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Blog: Tips on how to import a boat to Australia

By Admin | July 1, 2015

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There are many ways to buy a boat in US and ship to Australia.

You can search for a dealers US boats for sale, private parties sale or auctions like eBay, Copart and many more.

When you buy a boat from the dealer and you want to export it to your country there are a few concepts to understand in boat export process. They include to estimate quick a ball park shipping quote for a specific US boat intended for export.

Those include ground transportation of your boat from the dealer to the nearest sea port as well as ocean freight itself. When you have these 2 transportation costs lined up the next step is to form a boat export budget by combining the projected boat cost with boat shipping. Once you estimate that, the next step would be to understand what it takes to custom clear a boat in Australia as well as to other countries worldwide.

Most countries do not have import tax on the US made boats. But many require to pay local VAT or GST tax which varies country to country.

When boat export budget is firmed up, the next stage is to negotiate a final boat sales price with a selling broker. Once that done and you have a projected boat import budget in place the next step after negotiations is to order marine survey to make sure you know what you are buying. Third party marine surveyor will go out and inspect a boat for you. He will provide you with inspection report, photos of the boat from every possible angle, also they can sea test a boat (sea trial) and once report is complete email it to you so you can make a principal purchase decision.

Once you review a marine survey report there are a few lines you need to understand: condition of the hull, motors, trailer, equipment and much more. Survey market value is also very important to consider when you buying a boat in US and shipping overseas.

Used boats export process is very unique process and if you have more specific questions, please ask Boat Export USA Team member for more details…

Boat Export USA display 50,000 + boats, yachts, PWC’s available for export to Australia, New Zealand and many more countries.



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