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Car Shipping From Japan To Australia
Car Shipping From Japan To Australia

Whether you’re moving from Japan to Australia, or you’re a car collector looking to import a collectible Japanese vehicle, you may be wondering what the process involves, and if it’s possible to import Japanese cars to Australia. Let’s discuss some of the basics of the process now.

Can I Legally Ship A Car From Japan To Australia? 

Yes. You can legally ship cars from Japan to Australia in a few ways. Vehicles older than 25 years can be imported with no restrictions as long as they are not modified. Vehicles newer than 25 years will need to be modified by a RAWS Workshop to meet Australian safety standards.

Vehicles older than 25 years can be imported because of the 25 Year Rule, which allows all foreign cars older than 25 years to be imported into Australia. This rule is often used by auto enthusiasts who buy highly-desirable late-80s and early 90s Japanese vehicles. 

Newer cars can also be imported, but will need a full conversion from RAWS (Registered Automotive Workshop) to meet Australian safety standards. This can include a left to right hand drive steering conversion, as well as a lot of other steps. This is quite expensive, so it’s often better to sell your current vehicle in Japan and buy a new one in Australia if it’s newer than 25 years old.

How Much Will I Pay In Taxes When I Ship A Car From Japan To Australia?

If you are from Japan and migrating to Australia, you can import a car tax-free under the Personal Import Scheme if you have owned it for more than 12 months, with a limit of 1 car every 5 years. All other cars will be subject to a 10% duty on the CIF (Cost, Insurance & Freight) and a 5% GST (Goods and Services Tax) on the FOB (Free On Board) value. 

In some cases, you may also need to pay an additional luxury car tax. You will also need to pay for compliance checks and customs entry fees. You can click here to get more information about taxes, duties, and import steps from the Australian Government.

How Should I Ship A Car From Japan To Australia? 

Your best option is to arrange for transport via truck and ocean-going freight. Your car will be picked up in Japan, brought to a port, loaded onto a freight ship, then sent to Australia. Then, it will be picked up in Australia and brought to its final destination. 

It will usually take around 20-30 days to ship a car from Japan to Australia, depending on the origin port and destination port, and a variety of other factors. You can contact a shipping company to get a quote for the cost of shipping and an estimated transit time.

Need Help With Car Shipping From Japan To Australia? Contact A-1 Auto Transport

If you need to safely ship a car from Japan to Australia, A-1 Auto Transport is here for you. Our network of shipping providers provides you with reliable, timely, and affordable shipping vehicle services. Contact us online or give us a ring for more information.


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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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