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EV Importing, Urgent Help, advice or recommendations please

Posted: Tue, 20 Nov 2018, 14:12
by steve1947
My 20 yo grandson Naively purchased what is technically a 50 Kmph Moped from China, In brief, it is a Hanbird M7 (a great looking Electric Motorbike). Details of the bike can be found here:

https://hanbird-chemical.en.alibaba.com ... 4afd2zifGJ

He did not have any import licence so the bike is in Bond Storage costing a small fortune

The supplier is most unresponsive and he unable to return the bike to the supplier

We can not re-export the bike as it has aBattery, which is classed as "dangerous goods' and needs a Material data Sheet on which the supplier will not respond

As the bike is in bond store, he is unable to access the bike to remove the battery

There could be other prohibited material such as asbestos in the brake pads which again the supplier is unresponsive.

Destruction is one option, but that costs about the same as the annual budget of a small pacific nation

Given the Political Correct statements made by governments, one would think that the import of Green Vehicles might be better supported. I suspect that the emissions/passanger/km from a 2 stroke moped rate amongst the highest?

One thought (which I have not explored) is the option to pay a Bond/Guarantee on the basis of having an appropriately qualified Auto Engineer provide an ADR certification (with mods if needed)?

Advice from anyone with experience in this matter would be appreciated

Re: EV Importing, Urgent Help, advice or recommendations please

Posted: Tue, 20 Nov 2018, 16:16
by antiscab
The last option is also quite expensive, but worthwhile if he plans to bring lots in and sell them. He won't be able to register it until that work is done though

Is it too late to pretend his identity has been stolen and he has nothing to do with the bike in bond store?

Re: EV Importing, Urgent Help, advice or recommendations please

Posted: Tue, 20 Nov 2018, 18:36
by reecho
Destruction is the only option unless you intend to import them in low volume.

Re: EV Importing, Urgent Help, advice or recommendations please

Posted: Tue, 20 Nov 2018, 20:00
by Johny
I suggest you secure the services of a customs agent. They must hit this problem often.

Re: EV Importing, Urgent Help, advice or recommendations please

Posted: Tue, 20 Nov 2018, 20:33
by mjcrow
I think Johnny has the right idea, customs agents know all the ins and outs. If however you are clutching at straws, there is allowance in the act for importing vehicles for the purpose of racing/support vehicles that cannot be registered or driven/ridden on the road. Web page here https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/ ... /rrvs.aspx. Your grandson will need an appropriate racing license and proof of events he plans to enter. So what possible racing events could you enter, Chris might have some idea, but I don't know if the Dust Hustle races would count http://dusthustle.com/. This option would be a really long shot.

Re: EV Importing, Urgent Help, advice or recommendations please

Posted: Tue, 20 Nov 2018, 20:39
by jonescg
Yeah so long as you can prove you weren't going to ride it on the road you might have a chance. But you'll definitely need a customs broker.

Re: EV Importing, Urgent Help, advice or recommendations please

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2018, 13:14
by Richo
Well I see it 3 ways:

https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/ ... s/evs.aspx
Get a letter from a museum and get it in on the Exhibition Vehicles Option.

https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/ ... ovals.aspx
Get the minister in your back pocket to sign off the import using the Discretionary Approvals option.

https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/ ... rneao.aspx
Get department of affairs to sign it off under the Non-Road Vehicle Option.

Pretty much in all cases this is done some time before import - not while customs are deciding who takes it home for xmas.

Unfortunately you WILL need a letter from the manufacturer about the brake pads regarding the asbestos.
Thanks to the kids hospital with asbestos panels customs are more stringent these days.

Re: EV Importing, Urgent Help, advice or recommendations please

Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2018, 13:26
by Richo
Sorry but the way I see it going is through a big shredder.
So you will have to sell one of the small island nations.

You can ALSO pay for the customs broker fee, as suggested above, on top of that...