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by Shane Stokes
March 9, 2018
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Last week news broke of a 5% import tariff on e-bikes, with writing on the wall for a similar import tariff for all bicycles and frames. The tariffs are designed to protect local industry, and Australian manufacturers can apply for the 5% duty to be implemented.
Great news has arrived, the bicycle and frames import tariff application has been withdrawn. It’s not yet known which brand was responsible for the application, but it’s a safe assumption that it was withdrawn following the negative attention Stealth Bikes received over the e-bike tariff.
The withdrawal of the application was announced in the Department of Home Affairs weekly gazette on Wednesday the 7th of March.
Bicycle Industries Australia (BIA) have stated this as a win for cycling industry, “with less than 0.05% of bicycles sold in Australia manufactured locally, it appears common sense has prevailed.” BIA is now looking to appeal and challenge the 5% import tariff applied to power assisted pedal bicycles.
Read the official statement at BIA.