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Shipping a Car to Australia from the USA

We're with you from start to finish during the entire international shipping process. Our ocean freight contracts give us top rates and our consolidated container services for moves to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are weekly.

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 transport your car to Australia using one of the shipping methods above, fill out our quote form to the right.

The roll-on roll-off method is an alternative option for international auto transport from the U.S. 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. This allows you to bring additional items inside your car. With ro-ro, nothing else is allowed inside the vehicle.

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 of shipping the car to Australia you decide on.

Australia Ports for Arrivals

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne/Sydney
  • Fremantle

Importing Motor Vehicles: 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% |

Information for Auto 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 in Australia.

For starters, any new or used vehicle being imported must meet the safety and emission standards before it can be 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.

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 from the authorities.

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 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.

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.

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Written by Damien Shields

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