Originally Posted by svseachange
Thanks for the info. We are aiming for Brisbane taking roughly the same route
Care to comment for on how they valued your boat, duties paid and how much time you had to register the boat in Queensland
There is a bit of a saga here.
We are Aussie citizens and an Aussie registered vessel. We emailed from Fiji
asking for whatever documentation/status we needed to be able to transit Aus, given that we have a boat that has no market in Aus and will sell it eventually in the USA or Europe
Their response was that we would have to "complete the importation, pay duty and gst etc. This argument continued through New Caledonia
, and we left there having submitted new substantiation for our claim that we were not importing, just transiting, with the boat to only ever spend less than a year here.
When we got to Brisbane we were immediately restricted to the Brisbane Port control area, and given the option to pay up or leave Australia
within 30 days.
These options were impossible because we would have to re-export in 30 days in cyclone season, making the only possible destination New Zealand
Qld-NZ after November is the dangerous time according to Cornell, so they were going to have to change the options anyway.
After many phone
calls and emails to Canberra I discovered a tiny niche we could slot ourselves into that would allow the box tickers to give us what we wanted and still tick their boxes.
We could get a temporary importation if we were Aussie citizens with overseas residency, to be verified with o/s rental leases, o/s utility bills etc. We had none of that, but they eventually accepted the fact that if we have no home in Australia
, it must mean we reside outside Australia. We had to lodge a bond equal to an estimate of the gst and duty, to be refunded to us if the boat leaves within 12 months.
Because we will be getting the money
back, they were prepared to accept our purchase price
even though more than 12 months old and not a new valuation here.
It was nail biting stuff for a while.