How to import your car

Found a Vehicle you want to purchase and Import from overseas and don’t know how to go about Importing it to Australia?

Here’s how LLS can help.

What you need to do

  • Advise the dealer you will nominate your own Freight Forwarder. Nominating your own Freight Forwarder gives you security and control of your costs.
  • You will need to obtain an Import Permit from DOTARS. We recommend you have the Import Permit on hand prior to shipping your Vehicle. LLS can assist with the application as requested. Please contact us for the Import Application Form.
  • Once you have your Permit you will need to provide LLS with a copy of the Import Permit as this is required for Customs purposes.

What we arrange

  • Booking space with the Shipping Line
  • Collection of your Vehicle from the dealer
  • Export Customs Clearance and Documentation
  • Loading & Securing your Vehicle (if shipped in a container)
  • Customs and Quarantine formalities in Australia
  • Unloading your Vehicle (if shipped in a container)
  • Quarantine Inspection
  • Delivery as requested

Shipping methods

  • Airfreight
  • FCL – 20’, 40’ & 40’HC
  • RO/RO (Roll On / Roll Off)

Does your Vehicle have air conditioning?
If yes please read the below important information.

A pre-charged equipment (PCE) licence is required to import refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment that contains a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) or hydrochloroflurocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant.

The most common types of HFCs and HCFCs are:

R134a R22

A full list of substances can be found under Schedule 1 of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act), available at

A PCE licence is required even if the air-conditioning or refrigeration system is incorporated into another object, e.g. a car, boat, yacht, caravan, earth moving equipment, vending or ice-making machines, ice cream makers, airconditioners, refrigerators, water coolers, etc. A licence is required by all importers of pre-charged equipment, independent of the number of units or the amount of gas in the units being imported, unless the equipment has been degassed prior to being imported (and the importer has documentary evidence to confirm this). Further information is avaiable at

To import pre-charged equipment without a licence is an offence under the Act.

Import Duty

  • Duty is payable to the Australian Customs Service
  • 5% duty is payable on imported vehicles ex USA (Figures are current Oct 09)
  • Vehicles 30 years or older are duty free
  • Vehicles classified as commercial (utilities and pick ups) and of US origin* are duty free
  • Duty is calculated on the FOB Value of the vehicle. The FOB 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.
  • Documentary evidence is required of the purchase price and any additional works done on the vehicle.

Import GST

10% Import GST is payable on the CIF plus any duty payable

  • Cost of the Vehicle
  • Insurance
  • Freight amount
  • Duty payable

Luxury Car Tax

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

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.