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Old 3 Jan 2010
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customs in Europe

Just spent 6 weeks touring 10 Countries in Europe. Flew my Gold Wing to London from Toronto. Left it in Austria but can't get back for 1 year and I just learned about the 6 month rule. Any suggestions for getting an extension or how much will it cost me to leave it in Europe??
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6 months?

Just saw your thread and was curious as to the 6 month rule. What exactly is that?
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The "six month rule" is simply the length of time a personally-owned motor vehicle registered outside the EU (or US, or many other jurisdictions) is allowed to be "temporarily" imported & operated on original registration.

After 6 months, "technically/ legally" a vehicle is supposed to be "permanently" [imported and] re-registered in the country.

This rule is NOT enforced in the EU, essentially because there is no system that tracks how long the vehicle (from outside the EU) has been inside EU-territory....AS LONG AS YOU MAINTAIN PROPER MINIMUM GREEN CARD INSURANCE for whatever period the vehicle is actually being operated on the road. In other words, if you're in a road accident, or are otherwise stopped and vehicle papers checked, you MUST have current vehicle registration from your home country, current driver's license from your home country, AND legal insurance coverage & documentation for Europe. Nothing more.

Non-EU folks routinely leave their non-EU registered bikes for lengthy periods of time (sometimes, years) in Europe. Don't worry 'bout leaving the bike in Austria (from a Customs perspective), as long as you re-insure the bike with Euro Green Card for the period you'll operate it in Europe once you return.

It'll "cost" you only whatever you may be paying for storage, if anything.

There's no such thing as an "extension" of the official 6 month temporary import rule--because there is no enforcement of that rule per se.
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I agree, a friend had his US registered GS in Germany for years. He would just fly to Frankfurt pick it up and tour Europe then fly home until the next time. As long as it's stored somewhere safe off road there shouldn't be any problems. This is due mainly to the fact that your country of entry is not nessessarily your exit so no-one keeps track of vehicles.
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