Boat Shipping From the USA to Australia

Are you planning to explore the allure of Sydney Harbor with your boat? Or perhaps you bought the perfect yacht from the USA and want it shipped quickly and safely to Australia. Whatever your reasons for shipping a boat to the Land Down Under, importing a vessel from the USA to Australia can be a logistically and legally complicated process.

With more than 30 years of experience in international shipping, Trans Global Auto Logistics (TGAL) has the industry expertise you need for effortless boat shipping from the USA to Australia. Our decades-old relationships with multiple shipping lines and charterers allow us to get the most competitive rates for your boat transport from the USA to Australia. Request a free international shipping quote to get the best rate for transporting your boat.

Specialized Boat Shipping Services

Trans Global offers unrivaled boat shipping services to Australia. From building custom cradles to testing for asbestos and expediting export/import procedures, we handle every minuscule detail of the transportation process while you sit back and relax waiting for your boat to arrive. TGAL’s services for boat shipping from the USA to Australia include:

  • Custom-built trailers and cradles
  • Inland trucking and transportation
  • Asbestos removal and testing
  • Expedited customs clearance
  • Survey condition report
  • Marine insurance
  • Escrow services
  • Shrink wrapping
  • Boat winterizing

Ship Boats From USA to Australia With Trans Global

From fishing boats to sailboats and superyachts, Trans Global has decades of experience and industry expertise to transport vessels of any size to Australia cost-effectively and efficiently. All you need to do is book a service and submit the required documents and we will handle the rest. Contact us now at 972-559-3244 to learn more about TGAL’s USA to Australia boat transport services.

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Specialized Boat Shipping Services

SPECIALIZED BOAT SHIPPING SERVICES

Trans Global offers unrivaled boat shipping services to Australia. From building custom cradles to testing for asbestos and expediting export/import procedures, we handle every minuscule detail of the transportation process while you sit back and relax waiting for your boat to arrive. TGAL’s services for boat shipping from the USA to Australia include:

  • Custom-built trailers and cradles
  • Inland trucking and transportation
  • Asbestos removal and testing
  • Expedited customs clearance
  • Survey condition report
  • Marine insurance
  • Escrow services
  • Shrink wrapping
  • Boat winterizing
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Australian Documentation Import Requirements for Boats

If your boat is paid off:

  • The original title of the boat (the title will be mailed back to you after presenting it to customs)
  • Bill of sale (if you purchased the boat recently)
  • A copy of your passport, ID, or driver’s license

If your boat is not paid off and has a lien:

  • An original and notarized letter of permission for overseas transport signed by the lienholder
  • A notarized front and back copy of the title
  • A copy of your ID, passport, or driver’s license

If your boat has a trailer:

  • All boats with trailers require import permits. (This is required even if you don’t plan on using the trailer in Australia.)
  • Apply for the permit directly with the Department of Infrastructure.

Australian Duties / Taxes Due

General guidelines on Australian Boat Duty & Taxes

For American-made boats shipped from the USA to Australia, there is No Import Duty. Please be aware if you buy a boat or yacht in the USA which was manufactured in another country an Import Duty of 5% FOB applies. This is the value of the boat plus the freight costs including any inland transport or repairs to the boat

  • American made boats imported from any country other than the USA will also incur import duty of 5%
  • Import GST of 10% applies to all boats & yachts on the CIF value, which is the cost of the boat or yacht, the cost of the insurance and the freight costs including any inland transport or repairs to the boat
  • The exchange is based on the day of departure from the USA supplied by Australian Customs
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Cost & Transit Times for Shipping Boats from US to Australia

Cost and Transit times vary greatly depending on where your boat is in the USA and what Australian port it needs to ship to.

  • Transit times can vary depending on multiple factors, but generally the entire process takes between 30-50 days
  • Please note you’ll need to factor in additional days for customs clearance and vessel loading/unloading.

To determine your cost, please get in touch with us and submit a free quote request, at no obligation to you.

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Australian Quarantine Approval

You’ll have to get approval to show that your imported boat meets Australian Quarantine Standards. The Australian Border Force (ABF) is very strict on the potential of importing foreign boats and parts containing asbestos.

Trans Global has worked very hard over the past years to build a complete offshore pre-cleaning and an asbestos pre-testing/removal program with the ABF. Now the only approved offshore cleaning facility by the Australian government in the U.S.A, our West Coast facility enables us to offer “Guaranteed Pre-Cleaning” meeting the Australian Bio-security requirements for vehicles and boats

All boats and yachts with air conditioning or refrigerator units require an additional “Ozone Protection” import permit from the government to gain entry to Australia. There are exemptions from this rule including:

  • If you owned your boat for over a year and use it for private use.
  • Is being imported to Australia for private use.
  • Uses less than a certain amount of chemicals during a calendar year.

 

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Ports Serviced in the US and Australia

  • USA Departure Ports — Trans Global has service from all U.S. Ports, including: New York, Baltimore, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Galveston, Los Angeles, and more.
  • Australian Arrival Ports — Below are the most popular Australian entry ports.
    • Brisbane
    • Sydney
    • Adelaide
    • Melbourne
    • Fremantle
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Multiple Boat Shipping Options for Different Needs

Trans Global offers a wide range of boat shipping options to meet a diversity of client needs and budgets. Whether you have an oversize boat or need the most cost-effective transport solution, TGAL’s array of services make boat shipping from the USA to Australia accessible to all. TGAL offers the following transport services for boat shipping to Australia:

Roll On Roll Off (RORO) — RORO is the most popular method for international boat shipping. Your boat is rolled into and out of a RORO ship using its wheeled trailer. We use shrink wrapping in our USA to Australia boat transport services to protect your watercraft from the elements onboard RORO ships.

 

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Containerized— One of the more affordable options to ship boats, this method uses enclosed steel containers to transport your watercraft. This transportation option has size restrictions and is only suitable for small boat shipping from the USA to Australia.

Lift-on/Lift-off — A costlier shipping option, LOLO uses an onboard crane to lift your boat onto and out of the ship. Boats are loaded onto the upper deck of the ship, eliminating height restrictions and enabling large boat transportation.

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Flat Rack — Another shipping option with no height or width restriction, this method loads your boat onto a flat rack with a cradle to support it. We remove the vessel’s arches and radars to reduce the cost of boat transport from the USA to Australia.

Preparing Your Boat for Shipping from USA to Australia

Prior to shipping your boat to Australia, it’s important that you perform the following steps to avoid additional fees.

  • Clean your boat inside and out, including its undercarriage
    • Boat must be clean of foreign soil, invasive plants, and animals
  • Make sure there is less than a quarter tank of fuel
  • Disengage any after-market alarm system prior to shipment

Can I get asbestos clearance before shipping my boat?

Yes, TGAL is one of the few international boat shipping companies in the US that offers a certified asbestos pre-testing and removal program for vessel shipments to Australia. In collaboration with the Australian Border Force (ABF), we have built an asbestos cleaning facility on the US West Coast. The facility is the only offshore asbestos cleaning center approved by the Australian government, meeting the country’s biosecurity requirements for vehicle and equipment imports.

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Additional Services

 

  • Inland Transport within the USA and Australia – Trans Global arranges road transport anywhere in the USA to the terminal and also to any city within the Australia.
  • Marine Insurance – Per the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA) liability is limited to per shipment. Marine Insurance is strongly recommended by Trans Global to ensure your boat is covered for any damages or loss. All shipping quotes given by Trans Global will list the cost of this optional service.
  • 3rd party boat purchase inspections – For those looking to purchase a boat or yacht online from the USA and want piece of mind knowing the vehicle is as advertised.
  • Escrow Service – For those customers that don’t feel comfortable sending funds directly to a USA online seller or when a seller isn’t comfortable providing their banking details to someone overseas, we offer this service to act as a liaison between the buyer and the seller.
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William Reynolds
William Reynolds
14:10 28 Jan 21
I would like to take the time to thanks Anna Payton for her professionalism and help when getting my vehicle ready to... ship back to the US. She took the time to answer all my questions and concerns about the process and even took pre-shipment photos of my car (I thought this was a great addition). This the fourth time using TransGlobal and I have been impressed with their service each time.read more
Talisman Kreationen
Talisman Kreationen
18:47 15 Oct 20
The representitives here are outstanding, Amanda and Andre were great. They were there every step of the way;... questions, guidance and direction. Great to have a team that I was able to contact by email or phone while they where going through Covid-19 operating hours, never hesitating to answer a question within a reasonable time. Awesomeness at its finest.read more
My Blackjacks
My Blackjacks
15:05 24 Jul 20
Great service. Mandy is amazing and super helpful. All my emails and calls were responded to very quickly and once I... had my quote and paperwork complete she coordinated everything else and I had my car shipped to me extremely quick. Driver was friendly and professional. Highly recommended.read more
Barbara Hutton
Barbara Hutton
12:06 10 Oct 19
I used Trans Global to ship a 1970 Fiat Spider from Florida to New York. I worked with Mandy. She was extremely... courteous and very helpful. She made this whole process very simple. The car carrier they used was very courteous, prompt and ensured that the car was secured safely. Thank you Mandy for a job well done.read more
Sabrina Harder
Sabrina Harder
19:33 25 Mar 19
If I could I would give 5 stars. Brenda has been AMAZING. Seriously highly recommend them to anyone. Quick response to... emails and calls. Brenda has went out of her way to ensure everything is smooth. I can’t give her enough praise! The world needs more people like her - compassionate and caring!read more
Kelly Holliday
Kelly Holliday
23:25 23 Jul 18
Working with trans global has been an amazing experience. From trying to begin a process without hard dates to... suffering mechanical issues and arriving later than expected at the dock, the team that works for trans global have been amazing. They helped our process of getting the truck to its destination and I feel blessed by the angels at Trans Global who assisted us along the way. Mandy was a breath of fresh air as the process for me was a first time endeavor. I feel grateful that she was the one who handled the whole entire process and even helped me laugh when I stressed out and thought I messed up my money order. I will definitely use this company again when we have to ship our truck off of the island in a few years.read more
Cris Madar
Cris Madar
20:22 14 Jul 18
We moved from North Carolina to Hawaii and the process of shipping a car over an ocean seemed daunting. However, Mandy... at Trans Global was absolutely amazing and provided superb customer service. She responded to emails very promptly regardless of time and provided frequent updates. I highly recommend Trans Global and ask for Mandy.read more
Eric Alvarado
Eric Alvarado
05:06 16 Jun 18
OUTSTANDING customer service! THANKS to Mandy Brantley and the Team for tracking my two vehicles and providing all the... details to this picky customer. Couldn't be any happier with the service provided before pick up, in-transit and delivery.read more
Chop Chop
Chop Chop
04:23 28 Jun 17
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From fishing boats to sailboats and superyachts, Trans Global has decades of experience and industry expertise to transport vessels of any size to Australia cost-effectively and efficiently. All you need to do is book a service and submit the required documents and we will handle the rest. Contact us now at 972-559-3244 to learn more about TGAL’s USA to Australia boat transport services.

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