Originally Posted by Nadsicles
And I'll be importing the bike into Australia. Has anyone had experience doing that? Is it as difficult as it sounds??
From your post, I take it that you want to import the vehicle to Australia permanently?? That is different to making a temporary import as a tourist, which should be pretty straightforward these days with a carnet. Importing it permanently could be a lot harder, and more costly. Make sure you get the customs permit to import BEFORE the vehicle is shipped there.
And also, no matter which type of import you want to do, you´ll probably need the vehicle to pass the strict quarantine inspection. Google AQIS for more info on that.
And do take that quarantine stuff seriously; the vehicle must be very clean, everywhere, it´s not enough just to look clean from the outside. I just read about an old bus, from Finland, right now making a RTW-tour, and it was in the end refused entry to Oz, even though the owners had (according to the article) ended up using 10.000 euros for cleaning it! I´m not sure if I believe that sum, probably not, but anyway to avoid problems, take the effort to clean the vehicle thoroughly beforehand.