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?