An import approval must be obtained for a vehicle to gain customs clearance at its point of entry to Australia. Vehicles that arrive in Australia without an import approval generally incur significant storage costs until an Import Approval is issued.
It is strongly recommended that you do not ship your vehicle to Australia until such time as you are issued with an Import Approval. If you ship your vehicle before receiving an approval and your vehicle arrives before the application is processed, you may incur storage costs from the shipping company/freight forwarder. You may also be open to prosecution, as it is an offence to import a vehicle without an import approval. Importation takes place when a vehicle is landed within the port of intended discharge and not once the vehicle clears customs control. If the import application is not approved, you will have to either export the vehicle or have it destroyed at your own expense. Destruction will need to take place under Customs supervision.
For trailers with an ATM of less than 4.5 Tonnes (4,500kgs) please refer to Administrators Circular 0-2-7.
For trailers with an ATM which exceeds 4.5 Tonnes (4,500kgs) please refer to Administrators Circular 0-3-6.
(For further information, please refer to Importing Vehicles into Australia—booklet)
|27.1 DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT—VEHICLE IMPORTS TEAM.
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Phone: 1800 815 272 (Australia only) or
(02) 6274 7444
Fax: (02) 6274 6013
E-mail: Vehicle Imports
|27.3 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES (QUARANTINE)
GPO Box 858
CANBERRA ACT 2601
General Enquiries: 1300 900 090 (Australia only)
+ 61 3 8318 6700 (Overseas only)
|27.2 2 DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION (CUSTOMS)
General Enquiries: 131 881 (Australia only)
+ 61 2 8339 6000 (Overseas only)
Fax: (02) 8339 6714
|27.4 AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE (LUXURY CAR TAX)
Luxury Car Tax
GPO Box 9990
In Your Capital City
Phone: 13 28 69
Contact: Australian Tax Office
LOCAL STATE AND TERRITORY REGISTERING AUTHORITIES
New South Wales
27.5 ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES, NSW
27.9 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
27.11 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
27.8 DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Australian Captial Territory
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