International Shipping of Vessels

Boat & Yacht Shipping & Import

Efficient boat and yacht shipping and import services, ensuring secure, compliant, and seamless transportation of your luxury vessels worldwide.
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Our clients stay with us for an average of 12 years and several have been with us for over 30 years
We aim to respond to all general domestic and international quote requests within one hour.
For shipments arriving in Australia, we can arrange for our staff to be present at the arrival port or airport to ensure any potential issues are resolved swiftly

Our Client Testimonials

We’re proud to build long-lasting relationships
Phil Brown
Phil Brown
6 November 2023
We have been using Powerhouse now for over 20 years and the service we get is remarkable. Duncan and his team are the best in the business, I would highly recommend them.
Bill McAuley
Bill McAuley
2 November 2023
Always happy to help. Friendly & knowledgable service . *****
Jono Wishart
Jono Wishart
2 November 2023
We have been using Duncan & the Power House team for nearly 20 years now, they have provided a service 2nd to none! They have handled everything from containers, to cars, to personal imports, masts & rigging pieces from all over the world. Once in their hands you can be assured that your goods will be exported & imported with care & ease. I highly recommend the Power House team and look forward to using their outstanding services again in the future. Jono Wishart Master SY ENCORE Worldwide Super Yacht
Ellen Flint
Ellen Flint
2 November 2023
Adele and all the staff at Powerhouse International Qld provide the most professional and seamless Customs brokerage and International logistics services in Brisbane. We can thoroughly recommend their services to any import or export related business.
Dan Manchester
Dan Manchester
2 November 2023
I've been utilising the services of Duncan and the team at Powerhouse for more than 15 years and they are the best out there. They take the stress out of importing and are always happy to provide advice and help whenever they can.
Leita Battersby
Leita Battersby
2 November 2023
Duncan and The Team at Powerhouse International have and continue to provide excellent global assistance to transport our variety of goods to our valued customers around the world. Professional - yes Value for money - yes Communication - yes No job is too difficult for this Team
Diana Mitchell
Diana Mitchell
31 October 2023
Having worked with Powerhouse International QLD for 20 years. I can honestly say - Powerhouse International QLD is more than just a freight forwarder. They are a partner that I can trust and rely on. They have a team of experts who are friendly and helpful. The Team will always go over and above for you. They have a network of agents and carriers who are reliable and experienced. They have a reputation of excellence and integrity in the industry. I highly recommend Powerhouse International QLD to anyone who is looking for a freight forwarder. They are the best in the business and they will make your shipping experience hassle-free and enjoyable. Powerhouse International QLD is the ultimate choice for your logistics solutions.
lina0781
lina0781
30 October 2023
It's been 15 wonderful years working alongside with Adele & Duncan. Our shipping agents at Powerhouse International QLD handle all our International & local Air & Sea shipments. I know I am in good hands with them, as they are familiar with our products and most importantly will achieve all our delivery targets with ease. I cannot fault their continuous professional & friendly service. Thank you to all the team that make the magic happen behind the scenes!
Michael D.
Michael D.
29 October 2023
I have used Powerhouse for logistics requirements both internationally and domestically over the last 15 years, including during Covid, and each time those shipments have been delivered on time, in excellent condition and at a very competitive rate. They are extremely good at what they do. I must pay particular tribute to Martin Surm at Powerhouse, who has demonstrated first class knowledge and expertise to assist with some very challenging jobs around the world and has gone above and beyond every time.

The Benefits of Boat & Yacht Shipping & Import

Discover cost savings and a broader selection of boats by importing with Powerhouse QLD International. We provide expert boat shipping and importing services to and from the USA, New Zealand, UK, Canada, China, and beyond. Our specialized experience ensures safe and efficient transport for all types of vessels, from grand yachts to simple dinghies. With Powerhouse QLD, expect straightforward, reliable, and hassle-free service every step of the way.

 An Overview Shipping Boats

Transporting your boat or yacht requires understanding the nuances of yacht and boat transport. As experienced professionals in boat shipping, we're here to guide you through best practices and help you avoid common pitfalls.

We handle the intricate details, including customs clearance, quarantine, and port formalities, and coordinate boat lifts whether in water or on land.

Key Shipping Considerations:

  1. Size Reduction: Assess if components like bowsprits, keels, flybridges, or radar arches can be detached to reduce size and shipping costs.

  2. Cradling: Non-trailered boats need cradles. We offer adjustable steel cradles for rent, or we can construct a custom cradle if needed.

  3. Port Lifts: To cut costs, avoid port water lifts when possible. If the boat's height permits, opt for a marina lift and truck transport to the port.

Water discharges are complex and require a detailed discussion, as factors like time of day can affect quarantine inspections.

Disassemble To Reduce Costs
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Boat Cradles To Avoid Damage
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Port Lifts For Larger Vessels 
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Estimated Shipping Durations:

Shipping Method Estimated Cost Range Transit Time Notes
Sea Freight (LCL) $100 - $300 per cubic meter 30 - 60 days Cost-effective for smaller shipments that don't require a full container.
Sea Freight (FCL 20ft) $1,500 - $3,000 per container 30 - 60 days Fixed price for the use of the entire container, suitable for larger shipments.
Sea Freight (FCL 40ft) $2,500 - $4,500 per container 30 - 60 days Larger container for substantial shipments, better per-unit cost.
Air Freight $3 - $8 per kilogram 1 - 3 days Faster but more expensive, price depends on weight and volume.
*These times are indicative and subject to variation based on specific shipping lines and methods. For detailed schedules, please contact us.
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How Much Does Boat Shipping Cost?

The cost of importing boats and yachts into Australia can vary widely due to a range of both common and unique factors. It's challenging to provide a precise estimate without detailed information about the vessel.

The final price for transporting your new or pre-owned boat or yacht from countries like China, USA, New Zealand, the UK, or Canada to Australia typically starts from several thousand AUD. This cost is influenced by:

  • The vessel's dimensions,
  • Your chosen method of transport,
  • Additional costs, such as insurance and import duties.

Here is a rough estimate of shipping costs:

  • Small boats (up to 30 feet): For smaller boats, such as sailboats and powerboats that can fit into containers, shipping costs might range from AUD 5,000 to AUD 10,000.

  • Medium boats (30 to 50 feet): Mid-sized boats that require specialized shipping methods like Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) or Lift-on/Lift-off (LOLO) may incur costs from AUD 10,000 to AUD 20,000.

  • Large yachts (over 50 feet): Large yachts that need custom cradling or shipping as deck cargo can have much higher costs, potentially starting from AUD 20,000 to AUD 50,000 or more.

These figures are indicative and can be affected by additional factors such as the departure and destination ports, the time of year, insurance, and other fees like customs duties and taxes. It's always best to get a detailed quote from a shipping company based on the specific dimensions and requirements of your boat or yacht.

Selecting a knowledgeable and experienced team like Powerhouse International for boat transport logistics is crucial, as it can significantly impact the cost and efficiency of your shipment.

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What We've Been Able to Achieve

Case Studies

Complex Cargo

Requiring A Blend Of Services

The Challenge:

We were contacted by a client who made preparations to row a boat all the way from the USA to Australia. Their concern was that there was a very narrow weather window on when the row could be commenced and they could not afford the goods to be damaged in transit.

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Complex Cargo

Transporting A Commercial Aircraft by land and sea

The Challenge:

The Qantas Museum in Longreach purchased a large commercial aircraft (Lockheed Super Constellation) from the Philippines which had been residing in a grass paddock (beside the main airport runway) since 1986. This model of aircraft had been used extensively by Qantas on their long haul international flights and would be a vital component of the Qantas story at the museum. They contacted us initially as the plane was in no condition to fly and they required a specialist project logistics company to help them arrange the extraction, dismantling and transport to Australia.

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Complex Cargo

Transporting Inaccessible oversize Cargo

The Challenge:

The owner of a large Combined Harvester had successfully sold their machine to a sugar cane plantation in Fiji. Once this transaction had been completed they contacted a number of international forwarding specialists to get a quote on arranging all the transport requirements. Unfortunately, due to the challenges involved, they were unable to find anyone who was interested in assisting.

They contacted Powerhouse Queensland after a referral from one of the project carriers in our network. We began the process with an onsite meeting to view the goods and assess all possible transportation options. The first challenge was that the machine itself had been positioned at the rear of a large residential block for some years and due to property changes in the area had become inaccessible.

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Sea Freight

Strategizing For A Restricted Budget

The Challenge:

A cruise company in Airlie beach purchased 2 landing barges from Thailand which they planned to use for transporting tourists to remote coral cays and islands in the Whitsundays.
The transport costs they had received from other logistic companies exceeded their budget and they contacted Powerhouse Queensland to see if we could provide a more cost effective solution.

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    Why Choose Us?

    The Powerhouse Difference

    Streamline delivery to your destination with a fully integrated logistics service

    At Powerhouse International, we stand at the forefront of freight forwarding services in Brisbane and across the globe, with our expertise and dedication shining through in every aspect of our work. Boasting more than three decades of experience in international logistics and armed with cutting-edge IT technology, we deliver an unbeatable combination of competitive pricing and a wide array of transportation solutions.

    Allow our seasoned professionals to tailor the most economical and efficient transport strategies for your goods, whether you're shipping from Brisbane or to destinations far and wide.

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    info@powerhouseqld.com.au
    (+61) 7 3868 2468
    Unit 5/50 French St, Eagle Farm 4009 Brisbane, Australia