Shipping Bikes Overseas, To Australia And / Or New Zealand

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  1. RigPig

    RigPig New Member

    Hi guys / gals
    I am looking at shipping my 2 Harleys to Australia and / or NewZealand and was wondering if anyone has any current info on doing it. Getting them into Aus seems like a drama, but I think if I take them to NZ for a year it is easier. I could take one to Aus on a CARNET DE PASSAGE for a year, I don't think it will affect the rego and ownership time. I would just have to take it back to NZ after a year and reimport it.

    Most of the info I can find seems outdated.

    Thanks everyone
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  3. canthai

    canthai Ol'Timer

    Shipped my Dyna from Vancouver to Sydney in a SeaCan. $550.00. Biggest headache - and it was not that big - was to make sure the bike is clean. No foreign dirt, plant material, etc. No foreign wood which may contain insects or their larvae. Spent a day at Trev Deely where they let me use their pressure washer, removed front and rear wheels for access. Bike had not a spot of dirt anywhere. Into a steel crate, into the SeaCan. Arrive Sydney, inspected and passed with flying colors. Carnet good for one year - no issues.
  4. RigPig

    RigPig New Member

    That sounds good!!
    What about draining the fluids, especially the petrol (gasoline) and I guess maybe the oil. Was that an issue? Also what did you use for a crate exactly?
  5. canthai

    canthai Ol'Timer

    Must have fuel drained - I removed tank to make sure no mud/dirt was hiding there. Oils were OK to ship and enter Aus. I got the HD galvanized steel crate bottom when I bought the bike, as I shipped it from Vancouver to Yukon. Took that base, used 1"x .125 steel tubing and welded up hinged sides and ends, covered with steel I had left over from my shop roof. Remove 4 bolts, both sides and ends flopped down, push the bike out. Painless. No wood at all, so no issues with Aus import.
  6. RigPig

    RigPig New Member

    That's a good idea!! Did you fill the tank with water to negate any fumes?
  7. canthai

    canthai Ol'Timer

    Dried the tank completely after fuel drained out. Sprayed with fogging oil - use it to winterize two stroke engines and outboard motors when storing for the winter/summer. Sticks well, and protects the exposed steel of the fuel tank. A few spots of rust visible when it arrived, but nothing major. Kept an eye on the aftermarket fuel filter and no rust specks appeared - must still be in the tank !!
  8. RigPig

    RigPig New Member

    Brilliant!! Thanks for your help.
  9. Rodolfo Densmore

    Rodolfo Densmore New Member

    I think shipping of your bike from one place to another by doing a proper planning will be beneficial. It is best that you hire an auto shipping services to transport your bike. There are many reliable and reputable international auto shipping companies who offer international vehicle shipping services. Last month my friend too had transported his bike from US to Australia by hiring an auto shipping California service which was provided by We Will Transport It Company. If you want, to get the best services for vehicle shipping company you can search for companies catering to your area. Search for terms like auto transport Long Beach, United States, Australia, etc., whichever area you reside in. This is the way you will be able to get information on a company that is locally based and can service you.

    Good luck!

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