Import rules and regulations for Japanese used vehicles in Laos

Japan, an island nation in East Asia is a pioneer of automobile industry. It is almost impossible to talk of automobiles without involving Japan. Japanese vehicles are known for their excellent engineering, that’s why these cars operate well, even in case the driver forgets the scheduled maintenance. They have more longevity, tighter tolerance in comparison with other maker vehicles. These are some of the reasons that make Japanese vehicles popular across the country. Popularity of Japanese vehicles is confined not only to new vehicles, but also used vehicles from Japan are also popular across the world.


Laos, a landlocked country in Southeast Asia import used vehicles from Japan like other countries across the world. People prefer to buy Japanese vehicles as one gets quality vehicle at competitive rates. The presence of online used cars portals has made the importation of used Japanese vehicles an easy process. These portals provide thousands of used car stocks of most reliable and experienced exporters in Japan.

Importation of used vehicle in Laos requires little documentation. Almost all types of Japan used cars are being imported into Laos. Importing a Japanese used car in Laos is not a burdensome process, it only requires following of certain importation rules and regulations. It is mandatory to abide by the rules for smooth customs clearance. Here are few guidelines need to follow in order to import a Japanese used vehicle.

Left hand drive vehicles:-
Importation of left-hand drive vehicles is allowed in the country. Right hand drive vehicles are prohibited in the country. Motorbikes over 250cc are not allowed in the country.

Documents Required:-

  • Certificate of Title and Registration
  • Original Bill of Lading– It must include chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand and model.
  • Letter of Employment
  • Commercial or Purchase Invoice
  • Driver’s license
  • International Insurance Policy

Duties and Taxes:-
Duties and taxes are to be paid on the used vehicle imported in the country. However, Foreign Diplomats are allowed to import one vehicle into Laos duty free. Letter from the Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs is required verifying the importer’s status and allowing the permit of duty free vehicle import. Vehicles are subject to duties assessed on the type, age and engine size of the vehicle.

Shipping Port:-
The major shipping port in Laos is Port of Laos. The most common shipping method RoRo (Roll-on, Roll-off) method is used for vehicle shipment. However, on request of customers more expensive shipping method of containers is arranged.


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