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Ship your car to Australia with West Coast Shipping, a US based car shipper with a decade of experience on shipping cars to Oceania. We are one of the largest car shipping companies in the US, with locations in California and New Jersey. We handle ground transportation, vehicle documentation, export and import clearance, and shipping overseas by container, air-freight, and roll-on/roll-off.

Get an instant quote to ship your car to Australia by using our shipping calculator.

Import Your Car to Australia

Instead of buying vehicles in Australia, many choose to import US cars, particularly American muscle cars. The widespread use of the web allows those down under to locate, purchase, and ship cars and motorcycles from the USA right to their door. This page will guide you on where to find US cars for sale, how to buy them without getting scammed and how to ship and import cars and motorcycles to Australia.

Australians are fussy about how their cars look and perform. They are also fussy about what they emit into the air and how much petrol they consume. Before driving around the outback, check with our trusted, professional agents to see that your car meets all the import requirements. If the car you’re importing was made before 1989 you won’t need to retrofit the steering, but there may be other standards to address before landing.

Are you ready to get started? Use our car shipping calculator to get an estimate on shipping cars from to Australia from the USA.



When your vehicle arrives at the port in Australia, you will have a local agent there to guide you on all import procedures. The agent will accept the container, truck it to their facilities for unloading, clear import customs, fumigation, and provide any necessary modifications required for local road use. They are also able to provide suggestions on temporary imports and insurance.


Currently, any left-hand drive vehicle can be imported if it was made before January 1, 1989, as long as it's not highly modified.  Any left-hand drive vehicle made after 1989 must be converted to right-hand drive within 12 months of landing in Australia. The vehicle cannot be driven until it is converted. 



Vehicle documentation:

  • Original vehicle title
  • Bill of sale

International residents:

US citizens:



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

With the car shipping calculator, you can get the rates on collecting vehicles, boats, motorcycles or pallets from anywhere in the United States, and the cost of shipping to Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney.

We have shipping facilities in California and New Jersey, allowing us to load and ship from the East and the West coast. Currently, the cheapest ports to ship cars to in Australia are Melbourne and Sydney. Shipping 1 car from California to Melbourne or Sydney in a consolidated container currently costs $1,500. This rate does not include collecting the vehicle and it does not include destination charges in Australia. Destination charges may include import duties, container unloading, local registration, and conversion of the vehicle to Australian standards.


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

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Import Cars From Australia

We also ship cars to the United States from Australia.


American Cars in Australia

Each year, Australians import over 6,700 cars from the United States in containers. Making Australia one of the top importers of American muscle cars and pick up trucks. Some of the most popular models imported are the Mustang, Camaro, Corvette, Challenger and Charger. There is also demand for American pickup trucks such as the F150, Ram, Dodge, GMC and Chevrolet. Lately, with the changing Australian import laws and manufacturers leaving the country it has become profitable to ship new cars from the USA to Australia.

Currently, any left-hand drive vehicle can be imported if it was made before January 1, 1989, as long as it's not highly modified.  

Any left-hand drive vehicle made after 1989 must be converted to right-hand drive within 12 months of landing in Australia. It cannot be driven until it is converted.

Read the top 10 tips on shipping cars to Australia from the US. 

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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