Importing vehicles to Australia
In order to obtain a Vehicle Import Approval, you should:
1. Conduct research
- Is the vehicle eligible to enter Australia?
- Which import scheme can I apply under?
- What costs are involved? These may include:
- freight and insurance (for the transport of the goods to Australia);
- customs duties, GST and, if applicable, Luxury Car Tax;
- storage and delivery charges;
- logistic services providers' charges;
- customs brokers' charges;
- entry processing charges;
- steam cleaning for quarantine purposes;
- other wharf and transport charges;
- any costs involved in having your road vehicle meet State or Territory registration; and
- insurance requirements.
- What are the timeframes involved for getting the permit and other necessary arrangements?
- What documentation do I need?
- What are the requirements for each government agency? To import a vehicle into Australia, as well as obtaining a Vehicle Import Approval, importers must:
- pay Customs and Border Protection duty, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and, if applicable, luxury car tax;
- obtain Customs clearance at the port of entry;
- obtain quarantine clearance at the port of entry from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS);
- meet emissions requirements set by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities; and
- meet all registration requirements of the State or Territory where the vehicle will be driven.
- Do I need to use a customs broker or agent?
- Will I need to have modifications done to meet Australian standards?
- What are the risks involved with importing a vehicle?
2. Apply for a Vehicle Import Approval
- Decide which import option to apply under. (if unsure take the quick quiz)
- Read all related materials.
- Download and complete the appropriate application form.
- Pay the $50 application fee to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
- Check you have all the necessary information and attachments.
- Send off the application and all necessary attachments to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
- Check email address regularly in case the Department needs to seek further information from you.
Professional customs brokers or agents can help you with your application.