Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Barbados

Year Restrictions

No Age Limit

Destination Port

Bridgetown

Time of Shipment

31 to 41 Days (RoRo)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Monthly)

Shipping Line

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Inspection

No Inspection Required

Shipping Ports:

The common port in Barbados for importation of used vehicles from Japan is Bridgetown.

Age Restriction:

No Age Restrictions for importation of used vehicles in Barbados.

Right-hand drive vehicles:

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

Inspection

No inspection is required for used car import in Barbados.

Used/Reconditioned Vehicles:

Returning Nationals / Diplomats:

If importer not a diplomat or returning national – Vehicles must be four (4) years or under with an odometer reading of 50, 000 km or less.

 

If importer is a returning national There are no restrictions on age or mileage provided the candidate meets all other requirements outlined in the Returning National Guidelines. The vehicle is free of all normally applicable import duties and taxes.

If importer is a diplomat No restrictions apply in this case, and the vehicle is free of all normally applicable import duties and taxes.

Who will be considered as Returning Nationals?

A returning national is one who is a Barbadian who has attained the age of at least 50 years, and a Barbadian citizen by birth, registration, naturalization or descent and has been living abroad for 10 years or over. A Barbadian by descent is required to show proof of having resided on the island for at least 183 days within a year at some time prior to emigration.

Attention !!! It should be noted that Barbadian nationals deported for criminal activities do not qualify under the Returning Nationals Programme.

Documents Required:

Customs Procedure:

A customs interview is required followed by customs examination at residence. Consignee’s presence is needed at customs interview and examination, a minimum of 4 days must be allowed for clearance.

Customs Procedures for Diplomats:

  • If vehicle importer is a diplomat then original bill of lading and full inventory of items are required prior to arrival of the shipment so that diplomatic agencies can apply for the exemption certificate required for customs clearance.
  • It also need approval from Ministry of Foreign Affairs which takes 2 to 4 days.
  • Clearance can then be done within 1 to 2 days after documents are returned from Ministry.

Duty and Taxes:

Import Duty

Barbados is a full member of the Caribbean Community and as such, has implemented (CARICOM) Common External Tariff for used vehicle, for motor vehicles 45%.

Excise Tax

Excise duty is charged(46.95, 64.35, 76.34, or 93.73%, depending on the engine capacity and chargeable value)

 

1. Motor Vehicles falling under H.S. Heading 87.03 whose engine capacity is 1800 cc or more and have a chargeable value exceeding $ 45,000 – rate of excise tax is 120 %

 

2. Motor vehicles for the transport of goods (H.S. No. 87.04) will be taxed as follows

 

2.a Where the gross vehicle weight does not exceed 5 tonnes and where the chargeable value does not exceed $ 45,000, the rate of excise tax is 62.77 %

 

2.b Where the gross vehicle weight does not exceed 5 tonnes and where the chargeable value exceed $ 45,000 the rate of excise tax is 80.16 %

 

2.c Where the gross vehicle weight exceeds 5 tonnes, the rate of excise tax is 10 %

 

Vat
The value added tax is currently levied at 17.5% on most used cars imported into Barbados.

 

Environmental Levy
Additional 1% environmental levy is also imposed. The environmental levy rates that vary from the standard 1% on used motor vehicles (USD $1000.00). All used vehicle imported in containers incur a 0.75 % environmental levy of Cost, Insurance, and Freight Rate(CIF) value.

Payment of Duty and Taxes

The Customs Department will release your vehicle after all import requirements have been fulfilled, including the payment of duties and taxes. After receiving your payment, the computer system will print a detailed statement on the copies of your Customs Declaration. You will receive copies of the Customs declaration with the printed statement. One of the copies will be serve as your receipt.

Some of the documents that must be presented to customs when vehicle arrive in Barbados

Returning Nationals /Diplomat:

The Customs Department will release your vehicle after all import requirements have been fulfilled, including the payment of duties and taxes. After receiving your payment, the computer system will print a detailed statement on the copies of your Customs Declaration. You will receive copies of the Customs declaration with the printed statement. One of the copies will be serve as your receipt.
Concessions is granted on satisfying the criteria relating to citizenship and residence overseas, returning nationals qualify for the duty free concessions.
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