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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 25-05-2013, 10:33 Thread Starter
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Importing mh to Australia?

My brother is semi seriously considering importing a mh from uk/Europe to Australia (huge price differential!), possibly via the USA (where they'd use it for touring then onto Oz).

Has anyone researched this at all?

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I travelled recently with a Kiwi...
He was saying Australia is VERY expensive to import vehicle into, he would not even bother with doing it from NZ to Aus...
However he said into NZ was easier and a lot of cash to be made...
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Brother in law looked into this a few years ago was put of by the inspection schedules, they have an aggressive stance on import apparently sterilisation to make sure there are not even seeds on a used vehicle etc , he said he lost the will to live after a few interviews and gave up.
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There was an article in a MMM or Practical Motorhome mag. a few months ago by someone who bought an Autotrail van. From memory he contacted a company about shipping it out there to do exactly this. In the end he contacted a hire company out there. they paid to import the vehicle and made sure it was legal in Australia. He then went over there used it to travel round for a few months and they bought it off him. That way he'd had the use of a familiar vehicle but had none of the import/export costs.

He did of course only get the re-sale value and he had to buy again when he got back but felt the loss was worth the costs involved.

Has your brother tried one of those van swap sites? Apparently there are people from Aus, NZ and the USA who will swap vans for holidays.
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I think that Auto-Sleepers were exporting to Australia, which could be advantageous if parts or service were required. It may be worth a call as their vans are of good quality anyhow.
As for the quarantine checks, these can be seen on the TV program about Australian border and passport issues. A good program but the checks look more than thorough where they are looking for trapped seeds in the bodywork etc.

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I recently read a book called 'The Long and Whining Road by Simeon Courtie. They travelled overland and then exported the van to Australia.
You might be able to contact him here.

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