Japanese Mini Trucks in Australia
How to Import Mini Trucks to Australia
Importing mini trucks to Australia is the same as any other JDM import, and thousands have been imported already. We’ve laid out the two main ways you can go about importing them, anyone can do it.
Australia Import Process
Purchase and Shipment
Customs and Port Clearance
Domestic Transport From Port
Registration For Street Use
Mini Truck Purchase and Shipment
First of all, you need to find your mini truck and purchase it in Japan. Minitrucks.net supports you 100% of the way with this step. Our team of experienced buyers inspect all mini trucks before purchase, and our logistics team can organize shipments worldwide. We also translate and prepare all necessary documents for customs clearance. Dereg documents are sent to all parties once the vehicles are paid for and en route to the arrival port.
Check out our current inventory to see what we have available.
Customs and Port Clearance
There are two options to handle customs and port clearance:
Customs Broker: Hire a firm to receive and process all paperwork to get the mini truck through customs. This is the safest and easiest way to get your mini truck imported.
Self Submission: Handle all paperwork on your own. This option is possible for anyone and could save you money in customs fees.
We will support you and/or your customs broker with all necessary paperwork and information needed to get your mini truck through customs.
If you have a trailer and live close to a major port, then you are free to get your truck directly from the port. Customs brokers can aid in getting clearance to retrieve your vehicle from the port.
If traveling to the port is too far, or you don’t have a trailer, then you would need to arrange domestic transport to the final location. Many transport companies offer port-pickup for individual vehicles.
The final step is registering your mini truck for street use at your local transport office. This process may be a bit different in each state, so please check your local laws to be sure.
Differences between Japanese and Australian market cars may cause confusion to local staff.
Be sure to come prepared with all documentation, and a healthy dose of patience. After that you should be able to get your plates and drive home in your mini truck!
Mini trucks must be on the SEVS list or be 25+ years old to be registered for street use. See more information about street legal mini trucks in Australia below.
Street Legal Mini Trucks in Australia
In order to register your mini truck to be street legal in Australia, it will need to be on the SEVS list, or be 25 years old.
25 Year Old Mini Trucks
You can register and drive Japanese mini trucks in most states if they are over 25 years old.
Since most Japanese mini trucks were never sold in the Australian market, they have not been certified by the government for street use. Despite this, recently passed Australian laws exempt cars that are 25 years or older, based on the manufacture date. This means that 25 year old mini trucks are street legal and can be registered and plated.
Under 25 Year Old Mini Trucks
In addition to the 25 year law, there is a program called SEVS that allows for special models to be approved for import into Australia.
Please check the chart below to see which mini trucks are included on the SEVS list.
SEVS Mini Trucks That Are Street Legal in Australia
The following mini truck and van models are legal to import to Australia:
|Daihatsu Hijet Cargo||S200 Series||1999-2007|
|Daihatsu Hijet Cargo||S321||2008-Present|
|Daihatsu Hijet Truck||S500 / S510||2014-Present|
|Mitsubishi MiEV Truck||U68||2013-Present|
|Mitsubishi MiEV Van||U60 Series||2011-Present|
Source: Australian Government
Contact Our Mini Truck Experts
Importing cars is not easy, and we know that there are many small details that need to be covered. Contact our international sales staff to get more information on importing mini trucks to Australia.