SEA GO has revolutionised the way cars are shipped by container, to offer the safest, cleanest and most cost effective way to bring your prized investment into Australia.

1. DOTARS requires an import approval for cars, prior to the cars arriving into Australia. (provide link to application http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/importing_vehicles/index.aspx

2. Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS)
Whether importing new or used vehicles into Australia, AQIS will do a mandatory inspection on arrival to check the vehicle is clean and free of all quarantine risk material. We advise all our importers to advise their suppliers to “clean as new”. To check the AQIS regulations/instructions for import go to: www.daff.gov.au – then select: Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.

Once the container has been unpacked in an approved Depot and Quarantine inspection has taken place, the following may occur:

A. Your car passes inspection and it is therefore able to be collected from the depot, once all fees have been paid

B. Your car does not pass inspection. It will require further cleaning at the Unpack Depot, as per Quarantine instructions; re-inspection by Quarantine and if passed, it then may be collected from the depot, once all fees have been paid. (SEA GO will do whatever we can to avoid extra costs incurred on arrival which is based largely on how clean the cars are prior to shipping from the origin port. Please note: Cleaning in Australia is costly and although this is sometimes unavoidable, these costs can be drastically reduced in handled properly at origin.)

3. The Department of Environment Australia also has strict regulations in place for any type of vehicle import. Does your car have air conditioning fitted? We can ensure the vehicle is de-gassed prior to shipping.

a. There are two types of gas for air conditioning in vehicles:

i. R12:
This is the old style gas, also known as HCFC or HFC gas, which is banned from importation into Australia. If the vehicle’s air conditioning system runs on this gas, the system must be retro-fitted, ie the filter valve, receiver drier and gas must be removed and be replaced with R134a components (components only, not gas) or not be replaced at all. A declaration from the technician removing the old system must be completed.

ii. R134a
This is the correct gas, also known as CFC gas. However, it is still not allowed into Australia without a permit to import pre-charged air conditioning equipment. This process costs approx. $3500 to complete. To import a vehicle with R134a gas, with a permit, the unit must have the gas removed prior to importation (cannot be done on arrival). A declaration from the shipper is required stating that the gas has been removed. All vehicles imported into Australia must have the air-conditioning degassed. For details please visit http://www.environment.gov.au.

4. Australian Arrival Costs
You have shipped your car from the overseas supplier, so what fees can you expect on arrival?
The following charges are applicable to all foreign imports:
(i) Shipping Line Wharf Fees (Port Service Charges)
(ii) Customs Clearance Fees
(iii) Quarantine Inspection Fees
(iv) Import GST 10% cost of goods + freight
(v) Import Duty* 5% cost of goods + freight
* Please note: Some countries are exempt from Import Duty. (LINK TO WEBSITE FOR INFO?)

5. Import Duty

• Duty is payable to the Australian Customs Service
• 5% Duty is payable on imported vehicles ex USA (Figures are current Oct 09)
• Exemptions: Vehicles 30 years or older are Duty Free
• Vehicles classified as commercial (utilities and pick ups) and proved to be of US origin are Duty Free
• Duty is calculated on the Customs Value of the vehicle. The Customs Value of the vehicle is the purchase price converted into Australian Dollars using the official rate of exchange on the date of export of the vehicle from the place of export. Note: The Customs Value should also include costs of any modification or improvement work done to the vehicle after purchase but prior to arrival into Australia.
• Documentary evidence is required of the purchase price and any additional works done on the vehicle.

6. GST

10% GST is payable on the Value of Taxable Importation (VOTI).
The VOTI is the sum of:
The Customs Value of the imported vehicle
+ any duty payable
+ freight amount
+ insurance (if applicable)

7. Luxury Car Tax

For further information on taxes payable to Customs, go to the following link:

8. Do you have an original USA Certificate of Title and a Bill of Sale? The vehicle cannot be exported without these and they must be sighted by the agent in the USA prior to shipment. The US agent then sends them to us via Fedex once all export documents are in order and we send them to you.

9. For cars post 1989, please refer to the following link: http://raws.infrastructure.gov.au/

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