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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].

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.

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


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

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)
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    5 star review  I had been toying with the Idea of importing a Land Cruiser from Japan for a while and to be honest was quite hesitant about doing so, as the process for a first timer seemed quite daunting. Mathew at JCD made the whole process SUPER EASY! Been a pleasure dealing with him and was kept informed every step of the way and super fast communication kept the whole process stress free! Thanks again Mathew and I'm looking forward to the next Cruiser! Cheers!!

    thumb Mike Dorsch

    5 star review  I was daunted by the prospect of purchasing a vehicle overseas. Mathew was right there to offer direction and assurance along the way. He was quick to respond and most importantly, his word was good. Everything came to pass as he advised. The only point that went differently from his anticipation was the duty tax, which inherently has room for interpretation and may depend on the port of delivery. Would I go to Mathew and JCD again? Absolutely! With his help I obtained a suzuki carry with 8k miles, 4wd hi/lo w/ diff lock, in excellent condition, for a total of 5k from auction to driveway--tremendous value in my estimation. Thanks Mathew, the little truck is a fine addition to the farm. My kids, and my wife, love to drive it:)

    thumb Patrick Molitor
  • 5 star review  Mathew at Japan Car Direct has been a HUGE help and continually went above and beyond with assisting me. It was my first time bidding on vehicles at auction and having them shipped to the US. He even helped me arrange a mechanic in Japan to do some work on the Hiace I purchased so that it would arrive in the US in tip top shape and be ready to hit the road. I look forward to doing more business with Mathew in the future and you should too!

    thumb Charles Gross

    5 star review  I was totally clueless and was having a really hard time finding someone that I felt I could trust to help me with these auctions. A couple folks recommended Mathew over at JCD and I very reluctantly reached out. Yeah, I have trust issues. Dude put me at ease and really walked me through the whole process. After a couple months I didn’t end up buying a vehicle, but that’s on me. When I changed my direction, Mathew helped me wrap things up and wished me well. I have zero reservations about reaching out to these guys or recommending anyone else to do so. Very helpful, knowledgeable, prompt and everything I needed. You won’t be disappointed.

    thumb largejohn77

    5 star review  Ordered an Acty Van with these guys. five star service all the way. everything went perfect!!!. I was so afraid to import a car myself. JCD made it seamless. I would import wit them and only them again and again. Thanks guys!!

    thumb Scott Irby-Ranniar
  • 5 star review  Discovered KEI vehicles about a year ago and spent many hours searching the internet in hopes of finding an affordable van state side, to no avail. That is until I sent a message to Mathew at JCD. He was quick to respond, answered way too many of my silly questions, and worked diligently to find the right van for me. He is thorough, clear, and timely. Made the process simple and enjoyable. I am more than excited to work with him again. I highly recommend the service these gentlemen provide.

    thumb Benjamin Ferguson

    5 star review  Matt made importing a few mini trucks for our farm a breeze. Super easy to deal with and transparent with all the details involved in bidding and winning auctions, the import process, and everything in between.

    thumb Ben and Maggie O'Brien

    5 star review  My truck had been stolen and Matt was helping me bid on mini-trucks to replace it. Of course once we started bidding the truck was recovered, but Matt was upfront and very helpful both getting into and out of our auction based relationship. I would not hesitate to work with JCD again!

    thumb William Gundy
  • 5 star review  I worked with Mat and i believe i couldn't have done any better. This was my first time dealing with importing, Mat was so patient and helpful through this purchase. I also feel he got me the best deals, i have since the first purchase made two more and will continue to do business with Mat.

    thumb robert barnowsky

    5 star review  I purchased three vehicles from auction with Matt, he made it extremely easy and was available whenever I needed him throughout the entire importing process. This is not the last time I will be dealing with them. I plan to order more vehicles in the near future! If your looking for a trustworthy company to order vehicles through I highly recommend JCD!

    thumb dylan christner

    5 star review  Mathew was super helpful if helping me get more info and bid on cars I was interested in.

    thumb Matt Sparkman

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