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Shipping a Car to Australia from the USA

Are you considering buying that elusive 69 Mustang or the exquisite 68 Camaro? Did you know that without supplying Australian customs with a vehicle import approval for the car of your choice, it can result in your car being held in quarantine or worse... being sent back to the US. That's why it's important to use an experienced international car shipping company when transporting a car to Australia.

Shipping Advice

For the reason mentioned above, it is important and we advise that you don't move your vehicle until you have been properly issued an import approval.

If you arrive before receiving approval, you may have to pay for additional storage costs with the shipping company until the application has gone through and been processed. In some scenarios, you may even have to export the vehicle or have it destroyed at your own cost.

After passing customs and having the proper approval, the car or truck needs to get compliance plates showing that it has met the Australian design rules. Once again, if you fail to do this it can result in financial loss or the exportation or scraping of the vehicle.

It's important to mention that when shipping a car to Australia, vehicles are normally required to be right-hand drive in the country, so make sure to check with the registration authority in the specific territory before moving to Australia with your vehicle.

Information for Car Shipping to Australia:

As set out by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, vehicles manufactured overseas do not always meet the same specification as required..

For starters, whenever importing new or used vehicle to Australia. they must meet the safety and emission standards before being imported.

Before you make plans to ship a car to Australia from the USA, one must obtain an import approval. This is issued by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

U.S. Departures and AU Arrivals

We operate from five U.S. departure locations including Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami and New York.

Which location you use will depend on your location and the method to ship the car to Australia you decide on.

Australia Ports for Arrivals

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne/Sydney
  • Fremantle
Auto Transport Methods:

You can ship autos with us using a shared container, sole or roll-on roll-off. To find out the cost to ship your car to Australia using one of the shipping methods above, fill out our quote form to the right.

Rates will depend on your destination, departure and vehicle information.

The roll-on roll-off method is an alternative option for international auto transport to Australia. Not all departure ports offer the service, so options may be slightly more limited.

This is an option when handling larger vehicles such as work trucks, which is common due to Australia's mining industry.

The other way to ship a vehicle to Australia is via container. In some cases, this allows you to bring additional items inside your car. With ro-ro, nothing else is allowed inside the vehicle.

Importing Vehicles to Australia from the US: 6 Things to Know

  1. You have to obtain a vehicle import approval, or VIA, prior to shipping your vehicle/s
  2. All imported vehicles must meet all safety standards and emission levels required by Australia under its Motor Vehicles Standard Act of 1989.
  3. Need quarantine clearance from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
    1. You'll need identification, proof of ownership, valid insurance and compliance with safety standards proof.
  4. Must gain clearance from customs control for road vehicles including cars, trucks and motorcycles.
  5. The use of air conditioning emitting CFC gas is banned in Australia, so research your car before you ship.
  6. Those on a tourist or temporary resident visa can import a car for a period of up to 12 months without paying customs duty.
Taxes and Duties on Imported Motors
  • Vehicles over 30 years old | Duty 0% | GST 10%|
  • New and used vehicles up to 30 years old | Duty 10% | GST 10% |
  • Four wheel drive off road or commercial vehicle | Duty 5% | GST 10% |

For further information on any of above service options, please call and discuss your shipping needs with one of our Australia car shipping specialists at 1 800 599-0190 // 562 408-6677.

Written by Damien Shields

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