After playing the exchange game
all I can say is it's not for the faint hearted.
There is no real sense to it. Now is a good time buy goods that are well priced in USD, in the future it may get better or worse but I don't believe anyone really knows.
There is a lot of uncertainty in the financial world and the AUD is fluctuating because of it.
In my opinion if the change in the short term exchange rate is a deal breaker for you don't do it you are sailing too close to the wind
Give your self some margin as many have said on this forum costs add up and turn out more than you expected.
Now for the actual importation process.
Bundaberg is a great place with really nice people, perhaps with the exception of the young lady who met us at the quarantine wharf, but she may have been having a bad day as many people at her age do.
The customs and quarantine people were great, we tried to be as honest and helpful as we could and they seemed to appreciate that.
We surrendered a small amount of food
and garbage which we happy to do and one souvenir necklace had to be posted to the USA because it contained seeds.
One interesting comment from the quarantine guy was that he copped an unreasonable amount of grief from people importing wooden boats from high risk countries.
It seems after they have to pay all the duty and tax he has to come along and decide if the boat needs a $800 termite inspection
If it is required the boat owner sometimes takes out all their frustration on him which I think is most unfair.
As this happens to people who buy a boat without doing prior research
, it will not be applicable to any of you guys because you are here doing your research
Interestingly USA is a high risk country so be warned.
By the way France
is not but the Caribbean is, so that's why I am waiting for a final assessment.
Another tip is have good fuel
filters, the diesel
is like coffee including the grinds, unbelievably bad.
I am just about to start draining my tank to give it a full clean out, can't wait LOL!
I hope this helps.