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

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 Hong Kong

Year Restriction

Max. 7 Years Old

Destination Port

Hong Kong

Time of Shipment

RoRo (09-14 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Fortnightly)

Shipping Line

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, OOCL


No Inspection Required

Used Car Import Rules & Regulations in Hong Kong


Right-Hand Drive Vehicles

Importation of only right hand drive vehicles is allowed in Hong Kong. The registration and licensing of left hand vehicle is not allowed in Hong Kong unless there are special conditions.

Age Restriction

The used car imported in Hong Kong must be less than 7 years old. Importation of cars over 20 years is allowed as classic cars and they need not meet Euro V emission standard.

Used Cars Import Duties And Taxes In Hong Kong

Private Cars

Goods Vehicles, Other Than Van-Type Light Goods Vehicles (LGV)

Van-type LGV Not Exceeding 1.9 Tonnes Permitted Gross Vehicle Weight

Registration Tax for Van-type LGV Exceeding 1.9 Tonnes Permitted Gross Vehicle Weight

Registration Tax For Taxis, Light Buses, and Other Special Purpose Vehicles

Used Cars Import Documentation in Hong Kong

All motor vehicles registering in Hong Kong for the first time should meet the requirements of the Air Pollution Control Regulations and Noise Control Regulation.


Application for Emission Approval

The used vehicle importers should complete the ‘Application for Vehicle Exhaust and Noise Emissions Compliance’ form and the ‘Noise Emission Certificate General Approval’ (NECGA). 

No exemption is granted on diesel and commercial vehicles from emission requirements. However, used petrol cars imported in Hong Kong for personal use are exempted, if they meet the following criteria-

The used vehicle must be owned by the importer for more than 6 months in a region outside Hong Kong where he has normally resided prior to the application. Vehicle registered in the name of a company will not be exempted even though the company is wholly owned by the applicant.

Applicant must submit the following supporting documents

The importer should obtain approval/exemption from the Environmental Protection Department before shipping their vehicles into Hong Kong, as it is necessary for the vehicle to show emissions compliance before it can be registered in Hong Kong.

Once the vehicle arrives in Hong Kong, it should be scheduled for the vehicle examination at the Vehicle Examination Centre. The importer has to bring the approval letter issued by the Environmental Protection Department to ensures that the car has complied with the vehicle exhaust emission and noise emission standards.

Vehicle Registration and Licensing

When applying for registration for the first time, the importer should submit a complete application form to the Hong Kong Licensing Office of Transport Department.

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