If you are planning to bring your car with you to Australia there are a few steps you must follow and a variety of fees and costs which must be met along the way.
- Firstly you will be required to obtain a VIA (Vehicle Import Approval). A VIA must be issued prior to you arranging to transport your car to Australia. For more information, application forms and contact details go to: www.infrastructure.gov.au
- Pay Customs Duty, GST (Goods and Services Tax) or Luxury Car Tax if applicable – go to www.ato.gov.au for further info re what costs you are liable for. Then you will be required to obtain customs clearance at the port of entry. You can lodge a customs import declaration electronically, at a customs counter or by way of a licensed customs broker. Please note: Tourists and Temporary residents can bring their car in to Australia for a period of up to 12 months without having to pay taxes or duty.
- Obtain Quarantine clearance from AQIS (The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service)- this is done after your vehicle has been inspected at the port of entry. For more information go to : www.aqis.gov.au
What will it cost to bring my car to Australia?
The cost to import your car to Australia will depend on the make, model and year of the car. Freight and Insurance costs, customs duty, GST/Luxury Car tax if applicable, storage and delivery charges, entry processing charges, wharf and transport charges, steam cleaning for quarantine costs are some of the main costs which can add up. You also need to consider different rules governing car registration in each state. In some cases, the modification required to meet state requirements can also make it economically a bad idea – such as converting to right hand drive.
For more information go to: www.aaa.asn.au
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