Shipping A Car Overseas To Australia: How To Plan

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Shipping A Car Overseas To Australia: How To Plan

Packing up and moving to another country, even on a temporary basis, requires some planning and coordination. If you’re taking your car or truck with you, doubly so. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the important steps you’ll need to take when planning to ship a car overseas from Australia. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please feel free to contact us at the number at the top of the page, or through our online contact form.

If you’re planning to ship a vehicle to Australia, the first thing you should consider is whether or not your vehicle is eligible to be shipped into the country. For obvious reasons, this is an important thing to consider when shipping overseas to any country. In the section below, we’ll detail the specifics of what you’ll need to know when shipping to Australia.

 For more information about the requirements of having a vehicle imported into Australia, you can visit the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development by clicking here

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Steps & Requirements For Transporting A Vehicle To Australia.

For an individual bringing a car to Australia permanently, the personal import option is only available to migrants settling in Australia or expatriates returning to the area. The vehicle must have been owned for the prior 12 months to be eligible for import into the country.

For those bringing a vehicle into Australia on a temporary basis, you must acquire a carnet, a type of temporary import bond. This is issued by your home country and must be presented at the port when your vehicle arrives.

Ownership – The vehicle must have been under your ownership for the 12 months prior to importing and it must have been purchased overseas. The vehicle also needs to have been available for use–not in storage or otherwise inaccessible to you.

Approval – Using the link above, you can apply online to see if your vehicle can be shipped to Australia.

Contact A Shipper – Get competing for cost estimates and pick the company best suited to your needs and budget.

Customs & Taxes – Once you’re vehicle arrives in Australia, you will need to pay the necessary taxes and duties that apply, both of which should be explained by the shipper you use. Once this step is completed, your vehicle will be inspected.

Registration – If no modifications are required after your car is inspected, you can get it registered and you’re ready to go!

It’s important to note that these steps are general and the specifics may be different depending on whether you’re importing a vehicle on a permanent or temporary basis, and whether you’re a current or past resident.

     Have questions about shipping a car to Australia or another overseas destination? Contact us today by calling us at the number at the top of the page! Our experts are happy to answer your questions and we give our 100% FREE price quotes!

Joe Webster

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.

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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