Importing Off Road Vehicles to AustraliaA 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.

Applying for a Vehicle Import Approval before your vehicle is shipped from overseas will help you avoid storage costs during the assessment process. At Platinum® Freight Management, we make certain you don’t experience delays or unnecessary expense. Importing an off-road vehicle can be a confusing or difficult experience, but by working with an experienced team you can rest assured all paperwork will be in order and your importing timeline will be effectively managed.

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.