Process Of Importing American Cars Into Australia

If you are a car enthusiast living in Australia and despite having a variety of their own locally made cars, you prefer American cars to be driven then it’s important for you to understand the process of importing American cars into Australia. Most people aren’t aware of this process which is why we are here to give you a detailed guidelines as to how to go about it. Let’s find out what are the things you need to do in order to get an vehicle shipping in Australia.

Type of Import

The first thing you need to know and decide for the fact is to understand the type of import you will be undergoing. There are a various options but not every option is going to suit your needs and apply to your situations. These options may vary from;

Vehicles that are made before 1989

Cars which are not found in Australia

Personal need for imports

Cars that are exported from Australia but are re-imported

Importing for the need of a luxury car

Import Approval

This step is a bit vital because bringing a car to your country requires adequate approval from the concerned authorities so you will be needing to fill out on plenty of forms and have them mailed to relevant departments for onward processing. Once you have the approval, you will be getting the hardcopy of the same followed by any terms and conditions applied to it.

Car Arrangement Shipping

Now comes the part where all your costing is incurred. The first thing that needs to be done is to have the car steam cleaned in order to minimize the quarantine risks which will also require you to have the AC gas removed as well. Once this is done, you are good to go to have the car shipped to Australia.

Custom Clearing

Then comes another task where you will have to deal with the customs for further clearing of your car. This can either be done through and electronic system or through a regular custom broker. This process again may require you for some more money to be used such as GST, custom duty and if you are shipping a luxury car then taxes for those too.

 Quarantine Requirements

An inspection time and a quarantine entry shall be lodged for satisfying the inspection team for further clearing.

Import Approval

Next, you need to ensure that the car you have had shipped is compliant to the import approval conditions. This may include the following;

Full service of the car

Seat belt replacement

Adding new brake pads if need be

Changing brake fluids


Lastly, once all of the above is completed, all you need to do is to have your vehicle registered to ensure that it’s all yours to drive.

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