Ive not imported a yacht but have also researched it and been on the phone
to Cutoms and Quarenteen numerous times.
Here is what I have deducted, like I said though I have not done this so..
a yacht in US thats US built its GST only of 10%. This is on the; actual purchase
price, normal port fees
on the direct route
, and if sailing yourself actual costs on provisions , fuel
etc. If no crew is hired then no GST needs to be paid for that.
I have been told and assured that as long as the figures seem reasonable that there will be no problems. I asked "what if you are really economical when provisioning
etc will you charge GST only on actual costs or what you deem reasonable?" The reply was," look at the end of the day if someone sails
up in a simple yacht and all the signs are there that what there saying is true then we go on that. If someone sailed up in a upmarket yacht and tried to tell us they suffered to safe fuel
costs and only ate potatoes and limes to keep costs down then were going to come up with a figure."
Truely though the issue does not seem to be with customs at all. The responses have always been consitant with a realtive good feel. The real costs lay with Quarenteen, where my rough calculations seem to indicate another $2500-$7000 in fees inspections etc plus fumigations and disposals.
BTW my estamation for importing was to sail not have shipped which is not as bad as I thought. I recieved a quote to ship a 20,000lb 40' yacht all expanses included was $25000USD plus import
fees like Quarintine and Customs. That was water
shipping and included; destepping and stepping mast
, fumigfation, packaging etc. I should also add then when yachts come shipped Quarenteen fees are less (less inspections) However sounds like as per Marks post, may incure another 5% GST even if US built. You would have to add road transport as well. Which I have been quoted for $3500 Water to water from NY to Calif. That sounded pretty good. Still those fees are to high for me and I would be looking at sailing if I bought in US.
As far as exploring the option of buying in the Americas well... If I bought in Canada
, no worries Im a dual Citizen so I could Work on it save a bit and then sail back. If I bought State side I would have to be sure I was buying a yacht all lined up. If the deal fell through I would need some back ups knowing I was picking one of the selected yachts.
The yacht I selected would have to be virtually ready to go straight to Mexico
or made ready in short order. Once there Labour and living is much cheaper while we ensured the yacht was ready to start crusiing to Aus.
I would also Work on first reaching NZ rather then Australia
as being the primary target. Here as Aussies we can cruise
for a while and get everything lined up for Australia
Quarenteen. I would do cleaning
, Fumigation etc all in NZ everything I could do to make comming into Austrlaia easier and cheaper. Its much easier to do all the compliance items before hand and entering as a visitor to NZ is easier then importing. I hope that makes sense. When you look through all the AQUIS requirements you see there is a lot you can do to eliminate causes for concearn wich eliminate certain inspections and super fees.
I know my estimation of $20K USD in costs is a bit general but I think its not too far out. You have to remember there are lots of ways to save money
. Where one might get a hotel
I might stay in a hostel or the airport
for a night, while shopping
and deciding on a yacht I would ask to spend the night on the Yacht I was looking to purchase
to get more aquanted with her. Theres a host of solutions for keeping costs down while on a mission. I have made my space available to many and it always seems to come back.
I guess the real draw about the yachts from the US is I am a sucker for charachter yachts. There are some yachts that have that style or at least a good dose of it and they are priced good. Here they are few and far between and way over priced.
But the reality is, I am probably better off at this point buying something more local either here NZ or Tas.
Now I have a question....excuse my ignorance......What does OP stand for?