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How to buy to Uganda guidance

  • 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 CIF proforma invoice will be issued in PDF format on your personal cabinet page. We expect payment from you within 7 working days.

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 Mombasa or Dares-salaam. The total time from the purchase date till your car’s arrival will take about 6-8 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 (DHL or EMS). 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.

Taxes on used vehicles in Uganda are calculated based on Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) own vehicle valuation as a basis for tax assessment. The value guide and Uganda Motor Vehicle Tax Calculator can be accessed at URA website.

As outlined, there are five different tax elements payable on used motor vehicles and calculated as a percentage of URA valuation of the vehicle.

Tax Type As a percentage of URA Valuation of the Vehicle
Import Duty 25%
VAT 18%
Withholding Tax 6%
Environmental Tax 50% if older than 10 yrs or 35% if older than 5 yrs & less than 10 yrs.
Registration fees UGX 1,200,000 (below 3,000c.c)
UGX 1,700,000 (3,000c.c and above)

The payable import duty is dependent on the URA valuation of the vehicle and is influenced by four key aspects, 1.the Customs Value (CIF), 2. The Engine size, 3. The manufacturing age of the Car (Imported cars above 10 years old based on the year of importation are levied an environmental penalty tax of 50%of the value of the car and those that are less than 10 but above 5 years old are charged 35%. 4. The prevailing exchange rate.


  • Imported Vehicles Less than 5 years are not subject to payment of Environmental tax
  • Imported Vehicles from 5 years up to 10 years old are subject to Environmental tax of 35% of the URA given value of the Vehicle.
  • Imported Vehicles above 10 years of age are subject to Environmental Tax of 50% of the URA given Value of the Vehicle.
  • The Vehicle must be inspected to ensure it is of road worthiness, is in perfect working condition and is free of radiation certified with issued inspection certificate (JEVIC inspection certificate).


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.

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
Frequently Asked Questions

1.Can my car be delivered in Kampala?

--Yes, the arrangements to deliver Car to Kampala can be done by our staff in Mombasa but the customer will have to meet the clearance and inland transit costs.


2.Does the CIF Price to Mombasa or Dares-Salaam include the port clearing fees?

--No, the port clearing fees are not included in the CIF price.


3.How do I get to buy a car through JPCTRADE?

--It is easy, one need to register online and have account with JPCTRADE.


4. 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.


5.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;


6.Can I cancel my bid?

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


7.What if I cancel my purchase?

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


8.How can I make payments?

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


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

--It takes about 6 - 8 weeks. You can check shipment schedule here.


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

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

11.How will the cars be fit in the container?

--Used cars can be shipped packed in Containers which is ideal for shipping from two to six units packed in different patterns depending on size. This a good approach for Car dealers that would like to save on shipping cost and time of delivery. In addition, extra components can be included such as spare-parts, it is safe approach and is timely delivery since container ships are available every week compared to RORO Ship which is usually available on monthly timing.
The packing style will depend on the size of vehicles to be packed and in rare cases the cars could be dismantled to fit safely well in the in the container. We have experts in vanning of vehicles in containers, that care to ensure no damage is caused on the vehicles.
The packaging of the cars in container is done in consultation with the car dealer/ buyer and any necessary alterations / dismantling of the cars is discussed and agreed with the client.