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Global Shipping Experts - With Over 50 Years Experience

Willship Pioneered the Trans-Tasman Shipping Route for Personal Cargo

Willship established the first Trans-Tasman route for personal cargo back in 2014, ever since then we have helped tens of thousands of people move across the ditch. We have offices in both Australia and New Zealand with a highly experienced team specializing in much more than just the shipping process.

We are here to answer any questions you might have on import approvals, insurance, compliance, registration, transit times, COVID-19 restrictions, hotel quarantine requirements or anything else you can think of.

The vast majority of our clients are people doing this for the first time, and we understand that it could get confusing when navigating the complexity of an international move, but that’s what we are here for.

At Willship, our goal is to make this process as simple and easy to understand. Our shipping experts will be right by your side for the entire journey to ensure things go to plan.

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What routes are available?

The main departure ports in New Zealand are: Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, and Lyttelton (Christchurch)

The main arrival ports in Australia are: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle (Perth)

Willship has a substantial road and rail freight network across New Zealand and Australia. So even If you’re origin or destination is quite distance from these major ports, don't you worry...we will simply use a combination of road or rail to move your cargo to the most economical port for collection or delivery. This means we can collect and deliver from literally anywhere in either country!

What am I able to ship?

Willship primarily specialized in the movement of Automotive cargo, this means we generally ship:

But that’s not it! We can also move:


Camper Trailers

Quad Bikes


Commercial Goods


Transportable Buildings


Options To Ship Your Goods

Important Information

Almost anything with wheels that’s imported into Australia requires an import approval, its important that you check to ensure that your vehicle, motorcycle, caravan, camper trailer, motorhome etc is eligible for an approval prior to shipping. Vehicle’s and motorcycles are the most complicated, so please read through the below information to check to see if you think you’ll be eligible for an import approval. If you have any questions, or you’d like to speak with us on the phone then please give us a call and one of our friendly team can talk through it with you.

First Step: Obtaining an Import Approval

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 and similar cargo 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.

Your first step when importing is to gain an import approval, these are issued through the Department of Infrastructure – 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 you don’t intend to register the vehicle on Australian roads then you are welcome to import pretty much anything you like – Race cars, monster trucks, dirt bikes, dune buggies etc will be all OK to import under the ‘Non-Road Vehicles Option

For your vehicle, there are no major restrictions. You will simply need to apply for a vehicle import approval under the ‘Interim measure: vehicles older than 25 years’ option.

The approval should be granted on the basis that the vehicle is older than 25 years old at the time of import approval application.

For more information as well as details on how to apply please see the following link – https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/import_options/interim-measure.aspxhttps://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/

This option is probably the most complicated, it means your vehicle needs to be imported under the Australian Governments ‘Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme’ (RAWS)

It means the vehicle MUST be on the RAWS list in order to be eligible to import into Australia, here is a link to the list (RAWS List)

If you find the make and model of vehicle you are looking to import on the list, then it will display a list of RAWS depot’s around Australia who are able to handle the import approval and compliance process for you. Your first step would be to contact the RAWS depot to check on costs and the process. If you are happy with the costs for the approval and the compliance, then it’s best to get in touch with Willship so we can advise on freight costs, import taxes etc and we can move forward from there.

This option can be a little complicated and tricky to understand so please give us a call on 07 3267 3694 if you’d like a better understanding as to how this option works.

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. It’s a great option for ex-pats looking to move back to Australia who are lucky enough to of owned and used their vehicle’s overseas for in excess of 12 months.

More information on personal imports on the following link – https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/import_options/pis.aspx

Awesome! This makes things really easy, if the vehicle is fitted with an Australian compliance plate then you’ll just need to apply for an import approval under the Australian Plated Vehicle’s option.

If you can prove that the vehicle was originally exported from Australia then you’re also able to import it back into Australia without having to pay any import tax. Getting it back on the road is also really easy as well, it will just need a safety certificate and then you can re-register it.

What Australian Import Taxes Apply?

Please select each of the following options that apply.

If you are able to prove that the vehicle was originally exported from Australia, then you’ll likely be able to bypass paying Australian import tax.

Both a duty of 5% and GST of 10% will be applicable.

Import of duty of 5% may apply depending on the specifics of the vehicle. Import GST of 10% will also be applicable along with Luxury Car Tax (LCT) if the value is above the LCT threshold.

The vehicle will incur both duty (if applicable) and GST as normal, but on top of this it will also incur Luxury Car Tax at a rate of 33% for every dollar over the threshold.

LCT is calculated on the ‘landed value’ of the vehicle (value + freight + insurance + duty + GST)

We know what you’re thinking – that’s ridiculous, and yes we agree!

If the vehicle is fuel efficient, then the threshold is slightly higher at AUD 77,565.00

What additional restrictions may apply for vehicles being imported into Australia?


You must ensure the vehicle you are looking to import is free of any components that contain 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.

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Degassing the Air Conditioning

The Australian government restricts the import of pre charged gas. This means 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.

Get More Information

The Australian Government provide an excellent 8 step guide for what you need to do in order to import a vehicle.

How do I handle compliance and registration?

Willship can assist you with all necessary safety and compliance checks in order for the vehicle to be registered in the Australia. We can even organize the registration for you so all you have to do is drive away.

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This includes:
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Supporting you to get all key documents together
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Organising pick up and International Freight from anywhere in the world
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Clearing your car through Australian customs and quarantine
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On road compliance and registration (Optional)


Client Testimonials

We have moved thousands of vehicles in and out of Australia. Our team understands how important it is to safely move your goods from one place to another. That is why we will look after your asset while in-transit and deliver it to the designated location whilst taking the utmost care. Whether you are purchasing aluxury or classic car from overseas or you're moving aboard and want to take your cargo with you, you can trust Willship with your shipping needs. We are the international shipping partner you can depend on and our past clients can attest to our proven track record!