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Gday Guys,

My Importer has suggested that I try to get my car on the ship now (it is loading) but I have not as yet even sent away the forms for import approval.

Has anyone done this?

He says worst case scenario it will sit on dock in aus until it's approved. And he says they HAVE to approve it since it is a 15 + y/o car.

Anyone KNOW (please don't guess...I need fact) if it is safe to do this?

On the import approval request form, at the bottom it states...

"If you have chosen to ship your vehicle before receiving an import approval,should your vehicle arrive before the application is processed, an approval cannot be issued"

That says to me, if it lands before we get approval, I wont EVER get the car?

The other option is I wait 1.5 months or however long the round trip is for the boat. (Kiwi)

Cheers

Chris

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I think you have answered your own question from what you've read off the bottom of the form. Look to be honest this is not the place to ask this question. RING DOTARS and ask them for a 'proper' answer. Is your car a december build or January or what? Either way the only persons advice i'd trust on this point is the people enforcing the relevant legislation (in this case DOTARS - AVS).

Richard

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mmmgtir is on the money, ring dotars.

*personally* ive seen many a car be loaded before its been approved and everything worked out OK.. but then again i've also heard they can roll your car off the back of the boat and into the sea if it cant be imported....? hopefully not true.

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K i will ring DOTARS. But I know what they will say. I was hoping there might be proof that it will be all good, but ofcourse DOTARS will say u need approval first.

I will call and see tho.

Thanks guys.

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I did a import approval on a vehicle that turned up early and put current place of vehicle "Fremantle" I wont go into why we can do this as it is legend as much as rumour, but we dont normaly do it. DOTRS are help full if you dont just put it on and get the approval at a later date.

It cost's $18 to $20 a day in storage if you have delays in getting the import approval one guy had to pay $2,000 in fees.

Wait for the De Reg if it is 15 year old and a RAW should be able to do a import approval with out the De Reg.

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I would wait. My company wouldnt actually load it without the approval anyway. The guy who was doing my clearing at this end said absolutely do not do it even if you have the option to as it the costs and hassle incurred at this end if it doesnt work out such as storage, maybe even disposal. Not worth the risk IMO.

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My Importer has suggested that I try to get my car on the ship now (it is loading) but I have not as yet even sent away the forms for import approval.

My car went on the boat before I received import approval and that caused me some stress, believe me :), but it turned out allright in the end.

I doubt you'd be up for much more than extra storage costs.....this is a direct quote from VSB 10 "Importing Vehicles to Australia" on the DOTARS web site:

"An Import Approval must be obtained for a vehicle to gain clearance at its point of entry to Australia. Vehicles that arrive in Australia without an import approval will incur storage costs until an import approval is issued.

It is strongly recommended that you do not ship your vehicle to Australia until such time as you are issued with an Import Approval. If you do ship your vehicle before receiving an approval and your vehicle arrives before the application is processed, you will incur storage costs."

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