Japanese brands such as Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Isuzu and Daihatsu are often the choice of people ride. Japanese cars have a powerful engine, and are durable, safe and promising investment. Plus maintaining a Japanese car is not very expensive. Along with new cars, many countries import used vehicles from Japan. When buying a used vehicle, Japan is the place to consider. The vehicle’s condition and the easiness to import them, make buyers interested to buy Japanese used vehicles.
Situated in Central America, Guatemala is one of the major importers of Japanese used vehicles. Large numbers of residents import used vehicle from Japan as Japanese vehicles are known for being reliable, safe to drive and high on quality. There are certain regulations that used vehicle importers should follow in order to avoid any problem during customs clearance.
Left-Hand drive vehicle:-
Importation of left-hand drive vehicle is allowed in the country.
- Original Bill of Lading or Carte de Porte– notarized by Guatemalan Consulate at origin
- Original certificate of Title and Registration– notarized by Guatemalan Consulate at origin
- Original Bill of Sale/Purchase Invoice – notarized by Guatemalan Consulate at origin
- Copy of registration card
- NIT number & Passport
- Vehicle Condition Report from a certified mechanic
Duties and taxes:-
Used vehicle importers have to pay duties and taxes on used vehicles imported in the country. Taxes/duties range from 1% to 15% of CIF value plus 12% of VAT (Value Added Tax). Exemption from duties/tax is given to diplomats and member of international missions provided their extension obtaining a diplomatic franchise for shipment release.
The major shipping port in Guatemala is Puerto Quetzal. Generally Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) shipment method is used for vehicle shipment, however on special request of customers more expensive method called container shipping method is used.