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    Import FLSTC to Thailand

    Can anyone give some insight on their personal experience importing a Harley into Thailand?

    Background:

    Married to a Thai for 13 years, with an 11 year old Thai son.
    Have previously lived in Thailand for 5 years.
    Will be retiring next year from Oz and moving to Thailand permanently.
    Ideally would ship the bike from Sydney to Singapore, then ride up to Khao Yai where we will be living.
    Have owned the FLSTC since new in 1989, with receipts and rego history.

    Do not need any advice on bike safety in Thailand.

    Will appreciate learning your story of importing a bike into Thailand.

    Thanks

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    I heard 700 cc max in Laos. We shall see. I know Smileland has a whole new set of their own rules.

    Money talks, suckers walk. something about a three lock box.

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    Don't bring to Thailand anything you can't afford to lose. The amount of duty required will be determined by the customs officer on the day.

    https://www.thegtrider.com/motorcycl...orcycle-import

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    I wouldn’t say that it cannot be done, in fact one TD member successfully did a couple of years ago.

    https://teakdoor.com/motoring-in-thai...otorcycle.html

    However, I am in the group that says sell your bike in Australia and just buy another one here. There are plenty of used HD bikes here and I am sure that you will be able to pick one up similar to the one that you currently have.

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    Break it down to parts and ship over via several routes and dates.

    Thats what Thais do to luxury cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAF View Post

    Do not need any advice on bike safety in Thailand.


    Thanks
    Because it safety first

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    Thanks Barty, this seems like the only successful bike import story reported.

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    Thanks Orrens, how would you get plates and into the Thai system legally once it was put together?

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    Errrrr I dunno.
    I recalled a photo story of Thai crushing cars that had been illegally imported, they had plates.

    In the UK we would put plates from junked bikes onto stolen bikes and create paperwork to show thats how they'd been bought. Honest officer, I've been stitched up !

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    i know they did it in PH.

    also in TH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post


    i know they did it in PH.

    also in TH?
    Destruction for seized cars

    The Customs Department plans to destroy seized luxury cars that have broken down to prevent importers who smuggled them from buying them back at cheap prices, says the department head. Importers always remove some devices from smuggled cars to make engines malfunction, letting customs officials impound the cars before sending representatives to bid on them at Customs Department auctions, said director-general Krisada Chinavicharana.

    The tactic lets them buy these vehicles at cheap prices as other bidders shy away, he said, getting them at a lower cost before reselling at market prices. To prevent this, Mr Krisada instructed customs officials to destroy seized cars that do not function.

    He said the department is also mulling whether to update a deductible expense for imported cars stated in a department announcement after car importers requested the tax-collecting agency raise the expense.

    Some expenses have declined in recent days, Mr Krisada said. Deductible expenses are included in the benchmark prices of imported cars used by the Customs Department in tax computation.
    Should importers agree with the updated benchmark prices, the Customs Department will use them in the tax calculation, Mr Krisada said. The benchmark price calculation is based on the retail price of country of origin, less value-added tax and a certain percentage deduction, he said.

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/business...or-seized-cars

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