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RAC UK won't issue carnet - now bike is in port! HELP!

Hoping someone can help.

I live in Australia and have been travelling with my UK bike across the world complete with a carnet from UK. I didn't originally plan to continue to Australia, instead, planning to ship it back from Singapore to UK. Recently it made sense to bring it to oz and carry out servicing etc before returning it back to UK.

I've just shipped it to Darwin in anticipation of receiving a new carnet from RAC in UK. Now that it has arrived and after 3 weeks of waiting, they tell me I cannot bring it into Australia as an Australian citizen using a carnet from UK!!! When I say "they" i mean one woman whom you have to wait to call you back.

So I'm left with a bike stuck in the docks at Darwin.

Does anyone know if I have any possible alternative available to bring it into oz as temporary import? The incompetent RAC idiots in UK cannot help me in any way.

I see my options:
1. Send it back to UK
2. Pay full duties - whatever that will cost -scary!
3. Sell it to UK person coming through Darwin.
4. Any other ideas?

Running out of time here! Any suggestions?

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"I cannot bring it into Australia as an Australian citizen using a carnet from UK"

That is correct - though it is an Australian law preventing you from doing this rather than the RAC making a rule up.

I looked into bringing my UK landy to Oz as a Kiwi and this was a stumbling block.
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In addition to your problem...

If you leave the bike for any 'substantial' time you may well have charges for storage in the special customs area! And they won't be cheap.

Best to make a decision quickly (as you may be aware).

If you planned on returning it to the UK then do that.
Or pay the import duty + sales tax + rego + insurance ... ?

I'd do your plan, return to the UK - as cheap as possible.
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Kiwi Contemplation

Consider shipping it on to New Zealand. Take a ride around down there.



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How long have you owned the bike? What about doing a personal import on it? The duties shouldn't be too high.

http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/imports/
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Like vehicle insurance UK carnet for UK citizen/ passport holder.
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Like vehicle insurance UK carnet for UK citizen/ passport holder.
That is not correct - anyone who is a resident can get a UK carnet
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Apolgies if I am wrong but I understood that this

"The carnet is available to anybody normally resident in UK. Non-residents should apply to the motoring club in their country of residence."

meant that the UK was the official place of residence.

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Carnet for resident

I've checked the agreement for cdp.

Carnet is usually available for "residents"of that issuing country, it is not intended for use of residents of another country import there.

I have owned the bike for over 4 years so current position is awaiting a customs agent who tells me they can import and only pay fees and duties. If Im successful I will be able to bring bike in and use for 3 months before exporting again. I wont hold my breath.

Meanwhile, I await further advice from carnet people in UK. Frustrating to come all this way and be blocked at last short stretch.

Watch this space...
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