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Age Restriction and Compliance Standards

New legislation has made legal to import any vehicle 25 years or older to the month of manufacture, fully exempt!!!
This is applicable for all states for RHD vehicles, and in Victoria and Western Australia for LHD vehicles as well. Here is the explanation of how to apply.

To begin the application process please register here.
In addition the vehicles on this list can be imported by individuals without the use of a RAW.
When you have decided on a model you would like to import please come and register and let us take care of you!

Please contact Autohub OZ for compliance confirmation via [email protected].

Logistics
We work with our trusted partner Autohub Imports Australia to handle shipping, import and delivery in OZ. We will introduce to our team agents in the OZ office and work together to get all the information you need.
There is weekly shipping by both RORO and container from the main ports in Japan to the main ports in Australia. The rates below are per vehicle and based on shipping from Moji, Nagoya, Osaka / Kobe and Yokohama to Brisbane, Port Kembla, Sydney, Melbourne, and Fremantle Ports.

Costs
Japan Side
JCD Fee: 65,000 yen
Auction House Fee: 18,000 yen ~
Inland Transport to export yard: 18,000 ~ 25,000 yen for most houses
Export Customs Clearance 12,000 yen ~

OZ Side
Freight shown in the Rate schedule below
GST – 10% of the CIF value (CIF  Total vehicle, Inland and JCD fee)
DUTY- 5% of the FOB value (FIB – Vehicle cost)
Optional door delivery
BAF surcharge

Shipping Details
• Vehicles must be drivable
• 2 Roll On/Roll Off Sailings (RORO) per month to Brisbane & Fremantle
• 4 Roll On/Roll Off Sailings (RORO) per month to Port Kembla (For Sydney) & Melbourne
• Weekly Container Sailings from KOBE (for Osaka) & Yokohama to SYDNEY, MELBOURNE BRISBANE
• Door 2 Door delivery available
• Inner cargo not allowed on RORO shipments

RATE SCHEDULE

CONTAINER SERVICE BRISBANE SYDNEY
PORT KEMBLA
MELBOURNE ADELAIDE
(MAERSK ONLY)
FREMANTLE
(ARMACUP&MAERSK)
Up to 11M3 AUD 1,550 AUD 1,850 AUD 1,700 AUD 1,600 AUD 1,950
11.1-20M3 AUD 1,650 AUD 2,000 AUD ,800 AUD 1,700 AUD 2,050

ROLL ON / ROLL OFF BRISBANE SYDNEY
PORT KEMBLA
MELBOURNE ADELAIDE
(MAERSK ONLY)
FREMANTLE
(ARMACUP&MAERSK)
Up to 11 CBM AUD 1,550 AUD 1,700 AUD 1,700 AUD 1,830 AUD 1,830
Up to 20 CBM AUD 1,700 AUD 1,820 AUD 1,820 AUD 1,850 AUD 1,850
Heat Treatment AUD 250 AUD 250 AUD 250 AUD 250 AUD 250
EFS AUD 120 AUD 120 AUD 120 AUD 120 AUD 120

*Environmental Fuel Surcharge (EFS) applies all vehicles shipped in container departing from 1/12/2019 & RORO EFS applies from 1/1/2020
*We can ship vehicles larger than 20 cbm but all quotes will be done on case by case basis and we will require the L x W x H
*Heat Treament is mandatory from 1st september to 30th of April each year for Roll on Roll Off Services
*Heat Treatment AUD 250 per vehicle upto 2000kgs.
*Please contact us for quotes for vehicles over 20 cbm
** Baf (Bunker Fuel Surcharges) additional charge of $120 aud on RORO and $150 aud on containers
** GST and duty is not included in the rate schedule

Door Delivery
if requested for up to 20 m3 in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth metro areas: AUD 180.00 + GST. Melbourne metro areas: AUD 210.00 + GST.

Rate Inclusions

Yard Survey Origin Document fees Freight port to port Current BAF (Fuel Surcharge)
Gate In Photos Australian Port Service Charges & Unloading Fees Australian Document fees Customs Clearance
Bio Security pre clean Any Biosecurity re-clean Biosecurity clearance & Inspections Full Risk Insurance for container Service (RORO is Total Loss only)
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  • 5 star review  I can't recommend JCD enough. Mathew was a fantastic person to work with. As a newbie to the Japanese auctions, I was quite naïve and had far too many questions. Mathew was kind, knowledgeable, and patient through the entire process. My Minicab arrived last week and I am quite pleased. I would not hesitate to work with Japan Car Direct again in the future. Thank you Mathew!! Jay A.

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    2/26/2021

    5 star review  I purchased a suzuki carry from here.. They made the whole process so easy..fantastic communication,and I got what I wanted.. highly recommend using this company for your next purchase. 5 stars

    thumb Alec KELSEY
    2/21/2021

    5 star review  IF YOU ARE OVERLY CAUTIOUS READ THIS I am over the top and I am aware of it. Matthew probably should get an award for dealing with me. I dig into everything and am used to fighting for fairness at auto auctions here in the USA - we own a small dealership. Early into my fist purchase (of many) Matthew earned my trust. He’s a rare breed: a true professional and exceptional at what he does. The world NEEDS more like him in every industry. Matthew is one of our most valued partners now, as we strive to bring JDM to Rochester and the Great Lakes. I’m a tough case, I openly admit, but he worked through my caution and I’m now very happy to purchase through him. Call me if you want, I’ll recommend Matthew to anyone. Drew

    thumb Drew Carapella
    2/19/2021
  • 5 star review  IF YOU ARE OVERLY CAUTIOUS READ THIS I am over the top and I am aware of it. Matthew probably should get an award for dealing with me. I dig into everything and am used to fighting not to get taken at local auctions (I own a dealership and believe strongly in integrity). Early into my fist purchase (of many) Matthew earned my trust. He’s a rare breed: a true professional and exceptional at what he does. The world NEEDS more like him in every industry. Matthew is one of our most valued partners now, as we strive to bring JDM to Rochester and the Great Lakes. I’m a tough case, I openly admit. Find me and call me if you want, I’ll recommend Matthew to anyone. Drew

    thumb Drew Carapella
    2/19/2021

    5 star review  I always wanted a Land Cruiser ! Mathew helped me find 2 beautiful trucks from the Japanese auction. Had them delivered to Freeport, TX last week. He was amazing to work with. Fast response time on bids, super easy to work with, he has a lot of experience and answered all questions promptly. Will be working with JCD more in the future to purchase more vehicles !

    thumb Vince Jabbal
    2/10/2021

    5 star review  Very pleased with my experience with JCD. Mat helped me with my purchase of a Honda Beat and its shipping to the port of Baltimore. Everything was seamless and I would (and already have) recommended this company to several friends.

    thumb Justin Marvel
    2/01/2021
  • 5 star review  Thanks to JapanCarDirect for the opportunity, Yoshi took well care of my requests with a incomparable patience and fast follow up. Will definitely pass the word around !!! 👌🇨🇦🇯🇵

    thumb Ray Mechanic
    1/25/2021

    5 star review  Fantastic service, helped me through the process of importing my JZX100 to the UK, Everything was clear and fees were low, worth every penny though, fantastic and couldn't have asked for more!

    thumb Jack Ellis
    1/19/2021

    5 star review  I just picked up my dream campervan from port and have to say that Japan car direct was with me the entire way. I felt so supported all my questions were answered and I could not imagine doing something like this without them. I highly recommend the whole team, trust them and would encourage anyone to use there services.

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    12/23/2020
  • 5 star review  Mathew and all stuff JCD are best. I ordered 4 cars to UA. Support was 24H. The team did its best to solve my problems. They are really good. Now I can recommend them. Unique condition of the car. P.S. sorry but the photo was taken immediately upon arrival. Thank you again!

    thumb Oleg Dziuba
    11/23/2020

    5 star review  I just wanna thank Matthew and the whole team at Japan Car Direct, they always went above and beyond in making sure their clients are always happy and informed about the vehicles they are purchasing. I am still in the buying process but so far 5/5 definitely. I’ll keep everyone posted when I do find a car!

    thumb Mahad Awan
    11/10/2020

    5 star review  Do yourself a favor, call Mathew at Japan Car Direct. Let him take the worry about doing business over seas off your plate. Not knowing anything about importing vehicles from Japan, I spent countless hours studying and trying to figure it all out. The headaches were too much! After Mathew walked me through the process it was a piece of cake. We've already bought a couple and are now buying more with complete confidence. Thanks guys, much much appreciated.

    thumb Richard Harris
    10/23/2020
  • 5 star review  Can not recommend these guys enough. I dealt with Matt, who was extremely helpful and patient with all of my stupid questions. The way they have the whole process is so convenient, especially with the live video translations of the auction sheets. I will absolutely be returning to them in the future.

    thumb Seaver Brown
    10/10/2020

    5 star review  Trustworthy group here! They made it easy from point a to b. So glad this was the first group I tried as I have heard horror stories about the import process. Highly recommended.

    thumb Cory Cheyne
    9/22/2020

    5 star review  Yoshi and team were patient in helping me find the right car (green 2016 Prius 4WD) and get me through the process. Flawless service, prompt response to communications, on delivery the car was better than expected, very close to new looking. Their recommended partners for shipping and entry into NZ were on the ball too. Highly recommended! Pro tip: don't mess around; decide exactly what you want, then bid to win.

    thumb Mike Ross
    9/18/2020
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