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How to import vehicles into Australia

 Send in an application to get your Vehicle Import Approval document(VIA). This is usually acquired for a fee at the Vehicle Standards Branch of Infrastructure.

When you get an approved Vehicle Import Approval document (VIA), ensure to fill a form known as Import Declaration Form (B650). This form can be acquired from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. For those that won’t be importing vehicles into Australia regularly, it would be cheaper to go through a registered car import broker who will take charge of the B650 declaration. You could also register with the Integrated Cargo System (ICS) to submit the declaration on your own or submit it by hand to any Customs and Border Protection counter.

You should also ensure that your customs duties, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) are fully paid to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Get the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service to come inspect your vehicle. They will give you a date and location. As soon as the vehicle arrives, they will come and inspect it.

Once your vehicle gets to Australia, the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) will also inspect your vehicle in a bid to ensure that it is as clean as it should be. They will also check that there is no soil, plant matter as well as any seed in it. If DAFF marks your vehicle as unclean, you be required to pat extra for cleaning. This would of course cause a delay as they will need to ensure 100% cleanliness of your vehicle.

Individuals importing vehicles that are $1,000 or less have the opportunity to use a clearance declaration that is self-assessed. It will however still be necessary to use a Vehicle Import Approval document (VIA).

Vehicle valuations are based on the price of the vehicle for most cases. Other valuation methods could also be used depending on the specifications of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

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