If you’re moving internationally from Australia to the UK, you may be wondering if it’s practical to bring your car with you, or if you’d be better off selling it in Australia and buying another vehicle when you arrive in the UK. Read on, and see how much you can expect to pay.
How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car From Australia To The UK?
Shipping your car from Australia to the UK via ocean-going freight will usually cost you about $2,000 AUD, but this can vary depending on a large number of factors, such as the type of shipping you choose, the size and weight of the vehicle, the total distance of your shipment, and the time frame for shipping the car.
It’s important to consult with an experienced international car transport service before you ship your car from Australia to the UK, and get a quote for the cost and arrival time of your vehicle. Shopping around can also be a good idea, as it will ensure you’re getting an industry-standard rate.
What Will I Pay At Customs When I Ship A Car From Australia To The UK?
If you are a UK citizen or resident, have owned the car for more than six months, and have resided in Australia for 12 months or longer, you won’t pay any taxes. Otherwise, you may need to pay up to 20% VAT and 10% duty.
20% VAT and 10% import duty are charged on all vehicles manufactured outside the EU, which likely includes any car you’d bring over from Australia. Cars made in the EU will be charged a 20% VAT and a duty of £50. Additionally, if the vehicle is 30+ years old and not extensively modified, you will pay 5% VAT and no other fees.
Are There Other Costs Associated With Shipping A Car From Australia To The UK?
Yes. Your car must comply with UK safety standards if it’s under 10 years old. For example, it may need a rear fog light or a change to the speedometer to read in MPH rather than KPH. You will need to pay to make these modifications.
Cars over 10 years old have slightly different safety requirements, but still must pass a MOT safety test, and may still need to have some modifications made to meet UK standards. Vehicles over 40 years old typically do not require tests or modifications.
Ship Your Car From Australia To The UK With A-1 Auto Transport
Depending on the specifics of your situation, the cost to ship a car from Australia to the UK can be pricey, thanks to high custom fees. But with A-1 Auto Transport, you’ll get great rates on transport services and excellent services from experienced logistics specialists. Contact us online or give us a call to get a quote and arrange your car shipment from Australia to the UK.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.
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