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How to import Japanese used cars to UAE

  • FAQ

Step 1

REGISTRATION - please go through a simple registration on our website. It’s FREE and will provide you with access to our Japan car auctions system (more than 130 car auctions with over 120,000 cars auctioned every week) and allow you to control your deposits, auctions, bids, payments and shipments.

Step 2

CHOOSE/BID - In order to start bidding at the auctions, you need to make a deposit of 100,000 JPY or equivalent of 1,000 USD (United States Dollars). The deposit amount will be added to your account and discounted from the final invoice after you win a car (you can also choose to keep deposit on your balance for future purchases).

Car Price Deposit % for car price
0 - 1 mln. JPY 100.000 JPY
1 - 3 mln. JPY 10%
3 - 5 mln. JPY 15%
5 - 8 mln JPY 20%
8 - 10 mln JPY 25%
10 - mln. JPY 30%

*Concerning deposit amount for non-drivable cars, please consult with your sales consultants.


There are several ways to transfer the deposit:


    PayPal is an internationally recognized secured payment method enabling on-line shoppers from all over the world to make a fast, safe, guaranteed payments on-line. Being a corporation owned by eBay its reputation is built upon security and payment safety. Depending on your bidding budget please chose the amount to pay via PayPal. We can confirm it within 10 - 15 minutes after you send it (day time only). Please send your payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    *Please don’t forget that PayPal charges 4% commission for every transaction.


    Money Gram is one of the international money transfer services. You can use a fast and easy money transfer service through Money Gram network of 207,000 local agents across 190 countries and territories. www.moneygram.com

    Recipient: Masayuki Fujiwara (President of JPC TRADE CO.,LTD.)


    Please proceed with your bank T/T transfer using the details below. Please note that it might take 2 - 3 working days to confirm your transaction.

    Branch Name: FUKAGAWA
    Branch Code: 446
    Swift Code: MHCBJPJT
    Bank Address: 2-36-16 EITAI, KOUTOU-KU, TOKYO, JAPAN
    Tel: +81 (0)3-3642-4111
    Account No.: 1787962
    Receiver Name: JPC TRADE CO.,LTD.

    *Please note that your serving bank might charge you the transfer fee (amount of the fee differs among banks).

Step 3

MAKE FULL PAYMENT - The next day after you win the car, the FOB proforma invoice will be issued in PDF format on your personal cabinet page. We expect payment from you within 7 working days. FOB proforma invoice will not include Ocean Freight amount, since you can pay it directly to shipping line agent after car’s arrival to New Zealand.

Step 4

SHIPPING - After the confirmation of the full payment we will ship your car by RoRo vessel (special Roll-on Roll-off ship for transportation of vehicles) from one of the ports of Japan (Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, Hakata) to your destination port in New Zealand. The total time from the purchase date till your car’s arrival to New Zealand will take about 5-6 weeks. We can also arrange shipment by container method using strong vanning (5-6 cars are loaded and fastened inside 40ft HC container).

Step 5

RECEIVE YOUR CAR - Within 7 working days after car has been shipped we will dispatch you all the required documents (original Bill of Lading, original car deregistration document, original customs invoice) via expedited courier services (DMS, DHL, FedEx, UPS). You are now ready to pick your car at your destination port. Please make sure you bring all the required documents to the shipping line agent.


JPCTRADE will provide the most informed and reliable importing service for Japanese imports to UAE. With our extensive experience of the import process and access to over 50,000 cars at auction every week, we will be able to source the best car for you.

The process is simple andinvolves the following steps.

  1. 1. Once you made your decision, we will get all the necessary details concerning the vehicle with your budget and begin searching the auctions for cars that fit your description.
  2. 2. When appropriate vehicles are found at auction we will contact you with a full description of the car including auction pictures, start price and expected sale price. With this information, you decide if you'd like to bid and up to how much you'd like to bid. Please note that we will never bid on a car for you without your full approval and designated budget. Ultimately the decision is yours and we will do our best to find you a car that closely matches your ideal vehicle.
  3. 3. Once we buy your car at auction (an invoice will be sent to you within 24 hours. You will then pay the FOB price directly to our Japanese company bank account within 3 working days.
  4. 4. After payment receipt is confirmed, all necessary paperwork for export will be arranged and the car will be transported to the wharf for shipping. Cars are put on the first available ship bound for Port Jebel Ali. Shipping times vary, but will generally take around 2-3 weeks.

Documents required for Importation

  • Original Bill of Lading (B/L) – It should include, model, chassis number, engine number, color and type of car.
  • Export certificates issued by the Traffic Department (Title of ownership)
  • Purchase/Commercial Invoice
  • Copy of Passport
  • Origin of certificate
  • U.A.E residence permit or visa page copy
  • Insurance policy

Customs Inspection and Fees

  • Upon arrival of the vehicle, all imported vehicles are subject to inspection/ evaluation by a customs in the U.A.E.
  • Customs duty is at present 5% of the value estimated by customs on used motor vehicles.


  • Ferrari F355
  • Ferrari 360 Modena
  • Ferrari 550 Maranello
  • Ferrari Testarossa
  • Ferrari 328 GTS
  • Lamborghini Diablo
  • Lamborghini Murcielago
  • Lamborghini Gallardo
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Lexus LS,LX,GS
  • Porsche Carrera 996
  • Porsche Carrera 911
  • Mercedes SL 500
  • Mercedes SL55
  • Mercedes SLK230
  • Mercedes S500
  • Mercedes 560 SEC
  • Mercedes E55 AMG
  • Mercedes E63 AMG
  • BMW M5
  • BMW 760LI
  • BMW M3
  • BMW 735IL
  • BMW Z4
  • Ford Explorer
  • Lincoln
  • GMC
  • Maserati
  • Jaguar
  • Aston Marton
  • Rolls Royce
  • Bently
A Scratch or crack ; A1 2-3 cm , A2 < 10cm ; A3 > 10cm
C Corrosion (bad rust)
S Rust
U Dent; U1 dimple, U2 < 10 cm; U3 > 10 cm; B is sometimes used instead of U
AU Scratch and Dent; can be combined with numbers
W1 Repainted as good as new condition
W2 Repainted and repainted in good condition
W3 Repainted but the surface finish is bad
Y Crack; Y1 2-3 cm, Y2 < 10 cm; Y3 > 10 cm
X Part exchange history


S The car is less than 1 year old from the first registration date and mileage less than 10 000 km. The car is in perfect condition as new
6 The car is less than 3 years old from the first registration date and mileage less than 30 000 km. The car is in perfect condition as new
5 The Car has mileage less than 50 000 km. There are may be some minor scratches and marks on the body
4.5 The Car has mileage less than 100 000 km. There are more minor scratches and marks on the body than grade 5
4 The Car has mileage less than 150 000km. The Car may have scratches/scraps and possible minor dents on the body
3.5 The Car may have noticeable scratches/scrapes and/or dents, also may have some rust or corrosion on the body. Car may need some repairs
3 The Car has more noticeable large scratches, paint stains, and/or big dents, rust and corrosion. This car mostly requires more repairs than 3.5 grades
2 Very poor condition
1 A. Engine doesn’t work properly, has damages B. Flood damage; C. Fire damage
RA Repaired car after accident.
R Repaired car
*** Accident car or; Engine may no work


A The car interior in excellent condition as new
B The car interior is in excellent condition, may have some wear mark, may need light cleaning
C The car interior is in good condition and may have some burns, cracks, glue stains on dashboard, screw holes etc.
D The car interior is in bad condition, may require repair and cleaning. Interior may smell.
E The vehicle interior is in very bad condition and will require comprehensive repair. Interior may smell


Please sign in with our auction system using your ID (e-mail) and password.


  • 1 - You can search for a car by Maker, Model, Auction Lot No, or ID;
  • 2 - Search Model: Maker name, year and chassis number;
  • 2a- Advanced Search – detailed search;

2-a - Advanced Search


3-a)If you check “Upcoming” – the system will show your all available cars at the auctions within next 5 days, you can also narrow down the search by specific auctions day;
b)“Wholesale” – All listed prices are fixed, you do not need to participate in Auction and we can buy cars straight away upon your request.
c)Past/Statistics –Useful tool to check market average prices for the last 2 months.


Once you found car please click “BID” button on the last column as shown below. The number inside of the button shows time left to auction bid acceptance. Usually auction starts after 1.5 hours since bid acceptance is closed. In our example “4 hours left” till auction bid closes for this car! “CLOSED” means bid acceptance is finished for the car.
“END” means that auction for the car is over and you can see the final sold price.


When press ”BID” button, a small window will pop out as shown below:

  • 1 - Enter your bidding price, which is the maximum that you want to bid on the car. We will then bid for you, up to that amount and + 20,000 JPY if car is sold close.
  • 2 - If you are going to buy more than one car, you can divide your bids into different groups (A,B,C,… etc.) up to 5 cars in each group.
  • 3 - You can also put some remarks for us for sales managers.
  • 4 –“WIN MAX” - you can bid on up to 5 cars in the same group. WIN MAX shows us how many cars you want to win out of 5 (eg. WIN MAX 1 means you want only 1 car out of 5).
  • Click “BID”



Once you placed your BIDs, you will see them as example above: As you can see on the example, customer has created two groups with Mercedes-Benz and BMW;

  • Start – shows a starting price in auction
  • Final – shows a final price
  • Result – car status /Sold, Unsold, Won, Negotiated/
  • Bid – your bidding price

Unapproved – Your sales consultant needs to approve your bid.

TRANSLATED - Means your sales consultant has translated Auction sheet (Car inspection sheet) for you, click “Translated” to see the translation details.

Unsold – Sometimes cars go unsold at auctions due to some reasons (eg. none of bidders reached seller’s desired price). In such cases, we can apply for a fax/online negotiations to the auction house. Price in Red brackets shows an estimated starting nego price (please note this price is just an estimate and is not applicable for some auctions);
If a starting nego price is below your bidding price, we will apply for nego automatically.
Customers with sufficient deposit can apply for nego even they did not initially bid on the car.
Negotitians can be done on the day of the auction within auction houses working hours.
In order to apply for nego, please contact your sales consultant and tell your max offer.
! Please note, Once you apply for negotiations you can’t cancel it according to auction rules.

Won – So, as you can see on the example above, our customer couldn’t win Mercedes cause it was unsold at a much higher price, but he got BMW for 780,000 yen (55,000 yen less than his bidding price). That’s why car auctions is the most fair way to buy cars at real market prices.


Once you won a car you can track car’s process flow and documents on your “PURCHASE” page



The next day after purchase you will find proforma invoice when click on the car on your PURCHASE page. In the proforma invoice you will see how much you need to pay for car’s delivery to your port of destination (please consult with your personal sales consultant about the costs before you bid on any car).

You can also see all the process and documents flow for your car from auction house to your destination port, including date of arrival to Japan’s port of departure, additional car photos from port’s yard, date of export certificate issuance, expected date of ship’s departure, name of the ship and shipping line, expected date of arrival to your port, date of original Bill of Lading issuance, DHL tracking code for original documents.

Also you will be able to see and download photocopies of all documents uploaded as PDF files.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do I need to deposit money and is it refundable?

--This deposit gives you full access to all the auctions and it is refundable at anytime before you actually buy a car.


2.How much is the minimum deposit amount?

--Bidding deposit
-Y100,000 for cars up to Y999,999 in value;
-10% for cars JPY 1,000,000 to Y3,000,000 in value;
-Over Y3,000,000 - to be discussed on a car by car basis;


3.Can I cancel my bid?

--Yes, you can. Before 2 hours from actual time. You will not incur any penalty.


4.What if I cancel my purchase?

--There will be a penalty equivalent to your deposit.


5.How can I make payments?

--There are three options of making payments:
- via Bank Telegraphic Transfer
- via PayPal System
- Money Gram


6.How long does it take to receive the car from Japan at my port in NZ?

--It takes about 15 - 25 days. You can check shipment schedule here.


7.Do vehicles go through technical checks and inspections before shipping?

--Yes, all cars go through technical inspections by authorized independent inspection companies MAF and JEVIC before shipping.