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What are the import regulations in Australia?
There are a number of rules and regulations around the importation of vehicles in Australia. To import a vehicle you will need to ensure that you comply with government requirements.
There are a few methods for importing a vehicle, and the rules you will need to follow will differ depending on which method applies to you.
Common options for importing cars into Australia include SEVs arrangements which apply to vehicles not sold in Australia and deemed eligible, current interim rules which allow for vehicles older than 25 to be imported, personal import rules and rules which allow for cars to be imported for the purpose of racing.
You can find out more about importing a car to Australia here.
What is the process to import a car into Australia?
When you import a car with us we’ll begin by establishing what you’re looking for, what your budget is and what your requirements are.
Then we’ll get to work sourcing your vehicle from overseas options – once we find the perfect one, we’ll make a bid. On completion of purchase we’ll arrange shipping and help you manage all of the paperwork and inspections required.
Once your car arrives in the country, we’ll look after compliance and then all that’s left to is register your vehicle and enjoy!
How long does importing a car typically take?
The total time from import to registration will depend on the car you’re looking to import and the country we’re importing from.
If you’re looking for an extremely rare car, have restrictive requirements or a limited budget than it will likely take slightly longer to source your car.
Generally you can expect it to take about 10-12 weeks from the beginning of the process, to the day you first drive your new car.
Get in touch with us, as we’ll be able to advise you on what to expect based on your personal circumstances.
Shipping Your Vehicle
How are vehicles shipped?
Vehicles are shipped on freight vessels.
Once you have purchased your vehicle it will be booked onto the next available vessel and shipped to your nearest port.
We’ll discuss the best shipping arrangements with you to ensure we find the most cost effective solution.
What paperwork is required to ship?
To ship your vehicle into Australia you’ll need to apply for import approval and fill out pay costs for shipping and freight.
You’ll also need to make a customs declaration and pay the cost of customs duty.
Will I need a quarantine inspection?
Upon entry into the country your car will need to be cleaned and pass a quarantine inspection before it can be complied and registered.
How long does shipping take?
Shipping usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks from Japan and 6 to 10 weeks and from the USA, Canada and the UK.
What are the costs involved with importing a car to Australia?
There are a number of costs involved with importing a vehicle, including the cost of purchasing the vehicle, import service charges, shipping and customs costs, taxes and duties (such as GST or the luxury vehicle tax), compliance costs, registration and insurance.