Application for a import tariff on bicycles withdrawn

March 7, 2018


In a decision that has been applauded by the bicycle industry and riders alike, the application for a 5% import levy on all bikes imported into Australia has been withdrawn.


If this application was successful, bicycles imported into Australia would be subject to a 5% import tariff.


With less than 0.05% of bicycles sold in Australia manufactured locally, it appears common sense has prevailed.


The withdrawel of the application was announced in the Department of Home Affairs weekly gazette on Wednesday the 7th of March.


This decision supports the bicycle industry which has been under significant stress in recent years. From small to large importers, retailers and consumers, this is a positive outcome for the sector.


The BIA’s next task is to appeal and challenge the application of the import tariff of 5% on power assisted pedal bicycles.


The decision has severely affected many small e-bike importers and placed increased stress on the bicycle retail sector, placing jobs within the industry at risk.


Increased red tape and tariffs also limits innovation from Australian based importers, limiting access for consumers to a range of e-bikes, including cargo, folding, on and off road, commuting and touring.


These changes ultimately cause consumers to pay more.




The BIA is the peak body for the Australian bicycle industry working to support the growth of the industry.


It works on behalf of its members but can only do that work when the industry joins together.


For details on becoming a member of the BIA, go to or email or call Peter on 0438 871 27



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