the UK/Europe?
A: For the UK: Vehicles attract a Duty
rate of 10%, and VAT is added to this amount.
The figures look like: Value of vehicle as purchased plus 10%
= 110% x 1.175 = Landed cost with tax paid.
EG: FOB price of Subaru Sti VII Type "RA" with Brembo brakes/Sports
ABS/17" Alloys option: 3,289,000JPY plus Freight to Southampton:
90,000JPY plus Marine Insurance 21,000JPY= 3,400,000JPY CIF Tokyo-Southampton.
That's 19,600pds, (January 17th 2001 exchange rates)., price landed in
Clearance: 19,600pds x 1.1 (adding 10% Import
Duties:) 21,560pds. (add 17.5% VAT): 25,333pds.
25,333pds, Freighted, Insured, Import Tax and VAT paid .
Let us introduce a Clearance agent if you require one!
Conversions for SVA:
Vehicles more than 3 Years old
require speedometer conversion to MPH and a Fuel restrictor neck fitted, then an
MOT. Vehicles less than 3 Years old at the time of importation, and New
vehicles, require an SVA (Single Vehicle Approval) test prior to registration.
Contact Protech UK for speedo conversion, SVA preparation, and all other Grey market import needs:
them we sent you!
Port of Entry for England: Southampton
by RO/RO service has turnaround of 30/32 days. For Ireland; Dublin by RO/RO
For EUROPE; Japanese Domestic
Models (JDM's) are Right Hand Drive. This may mean you will have to
arrange LHD conversion your side after importation. Any vehicle that's
registered in the UK can be transferred into any other EU country. EU
regulations are now allowing the transfer of Right Hand drive models into EU
We have sold vehicles into Hungary,
the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany using Port of Entry Amsterdam or
Rotterdam Holland. Sales also to Cyprus, Greece, and Malta of JDM's shipped
We welcome feedback from anyone that
does Customs clearances, SVA conversions, Left Hand Drive conversions, or can
provide links to this page from Govt. Depts. outlining procedure and
regulations. These will be added and link to this page.
Other services to UK/Europe: Parts
freighted Daily: http://www.japanparts.com
Q: Can Japanese Domestic Models (JDM's
) be imported into Africa?
A: JDM's are Right Hand Drive and this
can be a restriction into some countries in Africa. Most countries also
don't allow 4-Wheel steering, note this is different to 4 wheel drive!
For KENYA: Port Of Entry Mombasa. No used
models before 1992 (10 Year rule?). Pre-export inspection required
Japan-side, we can arrange.
For SOUTH AFRICA: Port Of Entry, Durban.
Dealers and Individuals may parallel import new RHD vehicles. Market
closed to importation of used vehicles, it seems.
For TANZANIA: Typically vehicles shipped
via Port Of Entry Durban. New or Used RHD vehicles can be imported.
For GHANA: We've exported older LHD
vehicles, Mercedes, BMW, VW, Audi, etc. 10 Year rule, vehicle must not be more
than 10 Years old on importation and must be LHD.
OTHER SERVICES TO AFRICA:(1) Parts freighted Daily:
(2) SKD's: Semi Knocked Down's. We can SKD new vehicles, including Buses, Land Cruisers, to your Countries SKD
If your business is Customs Clearance
into Africa or you would like to recommend links to African Govt. Dept. websites
that have import information, please contact us and we'll add these to our site!
Q: Can Japanese Domestic Vehicles (JDM's) be imported
A: JDM's are Right Hand Drive which can be a restriction for
some countries, eg. Vietnam or China
For INDIA: New vehicles may
be parallel imported by Dealers or Individuals provided these are supplied with
"Euro1" exhaust emissions Certification, which we can arrange. The importation of Used vehicles is currently prohibited, but
Trade Organization has requested that India drop this tariff barrier from March
2001. We have received a lot of conflicting information as to whether or
not this will actually occur. Current state of opinion is that importation
of Used vehicles will be allowed, but with considerable restrictions and high
tariffs. All tariff and Customs information for India are at: http://www.ieport.com
Typical Ports of Entry: Nhava Shiva, Bombay,Calcutta
For SINGAPORE: Individuals
may import their own Vehicles, or use an Import Agent or Dealer Singapore side.
The LTA (Land Transport Authority), have an excellent and
informative website: http://www.onemotoring.com.sg
We will also have an Agent in Singapore that can arrange all
importation requirements and also finance for New vehicles we sell. You may
still order directly from us! http://www.ez-import.com
All Mitsubishi and Isuzu models are supplied with CIC's; all other
Units with Reg./Dereg. Certification as the LTA requires. Yes, all
vehicles can be supplied with "Euro-2" Certification! We
are aware of all procedure and documentation requirements into
Singapore, and can provide everything you need for a smooth clearance and registration process. NO problem with documentation, Euro-2
Testing or the 90-Day import requirement of LTA.
For MALAYSIA/INDONESIA: Appears to have similar procedures to Singapore.
Possibility our Singapore
Agent will cover your area for import assistance and finance. Enquire!
Typical Port Of Entry: Kelang, Jakarta
Check out the site: http://www.zerotohundred.com
For HONG KONG: Appears to
be no restriction to importation of New or Used JDM's.
Typical Port Of Entry: Kowloon
Feedback is welcome from anyone that does Customs Clearances
into Asian countries, has updated information on regulations, tariffs,
procedures or links to Govt. Dept. websites. These will be added to this
Other services to ASIA: Parts freighted Daily: http://www.japanparts.com