temporary or permanent import for my bike into nz
i'm heading back to new zealand from the uk for a couple of years next year and want to take my bmw xchallenge with me due to the money i have spent on it and the stupid money charged for bikes in nz.. as far as i can see the options i have are the following:
do a temporary import for it which means i either need a carnet or to drop a deposit at customs when i arrive. this means that the bike stays on the british reg which i would need to keep current (near impossible with no way to get an mot!) it also seems that this arrangement is for a maximum of 12 months.. but not sure if this just means you lose your deposit after 6 months, and i also saw a little note somewhere that this could be extended
do a permanent import. this means the gst, duty and customs charges are due on it although it seems that as i'm a returning citizen i can get around this charge. presumably i would also then have to take it to a testing station and get it registered with a nz plate. not sure what this would then mean when we come back to europe (to either the uk or spain)...
anyone know if i've got that right and if there are any other avenues for this? also, would the nz customs inform the uk government of the import and would that mean my uk reg would be lapsed, or could i just declare it off the road in the uk and then waltz back in with it after 2 years and re-tax it?
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