The good oil on importing a car to Australia

August 29, 2017

Car enthusiasts can spend hours on the net looking for a particular make or model of car. It may be a European, American or Japanese specialist or vintage vehicle, a daily drive, or something that can be modified for the track… Whatever the reason, with the current exchange rate being so favourable, it’s hard not to look for bargains.  But what do you do when your dream car is in an agent’s sale yard thousands of kilometres away? Luckily the docks in our major capital cities are accessible from almost any port in the world, and sea freight is often the most affordable and practical option for importing a car.

Understanding the options

Anything to do with importing vehicles is complex. If you’re thinking of importing a car, you need to understand the specific import categories by sea and how they apply to you.

  • You can import a vehicle made before 1 January 1989. It’s a popular category for car enthusiasts who want to import classic cars and older vintage vehicles.
  • Personal import is the category that applies to people moving to Australia who want to bring their cars with them. There are restrictions. For example, you must have owned the vehicle for 12 months, garaged it close to your home and held a valid driver’s licence for the country of origin.
  • Re-imports. If you exported a car from Australia, for an extended period of time, you can bring it back into Australia under this option.
  • Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme (SEVS) is a system to import vehicles which are not officially sold in Australia. Each car must be assessed and approved then listed on the SEVS Register.
  • Luxury cars in Australia are much more expensive than their counterparts in Europe, Japan or America. However, there are many restrictions on importing luxury cars into Australia unless it’s a personal import

There’s no substitute for expert advice

Bringing a vehicle in by sea is a complex process and a minefield for the unwary. You could try going it alone, but you will save yourself time, money and a whole lot of stress if you deal with an expert who is across the currently evolving Government regulations and who can take care of things like:

  • shipping, storage and delivery
  • advice on the permit application,
  • calculate taxes, Customs duties
  • cleaning for quarantine purposes, asbestos testing/removal, quarantine inspection costs
  • advice on the modification and compliance
  • advice on State or Territory registration and insurance requirements

At MYCARGO we specialise in importing and exporting motor vehicles. With an on-the-ground presence in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, China, South East Asia, Italy and Spain and a combined 60 years of experience in delivering sea freight services to local and international customers, we know the business inside out.

We can organise the collection and shipment of your car, take care of all the associated paperwork and arrange delivery to your door. We pride ourselves on maintaining the highest standards of safety and security in the vehicle transport and shipping industry. Talk to us about Roll on – Roll off Shipping, Sole Container or Consolidated Container Shipping options. Your MYCARGO specialist broker will analyse your requirements and customise an importation package that meets your specific needs.

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