Export Updates

Japan’s EV used car export future or is it something else?

Fires:  RORO specialist K-line's Freematle Highway .... exploding electric cars (brand new!). Fire in a Pachinko car park in Japan (August 20th).  Although the cause of this Pachinko car park fire didn't originate with an electric car, but rather a...

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Container prices stable to slight increase?

A survey of over 2,500 supply chain professionals indicates optimism for container market recovery. Container xChange's Container Price Sentiment Index (xCPSI) grew in July from June. Stable July container prices suggest favorable conditions for shippers in the peak season. Container...

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New regulations for used cars into Russia

Who would think there is a war on with this booming trade with Russia: [caption id="attachment_6038" align="alignnone" width="760"] 2023 and look who is at the top[/caption] Perhaps out of embarassment or pressure to actually put substance to their official stand,...

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Foreign imported cars into Japan, strange chassis numbers!

If you have imported a foreign car from Japan, perhaps bought in the Japan auctions, you may notice that it has a strange chassis number on the export document (export certificate). The reason privately imported foreign cars in Japan have...

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Update on Container shipping of used cars out of Japan

Container freight prices have come back to their pre-Covid levels. [caption id="attachment_5723" align="alignnone" width="812"] Container prices back to pre-Covid levels[/caption] The ocean freight industry faced a capacity crunch during the pandemic, which led to increased uncertainties and created a favorable...

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Toyota Crown 2023

[table id=5 /] Driving into the local supermarket yesterday I saw a "Volvo" looking car drive past, on 2nd looks it wasn't a Volvo but a 5 door hatchback Toyota Crown! I had to do some research on this car....

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Snow on the Japanese roads, a major cause of rust.

A major issue in countries like New Zealand importing cars from Japan is rust under the vehicle. Snow prone areas like Hokkaido and the Japan Sea coast have world record levels of snow.  To make the roads useable salt is...

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Exporting cars by containers, terms

Although complicated, purchasing a car from the Japan car auctions is only the first step.  The next step is having it exported (what we do), either by RORO or container. Due to the rising freight costs of RORO (roll on...

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ESC … Electronic Stability Control

In Japan, the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) car market does not always refer to Electronic Stability Control (ESC) by that name. Different automakers may use different names to describe this feature. Here are a few examples: 1. Honda: Honda refers...

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