Costs to Consider When Shipping a Car to Australia
If you're planning to import your car to Australia it should be worth over AU$7,000 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.
Ports We Ship to in Australia
Taurus Logistics can ship your car to all of the main ports across Australia, including Brisbane, Sydney and Fremantle. From there, we will load your cargo onto a truck or car carrier and deliver it straight to your home. This makes for a more seamless shipping process, taking the hassle out of the equation.
Ports we ship to in Australia:
How Long Does It Take to Ship a Car?
While it’s not possible to list the shipping times for every route Taurus Logistics offer, below are a few of our most popular routes. These are indicative transit times , and does not include all shipping lines, containers, or part container options. Please contact us to discuss container sailing dates, or for roll on roll off please refer to our RORO Sailing Schedule.
Vehicle Import Approval
When importing a car, motorhome or motorcycle into Australia, the first requirement is that you’re an Australian permanent resident or plan to be. You can apply for your import permit online before you move to Australia, and your permit will be emailed to you.
There are five main categories for importing a car to Australia that cover most people’s situation. There are more categories, but in most cases around 80% of people will use the Personal Effects Option, or as below.
Personal Effects Option
This option allows migrants settling in Australia or expatriate Australian citizens returning permanently to Australia after a long period overseas, to bring their personal vehicle with them as long as it has been owned for the qualifying 12 month period.
Save time and stress, let us apply for the Vehicle Import Approval
Reimportation Import Approvals
This option allows road vehicles originally sourced within Australia but subsequently exported to be re-imported.
Vehicles Manufactured more than 25 years ago
This option allows for the importation of road vehicles manufactured more than 25 years ago.
Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Register
Listing on the Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles means that vehicles can be imported into Australia under the Low Volume Vehicles Scheme and the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme.
Race and Rally and Support Vehicles Option
This option allows for the importation of vehicles intended to be used for road vehicle rallies, closed circuit road vehicle racing and vehicles designed to support road vehicle racing or rallying.
What happens if my car fails Quarantine Inspection?
All used vehicles are inspected by the Department of Agriculture at time of import, and only after this inspection is the cleanliness condition known. Even a very well cleaned car by a professional cleaner can still fail because of the high standards required to enter Australia.
But there is no need to worry as we will arrange the quarantine inspection and if it needs cleaning we will handle all that for you too.
Allow AU$250 as an estimated to cover potential cleaning, and or vacuuming.
Do I have to pay GST, duty, or luxury tax when importing cars to Australia?
Yes, unfortunately. There is only one condition for GST / Duty exemption and that is returning Australian cars. i.e. cars that have been previously registered in Australia in your name and are now returning. There are no other tax exemptions even on used, personally owned cars. There are duty concessions for Vehicles over 30 years old that are Duty-free, and Luxury Car Tax(LCT) kicks in for cars valued at over AU$67,525.Read more
How do I calculate my GST, Duty and LCT?
Calculating your GST, Duty, and LCT can be a bit complicated, so we have designed a handy online Import GST / Duty / LCT calculator.