Container Shipments - Maldives

JAP Express has been shipping car, Parts and motorcycles to Maldives for over 12 years - All vehicles imported to Maldives from Japan  must be containerized. In a 20ft container you can fit 2 vehicles and in a 40ft container we can load 5 - 6 units (depending on size)  

Here's how it works:

1. First we'll need your full contact details including company name, address, email and phone number 

2. We'll set you up with direct on-line auction access, enabling you to see all Japan auctions and select from 150,000 cars sold weekly

3. Auction view-only access is Free, but if you'd like to place active bids, then we'll need a bond deposit which is 25% of the intended bid value. There is no fee for cars not bought and if you decide to opt out, we'll refund your deposit in full. 

4. Most of our clients from the Maldives are buying late model accident grade cars. We offers both a new and used parts service and can supply all parts which we'll add them to the container when loading. 

5. Once you've purchased sufficient goods , we'll book and load the container. We'll also take care of everything Japan side, including shipping, customs clearance, and all documentation.  

6. All container ocean freight rates are quoted up to the port of Male and will take approx 30 days. Exact cost will vary pending availability and season but is usually approx. $4,500 USD --- (40ft HQ - for *20ft Cntr ocean freight rate approx. US$3000) Transshipment to other ports may incur additional cost. 

7. A bond deposit of 25% of the total FOB value is required for all purchased inventory. JAP Express may at our own discretion, opt to withhold documents for in-transit shipments until such time the bond deposit for unshipped inventory is paid.

8. All items supplied and shipped remain the property of JAP EXPRESS until paid in full.  

We pride ourselves in being user friendly and flexible , We can load Vehicles, Auto- Parts , Motorcycles etc and delivery all safely and timely to the port nearest you.

For more information contact us at JAP EXPRESS - email or viber +81-80-4029-8431  

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  • Storage & Fees

    Our storage facility is under 24/7 camera and security surveillance. Day 1 begins once the vehicle arrives to our holding yard. We provide 30 days free storage, thereafter Y500 per day per vehicle.   

  • Shipping of EV vehicles?


    Global shipping lines have banned EV's and PHEV vehicles. A major reason for this ruling is due to a fire which broke out onboard a MOL vessel the Felicity Ace which sank in the Atlantic.  The cause of the fire was traced back to an EV vehicle.  

    The only current option is to ship with Hapag Lloyd (HPL) - however cars must be shipped as dangerous goods and will attract a DG surcharge of US$1300.00 per container.  Good are shipped by standard 40ft HQ container with no restrictions on the number of cars to be loaded. 

  • Can I trans-ship my container to port Addu or Kulhudhuffushi?

    All ocean freight quotes provided by JAP EXPRESS are to port Male ONLY. 

    If you wish to trans-ship your container from Male to other ports, then you will need to contact your local shipping agent  (e.g. One World Logistics) 

    A round trip voyage from Male to Addu or Kulhudhuffushi will cost  approx MRV 55,000 + 6% GST | Total MVR 58,300  (Approx US$3,700.00 GST incl*) 

    JAP Express cannot simply change the "Port of Discharge" without paying the additional trans-shipment freight costs.  

    For more information contact your local agent 

  • How long does shipping take?

    Normally the sailing time is approx 30 ~35 days, but this may change depenidng on shipping line - We currently use CMA-CGM, Hapag-Lioyd, Maersk, Cosco and MOL 

  • How many cars can you load per container?

  • What are the costs?

    1. Whatever price the car sells for at auction is the price you pay, even if you bid more, you will only pay the auction sold price  

    for cars under 1 mil yen, our FOB service fee is 120,000 JPY per vehicle , higher priced cars will attract a higher fee    

    2. If you're buying parts then we add a flat 15% free on top

    3. The drayage cost is 150,000 JPY per container  - NOT per car (Drayage is the in-land transport to deliver the container from the port for loading and then return it to the port for shipping) 

    4. Ocean freight fluctuates but generally costs US$3,500~  per 40ft container (pending availability*)  

  • Can we mix and match the goods inside the container?

    Yes absolutely, we can load cars, Auto-Parts , Motorcycles anything you like providing its legal 

  • How many cars can you load per container?

    In a 20ft container 2 units and pending size we can load 5 - 6 into a 40ft