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  • Car Imports from anywhere in Japan to the USA
  • Complete Import Service via Secure Containers & by Airplane
  • Customs, Duties, Storage, Loading, Shipping & Local Transport

Import Cars from Japan

Import Cars From Japan to the US

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We make the dream of buying and importing a car from Japan a reality. With decades of expertise, we specialize in the secure import of all types of cars, including collector cars and exotic vehicles from Japan to the US. Choose your journey, by air or by sea, and we handle the rest, making sure your dream car arrives safely from Japan to the US.

We arrange for the transport of your transport from anywhere in Japan, via open or enclosed transport.

We import cars from all across the world. Looking to import a car from another country? Get an instant rate by using our import calculator.

Importing a car from Japan to the US can be an exciting yet complex process. The appeal of unique Japanese models, advanced automotive technology, and rare classic cars makes the endeavor worthwhile. However, understanding and navigating the regulations and requirements is crucial. Our team specializes in making the car import from Japan to the US as seamless and hassle-free as possible, handling every detail to ensure your vehicle meets all necessary standards.

The first step in the car import from Japan to the US involves ensuring compliance with US Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. Japanese vehicles must meet stringent safety and emissions standards to be legally imported. Our team works closely with manufacturers to obtain the necessary documentation, confirming that your car adheres to these regulations. This step is crucial in avoiding any delays or complications during the import process.

For many, shipping in containers is the preferred method for car import from Japan to the US. This option offers maximum protection for your vehicle during transit. We meticulously prepare and secure your car in a shipping container, ensuring it is well-protected from the elements and potential damage. Real-time tracking allows you to monitor your car’s journey across the Pacific. Upon arrival at a US port, we handle all customs paperwork and inspections, ensuring a smooth transition and delivery to your specified location.

Alternatively, air freight is available for those who need their vehicles delivered quickly. This method significantly reduces transit time, often getting your car to the US within a week. We coordinate with top airlines to ensure that your vehicle is transported safely and efficiently. Upon arrival, our team expedites the customs clearance process, ensuring your car is delivered promptly and in perfect condition.

Choosing our services for your car import from Japan to the US ensures a professional and worry-free experience. We manage every aspect of the import process, from initial pickup in Japan to final delivery in the US. Whether you opt for container shipping or air freight, our dedication to quality and customer satisfaction guarantees that your vehicle arrives safely, legally, and on time. Trust us to handle your car import needs with the expertise and care you deserve.

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Car Import Services From Japan:

  • Secure Container & Air Freight service
  • Secure container loading & crating options
  • Export Procedures in Japan & US import customs clearance
  • Door to door delivery
  • Short-term & long-term secure storage
  • Auctions
  • Temporary, permanent & event imports
  • Returning US vehicles
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We Provide Safe Transport From Across Japan:

US Car Import Laws & Restrictions


We are dedicated to making the import process smooth and hassle-free. With the intricate US import laws, customs regulations, and documentation needs, it's essential for consumers and businesses to have expert assistance when bringing vehicles into the US.

Our team is well-versed in offering logistics assistance for a variety of occasions, including events, rallies, shows, and auctions. Additionally, we specialize in handling tourist and temporary imports, providing support with necessary documentation for temporary entry of foreign vehicles in the US for up to 1 year.

We work with customs, the NHTSA, DOT, EPA, and the DMV to ensure that all types of vehicles are imported safely and legally.

US Import Car Restrictions

Regulations on car imports from Japan vary by vehicle age and the intended vehicle use.

Vehicles 25 years old and OLDER:

  • Not required to conform to DOT & EPA rules as long as the vehicle is unmodified

Vehicles UNDER 25 years old:

  • Factory built race cars have no age requirement and can be imported regardless of age
  • Unmodified US built vehicles can be returned back to the United States
  • Show & display vehicles for events, testing, and other applicable use cases

US Car Import Duties & Taxes

This is the duty rate for vehicles from Japan and imported to the US :

  • 2.5% for automobiles
  • 2.5% for motorcycles and auto parts
  • 25% for pickup trucks due to the Chicken Tax

Paperwork Required For Imports To The US

These are the documents required to legally import your car from Japan into the US:

  • original bill of lading
  • bill of sale
  • Foreign registration or US title
  • Letter of approval from the NHTSA
  • EPA Form 3520-1
  • DOT Form HS-7

About Us

We pride ourselves in safe and reliable international car shipping for consumers, dealers, collectors, and wholesalers around the world. We speak English, German, French, Dutch, Arabic, & Spanish.

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"Professional service at unbeatable prices. We have tried WCS with a number of cars from NJ and CA to Bremerhaven and we are happy with the results. They handled our classic cars with care and responded rapidly to any of our emails. All together they offer a great service!"



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