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So, by reading the original post, I can either take our bikes to Australia without a carnet, or with a carnet. Is that the gist of the thing? And if we don't have carnets, then we must have sufficient insurance (is that our home insurance or insurance we purchase in Australia), the registration from our home country and the bills of lading and bills of sale with us.
Is that right?? If so, then are there any taxes we have to pay upon entering with our bikes?
No - you are confusing things
Separate them up-
Customs - Duty and taxes on imported things .. If you have a carnet then you don't pay them as the carnet says you will be taking them out again - so they don't stay. If you don't have the carnet then you will be charged. When you leave with the goods you'll get some (not all) of your money back.
Insurance- this is third party personal insurance required by law to be able to use the public road .. if you're racing on a race circuit only - you don't need this.
Registration. The bike (or car etc) must be registered. It can be an overseas rego .. but it must be current.
The insurance and rego are state based .. so that changes a little between places. The Customs is country wide .. should be the same every where in Australia.
Lastly - Quarantine .. we don't want your bugs! If your vehicle is not judged clean (can you eat off it?) then it will be cleaned .. and you'll pay for it to be done.
Other charges – yep. Docking fees, storage fees handling fees .. nothing is free.
After reading all of this, I have a brother on Melbourne, and would like to ride there, I cant help thinking it would be easier and cheaper to buy/hire a bike when you get to OZ and leave it there. There are anumber of trips I would like to make, but not there and back, one way only. It would seem foolish to buy a bike in the UK and then fly it to OZ. No use buying a bike in OZ and riding it back to the UK as it would be very difficult to register
Given that you cant actually 'ride' all the way round, would it debase a RTW trip to have different bikes for different bits ?
we got an 6 months touristvisa, which costs us 70 Aus $, ca. 50 Euro.
under 30 years you will get easily a visa to working and travelling.
It is very easy to find a job for travellers here
Here you can get your visa online without any hassle http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/index.htm
We needed a technical check, which was easy.
Then an insurance for the bikes
Cost for 6 months: 75 Aus $, ca. 50 Euro
you DO NOT need an australian numberplate!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/licensing/566.asp
You've got two possibilities for temporary imports
a) With a carnet, which makes things easier, but requires you to pay a deposit at the bank/automobile association or whatever.
b) Obtain a 'VEHICLE IMPORT APPROVAL' well in advance (see above site)
Regardless of a) or b) your vehicle has to undergo a technical inspection and after that it has to be registered at the licensing office, where your foreign rego is just entered into the computer. YOU DO NOT NEED AN OZ REGO as some ignorant clerks at the licensing office believe. The above mentioned government link states explicitly:
Customs has no control or authority over motor vehicle or motorcycle specifications or registration requirements in Australia.
Before bringing your vehicle to Australia, you should check with the motor vehicle registration authorities of the State or Territory where it is intended to be registered to ensure that it will meet their registration requirements.
Vehicles can be temporarily imported and legally driven on Australian roads for the period of carnet validity (or temporary importation period) provided registration is still current in the vehicle's country of origin.<<
You definitely need a local 3rd party insurance, irrespective of any insurance you have from your home country. Regarding this, also check the following link: http://www.aaa.asn.au/touring/bringing.htm
Here you will find the complete info you need. And buggar me - I registered my bike in WA. This was accepted in all other Oz states. BUT: If you register your vehicle in another state, this is NOT accepted in WA. Can you believe that!?! May I quote the RAAC:
>> If a permit has been issued to an overseas registered vehicle in another State or Territory of Australia, that permit is not acceptable in Western Australia. << :-((
I have just this week completed the temporary import of a toyota land cruiser into australia and i think its all been covered above..ive written about it on my website www.gonewandering.co.uk but to summarise it (as i undertsand it) this what happened to me
we had carnet du passage and a two minute inspection was easy "have you and explosives guns or drugs!"
a very very very thorough check of everything and he said
"im looking for anything to send yu to the cleaners..he didnt find anything but i had spent three days cleaning every bloody corner the quarantine inpsection cost £80
48 hour permit to drive
this you get over the phone and it allows you to drive from the port to a vehicle inspection station £10
they checked lights indicators wheel bearings and then took it for a test drive £42
you go to the vehicle licensing section who look at the certificate of road worthiness, proof of identiy and your carnet. they then issue you with a license which cost £80 for four months. your now legal and insured against third party personal accident, she told me that i was legal for all states..but what the hell do i know????
third party property insurance
costs abot £120 for four months
all in all a pain in the arse, and only just about breakeven (with the cost of shipping) to hiring ..so why did i import it?? well obviously i am stupid
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