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Shipping Motorcycle to Australia from USA

Each year, Schumacher Cargo Logistics transports hundreds of motorcycles to Australia from all parts of the US. It doesn’t matter where your vehicle is located in the US, we’ll be able to retrieve and deliver it to you overseas. With over 40 years of experience, we make shipping a motorcycle to Australia easy and handle every step of the move.

Read our guide below on how to ship a bike to Australia and start your international shipment today!

International shipping to Australia.

How to Ship A Bike to Australia from the USA

If you want to ship motorcycles to Australia from the USA, you’ve come to the best resource. Once you start your shipment with us, we take care of all the major steps from beginning to end. 

Methods for Shipping Motorcycles to the AU

Domestic Transportation

Our pickup services brings your bike from anywhere in the country. We have five warehouses located along the coasts, which allows us to offer you the best rate from the closest port. Alternatively to reduce costs, you can drop off the motorcycle at the warehouse yourself.

Overseas Shipping Services

The three methods that we use to transport motorcycles are container services, roll on roll off, and airfreight.

As a general guideline, if you are shipping motorcycles to Australia, containers are ideal. They’re also better if you are taking additional items and moving household goods.

Our volume allows our company to offer consolidated motorcycle shipping. This is cost effective so instead of paying for an entire container, you ship your bike to Australia at a much cheaper rate. Consolidation service works by sharing a container between multiple customers. When using this, you only need to pay for the space you need rather than a full container on your own. Sole use containers are also available in 20 and 40 foot options to ship independently of anyone else.

Transporting motorcycles to Australia with the roll on roll off service another practical way to ship. This is a simple service where the bike is rolled onto the boat and then rolled off in Australia. Unfortunately, there is limited port service which means you may pay more to use this service anyways.

Airfreight services for motorcycles are the fastest way to get a bike to Australia but they are also the most costly. Motorcycle shipping with airfreight also requires special crating. Generally this service is used for shows or races because of the cost involved.

Your Schumacher representative will advise you on which service is the most efficient to your particular needs.

How Much Does Motorcycle Shipping to Australia Cost

The cost to ship depends on your particular shipment. Each order has a different price because of factors such as origin, shipping method, and services needed. For example the cost to ship a bike to Australia from LA will be very different than from NY. For this reason, our representatives create custom quotes for each of our customers.

To get your custom quote, fill out our online quote form

How Long Does Shipping a Motorcycle to Australia Take

Similarly, the time to ship a motorcycle to Australia is based on your shipment. In general, the main factor that affect time is the overseas shipping method. Consolidated containers won’t ship until they are full, so this time varies greatly. Though once the vessel departs, the time on water is around 4-6 weeks from the West Coast.

Importing the Motorcycle into Australia

Motorcycles are handled the same way as car and other vehicle imports for the import process. Importing a motorcycle to Australia is not difficult, but all steps need to be followed.

Australian Motorcycle Import Documents

Your motorcycle needs a vehicle import approval prior to shipping overseas to Australia. After receiving the approval, individuals need to submit an import declaration. In the cases where it applies, you’ll need to pay the standard duty and goods and service tax to get your motorcycle into Australia.

Registration Page for the VIS

The goods and service tax on motorcycles is 10% of the motorcycle’s value and the standard duty is 5%. This is subject to change so always check with the Australian government for the current rate.

DAFF Inspection

Lastly, after arriving you with your motorcycle you will need to have the bike inspected by the DAFF. Make sure to arrange this inspection prior to arriving. The good news is that our motorcycle transport service to Australia works with you on the necessary paperwork and preparations. The only things you’ll be responsible for are the customs and duty charges.

Start Shipping Your Motorcycle to Australia with Schumacher

Schumacher Quality

SCL has been shipping internationally since 1977 with over 10,000 satisfied customers a year. With our experience, we help people complete their shipment stress free while being well informed. Regardless of the method used, Schumacher’s professionals handle every bike like it was our own. No one competes with our customer service and handling. Customers receive updates and photos of their motorcycles at each stage up until they delivery to their destination in Australia. 

Start your motorcycle shipment to Australia by filling out our Online Quote Form and see why Schumacher is the premier international shipping company.

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