Motorcycle Shipping & Import to Australia

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With the massive selection of Motorbikes available on-line overseas, it makes sense to cut out the middle man and import your own motorbike. However, Australia is rather unique in its import restrictions, so before you get out your credit card to pay for your sparkly new Ducati , or Harley Davidson, do keep reading our guide to shipping motorbikes.


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Costs to Consider When Shipping a Motorcycle to Australia

If you already own the motorbike, and have done so for more than 12 months, then it’s a no brainer.

Pricing of motorbikes overseas is considerably cheaper than in Australia. So if you were to take the loss on selling the bike in the foreign country you’re in, and purchase the same motorbike again on arrival in Australia, it would generally be more than the cost to ship the motorbike to Australia and pay GST/Duty.

Changes to Import vehicle approvals from 10 December 2019

Ports We Ship to in Australia

Taurus Logistics can ship your car to all the main ports across Australia, including Brisbane, Sydney and Fremantle. Crated motorcycles are available from our depots, or alternatively we can arrange straight to your home. This makes for a more seamless shipping process, taking the hassle out of the equation.

Ports we ship to in Australia:

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Fremantle (Perth)
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney (Port Kembla)
Locations we ship to in Australia

How Long Does It Take to Ship a Motorcycle?

While it’s not possible to list the shipping times for every route Taurus Logistics offer, below are a few of our most popular routes. These are indicative transit times , and does not include all shipping lines, containers, or part container options. Please contact us to discuss container sailing dates, or for roll on roll off please refer to our RORO Sailing Schedule.

  • Australia to New Zealand – 10 days Approx.
  • New Zealand to Australia – 8 days Approx.
  • Europe to Australia – 45 days Approx.
  • USA to Australia – 25 days Approx.
  • Australia to Europe – 40 days Approx.
  • Australia to USA – 25 days Approx.

Motorcycle Import Approval

Before you purchase your motorbike, DO NOT proceed unless you meet the following criteria. Otherwise you will not be able to get an import permit for the motorbike, and you will not be able to uplift form the port(under any circumstances).

Most of the motorcycle we ship are imported under the “Personal Import option” or the “Manufactured over 25 years”. Below are the main five categories but there are others for rear circumstances.

Personal Import

This option allows migrants settling in Australia or expatriate Australian citizens returning permanently to Australia after a long period overseas, to bring their personal vehicle with them as long as it has been owned for the qualifying 12 month period.
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Australian Plated Motorcycles

This option allows road vehicles originally sourced within Australia but subsequently exported to be re-imported.
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Motorcycles Manufactured more than 25 years ago

This option allows for the importation of road bikes manufactured more than 25 years ago.
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Non-Road Motorcycles

A ‘non-road vehicle’ (‘off-road motorbikes’) refers to a vehicle not principally designed for use in transport and/or is not permitted to be driven on public roads. This is ideal for dirt bikes or quad bikes.
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Race and Rally Bikes

This option allows for the importation of vehicles intended to be used for road vehicle rallies, closed circuit road vehicle racing and vehicles designed to support road vehicle racing or rallying.
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If your not sure which category you should apply under then try the Department of Infrastructures Eligibility assessment. For a full list of all categories visit Import Options

Important
  We strongly recommend reading our comprehensive motorcycle Pre-Shipment Checklist before buying or shipping your motorcycle to Australia.

80% receive a quote in 30 seconds! More complex jobs will receive a response within 24 hours.

What our customers say

  • David MurrayThe motorbike arrived on time and in the same condition it left in, I have no reservation recommending Taurus Logistics to anyone.

    David Murray
  • John Ruskinexceptional piece of workmanship and I was more than happy with the due care taken

    John Ruskin Wellington
  • Richard JacombYou and Hayley were most helpful… And I would have no problem using Taurus again or recommending you to others

    Richard Jacomb Wellington
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