A large range of off-road vehicles can be imported into Australia without the need for a Vehicle Import Approval. However, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will usually require confirmation that your import doesn’t come under the category of a ‘road vehicle’. Gaining advanced approval of your vehicle category with the assistance of Platinum® Freight Management will ensure a smooth customs clearance.
Off-road vehicles include:
- Power-assisted pedal cycles
- Motorised scooters
- Pocket bikes
- Off-road motorbikes
- Mobility wheelchairs
- Drag racing cars
- Go carts
It’s all in the design
If a vehicle has been designed and manufactured for use on the road it cannot fall under the category of an off-road vehicle, regardless of modifications or intended usage. An off-road vehicle is designed specifically for off-road use. Conversely, off-road vehicles cannot be registered for on-road use regardless of modifications. Obtaining a copy of the manufacturers specifications outlining the vehicle’s purpose and function will assist greatly with importing.
Depending on the type of off-road vehicle you are importing you will be required to provide evidence of power output, height, speed limitations, and other related category requirements. You may also need to provide a photo of the vehicle, often sourced from the manufactures brochure. Information regarding off-road vehicle import regulations can be sourced at
A customs clearance agent will save you money
Australian Government rules regarding importation of off-road vehicles are constantly evolving. Every type of vehicle has to fulfill exacting specifications before it will be approved for use in Australia. Platinum® Freight Management can assist you even before you spend a cent by ascertaining if your purchase will satisfy government regulations.
Get a quote or call us on 1300 882 877: We can assist with the clearance from an overseas port, and also for entry through Australian Customs and Quarantine, and provide you with a quote on all of the customs clearance procedures. If you require assistance for part of your importing journey, or for every phase, Platinum® Freight Management are on hand to assist.