7th Horseless Carriage Club
Bathurst, NSW, Australia
Friday 30th August to Friday 6th September, 2019
Importing a Vehicle into Australia
We are proud to announce that we are running an International tour for all pre 1916 vehicles in Bathurst, NSW August 30th - September 6th 2019.
With the support of Bathurst Regional Council, the headquarters for the event will be the famous Mt Panorama Raceway, utilising its pit area and corporate facilities. Information will be updated on the tour web page in the next couple of months.
Importing Vehicles into Australia
We have had a lot of experience in importing vehicles into Australia for over a decade. We have, both for ourselves and for customers, imported many Brass Era cars & bikes.
There are rules and pitfalls. Yes every vehicle entering Australia needs to be cleared by Australian Customs & Quarantine. This is normally a reasonably quick process (7 - 10 days) However sometime there are unavoidable delays! However if you follow the guidelines, it all works out.
You can import your vehicle into Australia on a Carnet
or if departing New Zealand for Australia you can use the
Both of these processes have similar basic rules, you provide the documentation and assurance that the car will only be used here in Australia for a 365 day period at the end of which (or prior) the vehicle will depart the country. The advantage of this is there are no taxes on the import and the costs are pretty well limited to the Customs and quarantine fees required to process and inspect the vehicle, as opposed to a tax that would be charged on the market value of the car in Australian dollars.
All vehicles participating in the International Tour must be road worthy, ie good brakes, steering, no worn out tyres and where applicable useable lights. We are working with authorities to ensure any checking required is a relatively simple process and as much as possible, stress free.
Asbestos: There has been a lot made on the internet of the Australian requirement that there be no Asbestos in vehicles entering Australia. There is not doubt that if Australian Border Protection do have reason to consider that their is asbestos, the process of investigation is both time consuming and expensive. However having said that in over a decade of importing Brass Era vehicles into Australia I've never had any hassles, thankfully. I am firmly of the opinion that asbestos was not commonly used in motor vehicles until the late 1950's and the chances that our Brass Era vehicles contain asbestos is very remote. In the few cases where Australian Border Security have conducted positive asbestos screening on other imported vehicles, it has been severe on the importer.
Our attitude to Australian Customs and Quarantine has always been very conciliatory and as I personally un-pack all our containers, I am often in contact with the officials. I have found them to be honest, diligent, polite and as a rule fairly easy to get on with and interested in the vehicles we import. They have a somewhat difficult job to do and have rules to follow, some rules are more important to some officers and we go with the flow as far as each officer is concerned. It should be noted the 100% no asbestos rule is a Federal Government policy carried out by Australian Customs and Quarantine, not a Australian Border Force edict. Australian Border Force have release a FAQ and this can be found here:
The "quick fast forward" of what they are looking for is out lined below.
Australian Border Force are also targeting engine gaskets, hood gaskets, exhaust gaskets, hood liners, carpet liners, clutch disk, etc, and by solely removing the brake pads will not stop further inspections on arrival. If Asbestos is found in any component, just removing the brake pads does not show the required “Due Diligence” and will not protect the importer from an inspection or potential fine. The fines are substantial and several importers have been fined already.
As most of our vehicles have no head gaskets or a thin copper sheet as a head gasket, and leather (or in some cases steel / copper) lined clutches, the major components that are considered "No Go" for Australian Border Forces, are not present in our vehicles and probably explains why we have not experienced any hassles to date
If you have any questions about any thing on our site please feel free to ring us and inquire.
Phone within Australia: 0422 219 911
Phone Int: 61 422219911
US cell: 757 434 0056 please note the US cell is now active all year round, but there is a time difference so we may not answer when it is 2am in the morning !!
PO Box 786
New South Wales, Australia
We hope you enjoy our site and look forward to seeing you next year.
Russell and Chris Holden.
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