Vehicle Compliance

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OUR SERVICES

Willship International have teamed up with a compliance facility in both Auckland and Christchurch and we can now offer full vehicle compliance into these ports as part of our shipping service. The best way to think of NZ vehicle compliance is like a safety certificate or a warrant of fitness on steroids – your vehicle needs to be thoroughly inspected to ensure it’s safe for use on NZ roads.

COMPLIANCE PROCESS

 

Compliance done right!

We are more than thorough when making sure your vehicle is complaint. We start with interior trimming which offers a TSD agent full access behind the interior trim of your vehicle. They will inspect the condition and structure, seats and seat belts while gathering all relevant documentation for your vehicle. A VIN Plate is then assigned while we put your interior back together.

From here we inspect the underbody and mechanical components via hoist to view the brakes, suspension, tyres, engine components, and vehicle structure. We measure and examine all mechanical parts for OEM minimum requirements as dictated by NZTA. The goal here is to confirm that your vehicle structure is sound. We then run a final inspection of vehicles emissions, lighting and brakes to ensure everything is functional and performing as it should be.

If it is all green lights for your vehicle, we issue a Warrant of Fitness sticker (WOF) and prepare an MR2A form for registration. Should there be a need for any repairs which may be discovered during the above process, we will give you a no-obligation quote which you can choose to proceed with or opt for your own repairer. Please ensure that all repairs are to NZTA requirements.

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MECHANICAL REPAIR SHOP

 

State of the art repairs facility

Our repairs facility is a cutting-edge area which focuses on the necessary repairs to get you safely on the road. Our team of mechanics have over 50 years of experience, the finest equipment available and process that ensure we complete your job in a time-efficient manner.

LVV CERTIFICATION

 

Low Volume Vehicle Certification

Any modifications that surpass factory specifications require an LVV. These can include adjustable suspension, larger wheels, engine modifications, roll cage fitments, and other popular mods. An independent certified inspector will need to sign off on any modifications to ensure that all LVVTA requirements are met. We can complete any required repairs in our workshop to help save you time.

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REPAIR CERTIFICATION

 

Inspecting your vehicle

In the unfortunate event of any structural damage, corrosion or previous damage repairs your vehicle may fail the inspection. This process is carried out by an independent workshop in conjunction with a Repair Certifier Inspector. The certifier dictates the process and guidelines for repair to ensure OEM requirements are met. You have the option to organise your own certifier, however, keep in mind that the correct documentation must be supplied to complete the compliance process.

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Importing Vehicles into Australia

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To protect our Australian car market our government has set up a complex set of rules and regulations to heavily restrict the import of vehicles into Australia. To try and understand the laws in full would take pages and pages of information so we will do our best to summarise the basics below.

You first step when importing is to gain an import approval, the type of import approval depends on the circumstances surrounding the import. For the purpose of this article we will focus solely on vehicles intended to be registered for use on Australian roads.

  • If the vehicle is manufactured before the 1st of January 1989 then there are no restrictions, you will simply need to apply for a vehicle import approval which should be granted on the basis that the vehicle is pre 89. See the following link – https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/
  • If the vehicle is manufactured after 1989, then it needs to be imported under the Australian Governments ‘Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme’ (RAWS) (http://raws.infrastructure.gov.au/) – It means the vehicle MUST be on the RAWS list (http://raws.infrastructure.gov.au/rawswebpublic/RAWPubSearch.asp) and then if you choose to import, the import approval will need to be arranged by one of the Registered Workshops approved by the Australian Government who will also need to be the workshop that complies the vehicle for use on Australian roads.
  • The exception to this rule is if the vehicle has been owned and used by you as an individual for in excess of 12 months in a foreign country. If this is the case, then you can apply for a ‘personal import approval’ which allows you to import a vehicle and bypass the RAWS requirements on newer model vehicles. More information on personal imports on the following link – https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/import_options/pis.aspx

TAXES AND DUTIES

Unless the vehicle is a returning vehicle, then there is no way to bypass paying Australian import tax.

If the vehicle is less than 30 years old, then both duty of 5% and GST of 10% will be applicable. If the vehicle is worth more than AUD 75,526 (The 2017 luxury car tax threshold) then it will also incur LCT at a rate of 33% for every dollar over this amount.

If the vehicle is older than 30 years old then no duty applies, although GST of 10% will still be applicable along with LCT if the value is above the LCT threshold.

Confused yet?

HOW IS THE VALUE FOR AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS ASCERTAINED?

The customs value is ascertained by using the Bill of Sale in the event of an overseas purchase, although when it comes to personal imports the value is ascertained via a customs valuation on the vehicle. The valuation itself costs AUD 300.00 and then tax is payable on the assessed Australian market value.

HOOPS AND HURDLES

There are other factors you need to consider when looking to import as well, our government restricts in the import of pre charged gas, meaning that depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle the air conditioning may need to be degassed prior to export from the foreign country.

They have also recently introduced new laws regarding asbestos, you now need to check to ensure that no part of the vehicle contains asbestos (brakes/clutch plates/gaskets etc) and you will need to sign a declaration confirming this. If you find that any part of the vehicle contains a part which contains asbestos, this needs to be removed and changed prior to shipping.

CONCLUSION

In short, under specific circumstances it is possible to import vehicles into Australia however there are a lot of hoops to jump through, there are no tax concessions and the whole process can be quite costly. It was originally set up in this manner to protect our Australian car market (Holden and Ford) but since they have both since stopped manufacturing vehicles on Australia soil all these hoops to us seem to be pointless. This issue is currently being debated through Australian Parliament but for the moment this complex, outdated system is what we need to work with.

HOW MUCH SPACE IS IN A CONTAINER

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If you’re looking to ship belongings along with your vehicle then you are best off using a 20ft shipping container.

When using this method of shipping you can fill the vehicle / tray with as much cargo as you like, and you can also use the remaining space around the container to put some additional items.

It can often be difficult to imagine just how much space you have around a vehicle once inside a container so we have drawn up the following graphics to illustrate what usable space is available when loading a ‘standard’ size sedan into a 20ft container.

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Of course depending on your specific vehicle, this free space will differ but this should give you a good idea.

Generally we can fit 2-3m3 worth of cargo against the back wall behind the vehicle – so if you wanted to add items like your fridge, washing machine, several tea chest size removalist boxes this will normally fit with no issues.

Internally, 20ft container dimensions are as follows:

Lenght Width Height
5.90m 2.34m 2.28m (door opening)

If you have any questions or want to speak to one of our experts on whether or not your cargo will fit inside a container along with your vehicle then please don’t hesistate to give us a call on 07 3267 3694.

If you would like an instant quote to move your vehicle between Australia and New Zealand or Australia and the UK via either roll on, roll off or inside a container, then please click here

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WILLSHIP EXPERIENCE: HALF-MILLION DOLLAR 1930 BENTLEY FROM SYDNEY TO IRELAND!

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WILLSHIP EXPERIENCE: HALF-MILLION DOLLAR 1930 BENTLEY FROM SYDNEY

While we have a lot of experience in high end and high value vehicles, this one certainly caught our eye as something pretty special.

We paired up with the highly experienced team at Autofreight UK   in order to prepare, secure and ship this vehicle half-way around the world, all the way to Ireland.

Such a long journey requires a certain level of expertise so the lucky new owner entrusted Willship / Autofreight to handle the logistics of sending their car to its new home.

The car in question was a very rare and beautiful 1930 Bentley Speed 6.

This is not only is it a rare car now, but it was even a rare car when it was first made. In fact, only 182 were ever built making this car a real piece of history from the moment it was produced.

At almost 90 years old, don’t let its age make you think it can’t compete though. It has a huge 6.5-liter engine that can produce 180hp. It’s no wonder that it recently sold for well over half a million dollars.

The Bentley Speed 6 itself is as legendary as it is powerful. Its features were extremely advanced for the time it was produced and included aluminium pistons, a twin-spark ignition, a high-performance cam, and a square-section intake manifold.

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The story goes that in the 1930s, Bentley’s chairman at the time Woolf Barnato bet that his Speed 6 would be able to beat the “Blue Train Express” in a race. This was a train that ran from Cote d’Azur in the south of France all the way up to Calais in the north.

Coming from a man who was a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this was a claim to be taken seriously. With an average speed of 43mph he won the bet and even managed to freight the car to England and drive to London before the train arrived in Calais.

Now, this journey, while impressive, isn’t quite as long as the one our Speed 6 had to make to arrive at its new home in Ireland.

First, we carefully loaded the Bentley in an enclosed carrier to move it from its prestige dealership in Sydney to our loading depot. Once onsite, we secured it inside a 20ft container using high-quality chocks and lashing straps to ensure that it wouldn’t move an inch on its journey halfway around the world.

The loaded Bentley Speed 6 transhipped via Singapore and Southampton ports before making its final movement up to Dublin, completing the journey in just over a month and is now safely at its new home in Kilkenny, Ireland!

If you have a car that needs a little extra care and attention then Willship have the expertise to help. Please feel free to use our AUTOMATED QUOTE CALCULATOR, shoot us an email at info@willship.com.au or give us a call on 07 3267 3694.

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What if my vehicle is still under finance?

If your vehicle is still under finance in Australia we can potentially still ship it across to New Zealand.

Every financial lender is different so the first step will be to contact your current finance company and ask for their terms regarding taking the vehicle out of the country.

Quite a few finance companies operate in both Australia and New Zealand so it could potentially be no problem at all.

The real ‘issue’ from their perspective would be that if the vehicle is the security against the loan, and you were to default on your payments, they would repossess the vehicle – Of course if you shipped this outside of Australia then of course this removes their ability to do so.

If the finance company will NOT allow the export of the vehicle outside of Australia you still have a couple of options:

1
Pay your loan out here in Australia if you have the funds available to free up the encumbrance on the vehicle.
2
Re-finance the loan through an Australian company that will allow the movement of the vehicle across to New Zealand.
3
Re-finance the loan through a New Zealand based Finance company and pay off your loan in full in Australia.

 

We here at Willship have shipped thousands of vehicles across to NZ and are industry leaders when it comes to anything vehicle related.

There isn’t a question we can’t answer or give advice on, so if the above isn’t clear, or you have any further queries then please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

If you would like a quote to ship your vehicle across to New Zealand

then please use our automated quote system – www.willship.com.au/instantquote

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How to Ship a Boat Overseas

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HOW TO SHIP A BOAT OVERSEAS

 

Owning a boat can be the ultimate expression of freedom, the open seas allow you to travel wherever you want before mooring at whichever beautiful seaside town takes your fancy.
Of course, despite this, when it comes to exporting a boat across the ocean from Australia, even the most reliable boats out there can often use a little help from something a little bigger.
Unlike cars and motorbikes, boats come in a huge array of sizes, shapes and types which means there are a few more options when it comes to shipping a boat.

TYPES OF SHIPPING

 

There are four methods you can use to ship a boat and ultimately the type of shipping you go for will most likely come down to the specifics of your boat.

ROLL-ON/ROLL- OFF

 

The first is roll-on/roll- off. To use this method the boat will need to be on a trailer for the entire trip so that it can roll onto and then off the carrier. It is possible to reduce the cost of this method of shipping by removing any antennas, radars or sails that boost the height or volume of your boat.

CONTAINER SHIPPING

 

Another option is container shipping. Containers come in either 20ft or 40ft options and as such whether or not you can use this option will obviously come down to whether or not your boat can fit into a container!

In container shipping the boat is loaded into the container and then the container is loaded onto the boat. The container is never opened so this can be one of the most reliable methods of shipment if your boat is the correct size.

FLAT RACK

 

Flat rack is an option that is mainly used for bigger boats. The boat is shipped in its own custom cradle and strapped down to the vessel. As with roll-on/roll- off, it is recommended that you remove anything that adds height or volume to your boat. This can end up saving you a lot of money.

SUBMERSION

 

The final method is the submersion method. If you use this method your boat will be loaded and unloaded directly from the water.

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SHIPPING A BOAT

 

When exporting a boat from Australia the exact legal/import requirements will vary depending on which country you are exporting the boat to. However, some things to consider are the customs procedures and any registration requirements of the country you are exporting too.

Another thing to check before exporting your boat is that if you have a boat with air con or a fridge you may need to apply for a license from the department of environment and heritage.

With so many things to think about it can be much more difficult to ship a boat than other vehicles such as cars or motorcycles.

However, if you are considering shipping your boat, please feel free to give us a call on 07 3267 3694 or email us at info@willship.com.au to discuss your requirements. If you are looking to ship your boat to New Zealand you can find more information on boat shipping here.

How to Prepare a Car for Shipping

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When shipping your car overseas there are plenty of things to keep you busy. You have to set your dates, choose your method of shipping and work out the approximate shipping costs. Once all this is booked and taken care of, the final thing you will have to do is prepare your car for shipping. This can generally be done a few days before you set off.

Here are some of the things you will need to sort out when you start to prepare a car for shipping.

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WASH YOUR CAR

First off you should wash your car. As well as making sure your car arrives at its new destination looking in tip top condition, this also has a number of practical uses.

Many countries will not allow cars to enter if they are unclean as they could have plant material or insects that could have a negative effect on the local environment. Not washing your car can cause the vehicle to fail its quarantine inspection upon arrival and can lead to additional cleaning and re-inspection costs and delays.

So, make sure you thoroughly clean any grass, cobwebs and other plant material from your car before it gets shipped.

Unfortunately, there is no way to ‘guarantee’ the vehicle will pass its inspection in NZ, it always comes down to the officers discretion on the day so you just need to do the best you can to get it clean, and then cross your fingers it passes its inspection. If it does fail however, it’s not the end of the world – cleaning and re-inspection fee’s generally only total around NZD 300.00 and this can be completed within 24 hours or so.

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REMOVE ITEMS FROM INSIDE YOU CAR

This checkpoint only applied when shipping via roll on, roll off…When your car gets shipped using this method there can be no personal goods inside your car. Because of this make sure to remove everything from your car, trunk and glove compartment. Things that belong with the vehicle, like logbooks etc can remain with the car.

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REMOVE OR SECURE ANY LOOSE PARTS

If your car has any removable parts such as bike racks, antennas etc make sure you remove or fully secure them before your shipping date.

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EMPTY YOUR GAS TANK

This only applies if you choose to ship the vehicle inside a container. To meet dangerous goods regulations we need to ensure the vehicle has minimal fuel, and the battery is disconnected. If choosing to ship via roll on, roll off then the vehicle can contain any amount of fuel. See the differences between roll-on / roll-off sand container shipping here.

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MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN EXTRA SET OF KEYS

While not 100 percent necessary it is good practice to make sure you have a spare set of keys. As you will be leaving one set with your car it is always nice to have an extra set just in case something happens to the ones you left with the car.

If you are considering shipping your car, please feel free to use our INSTANT ONLINE QUOTE CALCULATOR or feel free to give us a call on 07 3267 3694 or email us at info@willship.com.au to discuss your requirements. For information on shipping vehicles to New Zealand please visit this page.

Roll on, Roll off Shipping – How it’s done.

ABOUT ROLL ON ROLL OFF SHIPPING

 

There is often confusion about exactly what roll on roll off shipping is and how the process works.

The best way to think of a Roll on, Roll off vessel is like a huge underground floating carpark. Vehicles are driven up a ramp and on to one of the many decks of the vessel. All vehicles are then secured from four points with lashing straps to ensure they are secure for transit.

Often people have an image in their mind of an open-air barge or a ferry, although this is not the case. The cargo is not exposed to the elements in any way and modern Roll on, Roll off shipping is a very cheap and safe method of international transport.

The one downside of this method of shipping is that you are not allowed to put any personal possessions in with the vehicle, the reason for this is due to theft. The shipping line nor the insurance company will take any responsibility for these items at any point of the transit. Anything you leave inside the vehicle is shipped strictly at your own risk. Because of this fact, the workers on the ports at both ends and the crew of the vessel know that they can take anything from the vehicle without facing any form of recourse or prosecution as there is no way to determine when something might have gone missing.

If you do have some personal items you wish to take along with the vehicle, our recommendation is to firstly take them on the plane with you as excess baggage when you fly over, or alternatively if you have quite a lot of personal effects then you could also look at shipping everything inside your own 20ft or 40ft container – This option is quite a bit more expensive however, to get a better idea if RORO or container shipping is right for you please check out this article.

We have included a myriad of photos of from the loading of the Trans Future 5 prior to a recent sailing from Australia to New Zealand to give you a better idea on how it all looks.

Roll on roll off shipping works is available for cars, boats, caravans, motorhomes, motorcycles and most other large vehicles.

If you would like a quotation on moving your vehicle via a roll on, roll off service then please feel free to use our AUTOMATED QUOTE CALCULATOR, shoot us an email at info@willship.com.au or give us a call on 07 3267 3694.

Moving to the UK? Here’s why you should take your car with you.

IT CAN COST LESS THAN AUD 3000.00 TO GET YOUR CAR ACROSS TO THE UK WHEN SHIPPING VIA A ROLL ON, ROLL OFF SERVICE.

IT’S CHEAPER THAN YOU THINK!

It can cost less than AUD 3000.00 to get your car across to the UK when shipping via a roll on, roll off service. Please feel free to use our INSTANT ONLINE QUOTE CALCULATOR to see the exact price to ship your vehicle to the UK.

LOSS ON THE PRIVATE SALE OF YOUR VEHICLE IN AUSTRALIA

We all know how frustrating private vehicle sales can be – having to deal with tyre kickers throwing you low ball offers and wasting your time. It’s often a far better option to ship your car over with you rather than trying to sell it on the private market here for a reduced value.

PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE
Not only do we strive to the best in the industry in terms of customer service and knowledge, we also want to be able to offer the best pricing to our clients. We have worked long and hard on negotiating great rates with shipping lines, tow companies, stevedores and customs depots to be able to pass on the best possible rates to everyone that ships with us. We feel our rates are highly competitive although if you do happen to receive a cheaper quote with all the inclusions that we offer, please feel free to send this through and we will ensure we beat it.
UNRIVALLED CUSTOMER SERVICE
We here at Willship put customer service as our number one priority, we know an international move can be daunting and we aim to remove that worry and ensure the whole process is smooth and simple. You will be kept well in the loop through the journey, we can provide tracking information for the vehicle so you know where it is at all times and we can also assist with compliance and registration. Our staff here have more than 50 years combined experience in vehicle shipping and we particularly specialize in the AUS to UK route. Your vehicle will be in safe hands.
PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE
Not only do we strive to the best in the industry in terms of customer service and knowledge, we also want to be able to offer the best pricing to our clients. We have worked long and hard on negotiating great rates with shipping lines, tow companies, stevedores and customs depots to be able to pass on the best possible rates to everyone that ships with us. We feel our rates are highly competitive although if you do happen to receive a cheaper quote with all the inclusions that we offer, please feel free to send this through and we will ensure we beat it.
UNRIVALLED CUSTOMER SERVICE
We here at Willship put customer service as our number one priority, we know an international move can be daunting and we aim to remove that worry and ensure the whole process is smooth and simple. You will be kept well in the loop through the journey, we can provide tracking information for the vehicle so you know where it is at all times and we can also assist with compliance and registration. Our staff here have more than 50 years combined experience in vehicle shipping and we particularly specialize in the AUS to UK route. Your vehicle will be in safe hands.

CONCLUSION

So, if you meet the above duty and VAT exemption criteria, then shipping your pride and joy across to the UK should certainly be considered. The process is streamlined and efficient, and we can provide you with countless testimonials from previous clients praising our service and their decision to ship.

If you are considering shipping your car, please feel free to use our INSTANT ONLINE QUOTE CALCULATOR or feel free to give us a call on 07 3267 3694 or email us at info@willship.com.au to discuss your requirements.

What is the best way to ship a motorcycle overseas?

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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SHIP A MOTORCYCLE OVERSEAS?

 

Whether you are selling you bike, moving house or going on a road trip, there are many reasons for shipping your motorcycle abroad.

Much like shipping a car, there are two main ways that you can ship a motorcycle abroad. Both ways are quick, safe and effective and should see your motorbike arrive at its destination without any problems.

If you are shipping a motorcycle/motorbike to New Zealand we have more specific information on this page.

These two methods are roll-on/roll-off shipping and container shipping. Read on for an overview of these two shipping methods.

ROLL-ON/ROLL-OFF

 

In roll-on/roll-off shipping, each individual motorcycle is brought onto the ship individually, using its own wheels.

Once on board the bikes are strapped onto the deck with all the other vehicles, making the boat look like a giant floating car park.

One of the important things to notice if you decide to use roll-on/roll-off shipping is that your motorcycle’s engine must be able to be turned on. This is because your bike needs to be driven up the ramp and onto the ship.

Roll-on/roll-off shipping is the cheapest option for sending your motorcycle abroad and is recommended for most situations. For more information and pictures on roll on roll off (RORO) shipping please check out this article.

OTHER POINTS TO CONSIDER

 

When shipping a motorcycle abroad there are of course other things to think about as well as the shipping method.

These include customs fees, whether or not your bike will need to be registered, shipping dates and time, and if you need to get a carnet de passage en douane.

Each country will have its own requirements when it comes to these conditions. As an example of the type of things you will need to consider when shipping a motorcycle or other vehicle abroad check out these two guides.

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CONTAINER SHIPPING

 

Container shipping involves loading your motorcycle into a container and then loading the whole container onto the ship.

A container is generally 20ft or 40ft and as such is usually much too big and expensive if you simply want to send a motorcycle abroad.

However, there are some situations were shipping your motorcycle via container shipping can be beneficial. For example if you are sending more than one motorcycle it can be possible to save some money when compared to sending each bike individually via the roll-on/roll-off method.

Another time it can be advantageous to ship using a container is if you are shipping your motorcycle along with other items. For example, if you are moving house, a 20ft container will provide plenty of room for both your bike and some of your other items. Therefore, it could well be worth considering using a container if you are moving house abroad. This article goes into further detail about the differences between roll on roll off (RORO) and container shipping.

CONCLUSION

 

In conclusion whether you choose roll-on/roll-off shipping on container shipping will ultimately come down to your specific situation.

If you are simply shipping one motorbike, it is almost certainly going to be the case that roll-on/roll-off shipping is the best, most convenient, and cheapest option.

However if you are shipping more than one bike, or you need to ship other items as well as your bike, container shipping could well be the way to go.

And remember, if you need any help with any part of shipping your motorcycle abroad, make sure to give Willship a call on (61) 7 3267 3694 or enquire online to find out how we can help you! Our total service can help with everything from the collection of your bike to customs and compliance.