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Old 30 November 2012, 15:36   #1
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Shipping rib to Australia

I am moving to Australia next year and I'm taking my rib with me! Has anyone done this and if so have any advice. The only thing I have been able to find out is that I need a permit for the trailer, I can not find anything out about the boat itself and the outboard.
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Old 30 November 2012, 18:28   #2
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They generally don't allow Ribs to be shipped over to Australia.

I would have thought it best to donate it to a local charity but they would probably want it re-engined first.

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Old 30 November 2012, 20:43   #4
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Hi Keith,

Yes, you need an import permit for your trailer. This is considered a "vehicle" and will be allotted it's own registration and will need to be taxed (rego) each year. You will need to get breakaway chains attached (cheaper in UK ?). Mine needed LED lights on the side due to the length but you should be ok. It will need to go over the pits for inspection though they didn't check the efficiency of my brakes.

The boat will need a HIN and then need to be registered and taxed each year. I got $180 ticket from the water police on New Year's Day this year for having an out of date rego. Happy bloody new year to you also officer. We were on our way to a waterside restaurant for lunch and the miserable buggers made me recover the boat straight away. I didn't argue as there were already a few empties in the well.

Obviously get everything scrupulously clean so AQIS can't find any issue with it. Customs deflated my tubes searching for drugs.

I had to pay a valuer to inspect my boat as they had no frame of reference 6 years ago (that's changing now and you see quite a few ribs around) so it would be worth you getting a low valuation prior to shipping.

I would suggest you ship any trailer spares that you will forseeably use.

Finally you will need a Recreational Skippers Ticket, so bring along any qualifications you have as you may be exempt from sitting the exam.

Where are you moving to ?
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The boat will need a HIN
What happens if the boat doesn't have a HIN?

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Old 30 November 2012, 22:38   #6
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What happens if the boat doesn't have a HIN?
I own a rib and a sib here in the US (California) both without HIN (Arancia from NZ and Willard Ex-US Navy). A mess to register if the registrar at the Deptartment of Motor Vehicles doesn't know what they are doing. They end up assigning me a new HIN.

Yes, off topic as to AUS, but I felt like need to type something tonight....
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I'll get in early...welcome to Australia.

My boat is a 95 Zodiac and didn't have a HIN, I think any thing built before ???2005 ( don't hold me to that, it could be earlier ) doesn't require a HIN. There is a lot of information in the state govt websites, it all depends on what state you are moving to for registration requirements.
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I'm going through the same process at the moment and quite honestly it's a mine field!
I was going to buy a new UK trailer before shipping the RIB, but that has many issues...so I'm going to buy an Aus made one when I get there.
There's enough paperwork just for our own visas, let alone the cars and boat so I'm going to use iron lady imports for both the cars and the boat. They will do all the paperwork for you (for a price), but at least it'll be done properly.

Well see you in Perth in March!

Good luck!

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Bittentobuggery is spot on.

You need to find a competent shipping company and a very competent customs broker to deal with it once it arrives in Australia.

They should tell you that:

1 The trailer permit is very important.

2 No marine growth or water in bilge or tanks as there could be bugs in it. Also any wood needs to be assessed if it needs to be fumigated before it gets here.

3 If any duty will need to be paid. Depends on country of origin of major components and if new or used.

4 Taxes. Our version of vat is gst and is only 10% but it is on everything, the value of the boat, the trailer, the shipping cost, the brokers costs and any duty payable.

Where costs blow out quickly and exponentially is once it is landed. If there are delays, and there often are, you will be charged holding costs and all sorts of inspection fees. Having a good customs broker on board before it gets loaded on your end will help reduce these costs.

The trailer may need some minor modifications once here to comply, maybe not. 2.5m max width unless you want special towing permits every time you move it.

If you are coming to Sydney, would be glad to help.
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Don't stress about the HIN. It is just another fee. They will either validate your existing one or issue you a new one.

Shipping with a trailer makes it much easier to pick up from the docks. Unless it is over width, modifying will not cost much, been there done that.
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