What Happens if I Import a Car Without Approval?
Importing a vehicle is an offence without a valid import approval. Penalties for this offence can be a fine of up to A$13,200. You cannot gain customs clearance in Australia without a Vehicle Import Permit, Customs bond storage is expensive if you do not receive your permit prior to the arrival of your vehicle.
What Import taxes apply to cars Imported into Australia?
Import Duty 5%:
Import Duty is applicable on vehicles that do not comply with Schedule 4 or any of the Free trade Agreements we have in place
Vehicles that are 30 years or older are duty free as per the following item from Schedule 4(please note that the vehicle must comply with the following):
SCHEDULE 4: Item 41D 941 (* )
Vehicles of an age of 30 years or more, being:
(a) utilities or pick-ups, having a g.v.w. not exceeding 3.5 tonnes classified under 8704.21.10 or 8704.31.10 of Schedule 3; or
(b) passenger motor vehicles
Australia has Free Trade Agreements with Japan & the USA which means any vehicle built in the USA or Japan and is shipped to Australia directly from the country of manufacturer will allow you to avoid paying any duty by simply filling in one extra document.
Luxury Car Tax:
Applies on vehicles that exceed the allowable Luxury Car Tax threshold to see the current LCT threshold please CLICK HERE based on the vehicle sell price less duty, GST or LCT. Luxury Car Tax is payable at 33%
10% GST applies on all imported vehicles
The only exemption is vehicles that are solely designed for people with a disability.
Does quarantine need to inspect my vehicle?
All used cars vehicles are subject to a mandatory Australian Quarantine Inspections unless processed by an Approved Offshore Biosecurity provider. Approved Offshore Biosecurity providers still have a 5% inspection rate so Australian quarantine can audit there system. All vehicles must be clean and free of quarantine risk material prior to arrival in Australia to avoid quarantine cleaning upon arrival.
Common quarantine problem with vehicles
1. Soil around wheels, muffler, guards, mud guards
2. Spare tyres and boot
3. Engine bay and/or radiator
4. Dirt underneath of the car or vehicle
5. Leaves seeds and soil in the Interior of the car or vehicle
If your import car or vehicle is found to have quarantine matter by the quarantine officer it will be directed to quarantine cleaning. This can involve steam cleaning/high pressure cleaning, disinfecting and vacuuming which is all at the importers cost.
Asbestos in used Motor Vehicles
In 2017 Australian Border Force changed the import requirements for used vehicles. Now all vehicles need to be tested for asbestos before gaining customs clearance in Australia. Australia has a ZERO tolerance, which means many countries do not comply with our standard and the countries which do only started from around the year 2000. Classic/vintage cars are high risk for asbestos so AUTOHUB NZ can provide contacts for pre-shipment inspection and certification of vehicles at risk of containing asbestos so affected parts replacement can be performed prior to shipping.