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Car Shipping to Melbourne

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  • Cost starts from: £1495
  • Roll on/Roll off: Yes ✓
  • Container Shipping: Yes ✓
  • Frequency of sailing: weekly

RORO & Container Shipping to Melbourne

Ship Cars Ltd, the specialist in international vehicle shipping services offers regular vehicle shipping from the UK to Melbourne by RORO, shared and dedicated container services every week.  As an experienced car shipping company to Australia, we can help guide you through the shipment process to help you avoid any pitfalls that may come your way.  We work very closely with a number of international shipping lines and receiving agents in Melbourne.  Our trusted import clearing agents can assist you with customs clearance along with the import procedures including vehicle registration. Our goal is to make sure you have a trouble free shipment and have a successful import so that you can relax throughout the whole process.  There are a number of ways to ship your vehicle to Melbourne, each offering a safe and secure way of transport to Australia.

How much does it cost to ship to Melbourne?

Our car shipping rates vary depending on how it is shipped to Melbourne.  The cheapest and most popular way of shipping your vehicle is undoubtedly by shared container services using the R-Rak system.  Saloon cars start from £2495 and 4×4’s from £2695 and load at our receiving depot in Southampton.  Ship Cars Ltd offers weekly sailings to Melbourne for either the shared or dedicated container services.

Larger vehicles can be shipped by RORO (roll on/roll off) services, which sail from either Southampton or Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  Vessels sail 2-3 times a month and offers a great way of transporting large vans, motorhomes and even caravans to Melbourne safely.  The costs to ship by RORO is worked out on the overall measurements of the vehicle.  In order for an accurate rate you will need to provide the length, width, height and its approximate weight.

RORO Car Shipping to Melbourne

Roll On/Roll off car shipping to Durban

RORO also known as Roll on/Roll off is the preferred method of shipment for almost all car manufacturers across the world.  Rolling cargo is simply driven or towed on to the ship where it is safely secured in the lower decks.  All vehicles are strapped inside to keep it from freely moving around the ship whilst in transit.  These purpose built vessels can carry thousands of rolling cargo at any one time.  Vehicles are easier to load and unload at both the departure and arrival port which saves time & effort meaning you will see some financial benefits on your import arrival fees.

Container Shipping to Melbourne

Container shipping cars to Durban

Shared and dedicated container shipping to Melbourne has it’s advantages, Ship Cars has some fantastic rates for transporting vehicles from the UK.  With weekly sailings being an advantage, there is no need to wait for long periods of time to get your vehicle shipped to Melbourne.  The advantage of shipping a car to Melbourne by container means that you can load your personal belongings inside the vehicle and have them shipped for no extra cost.  All vehicles shipped either on our shared or dedicated container services are secured inside for safer transit.  The shared container service is the popular choice among our customers, vehicles are shipped 3-4 at a time on our R-Rak services taking advantage of every available space.  You only pay for your share of the container, this means our rates are always competitive, thus saving you money.

Do I need an Import Permit for Melbourne?

The answer is yes.  Providing you manage to obtain an Import Permit, the typical cost of importing a saloon car to Melbourne by roll on/roll off shipping will be around $1480.00 (AUD). This does not include the GST (Goods & Service Tax) or the cost of the quarantine inspection should your vehicle be dirty. If your vehicle requires cleaning then it will be sent for this at your expense. If you fail to obtain the import permit your vehicle will either be shipped back to the UK or it will be confiscated and crushed in Australia.  Import permits can take anything up to 6 weeks to obtain in busy periods so it is best to plan well in advance.

Quarantine Inspection Melbourne

Before your vehicle can be shipped outside of the UK, it needs to meet with AQIS high inspection standards. This means it will need to undergo a quarantine inspection. If you car isn’t up to standard it will need to be thoroughly cleaned inside and outside at your expense. It is the Importers responsibility to ensure every vehicle being imported is clean and free from 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.


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