Hi mate, We received our cars last Friday, I just wanted to say how happy I am with your service at all levels. The cars were in perfect order and the level of protection and the way they were packed was as good as it gets. The two top cars did leak oil but thanks to your methods and double layer of plastic protection above the lower cars they didn't see any paint contamination at all. Let your guys know what they're doing works well. Keep up the great work, I look forward to a long term relationship with you and will continue to recommend others to use your services. On another note I am also extremely happy with Irvines, the company that unpacked for us, I highly recommend them and will request their services for everything we bring in. Best Regards, G. Everitt
Car Shipping to Australia
Importing Motor Vehicles: 6 Things to Know
- You have to obtain a vehicle import approval, or VIA, prior to shipping your vehicle/s
- All imported vehicles must meet all safety standards and emission levels required by Australia under its Motor Vehicles Standard Act of 1989.
Need quarantine clearance from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- You'll need identification, proof of ownership, valid insurance and compliance with safety standards proof.
- The use of air conditioning emitting CFC gas is banned in Australia, so research your car before you ship.
- Weekly consolidated container services to for moves to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
- Those on a tourist or temporary resident visa can import a car for a period of up to 12 months without paying customs duty.
Ship Your Car to Australia with us
We're with you from start to finish during the entire international shipping process. Our ocean freight contracts to Australia give us top rates and our consolidated container services for moves to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are weekly. You can also ship your vehicle using sole containers or Roll-On Roll-Off with us.
If you are shipping overseas to Australia, the Roll-On Roll-Off method is an alternative option for international transport. This is an option when handling oversized vehicles such as work trucks. The vehicles are actually driven right into the hull of the ships rather than loaded in a container onto the vessel.
Taxes and Duties on Imported Vehicles
- 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% |
Auto Shipping Information for 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 into Australia.
Before you make plans to ship your car to Australia, one must obtain an import approval. This is issued by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
For the reason mentioned above, it is important and we advised that you don’t ship your vehicle until you have been properly been issued an import approval from the Australian authorities.
If you arrive with your car or vehicle 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.
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Written by Damien Shields
For further information on any of above service options, please call and discuss your shipping needs with one of our Car Shipping Specialists at: US Tel: 800 599-0190 // 562 408-6677