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Ship your car to Australia with West Coast Shipping, a US based car shipper with more than a decade of experience in shipping cars to Australia. We handle ground transportation, asbestos sampling , vehicle documentation, export clearance, and offer a cost effective shared container solution for shipping.  

Get an instant quote to ship your car to Australia by using our shipping calculator. Speak with us today: +61-390-711823

Full container options and Airfreight options available also


Import Your Car to Australia


West Coast Shipping  is one of the largest shippers of classic vehicles to Australia .  We offer cost effective classic car shipping solutions through to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle. What makes us unique is we have our own depots in California, New Jersey and Florida.  At each of these locations we have our own staff, who personally receive your vehicle, arrange for asbestos sampling, facilitate the export clearance, load and ship your vehicle

Use our car shipping calculator at the top of this page to get instant rates on shipping cars from to Australia from the USA.

Instead of buying vehicles in Australia, many choose to import vehicles from the USA. These include muscle cars,  sports cars, pick up trucks, and many Euro options which found their way to the USA. 

The internet creates a world of possibilities and it is no different in the world of  classic cars. Sitting at home today you can research, locate and purchase, your dream car or motorcycle.   

Take a look at our Australia Car Import guide to see our recommended US cars for sale, how to buy them without getting scammed, and how to ship and import cars and motorcycles to Australia.

That said, it is important you are aware of some of the important areas BEFORE you commit to a vehicle from the USA.

The good news is that if the car that you are interested in is at least 25 years old and has not been modified, then there is no reason that it cannot be imported into Australia. You should check with your local State Road authority, but in most cases cars can be registered and driven as left-hand drivers, eliminating any need to convert your vehicle to a right-hand drive.

The Department of Infrastructure has developed the ROVER system to assist people interested in importing to Australia. There are many areas on the system that could be of interest. Click here for more details on Australia's ROVER program

How to apply for import approval in Australia

It is important to know that every vehicle shipped to Australia requires import approval by the Australian government.   It is the importer's requirement to set up a profile in the ROVER system and submitting 100 points of ID . Upon verification you can apply for the import approval through the Rover system.  We can also assist with this process.

ASBESTOS IN AUSTRALIA - Peace of mind with our accredited asbestos sampling program

The importation of asbestos into Australia is strictly  prohibited. How does this affect the import of classic cars into Australia? It is possible that cars from America's golden era have parts such as brake linings which may contain asbestos. Obviously decades have passed, and parts are likely to have been changed. It is difficult to know if parts contain asbestos without careful testing.

We offer a robust asbestos testing program, which samples cars and motorcycles for asbestos as nominated by our accredited asbestos sampler on staff.  Parts which may contain asbestos are then tested by an accredited NATA approved lab. Parts found to contain asbestos are removed before shipping to avoid fines and delays in Australia.

See our Australian Car Import guide for more details on Asbestos when importing a car to Australia.



When your vehicle arrives at the port in Australia, our local agent there will guide you on all of the remaining import procedures. The agent will accept the container, transport it to their facilities for unloading, clear import customs, and fumigation. Our agents are also the ones to calculate and send you the invoice for the GST component of the move.



  • Where do I find American cars for sale?
  • How does the shipping process work?
  • How do I protect myself against risks during overseas shipping?
  • What type of cars am I allowed to import to Australia?

Download the Australia Import Guide to get answers to your questions about importing a car to Australia.




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We accept wire transfers, checks, and ban deposits only. Read more about banking fees when paying from overseas.

We do not accept credit card payments.

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Car Shipping Cost to Australia

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With the car shipping calculator, you can get the rates on collecting vehicles, motorcycles and pallets from anywhere in the US, and you can get the cost of shipping to the port of Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney.

West Coast Shipping has contracts in place with the major shipping lines to Australia, which means we have space allocation on each vessel and along with affordable rates.


  • Cars under 30 years old:
    • 10% Duty & 10% GST
  • Cars over 30 years old:
    • 0% Duty & 10% GST
  • 4WD or Commercial cars:
    • 5% Duty & 10% GST
GET A QUOTE             Ship a Car Overseas in 6 Steps

Import Cars From Australia

We also ship cars to the United States from the major cities of Australia. Contact us for more details.


Shipping Options


By using a container for shipping, we can load anywhere from 1 to 6 cars (depending on size), the vehicles can either run and drive, or be project cars. We offer consolidation when shipping to the port, saving you money by shipping your vehicles along with other cars in the same container. When shipping high-value vehicles, we can load them in their own dedicated 20ft or 40ft containers.


Shipping via Roll-on/Roll-off is another option when shipping cars overseas. However, unlike with containarized car shipping, you cannot ship anything inside of your vehicle, and the car be in run and drive condition to be able to drive on and off the ship. The ports which support RoRo vary widely, and so do the rates.


If you require your vehicle overseas as quickly as possible, we recommend shipping the car via Air-Freight service. Compared to lengthy shipping times and possible port delays when shipping in a container or via RoRo, shipping your car by Air is the quickest shipping options. Transit time is estimated at around 3 to 10 days, depending on the documentation and customs requirements.


Motorcycle Shipping Overseas
How Motorcycles Are Shipped Overseas

Motorcycles are a popular import from the US, and most customers use a container. You can fit up to 8 motorcycles in a 20ft container and up to 16 in a 40ft container. They are securely strapped and braced. This makes it the perfect solution for wholesale buyers and dealers. Use the shipping calculator on this page to get a quote, or contact us.

Another option is shipping your motorcycle via air freight to any international airport. It's a more expensive option, and it requires a custom crate to be built around the bike. However, air freight will minimize transit time.


Dream Cars Delivered Worldwide

Leading dealerships, auctions, museums and events ship their vehicles, motorcycles, and special projects around the world with West Coast Shipping. We have the expertise to handle them all.

About Us

We pride ourselves in safe and reliable international car shipping for consumers, dealers, collectors, and wholesalers around the world. We speak English, German, French, Dutch, Russian, Arabic, & Spanish.

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"Professional service at unbeatable prices. We have tried WCS with a number of cars from NJ and CA to Bremerhaven and we are happy with the results. They handled our classic cars with care and responded rapidly to any of our emails. All together they offer a great service!"



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