AUSTRALIAN IMPORT REGULATIONS CAN BE COMPLICATED

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Willship Primarily Offers Specialized Import Services From The Following Locations

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Shipping Options

  • Roll on, Roll off
  • Shared Container
  • 20ft and 40ft Container
USA

USA

Shipping Options

  • Roll on, Roll off
  • Shared Container
  • 20ft and 40ft Container
New Zealand

New Zealand

Shipping Options

  • Roll on, Roll off
  • 20ft and 40ft Container
South Africa

South Africa

Shipping Options

  • Roll on, Roll off
  • Shared Container
  • 20ft and 40ft Container

Japan

Shipping Options

  • Roll on, Roll off
  • Shared Container
  • 20ft and 40ft Container

If your location is not mentioned above, we can still help. Please contact us and let us know where you’re looking to ship from and we’ll be able to advise on availability and price.

If you have any questions, or you’d like to speak with us on the phone then please give us a call give us a call and one of our friendly team can talk through it with you.

First Step: Obtaining An Import Approval

To protect our Australian car market our government has set up a complex set of rules and regulations to heavily restrict the import of vehicles and similar cargo into Australia. To try and understand the laws in full would take pages and pages of information so we will do our best to summarise the basics below.

Your first step when importing is to gain an import approval, these are issued through the Department of Infrastructure – the type of import approval depends on the circumstances surrounding the import. For the purpose of this article we will focus solely on vehicles intended to be registered for use on Australian roads.

If you don't intend to register the vehicle on Australian roads then you are welcome to import pretty much anything you like – Race cars, monster trucks, dirt bikes, dune buggies etc will be all OK to import under the ‘Non-Road Vehicles Option

My vehicle is older than 25 years old

My vehicle was manufactured in the last 25 years

My vehicle has been owned and used by an individual for in excess of 12 months in a foreign country.

My vehicle was originally exported out of Australia and is now returning

What Australian Import Taxes Apply?

Please select each of the following options that apply.

Almost anything with wheels that's imported into Australia requires an import approval, its important that you check to ensure that your vehicle, motorcycle, caravan, camper trailer, motorhome etc is eligible for an approval prior to shipping. Vehicle's and motorcycles are the most complicated, so please read through the below information to check to see if you think you'll be eligible for an import approval. If you have any questions, or you'd like to speak with us on the phone then please give us a call and one of our friendly team can talk through it with you.

My vehicle is a returning vehicle to Australia

The vehicle is less than 25 years old

The vehicle is older than 25 years old

The vehicle is worth more than AUD 68,740.00 (The 2021 luxury car tax (LCT) threshold)

What Additional Restrictions May Apply For Vehicles Being Imported Into Australia?

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Asbestos

You must ensure the vehicle you are looking to import is free of any components that contain asbestos. You now need to check to ensure that no part of the vehicle contains asbestos (brakes/clutch plates/gaskets etc) and you will need to sign a declaration confirming this. If you find that any part of the vehicle contains a part which contains asbestos, this needs to be removed and changed prior to shipping.

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Degassing the Air Conditioning

The Australian government restricts the import of pre charged gas. This means that, depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle, the air conditioning may need to be degassed prior to export from the foreign country.

Get More Information

The Australian Government provides an excellent 8 step guide for what you need to do in order to import a vehicle.

Compliance Check

How Do I Handle Compliance And Registration?

Willship can assist you with all necessary safety and compliance checks in order for the vehicle to be registered in the Australia. We can even organize the registration for you so all you have to do is drive away.

Import Globally To Australia

Does Willship Only Import Cars To Australia?

No, Willship imports many different vehicle and machinery types every year into Australia. These have included:

  • Trucks
  • Trailer
  • Jet Ski’s
  • Boats
  • Caravans
  • Motorhomes
  • Motorcycles

Plus much more! Please get in touch and let’s chat about how we can help.

Leave It All To Willship

This includes:

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Supporting you to get all key documents together

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Organizing all aspects of the transport and freight from your location through to New Zealand

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Clearing your car through New Zealand customs and quarantine

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Organizing compliance and assisting with on road registration in New Zealand

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Client Testimonials

We have move tens of thousands of shipments in and out of Australia and all over the world. Our team has spent decades building long term successful relationships with our clients and fine tuning every aspect of our process to ensure our service offering to second to none. We are the international shipping partner you can depend on and our past and present clients can attest to our proven track record!

Award Winning Industry Leader

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WINNER

Best International Automotive Cargo Logistics Enterprise - 2021

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Award for Innovation in End-to-End Freight Transport - 2021

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FINALIST

Freight Forwarder of the Year Award - 2018

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Young Achievement Award 2018 (Nick Proctor)

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Young Achievement Award 2018 (Mel Mather)

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Freight Forwarder of the Year Award - 2017

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Young Maritime Professional of the Year 2016

OUR TRACK RECORD

$1.4B

WORTH

Over $1.4 Billion worth of cargo is trusted to Willship to be shipped every year

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INSURANCE CLAIMS

Extremely safe and proven process

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TRUSTED NETWORKS

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