How to import a JDM to Australia

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

RX-7 Infini in the USS Tokyo Auctions


There are several ways a vehicle can be imported into Australia. Customers need to be careful and check the vehicle’s eligibility and Australia’s restrictions to make sure it is allowed for import to avoid facing possible punishment under the Crimes Act 1914.


The most two common import options are:

1. Importing a vehicle older than 25 years old
All vehicles older than 25 years are automatically eligible for import under the Interim option

2. Importing a vehicle newer than 25 years old
Under the specialist & Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme (SEVS) a chosen set of vehicles will be available for import.

For example, Mazda RX-7 1999 and upwards can be imported legally via SEVS. Mazda RX-7 that are 25 years (currently 1996) or older can be imported under the Interim option.

Contact our agents to find out whether the car you’re looking to import can be imported legally.


Our agents will discuss with you your preferences & budget, send you past auction data, upcoming auction cars that fit your needs, translated auction sheets and provide you with extra photos/videos before the auction.

Dashboard of an Lancer Evolution 6


After an auction is won, we will arrange inland transport, degassing the vehicle, custom clearance in Japan, and shipping – in other words, everything up to your preferred destination port.

Right after the auction is won, we advise our customers to quickly apply for the Vehicle Import Approval (VIA), as it is absolutely necessary to receive it before we load the vehicle onto the ship.

Along with the chassis number and manufactured date, all documents and photos required for applying for the VIA will provided by us.

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Lotus in Japanese auto auctions


The two main methods of shipping are Roll-on, Roll off or in a container. If a customer plans to purchase more than one vehicle, we tend to look at both options to figure out what suits each customer best but if it’s a single vehicle, Ro-Ro is often highly recommended. Ro-Ro shipping is postpaid directly to the shipping line and will include charges for the DAFF inspection and Heat Treatment done before shipping.

Freight is always fully insured by Zervtek Japan.

The export certificate, asbestos-free certificate and degassing certificate will be mailed to you separately. 

GST and import duty Australia charges is calculated on the CIF (Cargo Insured Freight) and these charges are payable before the vehicle is free to be picked up to be taken for compliance work.

The car is then taken to a nominated RAWS site where the vehicle is stripped off any modifications to bring it in line with Australian standards. After it has passed compliance, it is now ready to be registered for road use in Australia. A simple web search should lead you to a RAWS center, but if you’re having trouble, please feel free to contact our agents

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