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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.

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Last Updated: 11 October, 2013