Main shipping ports:

Mumbai Port ( Nhava Sheva), Kolkata, Chennai.


Right-hand drive vehicles :

Drives on the left.



In India the Export Import Policy (EXIM) 2001, allows import of used cars as well as pre owned in India. The import rules state that the import of passenger cars, jeep, multi-utility vehicles, motorcycles etc. are restricted items to import and can be imported only after obtaining an import license.     

    In brief, if the vehicle that has to be imported is new then it must conform to the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the rules made there under, as applicable, on the date of import. The present custom duty is 100% +surcharge +CVD etc make the total duty at 180% of FOB value. The import duty is charged on the basis of list price prevailing. However, trade discount and depreciation on the value are deducted from the price list but freight from the country of manufacture and insurance charges are added. The landing charges are further added to arrive at the final assessable value.


Depreciation allowed is as under :

Every quarter 1st year of use 4 Percent Every quarter IInd year of use 3 Percent Every quarter IIIrd year of use 2 1/2 Percent Every quarter IVth year and thereafter 2 Percent.


Customs Duty :

Basic Custom Duty 40 Percent Special Custom duty 5 Percent Additional duty 40 Percent M.V. Cess 0.125 Percent Special Additional duty of Customs 4 Percent.


The government has the following requirements for importing a used vehicle:


Banned Vehicles

The following types of vehicle are banned: