Business management visa for used car export to Pakistan

We have created an article in Japanese that summarizes what Pakistanis need to do to export used cars from Japan to Pakistan.

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There are cases where a business manager visa is obtained for exporting used cars to Pakistan. This is also an area where administrative scriveners can often assist. We will take a deep dive into these cases from three aspects: Pakistan’s national situation, used car transactions, and business management visas.

What is Pakistan?

pakistan overview

Official name Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948)

capital islamabad

With a population of 240,485,658 (2023), it is the fifth most populous country in the world, and is expected to continue to grow.

rankCountry/region namePopulation in 2023
(UN estimate)
population growth rate
1India1,428,627,663 people0.8%
2China1,425,671,352 people0.0%
3America339,996,563 people0.5%
FourIndonesia277,534,122 people0.7%
FivePakistan240,485,658 people2.0%
6Nigeria223,804,632 people2.4%
7Brazil216,422,446 people0.5%
8bangladesh172,954,319 people1.0%
9Russia144,444,359 people-0.2%
TenMexico128,455,567 people0.7%
11ethiopia126,527,060 people2.6%
12Japan123,294,513 people-0.5%

Pakistan is divided into four provinces: North-West Frontier Province (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan.

Religion 97% Islam, (77% Sunni, 30% Shia)

Language Urdu (common language) English (official language)

Currency Pakistani Rupee


GDP continues to grow.

GDP per capita also continues to grow.

By the way, Japan’s GDP per capita is on the decline.

Politics is a parliamentary democracy. The National Assembly is divided into the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The Senate has 100 seats. They are elected through elections from each of the four provinces, tribal areas, and Islamabad city.
The House of Representatives has 342 seats. 272 seats are popularly elected, 60 seats are for women and 10 seats are for representatives of non-Islamic sects.

flag of pakistan


It is composed of dark green and white. It features a crescent moon and five stars. The flag symbolizes Pakistan’s religion, Islam, and other sects.

kashmir issue

historical background

The issue of Kashmir between Pakistan and India dates back to the British Raj and before Pakistan gained independence in August 1947. At that time, even though Britain had sovereignty over the Song dynasty, feudal kingdoms that were not directly ruled by Britain could choose to belong to either neighboring Pakistan or India based on their will.

Jammu and Kashmir’s king was a Hindu, but most of the population was Muslim and wanted to become part of Pakistan. India has been putting pressure on Hindu kings to decide on belonging to India. The Hindu king says he is willing to bow to Indian pressure, and residents of Jammu and Kashmir are protesting against the king, demanding that he retain freedom of decision-making from Srinagar (a city in northern India). I did. On October 24, 1947, the Kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir achieved its independence. However, on the 27th of the same month, India announced that the king of Jammu and Kashmir had decided to attach the country to India.

Based on this announcement, India sent troops into most of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian leaders, including Jawahar Nehru, the Prime Minister of India, and Lord Mountbatten, the Governor-General of India, have expressed the opinion that the people of Jammu and Kashmir should make the final decision. did.

India brought this issue to the United Nations Security Council in 1948. The Security Council issued Security Council Resolution No. 47 in 1948, followed by Security Council Resolution No. 51 in 1948 and No. 80 in 1950. Furthermore, the India-Pakistan resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly on August 13, 1948 and January 5, 1949 stated that with regard to the issue of India-Pakistan attribution in the Jammu and Kashmir issue, attribution should be a democratic, free and fair public decision by the people. It was decided that the decision should be made by vote.

In 1951, India proposed holding parliamentary elections in Kashmir in place of the United Nations popular vote. However, UN Security Council Resolution 91, issued in 1951, does not have any legal binding force on the Kashmir issue against the election of members of the central parliament, which moves away from the ultimate goal of having the will of the people living in Kashmir decide their future. I declared that I would not have it. United Nations Security Council Resolution 122, issued in 1957, ratified the 1951 resolution and declared caution against methods other than a popular vote.

India has publicly stated that Kashmir is an integral part of India. This description is marked with a question mark: There are United Nations resolutions regarding the nature of Jammu and Kashmir, which both India and Pakistan recognize and are guaranteed by international resolutions. The disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir is not an internationally recognized border, nor is it recognized as India recognizes it. There is no relationship between the Kashmir region, which is under Indian effective control, and the region defined by India’s constitution. The India-Pakistan agreement of September 6, 2004 promised that both sides would work together to find a solution to the Jammu and Kashmir issue. In addition to the United Nations, an agreement for unilateral negotiations between Pakistan and India began in 1947. 

Over the past 50 years, several compromises have been proposed, but ultimately no meaningful agreement was reached as India stuck to its own proposals. For half a century, the people of Kashmir have been waiting to be able to make their own decisions. Ignorance of the Security Council’s decisions led to the forced relocation of Kashmiris, an area under Indian control, by Indian soldiers in disregard of human rights.

dialogue process

After a long break in dialogue, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Islamabad from January 3 to 6, 2004 to attend the 12th meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. On the 6th, the President of Pakistan and the Prime Minister of India issued a joint statement confirming that they would continue dialogue. In this joint statement, the two countries also decided to seek a solution to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir through an all-party parliament. 

In a dialogue held in February 2004, Pakistan and India agreed that regarding the question of ownership of Jammu and Kashmir, the will of the local people should be followed. Prior to these talks, Pakistan had proposed in November 2003 that both sides issue statements in areas under their effective control through confidence-building measures. Over the next two and a half years, several conversations were held.

Reference: Embassy of Pakistan

Exporting used cars to Pakistan

Exporting used cars to Pakistan

Used cars cannot be imported into Pakistan through normal import procedures. However, the law provides an exception in this regard, allowing overseas Pakistanis to import used cars subject to three conditions:

  • personal baggage
  • gift planning
  • Relocation of residence

Only Pakistani citizens can import.

Vehicles can be imported once every two years.
(700 days calculated from the date the goods declaration was submitted for the last import under the Import Policy Order)

Vehicles manufactured within 3 years

There are preferential treatment for importing hybrid electric vehicles (HEV).

The customs duty for a used car of nearly 1800cc is US$ 27,940. On the other hand, the import duty for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) is reduced by 50%, so the customs duty is US$ 13,970.

Reference: Embassy of Pakistan

Exporting used cars requires a second-hand goods dealer license.

When exporting used cars, a secondhand goods dealer license is required.

The Secondhand Goods Dealer’s License is stipulated by the Secondhand Goods Business Law, and its purpose is to prevent the buying and selling of stolen goods, as well as theft and other crimes.
Preventing car theft is a serious policy issue, so compliance is important even after obtaining a second-hand goods dealer license.

The standard processing period for obtaining a secondhand goods dealer license is 40 days (excluding holidays).
Get ready for your used car export business by applying early. For a quick application process, please contact an administrative scrivener who is a specialist in Japanese administrative procedures.

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What is car registration?

In Japan, cars are registered in the car registration file and distributed. When transferring a car, a procedure for changing the car registration is required.

Administrative scriveners are also specialists in vehicle registration and change procedures. Please ask an administrative scrivener.

Vehicle change registration

If there is a change in the registered model, chassis number, type of motor, name or address of the owner, or location of the base of use, the owner of the vehicle must register the change within 15 days
. You must apply.
However, cases where an application for transfer registration or permanent deletion registration is required are excluded. (Article 12)

Export cancellation registration (vehicle registration)

The owner of a registered vehicle must apply for provisional export cancellation registration and receive a provisional export cancellation registration certificate before exporting.

When the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has made provisional export cancellation registration, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism shall promptly notify the Director-General of Customs after the scheduled date of export has passed to obtain a provisional export cancellation registration certificate as prescribed in the preceding paragraph, Article 70, Article 2 of the Customs Act. We will make necessary inquiries to confirm the fact of export, such as whether the relevant items have been confirmed. When the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism confirms the fact of export, he will register the export cancellation. (Article 15-2)

Automobile maintenance industry

The automobile maintenance industry is also regulated by the Road Transport Vehicle Act. The details are referred to as “automobile specific maintenance business” and are stipulated in Article 77 and thereafter.

Business management visa acquisition

To run a used car trading business in Japan, you will need to obtain a business manager visa (status of residence).

There is a startup visa system that supports foreigners starting a business, but used car trading businesses often do not fall under the category of startup businesses. You will need to obtain a general business management visa.

First, apply for a business manager visa for 4 months to prepare for opening your business.

An administrative scrivener will assist you in obtaining a visa.

An administrative scrivener fee estimate for visa acquisition can be obtained from  VISAdeAI .

Please ask an administrative scrivener for company establishment.

When starting a business, it is recommended to establish a corporation rather than a sole proprietorship.

Administrative scriveners are also specialists in company establishment procedures. Please ask an administrative scrivener. particular, when establishing a company that requires a business license, such as a second-hand goods dealer, we naturally check to see if the license requirements can be met. Please use an administrative scrivener who handles business licenses.

We provide one-stop support for business management visa acquisition and secondhand goods dealer license applications. This is convenient for customers who are planning to start business in Japan.

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