Australia Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Australia Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Japan Used Vehicle Import Duty / Regulation in Australia


Year Restrictions
No Age Limit
Destination Port
Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney
Time of Shipment
RoRo (14-24 Days)
Vessel Schedule
RoRo (Weekly)
Shipping Line
Wilhelmsen Ships Service
No Inspection Required


Suatralia Import Regulation

Shipping Ports

Used vehicles are mainly shipped to the ports of Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney. Generally RoRo (Roll-on Roll-off) shipping method is used for vehicle shipment, if requested a container shipment can be arranged.


Age Restrictions

No age restriction on used vehicles imported to Australia. Thus, Australians can import used vehicle of any age."

Right Hand Drive vehicle

Australia country allows the importation of right hand drive vehicles that are 15 years or above on the date the landing.


There are several steps to import a used vehicle in Australia

  • Obtain a Vehicle Import Approval (VIA) from the Vehicle Safety Standards Branch of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

  • Pay customs duty, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and luxury car tax (LCT) where applicable and obtain customs clearance at the port of entry.

  • Obtain quarantine clearance from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) after the road vehicle has arrived at the port of entry.

  • To gain Customs clearance for an imported road vehicle you must hold a valid VIA for that road vehicle.

  • It is an offence under the MVSA to import, sell or present new or used imported road vehicles to the Australian market for the first time unless those road vehicles meet the National Standards.

  • If your road vehicle has a value below the import entry threshold (AUD1000) it may be cleared by Customs by lodging a self-assessed clearance (SAC) declaration. A VIA is required regardless of the value of the road vehicle.

  • Get a quote for shipping / customs clearance / quarantine / packing / depot / terminal handling fees / cleaning fees / duties / taxes.
Steps to Import Used Vehicle
  • Purchase the car in a controlled manner, via an agent, or by a letter of credit through you bank. The risks involved with loss of money is dependant on the relationship you have with the seller.

  • Make sure all documents are given to a customs broker in your port, or you can have a go at clearing yourself. Mistakes are costly and storage isn't cheap, so using a broker is a smart move.

  • They have methods of valuing the car less that what you expect to save on duties (usually 10 percent) and GST 10 percent. Also high price vehicles may attract luxury car tax.

  • Delivery of your road vehicle into home consumption will only be authorized where Customs and AQIS clearance requirements are met.


Top Selling Used Vehicles in Australia


In the year 2012, 5,554 units of used vehicles were imported into the country from Japan, which increase to 6,028 units in the year 2013. The year before also saw a massive growth and stability in the used vehicle market segment. The Japanese used car market has reached almost all parts of the world and Australia is no exception to this fact. Australia is located in Oceania between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean.


The importation of Japanese used vehicles to Australia is a quick transit and is done at competitive prices. The country allows the importation of right hand drive vehicles that are 15 years or above on the date the landing. Once the vehicle arrives at the port of entry, Quarantine clearance is required from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).


Eligibility for Importing a Vehicle

  • You have owned and used the vehicle overseas for a period of not less than twelve continuous calendar months.

  • You are of driving age.

  • You must be an Australian citizen.

  • You are a migrant holding permanent residency in Australia.

  • You are allowed to import any vehicle which is 15 or more years old on the date it lands in Australia.

  • Cars are required to be right hand drive




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