Vehicle Shipping Service USA to Australia FAQs

Once you have received your quote from DAZMAC for shipping to Australia and checked your import eligibility, the next step is to book it in with us! To make a booking we will need the following documents;

  • Bill of sale or purchase document for your vehicle and any parts
  • Title for the vehicle (Original must be given to the depot)
  • Drivers licence or passport
  • Dazmac letter of authority signed and completed
  • Your vehicle import approval

Once we receive copies of the above documents (originals are NOT required) we will book your vehicle with our US depot. If you are arranging delivery of the vehicle to our depot you will receive a “Delivery Order” which needs to be provided to the office along with the Original title.

Issued by the Department of Infrastructure, this allows your vehicle to clear customs on arrival.

For more information https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/import_options/index.aspx

The original title and the “Delivery Order”, which shows your booking with DAZMAC, will need to be submitted or couriered to the depot office. The original title is crucial as the export cannot be completed for your vehicle without it.

Yes, but the invoice must have all required information on it. We can provide an easy to use template for you.

Your vehicle will go through asbestos testing and quarantine cleaning prior to export.

Asbestos is a prohibited import into Australia. Any vehicles imported into Australia with asbestos are subject to large fines and removal charges.

A licensed hygienist takes the samples and a NATA or equivalent approved lab, completes the testing and supplies the results, as per the standard set by Australian Border Force.

The hygienist attends our warehouse weekly to test all available vehicles. Each vehicle is assessed with “high risk” areas identified and tested; with results also provided once testing is complete. Items tested can include engine gaskets, exhaust gaskets, clutches, hood liners and other risk components.

We will arrange to have a certified mobile mechanic handle the removal of parts which contain asbestos. While great care is taken when removing asbestos components and parts in vehicles. Due to the age of a majority of the vehicles and their associated parts removed, certain components can be compromised.

The vehicle is now ready to be quarantine pre-cleaned.

The USA has a 1% tolerance on calling an item “asbestos free” whereas Australia has zero tolerance. Australian Border Force requires replacement parts to be tested. New parts have been found to contain asbestos upon retesting. We highly recommend items are replaced in Australia on arrival and not before shipping where possible.

Four hours of quarantine regulated cleaning & quarantine approved pre-inspection in the USA.

Fumigation is not always required. Fumigation is required in the below circumstances and is an additional cost.

  1. If quarantine risk (eg live insects) are found during an offshore or onshore inspection that requires fumigation.
  2. During BMSB (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug) Season which is from 1st September to 30th of April each year.

There are two scenarios:

  1. Depot staff may complete up to 4 additional hours of cleaning which is charged to the importer and approve the vehicle to be shipped under the pre-cleaning program.
  2. Where more than 4 hours of total cleaning is estimated, the depot staff will only complete 4 hours of cleaning (which is included in the shipping price). The vehicle will not be shipped under the pre-cleaning program. We cannot guarantee the vehicle to pass quarantine on arrival. The importer will be charged any additional cleaning, related inspection & government charges if applicable.

No, but it is recommended as cleaning and inspection costs on arrival are much more expensive.

They will be removed and loaded onto a pallet. Up to 1cbm is included in your vehicle shipping rate where the parts are from the same supplier as the vehicle. The parts MUST be listed on your bill of sale or have a separate invoice.

Refer to the LCL rate on your quote.

Your vehicle will be consolidated into a container with other vehicles for shipping.

Approximately 1 week before arrival you will receive an invoice for your shipping, applicable import taxes and any additional cleaning or component removal fees. Your vehicle will be unpacked then inspected by quarantine. Upon receipt of payment your vehicle will be released for collection. You will have 3 days to pick up before storage applies.

Make sure you know what you are being quoted for!  Some quotes may look cheaper at first glance, but are they? Read all the inclusions and exclusions from the competitor quote. Do they include NATA approved asbestos testing? Offshore quarantine cleaning? Full risk insurance? Full receival and outturn reports for your vehicle? Australian port and unpack charges? Customs clearance in Australia? Make sure you check to avoid any nasty surprises and extra costs. We pride ourselves on offering the most inclusive rates in the industry.

Any other questions you have give us a call on 1300 DAZMAC (329 622) or email sales@dazmac.com

Australian Border Force FAQs Regarding Asbestos

The Australian Border Force (ABF) targets both imported and exported goods, considered to be at high risk of containing asbestos. A list of high risk goods is available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (the Department’s) website.  http://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Impo/Proh/Asbestos

Any unauthorised goods found to contain asbestos will be seized and the importer may face penalties and/or prosecution.

If the ABF suspects that goods arriving at the border contain asbestos, the goods are detained and examined. Documentation that provides sufficient assurance must be provided. The importer may be required to arrange testing and certification by a ‘competent person’ to ensure there is no presence of asbestos. The arrangement and cost of any independent inspection, testing and storage of the goods is the responsibility of the importer/exporter in Australia in accordance with section 186 of the Customs Act 1901 (the Act). If Australian importers can demonstrate their own supply chain assurance programme they could avoid delays to the clearance of their goods at the point of importation.

Information on sufficient assurances is also available on our website at: http://www.border.gov.au/Customsnotices/Documents/dibp-notice-2017-21.pdf

Details of import and export exceptions, exemptions and permissions is available on our website at: http://www.border.gov.au/Importingandbuyinggoodsfromoverseas/Pages/Asbestos.aspx

asbestos-border-factsheet

Data sheets or supplier statements alone are not sufficient assurances the goods do not contain asbestos. Information on sufficient assurances is available on our website at: http://www.border.gov.au/Customsnotices/Documents/dibp-notice-2017-21.pdf

It is important to note that not only brake pads, linings and blocks are a risk for asbestos, gaskets and seals and clutch linings also pose a risk. Removal of all risk parts prior to exporting the motorcycle may be a viable option. If this is done, documentation to certify the removal of such parts would be required to be presented at the border to provide assurance that the motorcycle does not pose a risk for asbestos. Where the ABF is not provided with sufficient assurance that risk parts have been removed, and examination may be required.

Certain testing certificates, laboratory reports or supply chain documentation can provide assurance that asbestos is not present in imported goods. Please note supply chain documentation may not be appropriate for one off vehicles due to age and possible replacement of parts that may introduce an asbestos risk. As such it is recommended testing and certification be undertaken by a ‘competent person’ to ensure there is no presence of asbestos before the vehicle is imported into Australia.

Importers can also import samples into Australia (with prior Ministerial permission) for testing, or undertake testing overseas.

For testing in Australia, the ABF will only accept certification from a laboratory, that is accredited by NATA to undertake asbestos testing, that confirms asbestos was not detected.

For testing undertaken overseas, the ABF will only accept certification confirming no asbestos was detected in samples from a laboratory accredited to undertake asbestos testing by a NATA-recognised equivalent through a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

It is important that any international testing certificates clearly state that any level of asbestos detected is noted in the report, as some countries allow small levels of asbestos (<0.1%, or in some economies <1%). The report must indicate that no levels of asbestos were detected, regardless of the testing standard of that economy. The DIBP website provides more detail around engaging an international laboratory including links to NATA industry guides.

Information on sufficient assurances is available on our website at: http://www.border.gov.au/Customsnotices/Documents/dibp-notice-2017-21.pdf

Information on sufficient assurances is available on our website at: http://www.border.gov.au/Customsnotices/Documents/dibp-notice-2017-21.pdf

Importers of goods that are found to contain asbestos may be subject to penalties or prosecution.

Border offences relating to asbestos can attract fines for individuals up to $210,000 or three times the value of the goods (if the court can determine the value of the goods), whichever is the greater, pursuant to the Customs Act 1901 (Cth).

Where a body corporate is convicted of an offence, relating to asbestos, against a law of the Commonwealth, the court may impose a fine up to $1,050,000 or 15 times the value of the goods (if the court can determine the value of the goods), whichever is the greater, pursuant to the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth).

Importers and customs brokers must be aware of Australia’s asbestos import prohibition.

Before goods are imported into Australia, importers must have adequate assurance that the goods being imported do not contain asbestos.

Importers must not assume that goods contain nil asbestos content.

The ABF expects importers to undertake adequate assurance measures to demonstrate that the goods they are importing that are known to be at risk of containing asbestos, or goods supplied from countries with asbestos producing industries, do not contain asbestos.

Information on sufficient assurances is available on our website at: http://www.border.gov.au/Customsnotices/Documents/dibp-notice-2017-21.pdf

Importers of goods that are found to contain asbestos may be subject to penalties or prosecution.

Border offences relating to asbestos can attract fines for individuals up to $210,000 or three times the value of the goods (if the court can determine the value of the goods), whichever is the greater, pursuant to the Customs Act 1901 (Cth).

Where a body corporate is convicted of an offence, relating to asbestos, against a law of the Commonwealth, the court may impose a fine up to $1,050,000 or 15 times the value of the goods (if the court can determine the value of the goods), whichever is the greater, pursuant to the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth).

The ABF must be satisfied that goods entering Australia do not contain asbestos.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) targets both imported and exported goods, considered to be at high risk of containing asbestos. A list of high risk goods is available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (the Department’s) website at: http://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Impo/Proh/Asbestos.

Shipments from overseas suppliers who have been identified as sending asbestos or Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) to Australia may be targeted for intervention action at the border. Goods that have previously been imported from these suppliers may also be identified and referred to state and territory WHS regulators for further investigation.

If asbestos is detected in goods being imported, the goods are seized as a prohibited import, and will be forfeited to the Crown for disposal. If this occurs, the costs associated with disposal will not be the responsibility of the importer, unless a successful prosecution orders the payment of such costs by the importer.

Removal of all risk parts prior to exporting vehicles may be a viable option. It is important to note that not only brake pads, linings and blocks are a risk for asbestos, gaskets and seals and clutch linings also pose a risk. If this is done, documentation to certify the removal of such parts would be required to be presented at the border to provide assurance that the vehicle does not pose a risk for asbestos. The removal of such parts cannot be undertaken after the goods have been exported to Australia.

Where the ABF is not provided with sufficient assurance that risk parts have been removed, and examination may be required and only ‘competent persons’ qualified in the examination and removal of asbestos may remove parts for the purposes of examination and testing.

It is important to note that asbestos has been used in a wide number of products due to its flexibility, tensile strength, insulation, chemical inertness and affordability and is still used outside Australia in many applications. A list of high risk goods is available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (the Department’s) website. http://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Impo/Proh/Asbestos

Information on sufficient assurances is available on our website at: http://www.border.gov.au/Customsnotices/Documents/dibp-notice-2017-21.pdf

Compliance

Yes if you intend to register you vehicle for road use
No compliance is only to make the vehicle meet Australian Design Rules (ADRs)
It usually takes 10 working days or 2 weeks.
We will work with our customers to organise repairs for their cars, e.g. tyres, brakes, leaks etc. If possible It is always a good idea to get these checks finalised or parts replaced before you ship, this will save time.
Shannons, NRMA etc
Yes we can, note roadworthy requirements are slightly different for each state.

MANAGING YOUR AD

Only vehicles imported or eligible for import through the concessional import pathways such as rolling 25 year rule (previously known as Pre 1989), Race and Rally or Specialist and Enthusiasts Vehicle Scheme (SEVS)
The Department of Infrastructure issue Vehicle Import Approvals (VIA) for all imported vehicles
Yes, vehicles can be posted whilst they are overseas and www.importcarsales.com.au will calculate the landed costs in Australia so buyers can compare the costs with imported vehicles already in Australia
Yes, imported vehicles can be posted whilst they are already in Australia.
The Vehicle Import Approved (VIA) which is given by the Department of Infrastructure.
CLICK HERE to find all the information about the concession vehicle import scheme are