In February 2020 a total of 45,232 bicycles were imported into Australia, this was the lowest February total for any of the past 10 years. By comparison, in February 2019 70,184 bicycles were imported.
The Australian Customs data of course does not give any insight as to how much of this drop was due to weaker demand and how much was due to supply chain issues from China, which was in progressively tighter Covid-19 lockdown from January, only starting to ease from late February/early March.
January 2020 was also down on last year, with 68,494 bicycles being imported compared to 76,305 in January 2019.
Comparing the first eight months of the 2019/20 financial year with the same period in the previous financial year we see a slight increase, of 14,000 units or 1.5% from 897,179 last year up to 911,699 this year.
This modest growth has been equally shared between children’s and adult bikes.
Bicycle Import Data is sourced from Bicycle Industries Australia who have been collating the data since 2000. Because some of the children’s bicycles would be more accurately described as wheeled toys, only 70% of the children’s bicycle total is included each month.