Bahamas RWI


This contracted assignment with the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) involves the conducting of pre- export road worthiness inspection of used motor vehicles from Japan, United Kingdon, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates destined for use within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
This enables only roadworthy and environmentally friendly vehicles to enter the country, thereby ensuring that the Bahamas does not become a dumping ground for poor quality used vehicles.
Right-hand or left-hand drive vehicles are allowed into the Bahamas.
There is an age restriction of not more than 10* years for Cars, Motorcycles and Light Commercial vehicles, and not more than 12* years for Commercial Vehicles (exceeding 3,000 kg).
In addition, a pre-shipment roadworthiness inspection is required for all imports.

Bahamas FlagBahamas Inspection Requirements and Country Regulations

 Required documents for applications (one of the following)
  • Vehicle inspection certificate (shakensho) copy OK
  • Temporary cancellation registration certificate (ichiji masho) copy OK
  • Export certificate (massho) copy OK
 Timing of CoC issuance
  • Can be downloaded within 3 working days after inspection passed
  • (This applies to Clients who have registered for e-Cert Portal access)
  • Otherwise e-Certificates will be emailed to Exporter
 Expiration Date of the Certificate
  • Valid for 90 days from the date of inspection
  • Based on arrival date into the Bahamas
 Period during which re-inspection is free
  • Within 30 (calendar) days from the date of the first inspection.
  • (Please note these are not business days)
  • (e.g. vehicle fails inspection on 5/01/2023 should be re-inspected by 4/02/2023)
 Availability of on arrival inspection
  • Available (however not recommended)
  • Inspection fee of $150.00 plus a penalty applies
  • If vehicle does not pass the on-arrival inspection, must be removed at Importers cost
 Export regulations
  • Within 10 years from the first registration (or within 12 years for commercial vehicles of 3 or more tonne) based on arrival date
  • Odometer tampering is not allowed
  • Right-hand and Left-hand drive is allowed
 Cost of Inspection
  • Japan – US$150.00 (converted to Japanese Yen)
  • Singapore – US$150.00 (converted to Singapore Dollars)
  • UAE – US$150.00 (Converted to Dirham)
  • UK – US$200.00 (Converted to British Pounds)
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