Car Shipping to Australia - Overview
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.
But.... there are exceptions under the “Personal Import Scheme”, and “Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme”. See below to find out more about car shipping to Australia.
Is it worth shipping my car to Australia?
We ship cars to all main Australian ports including Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle. From these ports we can ship your car on a truck or car carrier right to your home. Taurus Logistics make it easy, offering a wide range of services including steam cleaning, pick up & delivery while looking after Customs, Department of Agriculture, and port authorities.
If you're planning to import your car to Australia it should be worth over $7,000 AUD or have special value to the owner. Otherwise its not really worthwhile.
Given the research we've done, many people choose to export their car given the expense to purchase a car in Australia, others prefer to export their vehicles to Australia because of the sentimental attachment.
Information on 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 New Zealand 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.
You need to apply for an import permit before the car leaves the country at a cost of $50 AUD.
If your car is being exported from New Zealand by way of a RORO vessel it must have a current Warrant of Fitness (WOF), this ensures the safety of the ship and handling staff when cars are driven on and off the ship.
All used vehicles are inspected by Department of Agriculture on arrival, and only after this inspection is the cleanliness condition known. Allow AU$250 as an estimated to cover potential cleaning, and or vacuuming.
Do I have to pay an import tax or GST when importing cars to Australia?
The rates payable to the Australian Customs Service are:
The Duty is levied on the 'Customs value' only, GST is levied on the 'Customs value' + the Duty + the total cost of shipping cars to Australia.
Are there conditions importing a new car to Australia?
Cars with CFC gas will have to be degassed and decommissioned with a certificate supplied. If not degassed/decommissioned the vehicle will be required to have this done prior to release from port in Australia.
What is the luxury car tax for Australian car imports?
Luxury Car Tax (LCT) - is an additional tax levied at a rate of 33% on all vehicles (except motorcycles and some commercial vehicles) with a current GST inclusive value in excess of $57,009 AUD. LCT is only payable on the amount in excess of the GST inclusive 'break point', cars with a Customs value over £18,000/AU$43,000/NZ$54,000.
What are the Australian design standards?
Converting a car to full Australian Safety and Emission Control Standards is very difficult and too costly but is not required if one of the following conditions is met:
If in doubt just phone or email we are happy to help.