G’Day Mate…Need to Ship a Car to Australia?
Sydney, Australia is approximately 7,452 nautical miles from Houston, TX. That’s a long distance any way you look at it. When you want to ship a car that far, it’s not something you do on the spur of the moment. The first step is contacting international moving services in Houston, TX, and the distance suddenly doesn’t seem so far.
Before shipping a car, you need to do some advance preparation. Getting the car there is no problem for expert shippers. However, there is more to the process than placing an auto in a container and delivering it thousands of miles later. For one thing, the auto must meet government standards which may or may not be the same as U.S. standards. You must also keep the car insured and be prepared to pay expenses like port entry fees, customs duties and state registration fees.
In Australia, g’day means hello. In the U.S., telling someone to have a good day means good wishes that a day goes well. On either end of the shipping process, a good day will mean the proper paperwork is completed, the fees are paid, the car arrives at its destination intact, and the vehicle is allowed into the country.
Making it Through Customs
Shipping your car to Australia in one of the ocean freight containers Houston, TX shippers regularly use now is the best way to insure the vehicle is well protected during its trip. The shipper can provide a lot of information that makes the entire process smooth. The first thing you need to know is that a Vehicle Import Approval must be obtained before the car can make it through Australian customs. The Vehicle Import Approval is issued by the Vehicle Safety Standards Branch of the Department of Transport and Regional Services.
You vehicle will also have to quarantined until officials approve its release from customs. In some cases, you may be required to pay for steam cleaning before the car is allowed into the country. Finally, the vehicle must be registered and all the Goods and Service Tax paid to customs before you’re allowed to drive it on the roads in any Australian state.
The customs duty is based on the Transaction Value. The Transaction Value is the price paid for the car, if the car was purchased with the intent of shipping it directly to Australia. A second method for calculating customs duty involves an official assessing its value in Australia with certain adjustments figured by customs.
If you are having the international moving services in Houston, TX ship your car to Australia, but you plan on staying less than 12 months, there are other regulations that come into play. You don’t have to pay customs duty in some cases, but you do have to provide certain information about the car. For example, a Carnet de Passages de Douanes issued in the U.S. in coordination with the Automobile Association of Australia will be required.
Having a Good Day Driving Away
This provides a quick summary of some of the rules and regulations associated with shipping a vehicle from the U.S. to Australia. Of course, regulations change frequently too. The shipper providing the ocean freight containers in Houston, TX will supply a lot of up-to-date information you need for a successful importation of your car. When shipping goes smoothly, you will be able to say, “G’day mate!” and mean it!
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