Bicycle Imports Down Slightly So Far for 2013-14
After a record financial year in 2012-13, all three months at the start of 2013-14 have been down slightly compared their respective months last year.
In July 2013 a total of 121,435 bikes were imported, down 1.4% on July 2012. In August 2013, 126,382 bikes were imported which was down 6.1% and in September 2013 160,271 bikes were imported which was down on the previous September by 7.1%.
All of the drop was in the Adult Bicycles category. In fact, Children’s Bicycle imports have actually increased all three months compared to their respective months the previous year.
This decrease in adult bike imports, has brought the adult / children’s bike mix back to 65% so far this financial year, which is well down from 70% last year, but more closely in line with the three previous years which were 63%, 66% and 66% respectively.
Last financial year set an all-time financial year record by a margin of over 80,000 bicycles, with a total of 1,416,413 bicycles being imported. So although the total bikes imported for the most recent quarter is down on last year, it’s in line with earlier years.
Australian Customs collect bicycle import figures which are then collated by Bicycle Industries Australia (BIA). Full data including comparison tables and charts are made available to BIA members only. BIA have kindly permitted us to publish summary figures and commentary when each new month’s data is released.