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Shipping VEHICLES to Australia

Population: 21,015,000

Australia has become an increasingly popular destination for importing cars/motorbikes from the UK. With the increase in migration, returning residents and growing population we have seen a surge in vehicle shipping volumes.

Consequently, Australia is now one of our main vehicle shipping destinations and we can offer Roll on Roll off or Container services to all the major ports.

Roll on Roll off service is from Southampton port and currently has 2 sailings per month with an approximate transit time of 34 days.

The container service is from London or Felixstowe and is weekly. Approximate transit time 37 days.

Duties/Taxes in Australia vary depending on age, value, type of vehicle etc. But as a guide please see following:

Vehicles up to 30 years old (from 01/01/10) = 5% Duty + 10% Gst

4 WD ‘off road’ vehicles & commercial vehicles = 5% Duty + 10% Gst

Vehicles over 30 years & motorcycles = 0% Duty + 10% Gst

There is also a ‘Luxury Car Tax’ for more expensive cars depending on value. We understand the overall process can be complex and have therefore attached several links that can help you with regards to application, registration (all states) and Customs regulations & forms.

We can also give you details of a very good Customs broker in Australia that handles only vehicle clearances. They offer a professional service for Customs clearance and expert advice on the regulations and charges payable in Australia. Please contact us for details.

Please also see below several links that can help you with the import process.

Australian Customs homepage:

Australian Customs form b354:

Australian application for vehicle approval:

Australian Government info. on importing vehicles:

Registration in New South Wales:

Registration in Queensland:

Registration in South Australia:

Registration in Victoria:

Registration in Western Australia:

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