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Import a Car from Japan to the USA

Need to import a car from Japan to the USA?

Schumacher Cargo Logistics has over 40 years of experience in shipping cars to the US from Japan. As a Japanese auto importer, we ship cars from Japan all across America.

Read our guide on importing vehicles from Japan below and start your shipment today! 

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How to Import a Car from Japan

If you want to learn how to import a car from Japan, you’ve come to the best place. Throughout the years, many people have wondered how to import cars from Japan. There are rare cars people want to import like the Nissan GTR, Toyota Supra, and MR2. Slowly these cars are entering the US and will become more commonplace over the next decade as they gain eligibility to enter the country.

Japanese Car Import Guide

When shipping a car to the US from Japan, start with the details of your import. A few of the things you should have in mind are the vehicle eligibility, origin, and destination. With this info we can begin to work with you on completing your import.

  1. Check Vehicle Eligibility
  2. Get a Quote to Ship the Car
  3. Ship the Car from Japan
  4. Receive the Car in the US

Make Sure the Car Can Enter the USA

When shipping a car from Japan to the USA, you need to make sure the vehicle can legally enter. US customs is very strict on what type of vehicles are eligible. If the car is a returning US vehicle, there should not be an issue. Otherwise, your vehicle will have to meet specific exemptions to enter.

One of the most common exemptions is the Japanese vehicle must be over 25 years old. In this circumstance the vehicle is classified as a classic car and does not need to meet EPA and DOT regulations. Starting in 2020, vehicles produced before 1995 become eligible under this rule.

The other way to import cars from Japan is to import them temporarily. With this type of import, there is no need to make changes to the vehicle. In this instance, the tradeoff is the car must leave within 1 year of entry. 

Once you begin working with your Schumacher representative, they will further advise you on the requirements to import your car from Japan.

Reasons to import a car from Japan temporarily:

  • Race
  • Display
  • Repair
  • Leisure
  • Vacation
  • Exhibition
  • Events

Find out How Much it Costs to Import a Car from Japan

The cost to ship a car from Japan to USA depends on the specifics of the shipment.

 Below are some factors that affect import shipping prices:

  • The particular vehicle details
  • Selected origin/destination ports
  • Travel distance of your vehicle to and from the ports
  • Shipping service used for ocean transit

Those are just some of the factors that affect the price of shipping a car from Japan to the United States. As an example the cost to import car from Japan to LA will be cheaper than to NY even with all else the same. For this reason, our representatives create a custom quote for each shipment.

To see how much it would cost to import your car from Japan to the US, please fill out our Online Quote Form. Select USA as your destination country and you will be able to add more specifics later in the form.

Ship the Car from Japan to the US

Once you agree to a quote, we can collect the vehicle from Japan and begin shipping it to the US. Alternatively you can drop off the vehicle at the port warehouse as well. With our transport network, people have actually bought cars in Japan without ever seeing them overseas. As your car enters the port warehouse, we’ll get all the vehicle ready to ship. Then as the ship leaves, you will receive a Bill of Lading and notification with the estimated ETA.

Import the Car in the US from Japan

The car will enter one of our port warehouses and begin to clear customs. After that, your vehicle will be ready to go and we’ll let you know your car is cleared in the US.

Origin Import Destinations

Our main warehouses where Japanese cars will enter the US are as follows:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Houston, TX
  • Savannah, GA
  • Miami, FL

From these warehouses the car can be transported right to your door. Alternatively you can also pick up the vehicle from the warehouse itself. All that’s left after that is to enjoy your Japanese car on the American roads!

More Resources

Fill out our Online Quote Form and start importing a car from Japan.

For any additional car import assistance, call one of our representatives at:

USA 562-408-6677 // Toll-Free 800-599-0190

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Schumacher Cargo Logistics utilizes insured, secured and bonded facilities. We provide warehousing, packing, crating, trucking and loading services out of our own warehouses here in the USA - Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, and New Jersey. All other worldwide destinations are covered by our affiliated organization member companies.