Import Disassembled and partly Disassembled Cars and parts into Australia
Partly Disassembled Road Vehicles – Import Declaration and VIA is Required
Importations of road vehicle kits including disassembled or partly disassembled road vehicles are subject to an assessment made by Infrastructure.
If you wish to import a road vehicle kit, you must submit a full application to Infrastructure with all the relevant information. Infrastructure will assess the application and determine if a VIA is required. If a VIA is not required for your road vehicle kit, Infrastructure will advise you in writing.
It is important to note that State and Territory registration authorities may not register a reassembled road vehicle or a road vehicle kit for use on public roads without a valid VIA.
Road vehicle parts do not require a VIA from Infrastructure.
However, for both Customs Tariff purposes and for the purposes of obtaining a VIA, a road vehicle is not considered to be parts just because it is unassembled, dismantled or incomplete. Australian Customs Notice (ACN) 2001/06 Guidelines for Entry of Partially Dismantled Vehiclesdetermines the point at which an unassembled, dismantled or incomplete road vehicle is no longer considered to be a road vehicle but rather is considered to be parts.
Where a road vehicle purchased overseas is cut in two halves or more (to be assembled in Australia) for importation on separate shipments to Australia, the importer may be in breach of the Act for non-compliance of entry of the goods. This is because the purchased road vehicle may form part of a bulk order. It is strongly recommended that if you do intend to import an unassembled, dismantled or incomplete road vehicle you seek advice from Customs and Infrastructure prior to arranging importation.
While the guidelines determine a point at which a disassembled road vehicle is to be considered road vehicle parts, the importer should also consider the intended use of the parts. If the road vehicle assembly or component being imported bears a road vehicle identification chassis number and is to be reassembled for use on public roads, then a VIA is still required. It is important to note that State and Territory registration authorities may not register a reassembled road vehicle for use on public roads without a valid VIA.