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Import a boat to Australia

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An import boat = dollars saved!

With the US dollar being so weak, there has never been a better time to consider importing boats to Australia. You will find a huge range of boats from the USA, Europe, and New Zealand considerably cheaper than the local market. Even after you add the boat transport to Australia to the cost of the boat, you will still come out on top in most cases.

Instant Quote

15-30 second response for 80% of quotes assessed using our automated system. For more complex jobs, one of our team will email you a quote within 24hours.

Is it worth importing a boat to Australia?

In most cases, most definitely. You’ll find many of the same boats are significantly cheaper in other markets.

Getting started with boat transport to Australia.

If you’re interested in purchasing a boat from overseas then you need to take into consideration the condition, hours and age of the boat. Compare the local market’s prices against international markets like the US, many websites auction boats and in most cases the boats are being sold by professional boat dealers or liquidation companies.

We strongly advise you avoid private boat sellers on sites like eBay, they almost always end up costing you more than you expected as a result of complications with the seller or boat.

I’ve found my boat, what now?

Once you have found the import boat you’re interested in, try and get as much information about the boats dimensions as you can, especially the height. Anything on the boat that can be removed before shipping to reduce the dimensions should be considered before you get a shipping price. As an example if you remove the keel you can almost halve the shipping costs of most boats.

Once you have those dimensions get in touch and we can price it up for you so you can work out whether there’s a benefit to importing the boat.

If your boat is on a trailer you must have an import permit for the trailer prior to it arriving in Australia, we recommend you get it before your boat leaves the departure country as it can be a big problem if your boat arrives and you still don’t have the permit. You will need to apply for this directly to the Australian Department of Infrastructure .

My boat has on-board refrigeration or air conditioning

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.

Tips before you import boats to Australia.


Fail Quarantine

Quarantine is the biggest unknown cost when importing a boat, 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 boat 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.

It’s a good idea to have the seller make sure the boat 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.

Used boats are inspected very harshly in Australia, and only a tiny percentage pass first time.

What our customers say

  • Les MiddleditchWe would strongly recommend Taurus to anyone considering moving a yacht or boat from Europe or anywhere else for that matter.

    Les Middleditch Perth, Australia
  • Glenn MarshallBeing my first time, to say I was nervous would be an understatement, however I would not hesitate to recommend your services.

    Glenn Marshall Brisbane, Australia
  • Jim BatesI can recommend you as honest, straight talkers who care about what you do.

    Jim Bates Picton, New Zealand
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