What Is the Cost to Ship a Vehicle to Australia?

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What Is the Cost to Ship a Vehicle to Australia?

Shipping a vehicle to Australia from the U.S. is worth it if you plan on moving to the country or staying there for an extended period of time.

Having your own car to cruise the nation makes the experience more enjoyable. It also makes it easier to get where you need to go without the hindrance of language or currency barriers.

Besides paying the shipping costs to the transport company, you’ll have to pay import fees too. You may pay more in taxes than you do for the actual transport services. The taxes must be paid before the date of transport and Customs will need proof of the payment. Once they receive the receipt along with the other documents needed, they’ll issue a certificate of import approval for the vehicle.


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Australia’s Vehicle Import Taxes.

All countries have the ability to set their own tax and duty rates. They’re also liable to change at any time. Make sure you call the Embassy of Australia a couple months before your scheduled transport. They’ll fill you in on any changes made to their import policy.

  • Australia charges a 10% Goods and Services Tax.
  • You may pay up to 50% of the car’s value for the VAT.
  • Vehicle’s over the age of 30 years old are not charged an import duty.
  • Vehicles under the age of 30 years old are charged a 10% import duty.
  • Additional fees and taxes may be charged for luxury vehicles or extra storage.
  • Off road, 4 wheel drive and commercial vehicles are charged a 5% import duty.

The professionals at the transport company are very familiar with the import laws of other nations. They’ll guide you through from beginning to end. Shipping your car to Australia will be easier done with the experts of the auto transport industry.

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 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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