We do everything possible to make our auctions fair and transparent. Please read the following information before you bid and buy.

Registration and deposits

Registration to bid is free. You may be required to place a refundable bid deposit. Please be aware that you must present photo identification when you register at the auction site (e.g. identity card, passport or driver's license).

Every auction is unreserved

Every item is sold to the highest bidder on auction day, with no minimum bids or reserve prices. Owners are forbidden by contract from bidding on items they are selling. Bids are irrevocable, and all sales are final. If you're the highest bidder when the auctioneer announces that an item has been sold, you're the new owner of that item.

Everything sells "as is, where is"

We recommend that you visit the auction site to inspect any items you'd like to buy before bidding on auction day. You may also send someone to the site to conduct the inspection on your behalf.

Transaction fees for buyers

Please note: Effective May 1, 2021, our transaction fees structure has been adjusted; Each purchased Lot will be subject to a transaction fee of:

North America

  • (a) 10% on all Lots selling for $12,000 or less (b) 3.85% on all Lots selling for over $12,000 up to $40,000, with a minimum fee of $1,200 per Lot or (c) $1,540 on all Lots selling for over $40,000 (in the currency of the auction).

Europe and Middle-East (except United Kingdom)

  • (a) 10% on all Lots selling for 12,000 or less (b) 3.85% on all Lots selling for over 12,000 up to 129,870, with a minimum fee of 1,200 per Lot or (c) 5,000 on all Lots selling for over 129,870 (in the currency of the auction).

United Kingdom

  • (a) 10% on all Lots selling for £5000 or less (b) 3.85% on all Lots selling for over £5,000 up to £129,870, with a minimum fee of £500 per Lot or (c) £5,000 on all Lots selling for over £129,870.

Australia and New Zealand

  • 7.5% of the selling price in the currency of the auction.


  • (a)10% on all Lots selling for JPY 1,000,000 or less, or (b) 3.85% on all Lots selling for over JPY 1,000,000 up to JPY 3,400,000, with a minimum fee of JPY 100,000 per lot, or (c) JPY 130,000 on all Lots selling for over JPY 3,400,000.

The transaction fee applies to on-site, online and proxy purchases.
A document administration fee will apply to all titled lots in the U.S. and Canada.

Payment and removal

Purchases must be paid in full within seven (7) days of the end of the auction.
Buyers cannot remove their purchases from the auction site until their invoice is paid in full.
If Ritchie Bros. can't deliver clear title on a purchase, the buyer is entitled to a full refund of the purchase price.
If Ritchie Bros. does not receive full payment within seven (7) days of the end of the auction, interest on overdue amounts will be paid by Purchaser at a rate of 18% per annum or at such other maximum rate as allowed by law, together with any legal or collection costs incurred by Auctioneers.

Read the terms and conditions of bidding

This information is provided as a summary only. When you participate in an auction, you must review and agree to the full terms and conditions before you bid (included in your listing catalog and when you enter the auction online). Please review the full terms and conditions carefully.

In addition to the full terms and conditions also the ‘Site Specific Terms' apply, those can be found below. 

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Additional Notes


VAT and other DUTIES as they may apply are the BUYER'S RESPONSIBILITY. The following rules apply to purchases made in auctions that take place physically inside the European Union.

Value Added Tax (VAT) will apply in the following cases:

  1. Items that remain in the country where the auction takes place.
  2. Companies that are registered in the country where the auction takes place.
  3. EU buyers who fail to provide a valid VAT number and/or EU buyers who fail to provide valid proof of transport (complete CMR) within 90 days after the invoice date.
  4. Non EU buyers who fail to provide correct and complete Export Documents to RBA within the 90 days since invoice date.

Valid proof of transport for EU buyers:

A valid CMR document must mention the Ritchie Bros company as the sender in box 1, lot number and full lot description in box 6, signature of the receiver in box 24, plus the rest of the usual information.

Valid proof of transport for Exportation:

Official Customs documents provided by the corresponding Customs Authorities. The corresponding Ritchie Bros company must appear as the exporter on the export document. The lots must be clearly described and identifiable. We require the final proof of export (i.e. "exit confirmation" or "goods departed" confirmation). A document showing intention is not considered sufficient.

Important notice for Non-EU buyers

Buyers that will export the goods out of the European Union (non-EU buyers) are required to pay a deposit on all pieces of equipment bought at the auction. The deposit equals the local standard VAT rate calculated on the purchase price of the equipment. This deposit will be refunded to the nominated bank account of the buyer within five (5) business days after presentation of Proof of Final Export. This Proof of Final Export can be provided by your customs broker or freight forwarder. Non-EU Buyers should provide accurate bank details in order to facilitate timely refund of deposits.

To avoid the VAT deposit Non-EU buyers can engage the services of RB Logistics:

RB Logistics
The Netherlands
Tel. +31 168 392200
Fax. +31 168 392250

European Union Machinery Directive

Effective January 1, 1995
Certain items in this auction may require CE-marking. Items that are not CE-marked are offered for sale on the condition that any buyer intending to sell or use such item within the European Union will take the necessary measures to certify the item, if and as required under the European Union Legislation on Machinery implemented in the national legislation of the relevant member countries. The purchaser is responsible for all costs related to certification and upgrading. Please contact the manufacturer or his authorized representative within the EU for details.

Bonded Free Zone

The auctions of Moerdijk (NL), St-Aubin (FR) and Ocana (ES) are conducted in a bonded free zone. Certain items identified in the sale day listing catalogue, or otherwise announced at the auction, as "Not Duty Free Circulation EU" have not been entered into the European Union. It is the purchaser's responsibility to satisfy requirements of any kind in respect to the importation of any items into the European Union, or any other country. Such responsibility includes compliance with laws and regulations of the country including payment of taxes and duties, obtaining proper approvals and complying with any other requirements. The purchaser will engage his own broker. Ritchie Bros will not charge Value Added Tax (VAT) on these lots if properly cleared. Nominal documentation charges to the buyer for clearing the free zone will apply. Customs brokers will be on site to provide this service.