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Shipping Vehicles to New Zealand & Australia

Shipping vehicles, in particular cars, to New Zealand and Australia has become a popular option for those who are emigrating to Australasia.  If you are moving to Australia or New Zealand then shipping your car out there is a good option for a number of reasons:

Buying cars in Australia and New Zealand is an expensive business
In fact, just selling a second hand car in the UK and re-buying can be a headache and you can lose money.  Some of our customers shipping their cars to New Zealand and Australia have chosen to export their cars for this reason.

They drive on the left hand side of the road
Your right-hand drive car will fit in perfectly in Australasia where they drive on the left.

Shipping your car to New Zealand or Australia is not as complicated as you might think
As long as you appoint a reputable freight forwarder who has experience, and also very importantly contacts in Australia and New Zealand, then the process of shipping your car will be relatively simple for you.  Let the experts do the work.

Shipping your car to Australia or New Zealand is not as expensive as you might think
9 times out of 10 these shippers will also be able to do it for a better price than if you were to go direct to a carrier – this is because they have the contacts and relationships to get the best prices.  If you let the experts handle the bulk of the work, because of their knowledge and experience, they know all the pitfalls and the mistakes that are easily made (which cost money) and so know how to avoid them.

A big part of Mercator’s trade is vehicle shipping across the globe.  We have reputable contacts who we talk to regularly in Australia and New Zealand, thanks to our founding membership of the global shipping network MarcoPoloLine.  With our knowledge and contacts you can feel comfortable in the knowledge that your car is in safe hands where ever it goes.

If you would like to discuss shipping your car to New Zealand or Australia, then please contact us either on +44 2392 756 575, or email  We will be happy to discuss your car shipping requirements.


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Freight Forwarding – Shipping a Car to Australia

If you’re moving to Australia, you might want to take your current car with you, afterall, the Australians also drive on the left-hand side of the road, so shipping a right-hand drive to Australia would make sense.  You may have a classic car, or a car of worth for shipping to a buyer or dealer in Australia.  Whatever the vehicle, Mercator Cargo can handle your car shipping to Australia.

There are a few decisions to make when planning car shipping to Australia, firstly whether the car should be transported by sea or air.  The first obvious difference between the two freight services is of course transit time, air freight will take just over a day (you will need to factor in time for clearance and delivery at the other end in Australia), whereas sea freight can take up to forty-five days.  The next difference is the cost; air freight is more costly than sea freight.

Another thing to think about when planning car shipping to Australia is where you’d like the vehicle to arrive into.  For example, if your car is destined for just outside Sydney, then the sensible option would be for the car to be shipped to Sydney port, ready for its short onward journey.  You can discuss locations with our export team.

The next decision is whether you’d like the car to be containerised or “Rolled-on, Rolled-off” (RORO for short).  RORO is literally where the vehicle is driven onto the vessel.  Containerising a car is where the car is loaded into a container, and it will be transported to the port of departure in that container, and will be unloaded when it arrives at the destination in Australia.  Containerising is usually used for vehicles which may not be fully running, or for vehicles of significant worth (e.g. classic cars or supercars).

There are different requirements for the vehicle whether you are shipping via RORO or containerised, these are to do with fuel levels in the vehicle and also connections within the vehicle itself.  These can be discussed with our export team.

If you would like a quote for shipping a car to Australia from the UK then give us a call to discuss your requirements and a quotation – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email:


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