Japan exports millions of vehicles around the world. In 2020, Japan exported cars worth USD 146.74 million to Uganda. Moreover, Japanese used cars in Uganda have a solid reputation. Not only Uganda but other countries of Africa, as well. Furthermore, Japanese vehicles are reliable, affordable, over-pampered, durable, mechanically perfect, and at last, it’s everyone’s choice. 

In 2019, Japan exported about 4.4 million vehicles around the globe. Uganda imported 3,591 vehicles in 2021 from Japan. The numbers jumped by 581 units from January to February. We all are familiar with the advantages of Japanese used cars, so they are different rules and regulations in Uganda when a consumer tries to import a car from Japan. If you want not to face the music, you must read the next phase of the article. It’s important to be acknowledgedabout the regulation and policies. Let’s dive into it. 

The shipping ports

Uganda is the landlocked country of Africa, which means it has no import station of its own. So, choosing the Kenya Mombasa port or DareS-Salaam port Tanzania is recommended. So, do make sure before making any further steps. 

There are taxation rules that are also applied; the price tag of the car depends on it. 

  • VAT (Value added Tax) –17% of import duty fees. 
  • Withholding tax and import declaration fees – 4% and 2% of dutiable value, respectively. 
  • Import duty is 15% of the dutiable value. 

No age restrictions 

Whether you prefer the left or right-hand drive, there are no age restrictions on importing Japanese used cars in Uganda. So, if you are less than 18, it doesn’t matter. You can still import vehicles from Japan at any age. 

Inspection Necessary 

Japan has a strict rule of inspection, so does Uganda. The inspection is conducted by JEVIC, officially appointed by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).The test is performed strictly by JEVIC to ensure that the car is good for the roads of Uganda.

There should be no damaged chassis, the rear and front lights of the car should be properly working, no rust available at any side of the vehicle, and good grip road tires. The JEVIC ensures all these nitty-gritty things about the car. 


They are some indispensable documentation, which should be available on time. Let’s check them out. 

  • The Immigration permit and original bills of landing. 
  • Work permit (Copy also allowed). 
  • The Residence change certificate and consignee’s original passport. 
  • The Valuation or invoice of the vehicle. 
  • Original export documents and logbook of the car you have purchased.
  • Items that are electrically powered should be shown with serial numbers. 
  • The tax identification number will be issued to you by the employer (consignee local). 


In a nutshell, it’s better to read all the requirements and regulations of Japanese used cars in Uganda. Or else, you won’t be able to drive the car on the roads. The rules are simple, as it seems. In addition, there are a lot of vehicles available in the Japan auction houses and trading sites.