Shipping a bike to NZ – GST
Has anyone got experience of this. I have bought a bike off eBay for my girlfriend and I’m about to ship it out to her, to be used out there for 6 months and then 6 months in canada before returning here.
Does anyone know if we will get hit with the import/GST charge? I know with motor vehicles you can avoid it by owning them for 1 year in the UK.
I assume leaving the customs value at zero on the shipping note will draw attention!
Cheers very much for any helpPosted 5 years ago
I clicked on thsi as i once air freighted twobikes back from New Zealand. So I’m no real use
however its singltrack. Not knowing shouldn’t stop us typing
The main thing is to make it clear to customs thats its not an import, its un accompanied baggage. ie it will not remain in the country. I assume GF is not kiwi as that will help establish its not an import
No one stopped me bringing a bike into NZ as luggagePosted 5 years agoPaulDMember
Importing to NZ will require the item to be sterile…and I do not just mean pressure-washed.
My brother in law had to wash everything in Jeyes Fluid before loading his container.
If not, you will get a frightening bill from NZ Customs to clean it before assessment.
He drew the line at his MTB and all the garden ‘tools’…he just left them here.
I would buy locally and forget shipping one.
PaulDPosted 5 years agoedlongMember
what ampthill said – you need to declare that the thing is in the country temporarily and will be leaving again. Not sure how you do this though, I’ve only done it with accompanied things, i.e. at Auckland Airport with about five grands worth of video equipment and a 12 month visa: Nope, for my own use, I’ll be taking it back out with me when I leave.
Also, what PaulD said: they do take their bio-security very, very seriously.Posted 5 years ago
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