Car shipping to Australia:
When importing cars to Australia, it’s so important to ensure you can legally import your car before you purchase or decide to ship. Australia is highly regulated and has strict laws in place to stop as much car importing as possible.
We ship cars to all main Australian ports including Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle. YFT Logistics make it easy, offering a wide range of services including pick up & delivery while looking after Customs and port authorities.
Importing your car into Australia:
When importing a car, motorhome or motorcycle into Australia, the first requirement is that you’re an Australian permanent resident or plan to be. For example if you’re in United Kingdom and moving to Australia, they will not give you final import approval until you’re in Australia and have the immigration stamp in your passport.
To qualify for a Personal Import Approval the following restrictions apply:
- Only one car per person.
- Vehicle owners must have long term residency.
- The vehicle must have been owned and used in the overseas country for a minimum period of 12 consecutive months immediately before the applicant(s) arrive in Australia.
- The application must be made within 6 months of the applicants arrival in Australia.
You need to apply for an import permit before the car leaves the country at a cost of $50 AUD.
Port and shipping line charges
When your vehicle arrives at destination there will be charges payable to the shipping line/receiving agents for handling your vehicle at the port. There are also standard costs in relation to clearing your vehicle with the Australian customs and quarantine services.
Here’s a few useful links for car shipping to Australia:
- Importing Vehicles to Australia – General Information
- Application for Approval to Import a Vehicle
- Australia Application for Importing a Vehicle
- Australia Application for Importing a Vehicle Australia Addendum IO1-Personal Imports Option
Import tax or GST when importing cars to Australia are the following:
The rates payable to the Australian Customs.
- Vehicles up to 30 years old including forward control vehicles: 5% Duty + 10% GST
- Vehicles over 30 years old: 0% Duty + 10% GST
- 4wd ‘off road’ vehicles and commercial vehicles: 5% Duty + 10% GST
- Motorcycles: 0% Duty + 10% GST
Luxury car tax for Australian car imports:
The Luxury Car Tax (LCT) is a tax within the Australian taxation system, collected by the Australian Taxation Office on behalf of the Australian Government.LCT is charged in addition to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), but it is not payable on the full price of the vehicle. LCT is only payable at the rate of 33% (up from 25% as of 1 July 2008, though no senate approval for this increase was obtained) of the value of the GST-inclusive value which exceeds the LCT threshold. The LCT threshold is currently $60,316.00 AUD (for the 2013-14 financial year). An increased threshold of $75,375.00 AUD applies to fuel efficient cars that have a combined fuel consumption rating not exceeding 7 litres per 100 kilometres (based on a combined test cycle rating under (ADR81)(Australian Design Rules) .
The customs value applied to a vehicle by an approved assessor is far less than the price of similar vehicles being sold on the Australian market and can be as little as 50% of the Australian ‘market value’. An indication of market values can be found by searching for similar vehicles on websites such as www.autotrader.com.au
The Australian Design Rules (ADRs)
Vehicles manufactured for sale in countries other than Australia are generally barred from import to Australia unless they are brought into compliance with applicable ADRs and the conversion work is inspected and certified by an authorised compliance engineer.The Australian Design Rules (ADRs) are national standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions. The ADRs are generally performance based and cover issues such as occupant protection, structures, lighting, noise, engine exhaust emissions, braking and a range of miscellaneous items.
Cleaning the Undercarriage To safeguard against importation of dangerous pests, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that the undercarriage of imported cars be free of foreign soil. Have your car steam-sprayed or cleaned thoroughly before shipment.
The customs value applied to a vehicle by an approved assessor is far less than the price of similar vehicles being sold on the Australian market and can be as little as 50% of the Australian ‘market value’. An indication of market values can be found by searching for similar vehicles on websites such as www.autotrader.com.au.
If you require more information on this topic please go to Australian Government website.
We are also covered by B I F A terms and conditions.
If you have anymore questions please get in contact with us.
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