Our Japan to Australia vehicle shipment offering can be packaged into one easy all-inclusive package and service. Or if you require something less comprehensive, we’ll happily put together the components you need.

Whether you’re after a sedan like the Crown or a top of the line people mover like the Toyota Alphard or Vellfire, or any other model, we can help.

Our process is simple and reliable, our agent in Japan Daiwa Logistics will organise and control the shipping step-by-steo in Japan for us.

Step-By-Step Guide To Our Services:

  • Enquire and provide details of your vehicles.
  • We’ll send you a comprehensive quote.
  • Next, you’ll need to apply for the required vehicle import approval. Please contact us for more information or click here for information on the import approval process.
  • Once approval is granted, a booking is made and shipment details are provided to you.

Vehicles are shipped to your destination.

All-Inclusive Packages Can Include:

  • Export Bookings in Japan
  • JEVIC/Australia Biosecurity Pre-Clearance
  • Full Ocean Freight from Japan to Australia
  • Marine Insurance
  • Shipping line surcharges
  • Document handling
  • Arrival port service charges in Australia
  • Arrival Customs and Quarantine clearance and handling


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!

Export & Import - Vehicle Shipping Australia

Pre-Shipment Phase

Export bookings

We handle all export bookings in Japan which includes any pre clearance arrangements, shipping line bookings and paperwork processing.

Pre-clearance arrangements and inspections, including:
Vehicle photos and survey reports:

This can be arranged prior to vehicles departing Japan.

Australian bio-security clearance:

This is carried out by our appointed and authorised inspectorate JEVIC (Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Centre). It’s a pre-clearance service completed in Japan, and it includes full inspection and cleaning of vehicles prior to departure. This prevents contaminants entering Australia, speeds up the handling process and avoids long and costly delays on arrival. We also provide photos taken of your vehicle before departure in Japan, both inside and out.

Gas removal (air-conditioning gases CFC & HFC):

As part of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989, Australian import regulations require any hazardous materials, such as vehicles with air-conditioning gases CFC and HFC, to be handled by approved and licensed individuals or business. There are two options here:

  1. Pre-shipment removal of the gases. We can arrange this prior to vehicles being shipped from Japan. Please enquire for costs.
  2. Australian importers who have an approved licence to handle such gases can import vehicles into Australia without having to remove such air-conditioning gases prior to shipment.

Japanese port handling and vessel loading activities:

This includes all charges and fees allocated by the port stevedores and shipping line.

Shipping And Transit Phase

Full freight from port of loading in Japan to port of discharge in Australia:

Includes shipping line fuel surcharges, additional fees and levies. Vehicles are shipped on state-of-the-art car carrier (“ro/Ro”) vessels.

We offer weekly sailings with all major shipping lines and we will provide accurate arrival dates to help vehicle importers with planning logistical and monetary flows.

Marine Insurance Cover:

This applies to all vehicles from the time of purchase through to discharge at the destination port. For cover to be confirmed, a copy of the purchase invoice or indication of the value is required. Policy terms and conditions are available on request.


Arrival Phase

Import clearances:

We manage the full import clearance of vehicles, liaising with government agencies such as Australian Customs and the Department of Agriculture, as well as handling all shipping line and port clearances.

All GST, Duty, taxes and transaction fees payable to Australian Customs upon arrival are overseen by our customs clearance team and invoiced to you before arrival.

Local vehicle transport:

We can arrange vehicle transport from the port of arrival to anywhere throughout Australia. For rates, please enquire.

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