Netherlands used car market

The growth of automobile sector is important for stabilizing the economy of a country. This sector is responsible for generating high revenue and employing people. The automobile sector of Netherlands has contributed towards the growth of the nation. The country offers very pleasant and business like atmosphere to traders. In the past few years, demand for used vehicles in Netherlands has risen immensely especially for personal cars.


Not only the middle class section of the country, but people from all demographic are buying second-hand vehicle as it is within everyone’s financial limits, and as a result by owning a used vehicle people are not putting themselves in debt, which in turn is benefitting the economy of the country. The used car industry has become a major alternative to higher-priced vehicles from the new automobile sector.

There are a number of experienced and trustworthy exporters in Japan that provide quality used vehicles in Netherlands. Also the cost of used vehicles are very low, hence they are easily affordable. But before importing a used vehicle in the country, importer should make sure that they are abiding by the country’s regulations.

Demand for used vehicles in the country is rising at a faster pace. In the year 2013, 144 units of used vehicles were imported in Netherlands which rose to 198 units in 2014. An increment of units show the inclination of buyers towards used Japanese vehicles. On the basis of recent trends it won’t be difficult to analyze that in coming years, the used car market in Netherlands will rise. As the import regulations in the country are not very strict, buyers get many vast choices to select vehicles from. The market offers fair opportunities to Japanese used vehicle exporters to capture and flourish their business.

Import rules and regulations-
Japanese automobile industry is one of the well-known and largest industries in the world. Japanese automakers always focus on product enhancement, technological innovation, and safety improvement, with end result definitely a vehicle one feels proud to drive. Almost every country in the world import both new and used vehicles from Japan. Large numbers of Japanese used vehicles are imported in Netherlands within a year. However, there are certain rules and regulations that are necessary to follow in order to import the vehicle in legal manner.

Left-Hand Drive vehicles:-
The country permits importation of only left-hand drive vehicles.

Inspections are carried out on the vehicle before it is allowed in the Netherlands. The RDW (Rijksdienst voor wegverkeer) ensures that the vehicle meets environmental, safety and economic demands.

Required Documents:-

  • Original Certificate of Title and Registration
  • Original Purchase Invoice
  • Copy of Proof of insurance
  • Copy of work contract

Import Tax Rate:-
Tax free importation of vehicles in Netherlands from non-EU nation is allowed although permit is required. A permit is granted if the importer has lived in a non-EU state for at least a year and owned the vehicle for minimum of six months. Once the vehicle is imported, it is not to be sold for at least one year after importation.

If permit is not granted, importer is required to pay duties and taxes on the vehicle imported. Taxes involved VAT, import duties. Importer also has to pay BPM (Belasting van Personenauto’s en Motorrijwielen) to register the vehicle in the country.

Shipping Information:-
Freight rate-

  • Port- Aruba
  • 0-14 m3 – US $ 165
    14-20 m3- US $ 175

  • Port- Bonaire
  • 0-14 m3 – US $ 171
    14-20 m3- US $ 181
    Major ports- Aruba, Bonaire, Philipsburg Port

    Popular car models:-
    Nissan Skyline, Porsche 911, Nissan Silvia, Mazda RX-7, Mercedes Benz E-class, Nissan Skyline GT-R, Toyota Chaser, Toyota Vitz, Nissan Figaro, Toyota Noah