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Car Shipping to Sydney

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  • Cost starts from: £795.00
  • Roll on/Roll off: Yes ✓
  • Container Shipping: Yes ✓
  • Frequency of sailing: Weekly

How to ship a vehicle to Sydney or Port Kembla from the UK

First Base Freight offers cost effective car shipping to Sydney by container or to Port Kembla by RORO. Our container shipping services to Sydney sail from either Southampton, Felixstowe or Tilbury weekly. Whereas our roll on/roll off (RORO) car shipping to Port Kembla sails from Southampton or Newcastle approx. 2-3 times every month. Port Kembla is approximately 8 kms south of Wollongong and is located 1 & 1/2 hours’ drive South of Sydney. First Base Freight have been shipping cars to Sydney for over 10 years and have a wealth of experience to offer anyone looking to ship their car to Australia successfully. When shipping cars to Sydney we offer three options depending on budget and vehicle requirements.

RORO Car Shipping to Port Kembla

RORO car shipping services from the UK to Sydney offers a secure and affordable way of shipping cars, vans, trucks, caravans and motorhomes to Port Kembla. All vehicles are driven or towed on to the vessel and are secured below deck to ensure its safe transit by sea. Transit time to Port Kembla takes approximately 42 days from the UK. These purpose built ships offer an affordable way of shipping to Australia and is commonly sought by our clients when preparing to ship their vehicle to Sydney.

Shared Container Car Shipping to Sydney

We offer weekly shared container services from either Bristol or Rainham to Sydney. Our shared container service offers a more affordable way of shipping cars to Sydney from the UK. We load between 3 and 4 vehicles together using ramps with vehicles secured on to platforms to ensure maximum space is used to fill the container. Our budget busting shared services allows our customers to load personal belongings inside the vehicle at no extra cost. The shared container system of shipping cars has now been adopted by some of the world’s largest car manufacturers  including BMW, Honda, Jaguar, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Volvo and Ford.

Dedicated 20ft and 40ft Container Shipping

The dedicated container service works out the more favourable option if shipping one or two cars to Sydney. We will load one car in a 20ft container or 2 cars in a 40ft container. Using a dedicated container allows you to be in control of who you use to assist you with the import procedures. With this option you get to choose your own import agent which means you can therefore source the cheapest and best in Sydney. Our dedicated container services sail weekly from either Tilbury or Southampton. Transit time takes approximately 46-49 days by sea.

Importing a car in to Australia

You must first obtain a Vehicle Import Approval (VIA) from the Australian Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. You need to make sure your vehicle meets the vehicle standards required in order to obtain the import approval. To obtain a VIA, you need to have lived overseas for a period of 12 months or longer, this is called a qualifying period. In order to qualify you should not have lived in Australia anytime during those 12 months. You also should have owned your vehicle for a minimum period of 12 months and have proof of ownership to prove this.

For further information on vehicle shipping to Australia, please call us on Tel: 0117 923 589 and
speak to one of members of staff today.



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