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We have been shipping boats since the 80's.

We have extensive knowledge when it comes to boat and yacht shipping so you know if it is done by us it is done correctly.

We have shipped yachts for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, ensuring these delicate racing yachts are protected whilst in our care, we arrange everything from start to finish,  from shrinkwrapping your boat to strapping it down to the cradle to lashing it on the ship.

As boat owners and sailors we know boats! and have extensive knowledge when it comes to  yachts, dinghy's , boats and cruisers

If you would like to import or export your boat or yacht please contact us today on 02 9540 5599

http://www.border.gov.au/Factsheets/Documents/bringingsuperyachtsintoaustralia2015mar10.pdf as below


Bringing Superyachts into Australia


What is a superyacht?


A superyacht is defined as any high value luxury sailing ship or motor vessel which is all of the following:

 24 metres or longer in length

 Not carrying cargo

 Used for sport or pleasure


Arriving in Australia


Operators intending to bring a superyacht to Australia under its own power must notify the Department of Immigration and Border Protection of the impending arrival at least 96 hours before arrival in Australia. The requirements may be found on the Let Us Know You're Coming webpage. Impending arrival reports may be made by email to: yachtreport@border.gov.au


Entering Australia


Superyachts on international voyages that enter Australia must arrive at a port of entry that is designated for the arrival of international superyachts, unless permission is granted to arrive at another port in Australia. Further information on Australian ports of entry is available on the Australian ports of entry webpage.


International voyages


Operators of superyachts that enter Australia while on an international voyage to a place outside Australia are generally not required to enter those yachts for home consumption. For example, yachts that transit through Australia on a single direction voyage for the purpose of making passage are not considered as being imported. Port to port clearances will be required and will be limited to ports of entry. Loading of stores and fuel is permitted. Bringing Superyachts into Australia July 2015 | 2


Clearance options - superyachts remaining in Australia


The following options may apply for owners of superyachts that remain in Australia after breaking an international voyage:

 Enter the superyacht for home consumption – duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid, if applicable

 Enter the superyacht for warehousing – no duty or GST is paid. Note: there are currently no marina style warehouses in Australia

 Make a temporary importation for a maximum stay of 12 months, a security or undertaking may be required or in limited cases an Admission Temporaire/ Temporary Admission Carnet (see ATA Carnet Fact Sheet)

 Obtain a Control Permit for up to 12 months, no security required. Control Permits are only available for pleasure craft that arrive under their own power for specified purposes (see Information for yachts travelling to Australia)


Entry for home consumption


Superyachts that are imported, or intended to be imported, may arrive in Australia as cargo on board a ship or aircraft, or arrive under their own power.

Superyachts that are imported or intended to be imported must be entered into home consumption or entered into a licenced warehouse. Generally, entries must be finalised by no later than close of business the working day after the superyacht arrived.


Determining entry requirements


The importation of a yacht or the intention to import a yacht depends upon a case by case objective assessment of all the facts and circumstances to determine if there is/was the requisite intention to import the superyacht.


Duty and GST


Imported superyachts are subject to assessment for duty and 10% GST of the value of the taxable importation (comprising the customs value, any duty payable plus transport and insurance costs). Superyachts greater than 150 Gross Construction Tonnes (GCT) have a free rate of duty.

Other duty concessions may be available under Free Trade Agreements. The Import Declarations Fact Sheet contains further information regarding import declarations.




Superyachts intended to be sold or offered for sale in Australia must be entered for home consumption or entered into a Section 79 warehouse pending sale. Bringing Superyachts into Australia July 2015 | 3


Operating commercially in Australia


If an operator intends for a superyacht to work in Australia (engage in the domestic economy), the operator has intent to import the superyacht.

Working in Australia includes:

 Commercial touring

 Chartering

 Leasing

 Hiring

 Carrying fare paying passengers

 Operating for a reward of any kind

Superyachts engaged, or intended to be engaged, in the domestic economy must be entered for home consumption.

Operators of imported yachts, that hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and are registered with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for GST, may be eligible for input tax credits for any creditable importation made for the purposes of operating their business. ABN holders who are registered for GST may also qualify to participate in the ATO’s GST deferral scheme. Further information can be found on the ATO’s website.


Repair and refit


If the nature of repairs or other work is sufficient to prevent a superyacht from maintaining its continuous voyage status the yacht should be exported or entered for home consumption for repair and export. A superyacht cannot maintain its continuing international voyage status while it is in a dry-dock facility.

A security may be required for any duty liability but the importation is non-taxable (GST free). On completion of repair work and necessary testing the superyacht must be exported. Where a superyacht is not exported after repairs are completed the security may be forfeited.

Goods imported to repair yachts that exceed 150 GCT have a free rate of duty under Item 35 of Schedule 4 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995. These goods are subject to GST at importation if the yacht was imported.


Entry for warehousing


Current licenced warehouse facilities in Australia only allow for yachts to be lifted and placed on a hard stand or trailer. A yacht may be entered into a licenced warehouse without duty and GST being paid. Yachts in a warehouse may be sold (conditions apply) or offered for sale. Yachts may be entered for home consumption or for export from a warehouse.


Temporary importation


A tourist or temporary resident (must be a person and cannot be a corporation, company, trust or other organisation) may import a superyacht they have owned for a period of 12 months, subject to conditions. An entry is required and a security or undertaking may be required subject to a risk assessment (a threshold amount applies). Bringing Superyachts into Australia July 2015 | 4


Superyachts imported for public exhibition or entertainment, for example boat show, or to be tested or evaluated may also be imported on a temporary basis (conditions apply).

Superyachts participating in a nationally or internationally recognised race/event may be eligible to be temporarily imported under an ATA Carnet as professional equipment. Australia does not accept ATA Carnets for means of transport.

Imported replacement parts for repair of a temporarily imported yacht may also be imported on a temporary basis.

Yachts imported on a temporary basis cannot be sold, offered for sale, leased, hired, chartered, loaned or engage in the domestic economy without permission. Permission may be subject to the payment of duty and GST.


Control permits


Tourists and eligible foreign corporations/entities may be granted a Control Permit to sail in Australia if the primary purpose of the visit is for touring purposes. A Control Permit is issued for up to 12 months and subject to strict conditions.

Control Permits are not available to commercial operators of yachts or other ships that are intended to operate in Australia for reward, or to be sold or offered for sale.

Imported replacement parts for repair of a yacht operating on a Control Permit must be entered for home consumption and duty and GST paid before delivery to the yacht.


Biosecurity examination and clearance


The Department of Agriculture considers superyachts high risk vessels due to the exotic locations visited and the biosecurity volume of timber used in the construction. Biosecurity inspections will be conducted at the first port of arrival in Australia. More information can be found on the Agriculture website.




Superyacht crew (subclass 488) visas are valid for up to 12 months from the date of issue. Crew issued with this visa may:

 Enter Australia on multiple occasions during the 12 month validity of the visa;

 Work to support the usual operational requirements of a superyacht while in Australia.

The validity of a superyacht crew visa is independent of the entry of a superyacht for home consumption.


For more information


For further information please visit our website at www.border.gov.au