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Car Shipping To Japan

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  • Cost starts from: £695.00
  • Roll on/Roll off: Yes ✓
  • Container Shipping: Yes ✓
  • Frequency of sailing: weekly

Shipping cars to Japan by roll on/roll off or by container services offers reliable, safe ways of transporting vehicles to many ports throughout Japan every week. First Base Freight, a fully regulated International freight forwarder offers professional and affordable vehicle shipping services to Yokohama, Hiroshima, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya or Tokyo on purpose built vessels sailing from the UK. Our tried and tested methods has seen our company grow from strength to strength in this very competitive market. Our skills have been fine tuned to offer further peace of mind to anyone looking to ship a vehicle to Japan. Our very experienced staff will assist you from start to finish and will answer any questions you have about the shipment of your vehicle in record time.

Our vehicle shipping services to Japan have been operating for over 10 years with much success. We regularly ship saloon cars, 4 x 4's, vans, trucks and trailers from the port of Southampton to many ports throughout Japan. Our services even extend to daily UK collections from any postcode by either 'Trade Plate Driver' or on a 'Car Carrier'. You can rest assured that your vehicle is in the safest of hands whilst it is in our care, we guarantee to look after it.

Car Shipping Costs & Prices to Japan

Typical car shipping costs to Japan by roll on/roll off to Yokohama for a standard size saloon is £695.00, 4 x 4's would need to be spot quoted as rates will vary depending on the overall dimensions of it. If shipping your vehicle to either Hiroshima, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya or Tokyo to name a few ports we would do this on our dedicated container services. For example of costs for a 20ft container from Southampton, you will be looking from £1145.00 to Hiroshima, £1125.00 to Osaka, £925.00 to Kobe, £925.00 to Nagoya or £995.00 to Tokyo

Roll on/Roll off car shipping to Japan

Roll On/Roll off car shipping to Japan

Shipping cars to Japan by purpose built roll on/roll off vessels will always remain to be a great and reliable way of shipping a vehicle safely. Roll on/roll off, also known in the industry as RoRo, offers an affordable choice to our customers because of the ease of loading and unloading of these vehicles on board. Less handling can in some cases mean less costs, either in the UK or in Japan. All vehicles are secured to the lower deck floors using ratchet straps and wooden blocks, this ensures that vehicles remain secure throughout its voyage overseas and can provide even greater peace of mind. Straps are continually checked throughout transit by professional crew on board the ship.

Container vehicle shipping to Japan

Container shipping cars to Japan

Our weekly container shipping to many ports throughout Japan offers our customers even greater choice, with weekly sailings really great prices what's not to like? All cars are loaded at our facility situated near Southampton docks which helps us to keep costs for haulage to the quay at an absolute minimum cost.Vehicles are secured by wheel blocks and straps to every wheel to ensure that your vehicle remains secure throughout. Containers are then sealed for the voyage across the ocean. Some of our container ports in Japan are Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe to name a few. The advantages of shipping your car to Japan in a container are that you can load your vehicle with personal effects for the same cost as shipping just your vehicle.

Are there any vehicle import restrictions in Japan?

All vehicles must first and foremost conform to the Japanese regulations and its strict specifications as outlined in the Japan Automobile Federation, also known as JAF. You must firstly contact JAF to get the (CPD) Carnet de Passages en Douane certified. Any preliminary inspections and emissions tests must be performed before a vehicle can be driven at all in Japan. Any vehicle that is to remain in Japan for less than a year, can be imported in to Japan without having to pay for any duty or taxes.

For further information MLIT inspection required it may be worth you visiting their website for more details.

What paperwork do I need to ship a car to Japan?

When shipping cars, trucks, vans or motorhomes to Japan from the UK, we would require copies of the following documentation:

  • V5C (or title document) for the vehicle
  • Photo page of the consignees passport
  • Purchase/Sales Invoice of the vehicle

For further information on our car shipping to Japan services by either roll on/roll off or by container, please feel free to contact us today or simply fill out our quick quote form and we'll get straight back to you.