Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Seychelles

Year Restrictions

Max. 3 Years Old

Destination Port

Port of Victoria

Time of Shipment

28-39 Days (Container)

Vessel Schedule

Monthly (Container)

Shipping Line

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Inspection

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Shipping Ports:

The major shipping ports in Seychelles are Port Victoria, Port of Mahe. Importation of used vehicle by returning residents/students is allowed in the country.

Age Restriction:

Vehicles more than 3 years old are not allowed to be import in the country.

Right Hand Drive Vehicles:

Importation of Right-hand drive vehicles is permitted in the country.

Importing a Used Vehicle:

Used Vehicle Policy under the Ministry of Finance should be followed by returning residents importing a used vehicle
All motor vehicles imported require an import permit. Restrictions on importation of vehicles are under those categories
  • Vehicle and Chassis bodies (e.g. forklift, trucks, cranes, and derricks)
  • Spark-ignition piston engine of kind used for the propulsion of vehicle e.g. bulldozers, graders, excavators, scrapers and shovels
  • Compression piston engine (diesel or semi diesel engine) of kind used for propulsion of vehicle e.g. Chassis fitted with engine
  • Bodies (including cabs, for motor vehicles) e.g. nose cuts, front cuts, and rear cuts

The documents needed for clearance of used vehicle:

Returning Resident

Only returning residents or graduates (of 18 years and above) can import used vehicle. It is important to note however that a returning resident or graduate is allowed to import a used vehicle only once. If he/she decides to move overseas again or goes for another course/training he/she will not be allowed to import another second-hand motor vehicle or motorcycle.

 

A returning resident is a Seychelles citizen who has been absent from Seychelles for a continuous period of not less than 2 years and is returning to Seychelles to take up permanent residence. A returning graduate is a citizen of Seychelles who has been studying abroad at an educational institution recognized by the Ministry responsible for Education, for a minimum period of not less than 9 months.

 

The returning resident/graduate must ensure that the importation of the used vehicle arrived in the country not more than 6 months after the first day of the returning resident/ graduate arrival.

Duties and Taxes:

Returning residents are allowed to import used vehicle in the country. However, no concession is given on taxes on vehicles imported. All applicable trades tax, excise tax, GST and levy are payable.
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