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Import cars to Australia

Thinking of Importing a car from UK to Australia? AutoExporters can assist you all the way in getting your dream car imported to Australia from UK and from other countries. Please contact a member of our team for more information on Importing your car to Australia.


  •   You have owned and used the vehicle overseas for a period of not less than twelve continuous calendar months
  •  You are of driving age
  •  You are an Australian citizen
  •   You are a migrant holding permanent residency in Australia
  •  You are allowed to import any vehicle which is 15 or more years old on the date it lands in Australia
  •   Cars are required to be right hand drive


Before your vehicle can be imported you must obtain a Vehicle Import Approval from the Federal Office of Road Safety in Canberra. If your vehicle arrives at destination port without the appropriate import approval, the vehicle may be sent back to origin or destroyed. Address enquiries to Administrator – Vehicle Safety Standards Branch, Dept of Transport and Regional Services, GPO Box 594, Canberra, ACT, 2601, Australia, Ph (02) 6274 7506 Fx (02) 62746013 Email Vimports@dotars.gov.au Alternatively, website is www.dotars.gov.au


  • All vehicles arriving in Australia are subject to Australian Port Service charges and Australian Terminal Handling charges, which are considerably cheaper when prepaid.
  • Please note our quotation includes these charges, approximately as follows:
  • Motor Cycle AU$ 50
  • Motor car by groupage container AU$ 150
  • Motor car by exclusive container AU$ 350 


If so appointed our destination representative will lodge the customs entry on your behalf no later than 5 days prior to vessel arrival and will require copies of the following documents which will accompany the entry:  Vehicle Import Approval, passport, Permanent Residence Visa, purchase documents and UK registration documents.

Charges for customs clearance, associated haulage from port of entry to customs bonded facility and handout are payable locally to our representative (unless included in our quotation). Charges vary from port to port and are approximately as follows:

  • Motor cycle AU$ 500
  • Motor car by groupage container AU$600 to AU$850
  • Motor car by exclusive container AU$800 to AU$995