Before committing to purchasing or shipping your boat, please ensure you have considered all the below points. If you can’t provide one of these documents, then please contact us to discuss before committing to purchase your boat. As some of these are pre-requests to importing, and without them you can’t import your boat.
Import Approval - (Boats with Trailers ONLY)
All boats on trailers must have an import permit for the trailer prior to arriving in Australia, you will need to apply for this directly to the Department of Infrastructure.
You must have this permit approved for your trailer before the yacht arrives in Australia, if you don’t then your yacht or boat won’t be able to be removed from the port and will incur storage charges which could cost you thousands of dollars.
Have you considered GST & Duty?
Import GST and Duties are payable in addition to any quotation we provide, GST is 10% and Duty is based on the country of manufacture. Boats manufactured in the USA are duty free if accompanied with an appropriate Certificate of Origin. Also see next section.
Its very important that the boat is spotless both inside and out. All dirt etc on the trailer needs to be water blasted off, and the hull should be clean and free of any organic matter, such as barnacles etc. The inside should be washed and vacuumed so there is no dirt or leaves etc inside the boat. This includes engine bays and hatches.
All used boats are inspected by Quarantine on arrival, and only after this inspection is the cleanliness condition known. Due to this we can’t quote the cleaning costs. Further inspection and cleaning may be required as instructed by Quarantine and are not included in this quotation.
Quarantine is the biggest unknown cost because it’s impossible for us to know the condition of your boat when we quote for shipping. We allow in our quotes a single inspection charge, if as a result of the inspection a problem is found then any washing or fumigation is additional. It’s a good idea to have the seller make sure the yacht is as clean as possible, if it is very dirty then often it won’t be allowed on the ship, though we can take care of cleaning it at the port as an additional charge.
Have you taken out Marine Insurance?
Not compulsory, but worth asking us for a quote. Your road insurance will not cover any damage that may occur while in transit. Find out why you need Marine Insurance
Boats with Wooden Cradles
If your boat is not on its own trailer, then it will require a cradle to be carried on any vessel. We can construct a custom cradle for your boat from either steel or timber, depending on your hull design. If your yacht comes with its own cradle, or you are commissioning a bespoke cradle elsewhere, it needs to be either steel, or ISPM15 compliant timber, or fumigation fees and cradle destruction will apply on arrival into Australia.
Air Conditioning / Refrigeration
Boats will on-board refrigeration or air conditioning will need to have them degassed and decommissioned prior to export, a certificate from the company involved is also required with your documents. It’s important to do this to avoid expensive pre-charged equipment licenses on arrival.
If you have ticked off all the above, then your boat is ready to ship to Australia. Congratulations and enjoy happy boating!