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Offline jotajoe

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Re: Importing a Bike
« Reply #30 on: November 13, 2014, 15:57 »
Thanks Grant, no problems with cleaning etc, and assuming the correct wood is used to meet quarantine rules. My question was more about the structural integrity of the crate, what would you recommend,  ie wood or steel?


I work in Export Packaging .

For Australia or China,

Use a plywood case, make the framing from plywood and the bearers from composite particle type board. Use hold down D rings and ratchet straps to hold the bike down to the base. Screw the sides and ends and lid on with decent screws.

Here is some information from AU Govt site.:-

"What wood packaging material does ISPM 15 apply to?"

ISPM 15 can be applied to any solid wood packaging material. The following products are exempt: wood packaging made wholly of wood-based products such as plywood and veneer, reconstituted wood products (particle board, chipboard, hardboard (masonite) oriented strand board, high density fibre board, and medium density fibre board) or products created using glue, heat and pressure or a combination of these.

If I was shipping a bike to Australia I would remove the Wheels and mudguard and steam clean them off the bike until they gleam .I would ensure they are very dry and  I would leave them bagged and off the bike in transit inside the case. I would not want Government operatives  causing massive damage to a bike for the sake of a couple of hours work. The case would also be smaller which may save on shipping costs .

« Last Edit: November 13, 2014, 16:04 by jotajoe »


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Re: Importing a Bike
« Reply #31 on: November 19, 2014, 11:36 »
my best advice for Australia, is having a mate work in customs, who has a mate work in quarantine !!

back in '85, ...

... and no farken goods & services tax.   :D

Could well be because "back in '85" there was no farken GST. Was brought in by the Teflon Kid in 2000, after having told the electorate we would never have one.


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Re: Importing a Bike
« Reply #32 on: November 19, 2014, 11:42 »

My question is: If I wanted to import a registered motorcycle from the US would I be liable to the taxes if I asked the seller to dismantle it - so that it became a CKD kit (completely knocked down)




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Re: Importing a Bike
« Reply #33 on: March 19, 2019, 09:26 »
I thought I would bring this back to the top of the page in case anyone hadn't seen it.
Since it was written maybe the rules have changed, I'm thinking of Australia here and asbestos removal, but it is still agood guide nd cuts through a lot of the BS often spoken about importing.

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Re: Importing a Bike
« Reply #34 on: April 24, 2019, 21:27 »
Bumping this one up. Has anyone imported a bike from Canada to the US recently?
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Re: Importing a Bike
« Reply #35 on: May 04, 2019, 11:11 »
Brought two 850 Guzzi’s into Australia recently, major paranoia over asbestos - they can detain at my expense but supporting evidence helped get them through.

Over 5 grand in fees set me on my arse.

Be worth it when I get one on the road 😬

Offline Canuck750

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Re: Importing a Bike
« Reply #36 on: September 22, 2020, 02:10 »
Bumping this one up. Has anyone imported a bike from Canada to the US recently?

I have sent several bikes to the USA from Canada in the past couple years and had bikes shipped from the USA into Canada.

If the bike is at least 15 years old its not too difficult. New regulations require that you must use the services of a customs broker to submit the export / import papers to the CDN and USA customs agents. This service is usually around $150.00. To send a bike from Canada into the USA the CDN bike must be currently registered for road use and have a Bill of Sale. Canada does not issue titles on vehicles like the USA. Last year I sold a Moto Guzzi 1000S to a gent in the USA and I had to provide a copy of the registration and Bill of Sale plus a copy of my drivers licence and Passport.

I have used these folks for years for all my Canada ~ USA shipping, door to door service, no pallet required. I have sent / received at least a half dozen bikes and never had any damage,

They will quote you a fixed fee door to door and they can provide the broker contact if you don't have one. Americans have to deal with their DMV to get a new title assigned to the bike imported from Canada. It took a couple purchasers a few phone calls but in each case the CDN registration and Bill of Sale was all that was required.

Good luck


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Re: Importing a Bike
« Reply #37 on: November 03, 2020, 21:39 »
Canuck750 is a bold nick: As far as US/CA Export and Import you just may have a hand on it - I've given up on it long ago  ;o)
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