Shipping from the USA to Australia

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Moving possessions overseas or making purchases from abroad can be risky, especially when the process isn’t followed precisely. Trans Global Auto Logistics is here to help you with car shipping from the USA to Australia.


Export and Import Documentation Requirements

There are several different permits to consider when shipping your vehicle to Australia. The new “rolling 25 year rule” allows vehicles that are 25 years or older to be imported simply by meeting basic safety requirements. Another aspect of this law allows vehicles that have been purchased and used overseas for at least one year to be available for import as well. Instead, the Personal Import Option allows vehicles that have been owned for at least 12 months to be available for import. Applicants may only import one vehicle every 5 years under this option. This import options listing provides the full list of all categories.

To apply for vehicle import approval, register online with the Department of Infrastructure here. The US export requirements include the original title, copy of bill of sale, and passport or EIN. Australian import requirements include the copy of the bill of sale and a copy of the registration certificate or vehicle title.

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Australian Duties and Taxes for Imported Vehicles

Imported vehicles that meet the requirements for temporary imports according to the Australian Government, including exporting within the approved time limit, can use foreign number plates without Australian registration or taxation. Other vehicles for more permanent importation may fall into different duty and tax bracket requirements based on vehicle age, type, and cost.

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Cost and Transit Times for Shipping Cars from the USA to Australia

Transit times will vary depending on factors including departure and arrival port locations, but generally the entire process takes about 30-50 days. You should also budget additional time for clearing customs and unloading the transport vessel.To estimate your cost for shipping your car to Australia, get in touch through a free quote request and we’ll reach back out to you quickly.

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Australian Vehicle Import Approval and Registration

The Australian Border Force requires vehicle approval demonstrating compliance with environmental and safety regulations as well as thorough inspections. Trans Global has the only approved offshore cleaning facility by the Australian government in the US. Our West Coast facility enables us to offer “guaranteed pre-cleaning” that meets the Australian Biosecurity requirements for vehicles.

Vehicles brought into Australia permanently must be registered. You will need to apply to register the vehicle in the relevant state or territory under the State Road and Transport Authorities.

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Ports Serviced

For departures, Trans Global can use any US port. The most popular Australian entry ports include Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Fremantle. If you’re ready to start shipping your car from the USA to Australia, Trans Global can help get your car where you need it to be.

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Transport Options

Trans Global offers several international shipping methods to our customers. Air freight offers the fastest, most expensive shipping available. Our sea transportation options are more common, which include Roll On Roll Off (RORO) for open shared transport like a floating parking garage, shared container shipping for a communal transport service that is more closed to the air, dedicated container shipping for private shipment.

Each transport option has its own benefits and requirements — we’ll help you find your best fit for shipping your car from the USA to Australia. With any of these transport options, you need to prepare your vehicle before shipping overseas, including cleaning, license plate removal, and ensuring less than a quarter tank of fuel.

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12:58 30 May 22
Easy to work with and the staff is very helpful and friendly.
17:35 31 Mar 22
Wow night and day compared to miltary office in Dallas. They were so nice and understanding brenda was great and took... care of us the whole way! Ray provided a great quote that was much more affordable than I anticipatedread more
Lizzy Figueroa
Lizzy Figueroa
02:35 13 Sep 21
Great service! Mandy was so helpful in all this process, she always respond my phone calls and email and she made the... process so easy, we are happy with everything! Highly recomended!read more
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 more
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Chop Chop
04:23 28 Jun 17
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Trans Global strongly recommends marine insurance. We also offer third party vehicle purchase inspections and escrow services which may be applicable in your circumstances. We don’t just cover your shipping from the USA to Australia, but also inland transport within both the US and Australia. We will be with you every step of the way, so call today for your quote to get started.

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