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Has anyone here shipped their motorcycle to Europe by air? I’m looking for the best airport to ship into / out of. I guess ‘best’ would mean your best experience with one. Let me know what time of year you went too, my ff guy says it varies like crazy.
 

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pm canuck

He shipped a bike to and from Europe.
 

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Has anyone here shipped their motorcycle to Europe by air? I’m looking for the best airport to ship into / out of. I guess ‘best’ would mean your best experience with one. Let me know what time of year you went too, my ff guy says it varies like crazy.
Depends on what kind of hurry you're in. You would save a shit load of money if you load it on a container and have a vessel take it across for you. But the lead time would be in around 3 to 4 weeks. If you don't have that time to waste and you're timelines are tight, I would suggest you deal with a freight forwarder. They will look after all the customs/paperwork that is involved with taking something of value over seas. They would also find the most cost efficient way of getting it there....airports etc. etc.

As I mentioned....time is the only factor here. If you're in a hurry be prepared to shell out a shit load of quid. If not, pack it in a crate and meet it on the other side in a few weeks!

PM me if you need some contacts. I have a few in the business....
 

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Thanks. I am talking to freight forwarders. The whole process as they've described it is pretty full-on. I don't recommend anybody try to do it on their own!

If I had the time I would definitely go the land/sea transport route. Anybody have some personal experience to share?
 

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Doesn't John Valk do this on a regular basis? I couple of people I know toured Europe with JV but I cannot remember if the flew or ship their BMWs across.
 

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Thanks. I am talking to freight forwarders. The whole process as they've described it is pretty full-on. I don't recommend anybody try to do it on their own!

If I had the time I would definitely go the land/sea transport route. Anybody have some personal experience to share?
i shipped my Yosh GSXR-750 back to Canada from Japan. Customs was a bitch to deal with due to a stack of paperwork but all in all it was only $400 and a few weeks time. this was by boat. oh and it was back in 1992.
 

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Thanks, Canuck. Great link! Their shipments page has tons of info. Still trying to understand the whole custom side of things. My freight forwarder is telling me I need a temporary permit backed by a bond or else I'm paying import/export duties both ways.

Purplekawi, I'm guessing you were importing into Canada right?
 

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Purplekawi, I'm guessing you were importing into Canada right?
yes. i toured the factory while i was visiting the country and they had their old 1990race bike sitting under a tarp ripe for the picking.
 

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i don't own it anymore. some cat in Surrey bought it from me in 2000 and wrote it off shortly afterwards.
 

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Thanks, Canuck. Great link! Their shipments page has tons of info. Still trying to understand the whole custom side of things. My freight forwarder is telling me I need a temporary permit backed by a bond or else I'm paying import/export duties both ways.

Purplekawi, I'm guessing you were importing into Canada right?
Sounds like a Carnet du Passage, basically a document that assures them the vehicle is legally registered somewhere. It would run about $600 to get one plus the size of the bond which is dependent on value/ possible duties if you don't bring the vehicle home. The Carnet is required by some but not all European countries. Google temporary import into the country (countries ) you are going to and it will tell you what you can be liable for.
I've been doing some research because I want to take a bike into Russia with me next spring. Lufthansa cargo flies out of Vancouver and quoted me $2000 all the way to Moscow in March. That was for a Daytona 1200 which is a big heavy bike. There is quite a bit of info about going into Europe on Horizons Unlimited though once you know where to look.
 

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After researching a bit it appears as if most European countries don't require the Carnet de Passages en Douane except for Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, & Turkey. Seems as if it's only required in certain situations in those countries? Was planning on entering Itlay so I think I'll ask the Embassy in Rome.
 

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Once you are into the EU you will not require a carnet. We went through Holland, Belgium,France,Spain,Portugal, England, Ireland and Germany. We could have gone to any other EU country without one. This was in 2003. We just used the guys at MID Forwarding and literally rode the bike out of the airport in Amsterdam. (After a few fees and stamps) All they wanted to know is if we had proof of ownership and "green card" insurance that we got before we arrived. That came from a guy named Stefan Knopf in Heidelburgh. He has a website as well if you search for it. We were gone for 7.5 months and just used our BC plate on the back of the bike with no issues whatsoever. Not sure on countries further afield than western Europe.

Hope this helps. if you have any other questions let me know.
 

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There and back again

Thanks for all the help guys.

Here are some pics of the bike being crated up. The last one is the motorcycle soaking up some Italian sun. It flew from Vancouver to London and back again as part of a business trip. Some trip stats:

Days: 14
Distance covered in van: 5000km
Distance covered on motorcycle: 500km
Favorite spot to ride: Leicestershire, England (at night)
Least favorite activity: Trying to find gas in Italy on a Sunday
Regrets: Too little time to ride!
 
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