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Generally used vehicles are shipped to the maritime port of Colombo and Hambantota.
Importation of only Right-Hand Drive (RHD) vehicles is allowed in Sri Lanka.
There is a compulsory inspection JAAI that should be passed in Japan. Inspection original certificate is needed to complete customs clearance upon arrival. It will be also needed as an additional document for LCA transaction (Letter of Credit Authorization).
How does Customs determine the value for computation of Customs Duties?
Value of motor vehicles falling within HS headings 8702, 8703, 8704, 8705 and 8711, value is determined as follows:
For other vehicles, applicable value is the transacted value, adjusted according to the provisions of Articles to the WTO Valuation Agreement.
In short, HS stands for Harmonized System. These codes are introduced under Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System formulated by the World Customs Organization, which covers 98% of the world trade. These codes are applied to internationally traded goods for various reasons. The most relevant reason is trade statistics. Also, they help identify local tax rates and legal restrictions and prohibitions on imports. These codes are used by almost all the countries in the world, and help uniform identification of internationally traded commodities, irrespective of language and other trade related barriers.
The age of a used vehicle is the period between the date of first registration and the date of shipment from the country of export. The date of first registration is available on the export certificate while the date of the Bill of lading/ Air Way Bill is taken as the date of shipment.
In addition to the requirements to be fulfilled in importing a vehicle in to the country, as explained before, you must make sure that
The vehicle must be within the permitted age limit. If not, a permit from the Controller of Imports & Exports must be obtained prior to importation. Also, if the vehicle is imported on No Foreign Exchange Involved basis, necessary clearance must be obtained from the Controller General of Imports & Exports prior to importation.
Under the provisions of the Customs ordinance, the Customs clearance documents must be presented and the clearance formalities completed by a licensed Customs House Agent. However, Motor Bicycles brought in as part of unaccompanied personal baggage can be cleared by the passenger without a Customs House Agent.
This can be verified from Customs. You need to make a request with all details (I.e. Chassis Number, CusDec Number etc.) to the ICT Directorate, at 3rd floor, Customs Headquarters, Colombo 11.
Technically, a Motor Bicycle having engine capacity up to 350 cc can be brought in under baggage allowance. However, whether such a motor bicycle can be cleared duty free depends on your duty free allowance entitlement and the valuation of the vehicle. If the value of the motor bicycle exceeds the duty free allowance, Customs duty calculated proportionately has to be paid. You are strongly advised to consult the Motor Vehicles Unit before importing such a vehicle, so that you could be aware of the duty liability in advance.