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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: 69,000 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)
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