||08-10-2012 05:57 AM
Hi Mico, I have just been through the whole thing. Bought a US flagged vessel, currently in San Carlos in Mexico, and arranged Australian registration, whilst touring Thailand on a motorbike. AMSA have been great and have supplied all information quickly and without fuss. I'm waiting for the final Certificate of Rego at the moment.
Mr Peter Baker of AMSA also gave me a link to Oz Customs, who have been equally helpful as far as the process for importing the boat is concerned. The only problems may arise where it takes too long for the delivery to take place, for it to be called a delivery. In that case they may assess the value of the boat as it arrives in Australia. So if you bought nice and cheap, and spent a few dollars on upgrades you may have to pay GST on their assessment of its worth at the time of import and, you may not be allowed to claim the cost of delivery against the estimated value.*
I need to clarify this, but a normally unreliable source told me you can pay the import duties while the boat is still remote from Oz. Sounds a little implausible to me...but I will email Customs just in case.
* I understand this is somewhat discretionary and could be a very good reason therefore, to keep on your very best behaviour when dealing with them.