Before committing to purchasing or shipping your car, please ensure you have taken into account all of the below points. If you can’t provide one of these documents then please contact us to discuss before committing to purchase your car. Some of these are pre-requests to importing, and without them you can’t import your car.
Only one car per person is allowed, which must have been owned and used in the overseas country for a minimum period of 12 consecutive months immediately before the applicant(s) arrive in Australia. Anyone can import a vehicle built before 1989. You need to apply for an import permit before the car leaves the country at a cost of AU$50.
The only exception is if you are importing under a temporary basis on a Carnet.
Bill of Sale
If purchasing the car we will need a copy of the Bill of Sale from the seller. If you already own the car, then we need a copy of the original purchase Bill of Sale. If this has been misplaced then it will need to have a valuation done on arrival.
Registration / Ownership papers
We will need a copy(via email of fax) of the registration papers showing ownership.
Depending on the country of purchase, and in some cases the state, the original ownership papers are needed to export the origin country.
2 forms of photo id are required for Australian Customs. i.e. Passport photopage and drivers licence.
Remove ALL personal items from your car
When shipping on a RORO vessel personal items must not be left in the vehicle, if they are, the vehicle will not be accepted on-board the vessel.
There is the option to load your car into a container which would allow you to also ship some personal belongings, but this is normally a more expensive option than RORO.
Your car must be in good running condition, and fully operational to be shipped RORO. Otherwise containerisation is the only option.
Wash your car
You should aim to have your car in the cleanest possible condition. Best practice is to have the car thoroughly steam cleaned and vacuumed prior to shipment. There is no need to get it "detailed" but the goal is to remove all dirt and contamination inside and out. We can offer this as an additional service in some locations.
All used vehicles are inspected by Quarantine on arrival, and only after this inspection is the cleanliness condition known. Due to this we can’t quote the cleaning costs. But please allow AU$100-200 as an estimated to cover potential cleaning / vacuuming. Actual charge will be determined after inspection.
Have you taken out Marine Insurance?
Not compulsory, but worth asking us for a quote. Your road insurance will not cover any damage that may occur while in transit. Find out why you need Marine Insurance.
If you’re taking out marine insurance then a pre-shipment inspection report is required to be done by an independent party. If this is not done prior to shipping then any excess is doubled.
Have you taken into account GST/Duty?
It depends on your criteria: for example, is this vehicle returning to Australia?
If the vehicle is returning to Australia then you need to provide proof of previous Australian Registration to exempt you from paying GST/Duties, otherwise GST/Duties are payable on all imports.
The rate payable to the Australian Customs Service at the Australian entry port are as follows:
Duties are levied on the ‘Customs Value’ only whereas GST is levied on the ‘Customs Value’ + the Duty + the total cost of shipment to Australia figure.
Luxury Car Tax (LCT) - is an additional tax levied at a rate of 33% on all vehicles (except motorcycles and some commercial vehicles) with a current GST inclusive value in excess of AU$65,094, or AU$75,526 for fuel efficient vehicles. LCT is only payable on the amount in excess of the GST inclusive 'break point'.
Arrival on-road compliance / registration
Our quotation does NOT include on-road costs such as vehicle compliance, Blue Slip or Registration.
If you have ticked off all of the above, then your car is ready to ship to Australia. Congratulations!