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Car shipping to Australia

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  • Cost starts from: £825.00
  • Roll on/Roll off: Yes ✓
  • Container Shipping: Yes ✓
  • Frequency of sailing: weekly

Shipping a car to Australia? First Base Freight offers best UK to Australia vehicle shipping services by roll on/roll (RoRo) and by shared or dedicated container services every week. Car shipping to Australia with a professionally renowned shipping company will not only offer you peace of mind but it will ensure that your car is in the safest hands throughout its voyage.

Our weekly services sail to Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney & Tasmania by 20ft or 40ft container services, whereas our roll on/roll off car shipping services sail to Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney on a slightly less frequent service. Each service is safe, secure and very cost effective.

Car shipping costs to Australia

Typical car shipping costs from the UK to Australia in our shared container service seems to be the most economical choice if you are taking personal items inside the car. The cost for a saloon car to Australia is £800.00 and a 4 x 4 is £900.00. Our loading depot is at Rainham, Essex where your vehicle will be loaded inside a 40ft HC container along with 3 other cars that all travelling to the same destination. You only pay for a portion of the space taken up inside the container, which helps to drive costs lower. Your second option is to ship your car by roll on/roll off, the costs for a saloon to Australia start from £825.00 and a 4 x 4 is £1125.00 based on it sailing out of Southampton. We also offer dedicated 20ft, 40ft and 40ft HC container services from Southampton. To ship a car in a 20ft container to Australia is £995.00, a 40ft and 40ft HC will cost £1795.00.

Roll on/Roll off shipping to Australia

Roll On/Roll off shipping to Australia

RoRo vessels are purpose built ships and are purely there to ship rolling cargo such as cars, vans, trucks, motorhomes, caravans and plant machinery to either Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne or Sydney. Our roll on/roll off car shipping services to Australia have always been a cheaper alternative to shipping vehicles from the UK due to the ease of loading and unloading of cargo both here in the UK and in Australia. Vessels sail from Southampton every week and offer fairly competitive transit times.

Container shipping to Australia

Container shipping cars to Australia

Our dedicated container shipping to the Australia operate from Southampton and can offer our customers further peace of mind when shipping their vehicles to Australia. We can collect and deliver your vehicle to our loading premises in Southampton for you or you can arrange to deliver this yourself to save costs. We can accommodate either fully operational vehicles or non-runners easily and load them safely in to either a 20ft, 40ft or 40ft high cube container. Our container vessels sail weekly and offer good transit times right across Australia.

Our dedicated team will ensure that your vehicle is cared for from the minute it arrives at our loading facility right up to when it arrives in the Australia to be unloaded.

Import Permit in Australia

Providing that you are able to obtain an Import Permit, typical costs for importing a saloon car in to Melbourne by roll on/roll off for example will be approximately AUD$1480.00. This price does not include any GST or the quarantine inspection, if your vehicle is dirty it will be sent for a steam clean which will be at your expense, GST is also known as the Goods & Services Tax and will be applied to the figure quoted above.

As a second example of costs in Australia, if you decide to ship your car in a 20ft container to Adelaide for example your rates will increase quite significantly to approximately AUD$2980.00 for your import fees, again the rate does not include any GST or the quarantine inspection fee. Shipping your car in a container is a lot more expensive when importing in to Australia however the advantage is that you can load your vehicle with personal items for no extra charge.

Quarantine Inspection in Australia

When shipping a car to Australia it must be thoroughly cleaned both inside and outside of the vehicle before it can be exported out of the UK to meet with AQIS high inspection standards. It is the Importers responsibility to ensure that every vehicle that they are importing is clean and free of all quarantine risk material (QRM). This includes seeds, soil, mud, clay and animal material, live insects and plant material such as straw and leaves for example.

What paperwork is needed to ship a car to Australia?

When shipping cars, trucks, vans or motorhomes to Australia we would require copies of the V5C, Photo page of the consignee's passport, Purchase/Sales Invoice. Full list of required documents:

  • V5C (or title document) for the vehicle
  • Photo page of the consignees passport
  • Purchase/Sales Invoice of the vehicle

With the correct paperwork and Import permits in place, the shipment of your vehicle to Australia will be as stress-free as it possibly can be. For further information or to obtain a quote to ship your vehicle to Australia, contact us today.



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