How do you import a vehicle from Japan?

There are lots of different vehicle auctions in Japan which you can purchase vehicles from. Auctions are the most common way of purchasing from Japan as the sites are available in English and buying privately has the language barrier, making it more difficult.

There are many reputable companies your can use to assist with purchasing from the Auctions

JUMVEA: Japan Used Motor Vehicle Exporters Association

JUMVEA Members

If you use a Japan Export Agent in Japan you will still need to arrange your own import permit and compliance on arrival. All Imported vehicles require compliance but not all vehicles can be imported. The make and model of the vehicle determines which compliance companies you can use, as they have to be registered and approved to comply your vehicles specific make and model.

You can find these companies on the RAWS Australia website

Finally, there is lots of Japanese car dealers in Australia selling Japanese imported cars where you can turn up inspect the car & take it for a test drive before making the purchase.

Regardless our how you purchase your imported Japanese vehicle you need to take the right steps to ensure you are getting what you paid for. There are services available to check the odometer  (ODO) readings when the cars were de-registered. The best way to do this is to request to sight the original export certificate. This contains the ODO reading at the time the vehicle was de-registered in Japan so there should only be slight increase on this for driving on and off the ship etc

Shipping cars from Japan to Australia

This is the easy part, DAZMAC is partnered with Autohub which is a large global vehicle logistics company in Japan, UK and New Zealand.

Our service is twice per month service from Nagoya, Osaka / Kobe and Yokohama to Brisbane, Port Kembla, Melbourne, and Fremantle

  • Up to 11 m3                AUD 1950.00 all in to Brisbane port
  • Up to 11 m3                AUD  2150.00 all in to Port Kembla (for Sydney) and Melbourne ports
  • Up to 11 m3                AUD  2250.00 all in to Fremantle port (for Perth)
  • 11 m3 to 20 m3         AUD 2100.00 all in to Brisbane port
  • 11 m3 to 20 m3         AUD  2200.00 all in to Port Kembla (for Sydney) and Melbourne ports
  • 11 m3 to 20 m3         AUD  2500.00 all in to Fremantle port (for Perth)

We include all of the following in our service:

  • Yard Survey / Photos
  • DAFF (Australian Quarantine) pre clean
  • DAFF inspection
  • Any subsequent DAFF re-clean
  • DAFF clearance notification to Ports
  • Origin Document fees
  • Freight port to port
  • Current BAF (Fuel Surcharge)
  • Australian Port Service Charges
  • Australian Document fees
  • Customs Clearance
  • Insurance
  • Discharge Port Survey / Photos


To use the above DAFF pre-cleaned & pre-cleared system and pricing, you either cannot ship other items in the vehicle or you get pre-approval from Japan to allowing a small amount of items to be shipped. All vehicles containing too many other items to use this service must go through the normal DAFF process after the vehicles arrive in Australia, which normally requires steam cleaning to be done after arrival, incurring extra costs of approximately AUD 300.00 per vehicle (including DAFF’s processing charges).

The above rates DO NOT include:

  • Import GST (10% of the CIF Value and Duty)
  • Duty (5% of the FOB Value)
  • Customs entry fee: currently AUD 92.00 if the total clearance value is under AUD 10,000.00, or AUD 192.60 if the value is over AUD 10,000.00 (note that the Import Exchange conversion rates are decided by Australian Customs)
  • Vehicle Import Approvals (you can click on this link to apply for one. BUT we highly recommend you ask your compliance workshop to get it for you)
  • Luxury Car Tax (if applicable, which is the CIF Value + Duty + GST minus AUD 61,884.00 x 33%, and this only applies to passenger vehicles, not commercial vehicles)
  • Compliance
  • Air conditioning. There are 3 options available
    1. Low volume exemption is available private importers shipping no more than one vehicle per 2 year period
    2. De-gassing. The suppliers can organise the degassing, otherwise we can organise it for you for an extra AUD 110.00.
    3. Regular importers can apply for a gas license through the department of sustainability This requires a quarterly report of imports and is cost effective once you import more than 5 vehicles per year.

FOB charges from the suppliers door to the Japanese port of export, but note that most suppliers pay for these costs as part of the purchase price of the vehicles and give you an “FOB price” per vehicle