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Old 28-01-2016, 21:24   #1
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Keeping an Aussie boat in NZ

I'm exploring the possibility of shipping my yacht to NZ from the Med or Caribbean

What are the rules for keeping Aussie registered yachts in NZ? How long can they remain there before perhaps having to be "imported"?

Whats the likely customs/quarantine costs on arrival?
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Contact these guys, who will no doubt, refer you to the website :-D
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Old 29-01-2016, 22:09   #3
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Thanks, but immigration is not exactly right for the boat

I did find on their customs pages some good info. Looks like you can be granted a temporary import of 24 months. The page only talks about boats arriving on their own bottom, but hopefully it's just a case of needing to fill in some different forms and jump through different hoops to achieve the same outcome when arriving by ship.

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fwiw, hoppy, some friends of ours shipped from Panama to Tahiti, then rejoined the boat for the milk run to Oz with their kids. There is a provision in French Polynesia that will allow the vessel to be there for 3 yrs., but I personally don't know the restrictions. The fees (except for berthing, of course) in NZ are mild in the extreme, under $100.

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Depending on what trade deals are in place, there may be no import duties. I know in the case of aus that any USA built boats can be imported without duties. Thats not the case for frog boats coming to aus though. If the fees are minimal, you may find it easier to register it in NZ and simply pay your annual rego. Either that or leave it in Fiji or New Cal instead.
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Depending on what trade deals are in place, there may be no import duties. I know in the case of aus that any USA built boats can be imported without duties. Thats not the case for frog boats coming to aus though. If the fees are minimal, you may find it easier to register it in NZ and simply pay your annual rego. Either that or leave it in Fiji or New Cal instead.
An Aussie flying a Kiwi flag, no never

I'm just thinking about NZ as a temporary place to keep my boat. Somewhere I can get to relatively quickly and cheaply from Melbourne and that can be a launchpad for the final arrival and import into Aus perhaps over a couple of seasons. Might be handy that I won't get hit by shipping costs and import duties/GST in the same year

Tahiti is another option...
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An Aussie flying a Kiwi flag, no never

I'm just thinking about NZ as a temporary place to keep my boat. Somewhere I can get to relatively quickly and cheaply from Melbourne and that can be a launchpad for the final arrival and import into Aus perhaps over a couple of seasons. Might be handy that I won't get hit by shipping costs and import duties/GST in the same year

Tahiti is another option...
Hmm.. Re that kiwi flag. If you wait a few more years they might all be over here getting our dole and you can have the entire north island to yourself You could even rename it and have your own flag.

With no more intended insults to the kiwis, frankly I would rather leave my boat in Fiji.. Its still a cheap flight away and nicer weather. Obviously you would have to prep in cyclone season, but plenty of other boats do it.
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I'm just thinking about NZ as a temporary place to keep my boat. Somewhere I can get to relatively quickly and cheaply from Melbourne and that can be a launchpad for the final arrival and import into Aus perhaps over a couple of seasons. Might be handy that I won't get hit by shipping costs and import duties/GST in the same year



Tahiti is another option...

Is it true that even if you only intend on bringing your boat to Oz for a few months (and then leave Oz waters sailing elsewhere) that if you are an Oz CITIZEN then you will be charged the 10% GST & 5% Import Duty immediately???


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Is it true that even if you only intend on bringing your boat to Oz for a few months (and then leave Oz waters sailing elsewhere) that if you are an Oz CITIZEN then you will be charged the 10% GST & 5% Import Duty immediately???


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No, I'm thinking about having the boat in Kiwiland for a short period of time and then eventually importing into Aus and then paying the GST.

On the GST/Duty topic, it is not based on citizenship but residence that determines liability. If you have an Aussie passport you will have to work harder at proving that you are not a resident to get the GST/Duty exemption
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Are you an Aussie or a Kiwi citizen?
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Hi There
I've been looking into this issue for a year or two now. I have my yacht in New Zealand and I am also an Australian. The cheapest option seems to be to register my yacht in Australia even though my vessel lives in NZ. I am lucky the vessel was previously resisted in NZ. In due course I intend to take the vessel to Aussie and pay the taxes so I can sail around the country. The main issue with the aussie import is to find a surveyor who will give you a friendly valuation which the taxes will be paid on.
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Hi, It's worth talking to customs to discuss depreciation. I have talked to customs in NZ and they will allow me to import my boat based on the original cost and depreciate it each year to come to a final value. Which makes a huge difference and saves the surveyor valuation problem. Also for ski69sail you should be able to claim the GSt back from NZ on your boat when you take it to Australia. As long as the GST was paid in NZ or you bought it second hand . Glenn
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we just send the convicts where they feel @ home :-)
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Re: Keeping an Aussie boat in NZ

I bought a previous yacht (a Cavalier 39) in New Zealand and sailed her back to Australia where I was required to pay the GST of 10% (import from NZ did not attract duty).
Customs (in Bundaberg) were quite helpful in reducing the value of the yacht by the costs involved in sailing her to Australia - air fares, food, charts, safety equipment, etc. I registered her as an Australian yacht while in NZ to avoid some ridiculous regulations that would apply to NZ yachts (I would, for example) have been required to put a toe-catching eye-bolt in the middle of the cockpit for safety harness attachment)
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