Japan Used Cars Import Regulations in Bulgaria

Import Rules, Regulations, Policies & Procedures
To Import Japan Used Cars In Bulgaria

Check all the key points related to import rules, regulations, policies, documentations, duties and taxes, inspections, restrictions, shipping ports, etc. which you should keep in mind while importing Used Cars from Japan to Bulgaria


Year Restriction


Destination Port

Burgas and Sofia

Time of Shipment

Container (34-41 Days)

Vessel Schedule

Container (Weekly)

Shipping Line

Argo Maritime Ltd.



Used Car Import Rules & Regulations in Bulgaria


Left-Hand Drive Vehicles

Importation of left hand drive vehicles is allowed in the country.


Vehicles imported from outside EU need to be inspected before they gets registered.

Used Cars Import Duties And Taxes In Bulgaria

Customs regulations in Bulgaria

Temporary importation of used vehicles is allowed only for six months. A foreign imported car can only used by a person who has a written permission, by the government of the country.

If a car is imported from a country outside the EU or EEA, you will need to pay import tariff and VAT. The import tariff in Bulgaria is 10% and the VAT is 20%.

Duty free importation of vehicle by citizen of Bulgaria is allowed if the person has owed the car for a period of more than six months and the car has been driven more than 6,000 kilometers. Non-residents of Bulgaria have to pay import duty on the car.

Import duty is to paid on vehicles imported outside the EU. An environmental tax called eco-tax (Eco-Tax) must paid for all cars imported from outside the EU. The amount paid depends on the age of the vehicle it applies to all vehicles.

Used Cars Import Documentation in Bulgaria


Vehicle Registration

Following document required for registering a vehicle:

  • Proof of identity
  • Original receipt/bill of sale
  • Proof of residency or employment contract
  • Vehicle registration documents
  • Receipts proving that Bulgarian vehicle tax have been paid. The amount paid depends on the age and model of the car
  • Proof of minimum third party insurance
  • Proof of payment of customs duty for non EU/EEA vehicles
Once the vehicle gets registered in Bulgaria, owner not allowed to sell the vehicle in the first year of registration.

Special Attention

 A private vehicle may be temporarily imported and used on Bulgarian roads for up to six months as long as the vehicle has a minimum third party insurance policy. A ‘used’ car is more than six months old and has been driven more than 6 000 km.

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