Australian Freight Forwarding – Vehicle Import Guide

If you’re planning to ship cars into Australia, you need to do a lot of research as the procedure is strictly regulated. In fact importing cars is the sole province of larger firms with the resources to ensure that each vehicle meets stringent safety and environmental standards.

You can import a vehicle for your own use but the procedure can be cumbersome. Or you can do things the smart way and employ an Australian freight forwarding firm to take care of everything.

Car Shipping to Australia for Individuals

If you’re shipping your own car or motor home into Australia for personal use, you need to qualify as follows:

You must be a native or long term resident of Australia. If you’re an immigrant, you need to apply within six months of arrival. You need to have owned the vehicle for a minimum of twelve months.

If you qualify, you can apply for an import permit before shipping. Your vehicle won’t be released from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service without a Vehicle Import Approval.

Duties on Imported Cars

Most vehicles up to 30 years old attract a duty of 5% along with 10% GST. Motorcycles are subject to GST but not duty.

Vehicles valued at over $57,009 AUD are also subject to a luxury car tax (excluding motorcycles and some commercial vehicles).

When it comes to shipping your vehicle you can choose from by container or

Roll on Roll off (RORO). RORO is generally preferable in terms of both cost and convenience.

With RORO, your car is driven onto the vessel and securely stored in a weatherproof location inside the ship. At the destination, the car is simply driver off again. As you can see, the procedure is far less involved than using containers.

Another big plus is that RORO vessels are especially designed for the purpose of shipping cars and other heavy machinery. All the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers use RORO so you’ll be in good company.

One thing to bear in mind, however, is that if you’re shipping other goods along with your car (such as household items), then using a container makes more sense.

Contact your Australian freight forwarding for full details.

For all your Australian freight forwarding requirements, contact IATA accredited cargo agent Atlas Forwarding on (03) 93355225.

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