New Rules for Age Limit in Importing Japanese Used Cars in Pakistan




Ministry of Commerce has raised the import ‘Age limit’ of used cars from Japan, Korea, USA, Singapore and other countries to 5 years under personal baggage, gift and transfer schemes. Though it is good for buyers, as 5-year old cars will be much cheaper than 3-year old ones, yet it is a wicked message for domestic car assemblers especially Japan and Korea for their consistent ignorance to state’s demand to reduce prices for local car brands.
In a meeting on December, 8, 2010, held in Commerce Ministry under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary Shahid Rahim Shaikh, the decision was taken by Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) directed the Commerce Ministry to immediately call a meeting and issue a Statuary Regulation order (SRO).
However, the SRO was kept confidential, and made public on December 9th. Ministry of Commerce proposed increment in age limit of Korean, American, Singaporean or Japanese used cars to be imported under personal baggage scheme, gift or transfer of residence schemes. Now buyers can have another cheap option to buy a used car from Singapore, Japan, Korea or USA that is 5-year old. Further they recommended that depreciation should be increased to 2%, to 24 months, as it was the position till December 31, 2008. However, this was not approved by the committee.


Nevertheless, there is no change in depreciation and it will remain 2% and the finalized decision by ECC is still asking buyers to wait.
Thus relaxation on importing Japanese used vehicles from Japan, Singapore or other parts of the world will provide healthy competition in the local market and this will be assumed that local assemblers will reduce the prices, otherwise face the fall in sales volume। At least the sales volume due to overseas Pakistanis will definitely be affected.
Facilitating Korean, American, Singaporean and Japanese used cars sales, export, and import will not only generate revenue for the pooled money but would also put off the cars smuggling in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is also speculated that this decision will boost up the import of used cars to approximately 20,000 units in a year 2011.
The ministry is of the considered opinion that this lowered volume of used cars imported from Japan, Singapore, Korea and other countries had badly crashed the supply of cars in domestic market. Local assemblers, who kept increasing the prices and have Rs. 14 billion to 16 billion of buyers’ money at any given time, need that pressure.
Now importers could avail depreciation in value of used cars which will equal to 50% for assessment of duty. At present, the depreciation is only 1% per month, which means only 36% in value. In current scenario any importer could avail a maximum of 50% depreciation in value of car for assessment of duty.
Ministry of Industry and Production submitted a summary to ECC not less than 6 times signifying extension in the import of used cars from Singapore, Japan, Korea and other countries. Every time it either wasn’t considered for discussion or postponed for the next sitting. At last ECC meeting held in one and half months have, however, caused a serious concern in Japan Embassy in Islamabad.
On the other hand, it is quite important to remember that Japan’s Ambassador to Pakistan. Chihiro Atsumi jumped into action following media reports on possible extension to make decision-makers bother about any such decision. Fostering used cars sale and import will discourage Japan’s investment in Pakistan auto sector. In a recently held meeting, he forcefully cleared this point in front of top government officials and Commerce and Finance Secretary.
According to Chihiro Atsumi, used cars sales and import would discourage Japan to invest in Pakistan including the leader auto assemblers; Toyota, Suzuki, and Honda may roll back their expansion and production plans. Due to the slowdown in economic growth, all these companies are now hurting as they had planned for 6% or above growth rate; therefore, they have spent in expansion and local deletion. The basic purpose why government committed to restricting the import of 3 years used cars was to allow assemblers to devise a long-term plan and assure investors to earn a return on investment and at the same time hold up local vending industry by transferring technology as committed in the deletion programmes. However, after this decision, Japanese cars assemblers perceive that Pakistan is going back on a firm commitment.
Auto Parts Vendors and makers are upset after this Decision.
Aamir Allawala, the chairman of Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufactures said that above 1,500 vendors and manufacturers of parts were employing over 200,000 people to produce quality parts at prices that are lower than world rates.
Due to economic slump, the auto parts manufacturers have been on the threshold of closure and shrunk because of ever increasing cost of production and car production by up to 60%.
Shaikh Mohammad Iqbal, GM Marketing, Balochistan Wheels claimed that Pakistan will again become junkyard for used cars as the buyers who purchased used imported cars are still crying for problems of getting parts and maintenance for cars they are using.
All Pakistan Motor Dealers Association still claimed that only two proposals i.e. increasing age limit to 5 years and depreciations to 2% will have no effect on the sale of local assemblers.
In 2005-06 when government allowed import of 10-year old used cars import and sales from Japan, Singapore, Korea and other countries, consequently 72,000 used cars were imported under transfer, gift and personal baggage scheme. But after the strong representation from local assemblers, the government reduced age limit to 5 years in 2006-07 when imports fell to only 42,000 units. In 2007-08 the age limit was further slashed to only 3 years and hence closed the chapter of import by imposing 50% regulatory duty coupled with 12.5% increase in custom duty and cut in depreciation from 2 to 1%.
Even though the policy is meant for overseas Pakistanis, the used cars dealers would leap in to import American, Korean, Singaporean and Japanese used cars through exporters by using passport details of overseas Pakistanis.
A senior custom official reported on condition of anonymity that “This is an implementation issue not a policy”. He also claimed that it is nearly impossible to ensure and stop overseas Pakistanis, particularly labor class to stop facilitating these importers in duty reduction.
Japanese used cars exporter will have a lot out of it as Pakistan has the major sales volume from Japanese brands like Toyota, Suzuki and Honda. Used cars from Singapore and Korea may have alternative brand leverage. Let’s see what would happened in couple of months as the policies in Pakistan changes more faster than the automobile companies changes their model.



Short Guide to Japan Used Car Dealer – The Grading System For Japanese Used Cars



In Japan, used car dealer consider it very important to learn the Grading system in order to prepare Inspection Sheet for Japanese used cars. The purpose of this grading system is to describe the condition, usage and quality of used cars in Japan.
It is very important to all those dealers who order used cars online and cannot visit Japan physically to check the condition of the vehicle. The grading system for Japanese used cars helps the purchaser of any car to make a decision about how much can that used car cost in the market or how long it will run further. The grading systems are always performed under extremely strict and standardized manner. In this way, an importer can trust the grading system and freely order a used car from Japanese Dealer any time when he or she is in requirement.
Below is the list of all possible grading schedules along with their short specification. In Japan used cars dealer can use this grading to better understand the condition and overall worth of the Japanese used cars they are planning to invest in.
Grading for Panel and Rust
• XX: Panel is not the same as fitted by the company and has been changed.
• X: Panel extremely damaged and is required to be changed.
• S1: Slightly rust, i.e. rust is to a very little extent and can be ignored.
• S2: Rust a slightly more than S1 and it is better to be repaired after some time.
• S3: Rust is extreme and considered necessary to be repaired.
Grading with descriptions of Japanese used cars
• S: As good as an unused car
• 9 to 5: The car has not done lots of mileage and so it is in excellent condition
• 4.5: Immaculate condition and no need of repair
• 4: Reasonably better in condition but little repair is required
• 3.5: Slight repair work is required
• 3. The car has been used a lot and done high mileage; therefore, repair is necessarily required
• 2: Condition of Japanese used cars is not very bad
• 1: Altered, Modified, Debased or Affected Car
• R: The car is the Accidental and/or repaired
• RA: Extremely Accidental and Repaired car
• R1: High Damage due to extreme accident and has been repaired
• RA1: Accidental and not repaired Japanese used cars, and can only be used for parts recycle use, non-drivable vehicle
Grading for the condition of Interior
• A: Condition is excellent
• B: Condition is better and the interior is comparatively clean
• C: Normal condition with slight repair
• D: Below average condition, lots of burns, cracks, dirt that are impossible to be removed.
• E: Worst condition, some gaps or cracks on dashboard, dirt, break or odor
Details and grading about Body condition of Japanese used cars
• W1: A very slight wave on panel
• W2: Slightly larger wave, comparatively larger than W1 on panel
• W3: Very Large wave on the panel
• U1: Very slight dent that can be ignored
• U2: Small dent but repair can be preferred
• U3: Large dent and repair is necessary
• Y1: little crack
• Y2: large crack
• B: Dents need to be repaired
• P: Repainting is required
• BP: Dents and paint repair both are required
• C: Corrosion
• G: Stone chip
• A1: Very light to no scratches
• A2: Very light to moderate scratches
• A3: Extreme scratches

Are Japanese or American Used Cars More Ecological than Newer ones?






Japanese used cars exporters can help to save environment in America

Junking Japanese or American used cars for new ones with slightly better gas mileage or performance has considerable environmental impacts. American and Japanese used car exporters have new steps towards reducing damage to the global environment. Thanks to these Exporters from Japan and America.

Is it better to drive well-maintained American or Japanese used cars that give 40 km per 4 liters or to buy an unused, zero meter car that only has a difference of 10 to 15 Km?

Undeniably it is more logical and eco-friendly to keep your old car running and well-maintained until it is getting such good mileage. As there are noteworthy environmental costs to junking your Japanese used cars and manufacturing new vehicles. Many Japanese used cars exporters also prefer Japanese used cars because they are well maintained, serviced regularly and the jam packed traffic in Japan never let the drivers to speed up and hence there is less tear and wear in Japan.

According to an analysis done by Toyota in 2004, 28% of Carbon Dioxide emissions generated throughout the life span of a usual gasoline-powered Japan used cars can occur in manufacture and shipping to respective Japanese used cars exporter, SBT Japan,. The remaining emissions take place during driving once it gets to owner possession. Earlier to this, Seikei University in Japan put the pre-purchase emissions figures at 12%.

Apart from which conclusion is nearest to the facts, any American or Japanese used car has already passed the stages of manufacturing and transporting, so to proceed with the comparison is only with their remaining track against that of an unused car’s manufacture, transport and driver’s track. There is no need to mention the environmental impact of either junking your Japanese used cars or selling it to a new owner, through an SBT American Used Car Exporter will definitely reduce the demand of new production. Thus, there are impacts on your environment if your old car is junked, taken into pieces and sold for the parts.

Always remember that the new hybrids regardless of lower emissions and better gas mileage in fact, have a greater environment impact in their manufacture than non-hybrids. The energy stored in the batteries for the drive train can never be eco-friendly, and with two separate engines under single hood raises manufacturing emissions.

If you are planning to change your vehicle for fuel efficiency or any other reason, the better alternative is Japanese or American used cars by exporters or dealers. With environmental perspectives, there is a lot to be said. Long story short, it is better to postpone replacement purchases and manufacturing of anything not just cars, to delay the additional environmental damages to planet earth.

There are many Japanese and America used car exporters online with huge listings in Japan used cars auctions and obtain a vehicle at a very low prices. You can drive your dream car by making life both eco-friendly and economy friendly at the same time.

SBT Japan Main Office and Affiliates



To support the growing needs of the customers across the globe in importing and exporting quality Japan used cars specially Toyota used cars. SBT Japan builds affiliate offices in different countries to reach their customers. In this way they can serve their customers better by doing transaction personally. Though internet is another way of communication to serve them, having an office to a particular country will be a time saver.

Here are the lists of their offices and contact in different countries:

SBT TRADING / SBT JAPAN - is the main office of SBT and they were in the industry for almost 15 years.

Address: SBT Co., LTD. Yokohama SIA Bldg., 7F,2-10-36, Kita-Saiwai, Nishiku, Yokohama Japan
Phone: +81 - 45 - 290 - 9485
Fax: +81 - 45 - 290 -9486

SBT USA INC. / USA OFFICE

Address: 15700 S. Main St. Gardena CA 90248
Phone: +1- 310 - 753 -4453 +1 - 310 - 408 - 5000
Fax: +1- 310 - 965 - 0155

SBT KENYA LTD. / KENYA OFFICE

Address: XXIV 19, NKURUMAH TSS STREET, MOMBASA, KENYA
Phone: +254 - 412 - 319 - 434
Fax: +254 - 412 - 319 -385

They have 7 more offices in different countries and you can find them all here at used vehicles dealer. SBT Japan's main goal is to serve their customers to the fullest that is why they been meticulous in every aspect of selling Japanese used vehicles, from the professional and friendly staff to inspection of cars, legal documentations process, affordable prices and shipping.

Why People prefer to buy Japanese Used Cars






People have varied opinions about buying used cars. For some people it was reasonable to purchased Japanese used cars compare to brand new since the condition is as good as the new one. Though there are some people who still prefer to buy new one because of their status in life and society, buying Pre owned cars in Japan is a smart step. Here are 5 good reasons why you should buy used cars from Japan:

1) Japanese used cars which are only one to two years old become 20 to 30 percent low price than new cars.

2) Finding the
used cars give you console, because you can afford a model which is weighted down or has more accessories. Generally most of the used vehicles do have their insurance so you can save at least for a year initially. Most of the time they don't actually need a vehicle right away so they are never in haste to take an instant decision. As and when a good vehicle comes they buy it.

3) Japanese used cars are the most consistent as compared to other makes. The distributors are still under the factory warranty.

4) You can easily found the record of Japanese used vehicles using the Vehicles Identification Number (VIN number) and you can easily find one by buying online from a consistent and trustworthy Japanese vehicle exporter. Most of the new vehicles manufacturers used to sell a qualified used car which includes warranties.

5) Japanese used car exporter tender a quantity of the best Japanese used car models such as Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Subaru & Daihatsu. As most of these car exporters or dealers also stock European and US cars so at one single place you can find several other options to choose from.
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Selling Buyout Japanese Used Cars in Uganda

SBT Japan is offering the following Japanese used cars and Japanese used vehicles in Uganda. They have this stock today March 15, 2010. You can reserve the car for 7 days and within this period time the deposit should be send.


Mazda Familia 2003

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Maker: Mazda
Car Name: Familia
Year: 2003
Month: 2
Chassis No: BJ5P
Shift: AT
Color: White
PS: PS
PW: PW
AC: AC
Door: 4
Other: LS ABS Production Year 2002 MD
Fuel Type: Petrol
CC: 1500
C & F: $2,700




Honda Airwave 2007 -->

Maker: Honda
Car Name: Airwave
Year: 2007
Month: 2
Chassis No: GJ1
Shift: FAT
Color: Silver
PS: PS
PW: PW
AC: AC
Door: 5
Other: Hid Edition ABS CD
Fuel Type: Petrol
CC: 1500
C & F: $8,850




Toyota Allion 2002

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Maker: Toyota
Car Name: Allion
Year: 2002
Month: 8
Chassis No: ZZT240
Shift: AT
Color: Pearl
PS: PS
PW: PW
AC: AC
Door: 4
Other: A18 AW ABS
Fuel Type: Petrol
CC: 1,800
C & F: $5,650

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If you have any inquiries you can send an email to them here at csc @ sbt japan dot com or you can call their 24/7 customer representative at (81) 90 -3503-1733.

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Importing Quality American Used Cars in Tanzania




Here are the steps on how to import cars from Japan:

Step 1: Find Reliable Supplier

Due to the continuous expansion of exporting American used cars from Japan, exporting used cars are becoming the huge market in East African countries. Recently, the internet has a huge number of companies that export cars but some of them are showing unbelievably cheap prices or not real photos of the cars. In order for you to avoid the Internet fraud you should make sure to check the background of that certain company, and check for the reliability and condition of the cars with terms and sales condition. The best way to know their company is through the local Japanese Embassy.

Step 2. Choose the right car

There are regulations in importing used cars in Tanzania; it was require to have a JAAI (Japan Auto Appraisal Institute) or a road worthiness certificate. The purpose of this certification is to avoid the penalty for the car you wanted to be imported. Furthermore, there is a model years regulation, the cars which is older than 10 years from manufacture date is required to pay for penalized excise duty which is 20% of total value including import duty. This is due to the protection of control for the vehicle's condition standard into the country.

Step 3. Payment

Once you have decided to purchase the vehicle, you can receive the Invoice from the supplier. The most of the company prefer the customer to arrange the payment via Bank remittance. Once you get the Invoice, you can print it out and bring it to your local major bank to transfer money to their bank account. Make sure to have the receipt of your payment at your bank as it is proof of your money transfer and you can submit it to your supplier for their quicker confirmation.

Step 4. Shipment Delivery

Once your payment is acknowledged by the supplier the shipment will be process. The supplier required to have the full payment prior to the shipment delivery. The delivery normally takes 4 to 6 weeks by RORO, a cargo that was specialized in carrying cars to different ports. You can make sure ask your supplier about the estimated arrival date in Dar-es Salaam and receive the all necessary documents by air courier before the vehicle arrives as you can start to prepare the port clearing process to avoid any possible delay of port clearing.

Step 5. Port clearance and custom clearing

Before the car arrives, you have to find the local port clearing agent who is specialized port clearing company to handle your car from port and custom clearing. You can follow their instruction and arrange the port clearing fee and custom duty with all necessary documents.

SBT Japan - Japanese Used Car Exporter




Through the years SBT Japan has been serving and providing their customers around the globe with excellent services. Being dynamic, professional and trustworthy is the characteristic that made SBT Japan stronger as time goes by. And being in the Trading Industry is competitive that is why building a trusted name is not easy to acquire, customer's trust is what matters the most without them there is no SBT.
SBT Japan is a SBT Japan, Japanese used cars exporter that sells quality used car specially Toyota used cars From SBT Japan. They sell cars with the following:
- Group of professional mechanics staff are attending the inspection of the car
- Quality standard of testing, checking, and passed
- Certified came from the good Auction Company
- Proven track documents for the cars and shipped it in a short period of time
- Affordable prices and discounts
This company is growing and improving their services. If you want to experience their way of serving the customers kindly visit their site at used cars for sale and see the difference.

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