GENERAL CAR SHIPPING FAQS

  1. What are my options for shipping a car
  2. What is Containerised?
  3. What do you mean by “shared container”?
  4. What is RoRo Service?
  5. What is Air Freight?
  6. Should I drain the fuel tank?
  7. What are my options if my car is not running?
  8. How do you collect cars?
  9. Do I need a current road tax license?
  10. Can I deliver my car to you?
  11. What do you require upon delivery/collection?
  12. Can I ship something else in the same container?
  13. Do I need to insure the car for shipment?
  14. Do you offer pre-shipment inspection and repairs?
  15. What is “Sheep Dip”?
  16. How about to importing to other countries?
 


Car shipping to Australia FAQS

  1. What do I need to know about importing a car to Australia?
  2. What is the first thing I need to do before considering importing to AU?
  3. Do I have to have owned my car for 12 months before shipping it?
  4. What kind of restrictions are there on importing cars?
  5. Will I have to pay an import tax and or GST on the value of my vehicle?
  6. Do I have to pay GST on imports into Australia?
  7. What is luxury car tax?
  8. Must my car be compliant to Australian Design Standards?
         

Car shipping to New Zealand FAQS

  1. What do I need to know about importing a car to New Zealand?
  2. How can I find out info on what the Duty/GST costs will be for importing into NZ?
  3. Where can I find out information on New Zealand road compliance?

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What are my options for shipping a car?

There are three options

1. Containerised – either by itself inside 1 X 20ft container or shared 40ft container.

2. RoRo (Roll On / Roll Off) Service (similar to a large car ferry).

3. Air Freight - used mainly for high value cars

 

What is Containerised shipping?

This is what we mainly do at ShipfromUK.com.

The car is restrained inside of a shipping container for the duration of the voyage, which is generally considered the safer option as the car is not driven. We recommend the container option for high value or high performance cars and/or when you want to ship personal effects or parts with the vehicle, as it would not be allowed on RoRo service. Shipping in containers also tends to be more cost-effective for some destinations, particularly in Far East, Australia and New Zealand.

 

What do you mean by “shared container”?

Current shipping price structure dictates that shipping a 40ft container is cheaper than shipping two 20ft containers, meaning that if you co-load (or “consolidate”) two cars instead of shipping them separately the rate payable would be significantly cheaper. It has an even bigger impact if you combine a car with a caravan.

Having been one of the pioneers of the UK consolidation market 40 years ago, we at ShipfromUK.com understand this process better than anyone. You are of course entitled to request a dedicated container to be safe in the knowledge there is nothing except your car inside, however if you are looking to cut down shipping costs our shared container option might be just what you need.

 

What is RoRo Service?

Roll On / Roll Off Service means the vehicle is driven on and off the vessel and is secured inside the ship. To be shipped this way the car must be safe and driveable, although current registration is not required. RoRo shipment is generally the only reasonable option available for larger vehicles that do not fit inside the container.

 

What is Air Freight?

Air Freight moves your car by freighter aircraft, is much quicker than sea freight, but is also significantly more expensive, so it depends on what transit time you require.

If you require this option please visit our dedicated Airfreight page to find out more information.

 

Should I drain the fuel tank?

That depends on the shipping mode you have chosen.

Since 01-Jan-2012 for containerised shipments, as per IMDG Code Amendment 35-10 cars are considered Dangerous Goods. There is a way to ship cars in containers as non-Dangerous, by emptying fuel tank and  disconnecting battery, which is how most cars are shipped. However, if you do not want us to disconnshaect the battery we can ship as hazardous for an extra fee. Please note that even if the car is shipped as  hazardous fuel amount in the tank should be less than 20% of capacity i.e. in the red.

Cars are not considered Dangerous goods for RoRo shipments regardless of fuel amount in the tank. For air freight cars always move as dangerous goods under current regulations, however airlines require the fuel  amount to be in the red.

 

What are my options if my car is not running?

Non-running vehicles can certainly be shipped, however there are extra charges for this. For more information, feel free to email us.

 

How do you collect cars?

Driven collection - driver turns up and uses trade plates to move the car to depot. We offer three options:

  1. Collected on an open transporter - a multi collection vehicle
  2. Collected on a closed transporter that protects the car from stone damage on the road. etc.

As standard we quote for driven collection. If you require a different sort of collection please specify this at the time of booking.

 

Do I need a current road tax license?

No. We would collect using trade plates, so you would only require MOT (confirmation that car is road worthy) if driven collection is arranged. MOT is not required for collection on a transporter.

 

Can I deliver my car to you?

You are welcome to deliver your car to one of our depot locations.

 

What do you require upon delivery/collection?

We will require a copy (or colour scan) of your registration document or Certificate of Permanent Export (if you have already notified DVLA) and your sales/purchase commercial invoice as proof of ownership.

 

Can I ship something else in the same container?

You certainly can. We regularly ship cars with personal effects, motorbikes and even sailing boats. There is only one rule – please always check with us before you decide to ship something else with a car, as there will be additional charges and certain restrictions to consider.

Personal effects need to be properly packed in order to be acceptable for shipping. If unsure, feel free to contact us.

 

Do I need to insure the car for shipment?

You do not have to, but Marine Insurance covering the full value of the goods is highly recommended. We will be happy to arrange this for you. In some cases we will refer you directly to our insurance broker if we feel they are better positioned to assist. This extra is available at the time of requesting a quote.

 

Do you offer pre-shipment vehicle inspection and repairs?

Yes. For more information please visit our optional shipping extras page.

 

What is “Sheep Dip”?

This is the term used if you need us to perform a pre-shipment action on a unit, e.g. clear the glove compartment, remove or put something from/to the trunk, etc.

 

How about to importing to other countries?

Each country has its own regulation in regards to importing vehicles. The problem is these regulations tend to change quite frequently, so please contact us for updated information.

 

Car shipping to Australia

 

What do I need to know about importing a car to Australia?

For all the information regarding the relaxation of Australian car import regulations, visit our portal Australian UK Car Opportunity

Please visit our specific page about importing UK cars to Australia

 

What is the first thing I need to do before considering importing a car to Australia?

Firstly, you will need to obtain a Vehicle Import Approval (VIA) from the Vehicle Safety Standards Branch of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (Infrastructure). See Application for Approval to Import a Vehicle.

 

Do I have to have owned my car for 12 months before shipping my car to Australia?

Your car must have been owned and used in the overseas country for a minimum of 12 months prior to importing into Australia, unless your vehicle was manufactured before 1989.

 

What kind of restrictions are there on importing cars into Australia?

You can see if your car meets Australia’s Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (OPSGGM Act) and find out more information by visiting the Australian department of the Environment

 

Will I have to pay an import tax and or GST on the value of my vehicle when importing a car to Australia?

The rates are payable to the Australian Customs Service at the Australian entry port, which include:

  • Vehicles up to 30 years old including Forward Control Vehicles: 5% Duty + 10% GST
  • 4wd 'Off Road' vehicles and commercial vehicles: 5% Duty + 10% GST
  • Vehicles over 30 years old and motorcycles: 0% Duty + 10% GST

The duty is levied on the 'customs value' only. The GST is levied on the 'customs value' + the duty + the complete ‘cost of shipment’ to Australia figure.

 

Do I have to pay GST on imports into Australia?

Depreciation Allowances is only applicable to originating country Purchase Price valuation method and if a vehicle was purchased before 2nd March 1998. The maximum allowance of 76% is for cars owned over a period of 6 years.

 

What is luxury car tax for car imports into Australia?

Luxury Car Tax (LCT) is an additional tax and is levied at a rate of 33% on all vehicles, excluding motorcycles and some commercial vehicles, with a current GST inclusive value in excess of $57,180 AUD. These amounts are set each year by the Australian Taxation Office. LCT is only payable on the amount in excess of a GST inclusive 'break point' and will not always be levied as the 'break point' only relates to cars with a customs value over about AU£18,000/$43,000/NZ$54,000.

 

I have been told that my car must be compliant to Australian Design Standards, what does this mean?

When shipping a car to Australia, your car must be compliant to or exempt from Australian design rules. While converting a car to adhere to full Australian Safety and Emission Control Standards can be very difficult and pricey, is not required if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The vehicle has been 'Owned and Used' for a minimum period of 12 months before to shipment from the originating country
  • The vehicle was manufactured prior to 1 January 1989
  • The vehicle to be imported was purchased new and was manufactured to the full Australian specification/standards
  • The vehicle was originally manufactured or sold in Australia and still has its Australian compliance plate fitted.

 

Car shipping to New Zealand

What do I need to know about importing a car to New Zealand?

Please visit our specific page on car shipping to New Zealand.

 

How can I find out info on what the Duty/GST costs will be for importing into New Zealand?

GST is payable at 15% on the landed value, which is the value of the vehicle, plus freight, plus insurance. Otherwise known as the CIF (Cost + Insurance + Freight) price.

If you are to be exempt from paying GST you need to meet the following conditions:

  • Be a first time immigrant or a returning New Zealand citizen.
  • If a returning citizen, you must have been out of New Zealand for over 21 months.
  • Be prepared to sign a deed where you agree not to sell the vehicle for at least 2 years.
  • The vehicle must have been owned and used for the last 12 months.

 

Where can I find out information on New Zealand road compliance?

Visit the New Zealand Transport Agency.