Export & Import Vehicles
Car Transport Australia

Dolphin Shipping is a long-established multi-national shipping and logistics specialist. We provide specialist vehicle shipping services, helping Australians transport cars, boats, motor-homes and RVs, heavy machinery and more. Importing vehicles and exporting to almost anywhere in the world. We’ll help you with all sized vehicles.

Transporting vehicles into Australia requires experience and industry knowledge that only a few international vehicle shipping companies like Dolphin Shipping, are able to provide.

Shipping a vehicle to anywhere else in the world requires the services of a company like Dolphin Shipping, which is able to provide a complete door-to-door service through its worldwide network. That is why we are one of the most trusted transporters in Australia, that deal with international freight.

We also provide full shipping agent services, including customs and quarantine clearance, offers domestic cartage services, and general import/export services.

We have highly experienced staff in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom ready to make your vehicle freighting experience simple, reliable and cost-effective.

Our vast experience means you are in the best hands to make the shipping process as smooth as possible.

There are two main methods for international vehicle shipping. Via a car shipping container or roll-on roll-off (Ro/Ro).

If you are wondering about costs, it really depends on the locations and different import fees. Costs largely depend on the destination. Some competitors may not disclose all costs upfront, however, getting a quote at Dolphin Shipping means you get a comprehensive quote with no hidden costs. That is what makes us the best available in Australia.


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Our shipping process as easy as 1-2-3
Importing vehicles can be a very difficult task. Let us be the experts and help you get the vehicle you want.
We offer a simple and cost-effective three-step streamlined process.


Tell us what you want to ship from where, to where.


Documents &
Provide the item, relevant documents including customs information.


Delivered to
Pick it up from the destination!

When searching for a company that provides the service of importing vehicles to Australia, it is important to differentiate from a regular freight company and specialised vehicle shipping companies. This is due to the process of importing a vehicle is very different from general freight and companies like Dolphin Shipping are specialists in the field and will ensure the importing or exporting process goes as smooth as possible.

Shipping vehicles into Australia is our core business. We strive to be courteous and patient with our first-time clients as we understand it might seem like a dreadful process at first glance. The Dolphin Shipping team is here to deal with the entire process, ensuring a stress-free service at competitive prices. Our job is to make international shipping accessible for everyone interested.

When looking at importing a vehicle into Australia, in most cases, you will need to get a Vehicle Import Approval. For the government in Australia, vehicle shipping must be heavily regulated, therefore before purchasing from overseas, you must ensure your vehicle is able to get a Vehicle Import Approval. It is almost impossible to purchase new cars overseas and get into the business of importing vehicles into Australia by taking shortcuts. Dolphin Shipping will strive to provide the best vehicle shipping service and advise to your eligibility on a Vehicle Import Approval..

There are a number of ways vehicles can be imported into Australia.
These include:

  • Vehicles manufactured before 1 July 1997.
  • RAWS (Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme).
  • Personal Import Scheme.
  • Temporary Imports (such as a carnet).

Two common ways to ship vehicles are via a container or the roll-on / roll-off (Ro/Ro) method. A container is generally more expensive than the Ro/Ro method, however, it is generally a more secure option for any vehicle of high value. Most vehicle shipping occurs via Ro/Ro as the more cost-effective method. However, importing via a container allows you the space of general freight inside your car and container, which may be a more cost-effective way to transport extra belongings.

Exporting from Australia may be a relatively easier or harder experience depending on the regulations in the destination country. Therefore, you will need to do your research on the importing country. Shipping to NZ is a popular route amongst our clients and due to a relatively open trade policy between the two countries, a stress-free service is offered by Dolphin Shipping. Simply fill our quote form in order to get an instant estimate through our cost calculator. The cost to ship may not be as expensive as you’d think, sometimes even being cheaper than interstate car transport.

Dolphin Shipping offers international vehicle shipping worlwide, with the ability to use any of the major ports in Australia. These include ports such as Port Kembla (Sydney), Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle (Perth). So, if you are looking at importing or exporting a vehicle, get in touch.