Samoa Import Regulations

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Country Code+685
Time Difference+4 Hours (GMT+13)
Shipping Line---
CurrencySamoan tala
DocumentsInvoice, Bill of Lading


Used vehicles above the age of 12 years are not allowed to ship in Samoa.

Popular Models

Machinery: Kobelco excavator 2013, Komatsu excavator 2004, Komatsu forklifts, Kanto crane 2002, Komatsu crane 1998, Kawasaki Road rollers
Nissan Caravan Coach, Nissan AD 2011, Nissan Caravan Bus 2010, Nissan Civilian Bus 2010, Toyota Hilux 2010, Toyota FJ Crusher 2012, Toyota Hiace Van 2009, Toyota Corolla Felder 2011, Toyota Vanguard, Toyota Ractis, Sedan, Mitsubishi Pajero 2006, Mitsubishi Outlander, Mazda Demio

Shipping Ports

Used vehicle from Japan are shipped to Port of Apia in Samoa.


All vehicles inspected in the country are subjected to inspection and undergoes disinfection if the vehicle found contaminated.

Right-Hand Drive Vehicles

Importation of only right-hand drive vehicles is allowed in the country.
Left hand drive vehicles were banned from Samoa after the government changed the side of the road for Samoans to drive on in 2009.
Most of the left hand drive vehicles in Samoa are imported from American Samoa, Hawaifi and the United States

Documents Required

  • Bill of Lading
  • Commercial or Purchase Invoice
  • Certificate of Title and Registration
Note Importer should provide other necessary documents requested by Customs

Customs Tariff in Samoa

As a member of the World Customs Organization (WCO), one significant obligation to Customs is to ratify the terms and conditions as set out by the Customs Cooperation Council (COC). This includes the adoption of the Customs Tariff nomenclature under the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. Customs has adopted the latest Harmonized System version 2012. This harmonizes codification of all imports and exports into and from Samoa. All correlation and soft copies of this available tariff documents are subject to changes in accordance with any amendments to the Customs laws and regulations

Additional info (Samoa)

The Ministry of Revenue through its Customs Department is in charge of the left-hand drive vehicles arriving in the country.
The A.C.E.O. said L.T.A would work with Customs to make sure bringing in left-hand drive vehicles is well monitored and secured.
He added that there is a quota of 100 left-hand drive vehicles per month.
Once that is maxed out, members of the public will have to wait until the next month.
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