Importing Cars into Asia

How to Import Used UK Cars to Asia

Myanmar  formerly known as Burma

The main Port of for Myanmar destined cars is Rangoon (Yangon). Myanmar or formerly Burma has very strict rules for car importation. It is important to consider the following:

Obtain an import license from authorities in Myanmar

There is no age Restriction

There is no requirement for a Road Worthiness Inspection (RWI).

Sri Lanka

Vehicle imports to Sri Lanka is done via the Port of Colombo

There is a strict age restriction of 3 years on vehicles imported for personal use while Cars imported for business use must not be older than 5 Years. Pick ups like the Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200 and Volkswagen Amarok are able to meet the 5-year threshold as they are considered as business use vehicles.

Inspection from JAAI (Japan Automobile Appraisal Institute) is mandatory

Importing cars to India

The following are the guidelines for importing second hand motor vehicles to India.

A second hand or used vehicle shall mean a vehicle that :-

(a) has been sold, leased or loaned prior to importation into India; or
(b) has been registered for use in any country according to the laws of that country, prior to importation into India;

The import of second had or used vehicles shall be subject to the following conditions:-

(a) The second hand or used vehicle shall not be older than three years from the date of manufacture;
(b) The second hand or used vehicle shall:

(i) have right hand steering, and controls (applicable on vehicles other than two and three wheelers);
(ii) have a speedometer indicating the speed km / h; and
(iii) have photometry of the headlamps to suit “keep left” traffic.

(c) In addition, the second hand or used vehicle shall conform to the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and the rules made thereunder, as applicable, on the date of import.

(d) Import of second hand vehicles shall be allowed only through the customs port at Mumbai.

(e) The second hand or used vehicles imported into India should have a minimum roadworthiness for a period of 5 years from the date of importation into India with assurance for providing service facilities within the country during the five year period. For this purpose, the importer shall, at the time of importation, submit a declaration indicating the period of roadworthiness in respect of every individual vehicle being imported, supported by a certificate issued by any of the testing agencies, which the Central Government may notify in this regard.

(f) The vehicle has to be submitted for testing to Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, of the Ministry of Defence or the Automotive Research Association of India, Pune or the Central Farm and Machinery Training and Testing Institute, Budni, Madhya Pradesh, and such other agencies as may be specified by the Central Government, for granting a certificate by that agency as to the compliance of the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and any rules made thereunder.


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