Customs and Import into the UK
I've just finished my trip from Australia and I'm in the UK now with my Australian registered bike. My intention is to live here and I have a UK passport so I've ignored the bike for a while until I sort out my employment situation.
I took the eurotunnel from France and I asked at the UK Immigration/Customs window before boarding if having an Australian bike would be a problem and the answer was an "I can't see why". So I shrugged and went through.
But now I read lots of references to Temporary Imports. Have I missed a step getting the bike into the country?
On the permanent import side, has anyone gone through this into the UK? Is it worth it? At the moment I'm just looking to garage it over the winter because it won't pass an MOT (head stem bearing is notched) and I'm focused on finding work and don't have the money to fix everything yet. I also understand it has to be in stock form which would require extensive modification to the bike, is that correct?
I've also heard that if the bike is registered and Insured it can stay in the EU for as long as they are valid, is that correct? It might be easier/cheaper to leave it garaged there until I'm sorted out here.
I don't think you have done anything wrong just bringing the bike in, no carnet is required in the UK and as long as you have owned it for more than 6 months before and keep it for 12 months after it is a personal import and no duty is payable if you register it here, I think!
Here are the details on how to register it. A km speedo should not matter and you should already have a left dipping headlight.
I should say I have never imported from outside the EU but a few friends have and this is based on their experience, I believe what I have said is correct, good luck.
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