CARAVAN SHIPPING FAQS

  1. Are you aware of the benefits of buying caravans from the UK?
  2. Where from do you buy your caravan? How to avoid risks related to purchasing UK caravans? 
  3. What should I know about the import process?
  4. What are the overall costs involved in importing caravans to Australia?
  5. What are the best ways to ship a caravan? 
  6. What is the difference between the two options?
  7. Where do I need to deliver?
  8. How many caravans can go in one container?
  9. Are there any restrictions on what can be loaded in a caravan?
  10. Does it matter if the caravan has a fridge or air conditioning installed?
  11. What do I need to know about importing a caravan to New Zealand?
  12. What do I need to know about importing a caravan to Australia?
  13. How can I find out info on what the Duty/GST costs will be for importing into New Zealand?
  14. Where can I find out information on New Zealand road compliance?
 

 


1. Are you aware of the benefits of buying caravans from the UK?

All UK caravans are manufactured to the highest specification and certified to both European and British standards.

  • The cost of caravans in the UK is 2 x times lower than in AU,rest assured you’ll get a real bargain.
  • The rest a big demand in AU for UK caravans
  • They are ideal for family touring (a huge selection of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 berths)
  • UK caravans are up to 40% lighter than comparable models from Australia, thus they  can be towed with a medium sized vehicle, which is more fuel efficient
  • Layouts are flexible and versatile, rarely is there a couch that doesn’t convert to a bed.
  • UK Caravans are usually more luxurious than Australian ones i.e. high quality upholstery, quality fittings and real timber etc.

These are just a few out of the many benefits it brings along. If you would like to learn more about the UK caravan and their caravans, please contact us or visit http://www.shipfromuk.com/uk-caravan-faqs/why-buy-uk-caravans/

 

2. Where from do you buy your caravan? How to avoid risks related to purchasing UK caravans?

Purchasing caravans overseas can be a risky job, but we can eliminate these risks for you.

We can introduce you to some trusted UK caravan dealers, we currently work with.
They will be able to assist you with any enquiries you may have. As we are the only NCC shipping member and are only working with NCC registered caravan dealers.

Buying your caravans from these dealer will bring a lot of benefits for you:

  • You can purchase any make and models

The caravans will be inspected to make sure they are roadworthy and are in the same condition as advertised ( an example of the pitfalls hidden by malice sellers which can be checked by our specialists): They will check if the caravan has any finance outstanding or been repaired under an insurance write off. They inspect for spongy floors, general damp, cracked shower trays, cracked or broken windows and sky lights which cost a fortune to replace.

A good example is Bailey caravans. They are prone to damp and bad body cracks on the rear panel which lets in water, and damp around the front windows. Sprite caravans often have severe cracks around the front window with damp making them nearly impossible to repair. And Avondale's have cracks around the front awning rails letting in damp. I would say about 40% plus of the caravans inspected are too bad to purchase or even attempt a repair. Please do not let this put you off, we do see some awful caravans at the docks waiting to surprise their new owners”

  • Your caravan will be cleaned at DAFF standards before shipping in order to smoothly pass the quarantine inspections at destinations
  • It is safe using them as you will know who you transfer money from overseas.

 

3. What should I know about the import process?

Once you have purchased your desired caravan and shipped it to Australia, there are a few steps to go through to complete the caravan importation, from the moment the vessel arrives into Australia:

  1. The container will be unloaded from the vessel and will be delivered to a customs bonded warehouse.
  2. The caravan will be customs cleared and will go through the Daff inspection.
  3. The duty and the GST  have to be paid.
  4. The caravan has to undergo all the compliance work, thus you can apply for the Australian Compliance Plate and Road Worthy Certificate in accordance to the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Transport. (Main items to be changed are the  electrical 7 pin hook up, towing safety chain, gas fitting regulator, electrics & sockets, external lights & reflectors)
  5. Register the caravan in your own state.

 

4. What are the overall costs involved in importing caravans to Australia?

The costs involved in importing a caravan to Australia are as per below:

  1. Cost of the caravan purchased in the UK. If you want to purchase a brand new caravan please deduct the VAT element 20% from the Gross value of the caravan which makes the UK caravans much more appealing for overseas buyer.
  2. Shipping to Australia which includes receiving and completing of condition report, photos, protecting with padding all around, loading, lashing, securing it inside the container, bug bomb and all the way to AU
  3. Once the vessel arrives to destination port, there are the destination charges which includes the port service and security charges, cost of unpacking, devanning of the caravan, delivery order and agency fee, customs clearance, quarantine inspection costs, cleaning if required
  4. The Duty and GST Cost:
  • Import Duty 5% costs of goods
  • Import GST 10% cost of goods + freight + insurance + duty
  • Compliance cost: Most of the imported caravans into Australia will have to undergo alterations in order to comply with local safety requirements.

The major items which have to be done:

  • Plate registration
  • Gas Compliance
  • Electrical Compliance

 

5. What are the ways to ship a caravan?

There are two best ways to ship caravans and other vehicles:

  • Load in a 40 Foot Container (caravan height must be under 2.58m excluding TV aerial; caravan width must be under 2.30m)
  • Ship on a Roll on Roll off vessel (for caravans that are either too wide or too high to be containerised)

 

6. What is the difference between the 2 options?

The reason why we go for different transport modes to ship various types of caravans and RV’s ultimately depends on their size and dimensions.

Different ways to ship your vehicle provide different advantages:

  • Containerised units

The most cost effective option. Extra cargo i.e. accessories, parts and other goods are allowed to be loaded inside actual caravan or on the floor space inside the container, although there may be additional charges for securing additional cargo.

You can also ship two vehicles in the same container as long as they securely fit in together.

The only restriction with this method is the size of the actual caravan: height less than 2.58m excluding TV aerial, width less than 2.30m.

  • Roll on Roll off

If you are shipping a motorhome it is likely you will need to use this option due to the dimensions of the unit. Even caravans sometimes appear to have dimensions which are too big for container shipping.

With this method your caravan or motorhome will be driven on the actual vessel and secured there. This method is more expensive to most destinations but usually it is the only option to send out large vehicles that do not fit inside regular containers.

Unlikely containerised caravans and vans, when sending your vehicle through RoRo you are allowed to send only original parts and accessories with the unit. Additional goods will not be accepted and must be removed. The cost for caravans arranged RoRo will be based on the overall cube (LxHxW)

 

7. Where do I need to deliver?

We have two main receiving depots in the UK. You can either deliver to our main depot in Ipswich or Northern depot in Hull, whichever is closer to you or your dealer. Please see link for details.

If you need your caravan/motorhome/big horse truck to be picked up, we can arrange collection from anywhere in the UK

 

8. How many caravans can go in one container?

Two caravans with the overall length of no more than 11.50m can be shipped together. Please check with us if unsure.

Caravans can also be arranged with another vehicle and other goods as long as everything safely fits together. It is much more cost effective to send both of your caravans in the same container rather than separately.

 

9. Are there any restrictions on what can be loaded in a caravan?

All units loaded in a container have to be classified as non hazardous. That means no hazardous items are to be placed in a caravan. Personal effects e.g. clothing can be placed safely.

Commodities such as tobacco or alcohol are not permitted to be shipped in a caravan.

 

10. Does it matter if the caravan has a fridge or air conditioning installed?

De-gassing of the fridge or air conditioning may need to be completed before shipping depending on the age of it. We recommend that you take the gas bottles off the caravan and purchase new ones at destination. If your refrigerator does need to be de-gassed you will need to obtain a certificate to confirm this has been completed. We can guide you on this process if you email us.

 

11. What do I need to know about importing a caravan to New Zealand?

Please visit our New Zealand specific page.

 

12. What do I need to know about importing a caravan to Australia?

Please visit our Australia specific page.

 

13. 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.

 

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

Visit the New Zealand Transport Agency.

 

You can also contact us on info@shipfromuk.com or +44 (0)20 8988 8094

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