Before committing to purchasing or shipping your motorbike, please ensure you considered all the below points. If you can’t provide one of these documents, then please contact us to discuss before committing to purchase your motorbike. As some of these are pre-requests to importing, and without them you won't be able to import your motorbike.
Only one motorbike per person is allowed, which must have been owned and used by the person for 12 months, and not have been out of that country for more than 42 days in the year that you have owned it. Anyone can import a vehicle built before 1989. You need to apply for an import permit before the motorbike leaves the country at a cost of $50 AUD.
The only exception is if you are importing under a temporary basis on a Carnet.Changes to Import vehicle approvals from 10 December 2019
Have you considered GST/Duty?
If the motorcycle is returning to Australia then you need to provide proof of previous Australian Registration to exempt you from paying GST/Duties, otherwise GST/Duties are payable on all imports.
The rate payable to the Australian Customs Service at the Australian entry port for Motorcycles: 0% Duty + 10% GST.
Duties are levied on the ‘Customs Value’ only whereas GST is levied on the ‘Customs Value’ + the Duty + the total cost of shipment to Australia figure.
Ensure that prior to crating that the bike is exceptionally clean. It should be in showroom condition with no dirt, or organic matter attached to the bike or in the crate.
All used motorcycles are inspected by DAFF on arrival, and only after this inspection is the cleanliness condition known. Due to this we can’t quote the cleaning costs. But please allow AU$100-200 as an estimated to cover potential cleaning. Actual charge will be determined after inspection.
In most cases your motorbike will need to be crated. We will provide a custom crate for your bike and this is included in the quotation. However if you wish to build your own please ensure:
Roll on Roll off (RORO)
If we are shipping your motorbike roll on roll off, then please ensure the following:
Have you taken out Marine Insurance?
Not compulsory, but worth asking us for a quote. Your road insurance will not cover any damage that may occur while in transit. Find out why you need Marine Insurance
By far the most important item on this checklist is the import permit. Please ensure you have this permit before you ship, and if you check off the other items your bike will arrive with no delays or issues. All the best!