Australia Import Regulations for Japan Used Buses

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Australia Import Regulations for Japan Used Buses

Japan Used Bus Import Duty / Regulation in Australia



Year Restrictions
No Age Limit
Destination Port
Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney
Time of Shipment
RoRo (14-24 Days)
Vessel Schedule
RoRo (Weekly)
Shipping Line
Wilhelmsen Ships Service
No Inspection Required


Australia Import Regulation

Shipping Ports:

Used Bus are mainly shipped to the ports of Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney. Generally RoRo (Roll-on Roll-off) shipping method is used for Bus shipment, if requested a container shipment can be arranged.


Age Restrictions:

No age restriction on used buses imported to Australia. Thus, Australians can import used bus of any age."


There are several steps to import a used buses in Australia :

  • Obtain a bus Import Approval (VIA) from the bus Safety Standards Branch of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

  • Pay customs duty, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and luxury bus tax (LCT) where applicable and obtain customs clearance at the port of entry.

  • Obtain quarantine clearance from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) after the road bus has arrived at the port of entry.

  • To gain Customs clearance for an imported road bus you must hold a valid VIA for that road bus.

  • It is an offence under the MVSA to import, sell or present new or used imported road buses to the Australian market for the first time unless those road buses meet the National Standards.

  • If your road bus has a value below the import entry threshold (AUD1000) it may be cleared by Customs by lodging a self-assessed clearance (SAC) declaration. A VIA is required regardless of the value of the road Buses.

  • Get a quote for shipping / customs clearance / quarantine / packing / depot / terminal handling fees / cleaning fees / duties / taxes.
Steps to Import Used Vehicle
  • Purchase the bus in a controlled manner, via an agent, or by a letter of credit through you bank. The risks involved with loss of money is dependant on the relationship you have with the seller.

  • Make sure all documents are given to a customs broker in your port, or you can have a go at clearing yourself. Mistakes are costly and storage isn't cheap, so using a broker is a smart move.

  • They have methods of valuing the bus less that what you expect to save on duties (usually 10 percent) and GST 10 percent. Also high price buses may attract luxury bus tax.

  • Delivery of your road bus into home consumption will only be authorized where Customs and AQIS clearance requirements are met.


Eligibility for Importing a bus:

  • You have owned and used the bus overseas for a period of not less than twelve continuous calendar months.

  • You are of driving age.

  • You must be an Australian citizen.

  • You are a migrant holding permanent residency in Australia.

  • You are allowed to import any bus which is 15 or more years old on the date it lands in Australia.

  • buses are required to be right hand drive


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