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Importing cars from Japan to the Pacific Islands:

Dolphin Shipping ship vehicles from Japan to Pacific Islands each month. Our Japan office liaises with the Japan Export Agent you’ve purchased the car from in Japan to ensure a smooth booing flow.

Pacific Island nations such as; Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and Rarotonga countries that import cars from Japan each month. Post covid, car importers and dealers have begun increasing their stock holdings as we see the monthly Japanese Used Vehicle Export Statistics increasing each month.

Contact Dolphin Shipping today if you are importing vehicles from Japan to the Pacific. With our office in Japan, we will ensure you get the service you are looking for.

Shipping Load Ports in Japan to the Pacific:

  • Koba
  • Osaka
  • Nagoya
  • Yokohama


Importing Cars from Japan to Fiji:

If you are a secondhand car dealer in Fiji engaged in, or planning to import cars from Japan, Dolphin Shipping is your trusted partner. Don't hesitate to contact us for a quote, as we offer reliable shipping services from Japan to Fiji.

Discharge Ports in Fiji:

  • Lautoka
  • Suva

In the year 2022, a remarkable total of 6,840 vehicles embarked on the journey from Japan to Fiji, underscoring the significant trade flow between these two nations. The pinnacle of this export activity was witnessed in the month of May, where Japanese Used Exports surged to an impressive record of 858 cars.

Presently, within the dynamic landscape of Fijian car imports, a prevailing trend is the prevalent use of Roll on Roll off services, predominantly favoured by importers for ferrying vehicles from Japan to Fiji. This choice of transport is driven by its efficiency and practicality, facilitating the seamless movement of vehicles in a manner that aligns with the unique requirements of the Fiji market. Notably, the adoption of container shipping remains relatively minimal, attesting to the practicality and widespread preference for the Roll on Roll off method.

Count on Dolphin Shipping to expertly coordinate a seamless and efficient process that transcends geographical boundaries, ensuring the safe and seamless transportation of your vehicle from Japan to Fiji. Our commitment to delivering service excellence that sets us apart guarantees your utmost satisfaction. With a wealth of experience and expertise, Dolphin Shipping serves as your reliable partner in the intricate realm of car imports, adeptly navigating the intricacies of shipping from Japan to Fiji.

Documents for Import Application

When applying for vehicle import, you'll need to submit several key documents, as specified by Fiji Revenue & Customs Service.

For vehicles from Japan:

  • Original Japanese Export Certificate.
  • English version of the same.
  • Additional evidence confirming the vehicle manufacturing year, if required.

For vehicles from other countries like Australia, New Zealand, USA, Singapore:

  • Cancellation Certificate.
  • De-registration Certificate.
  • Official documents that prove the vehicle's manufacturing year.

Source: Fiji Revenue & Customs Service

Guidelines for Importing Second-hand Cars to Fiji

To provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information, we are referring to the official regulations of the Fiji Revenue & Customs Service. According to these regulations, for standard types of vehicles, it is ideal for the vehicle to be under five years old, while for Special Purpose vehicles, it should be under eight years old. The age is calculated based on the manufacturing date of the vehicle.

Customs Clearance Procedure

(Source: Fiji Revenue & Customs Service)

Upon your vehicle's arrival in Fiji, you'll need to coordinate the below with local customs:

  • Arranging for an agricultural clearance.
  • Obtaining a Customs clearance.

Customs will need to see documents including:

  • Agricultural clearance.
  • Your passport.
  • Invoice receipt showing total price paid and purchase date.
  • Relevant vehicle document (e.g., Certificate of Permanent Export (UK), Certificate of Title (USA), or De-registration Certificate (Japan).
  • Invoices showing export & freight costs, and insurance too Fiji.
  • Bill of Lading.
  • Odometer readings at the time of export to Fiji and importation into Fiji.

After clearing Customs, your vehicle must be inspected by a Lands Transport Authority (LTA) agent. You'll need:

  • Copy of the Bill of Lading.
  • Paid and certified copy of the Single Administration Document (SAD green copy).
  • De-registration certificate.

Our primary goal is to ensure a seamless vehicle import process to Fiji, and we achieve this by providing precise information sourced directly from the Fiji Revenue & Customs Service. If you have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact us without any hesitation. We are here to assist you at every step of the way and make your importing experience hassle-free and efficient.

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