Exporting from Japan for a Smooth Secure Business Transaction
Are you looking to export a Japanese car to the UK market? AUTOHUB offers a complete package to handle every aspect of export from Japan to the UK, all for a confirmed fixed cost. You can be confident of a smooth secure business transaction and complete seller security when choosing us as your commercial importing company.
Services Provided by AUTOHUB, including Vehicle Import Approval
You can either go for our Door-to-Door (D2D) service or choose which elements of our professional service meet your needs. Below is a breakdown of the services we offer.
A gate-in survey and photos in Japan when we take control of the vehicle
Steam cleaning of the vehicle
Japan Port Service Charges
BAF (Bunker Fuel Charges)
Payment of any duties and VAT owed
Declaration of importation once the vehicle arrives in the UK
Arrangements for the vehicle to go through any required checks
Full insurance while the car is in our care until the car arrives at its final address
Internal transportation within the UK if required
Customs Clearance in Japan
AUTOHUB has customs clearance yards located at all major shipping ports in Japan, so no matter where in the Japanese domestic market you’re looking to export your dream car from, we can help.
You’ll need to pay a shipping charge for cars, which includes a clearance fee to AUTOHUB Japan.
You may also choose to use your own customs broker in Japan and book a shipment with AUTOHUB Japan. In this case, the shipping charge will need to be paid directly to your appointed customs agent.
If the vehicle you’re shipping from Japan is larger than 20m3 please provide AUTOHUB with the exact height and length dimensions of the vehicle when requesting a quote. This will help us provide a more accurate estimate, based on shipping requirements.
Some commercial vehicles or machinery may have additional customs duties, which will be added to the supplied quote.
Is the vehicle drivable? If you’re shipping a vehicle that cannot be driven, please provide AUTOHUB with details of why the vehicle isn’t operational, so we can arrange for the appropriate shipping type and provide an accurate quote.
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Why Choose Autohub Services
AUTOHUB can take care of your imported car in both the country of export and import, including export clearance and liaison with the auction business (including the relevant auction sheet), if applicable.
We offer several shipments each month from Japan, Australia, NZ, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK. We liaise with both the seller and buyer if required.
We offer buyers and sellers complete security, including facilitating payment, to help ensure a smooth and secure business transaction.
We pioneered the AUTOHUB D2D one-stop, fixed-cost, guaranteed vehicle delivery system to any Australian and NZ address, including any admission fee.
We operate as an impartial cooperative of sellers and buyers, which allows us to negotiate excellent services and cost with suppliers, to pass on to customers.
We take care of the many factors involved in shipping cars under one discounted and guaranteed fixed amount, giving both buyers and sellers peace of mind and complete security. You can be confident in our personal service and easy payment process.
We provide an accurate quote, based on the height and length of the vehicle.
We specialise in providing services to importers with an RMVT number and currently have over 1,100 RMVT importers using our services. To access our trade preferential services, we require your active RMVT Number to be supplied when you register with us.
Simply contact us to find out why we are a great vehicle important company. It’s not a hard sell!
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to import a car from Japan to the UK
Other than shipping costs, importing a car into the UK will incur the following fees
Import duty – this is 10% of the car’s price and shipping fees
Import VAT – this is 20% of the car’s price, shipping fee and UK duty
When you let HMRV know you’ve imported a car into the UK, they’ll let you know whether you need to pay duty and how much it will be.
How long does it take to ship a vehicle from Japan to the UK
Total shipping time will depend on the source, and how long you’ll have to wait to secure a spot on a ship. Port-to-port shipping takes about 38-40 days.
Are Japanese cars legal in the UK?
As long as the vehicle passes its IVA test and MOT test and is registered through the proper authorities, Japanese cars are legal in the UK.
Why are Japanese imported cars so cheap in the UK?
This is partially due to the licensing requirements in Japan that often make it more economical to purchase a new car rather than pay for regular, rigorous checks. These cars then end up in the international markets at a reasonable amount, a win-win for both the seller and the buyer.
You may find, however, that a car you’re importing from Japan will have slightly different specifications than the same model intended for your local market. As long as they meet UK regulations, this won’t pose a problem for importing the vehicle, but it might mean the language on your touchscreen is in Japanese rather than English, amongst other potential differences.
What does AUTOHUB take care of when importing or exporting a car?
There are many aspects to importing a car from Japan to the UK before the export certificate is issued. These include:
A detailed registration history certificate
Electronic stability control checks
Completion inspection certificate
Fuel consumption certificate showing all checkpoints
Model code checks
Check registration number
Confirmation of original export certificate issued
Confirmation of three-digit emissions code
Test vehicle condition and is vehicle drivable for use on a public road
Necessary checks for a left-hand drive or right-hand drive
Check purchasing invoice
Check previous owners, including legal owner status