From americas to europe

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by khan46, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. khan46

    khan46 Been here awhile

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    i live in california and thinking to ride to newyork and ship my bike from ny to Portugal.

    want to know if there is any kind of paperwork needed, like carnet. or anything else?
    whats the procedure?
    any countries within Europe require a carnet?
    is there anything else that must be take care of before getting there. i have a US passport so visa shouldnt be an issue for myself.

    thanks guys
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  2. existent80

    existent80 Been here awhile

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    Europe doesn't require a carnet anywhere.
    When you ship your bike you will present the title to customs for export.

    Bring the title and your registration with you to Europe.

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  3. khan46

    khan46 Been here awhile

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    whats the insurance requirements?
    can i go around without insurance?
    i knw its not a good idea but just asking.

    also i have short listed a few shipping companies the cheapest one i found is $1300 from NY to Northern Portugal

    any experience shipping you're bike somewhere there?? what companies would you suggest?
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  4. existent80

    existent80 Been here awhile

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    You need liability insurance; it's mandatory. Getting caught without it would be a big (criminal) problem. :nah It's called "green card insurance."

    There is a thread on Horizons Unlimited "HUBB" that keeps up with the cheapest insurers; prices have gone up lately.

    Wallenius Wilhelmsen, in my humble opinion, are the best. About $800 each way plus some port fees of about $150. They're not going to be too patient with an individual so you're better off using a freight forwarder to handle the customs clearance. I used AllRound Forwarding here in NYC and was very satisfied. www.allroundusa.com
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  5. khan46

    khan46 Been here awhile

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    just emailed them asking for a quote. thanks that was pretty helpful..
    about insurance, do i apply for the green card before i land in europe, or i can just purchase it once im there?

    ohh ill just check horizons unlimited too. lazy me :/
    totally forgot abt that amazing website.
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  6. blue

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    Hey, I'm looking to do the same or shipping a bike from the us to Europe the Tudor to Mongolia. Id appreciate any feedback you get on shipping and insurance

    Best of luck

    Blue

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    khan46 Been here awhile

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    existent80 Been here awhile

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    Absolutely must have original insurance paperwork in hand when you go to pick up your bike in Europe. Customs won't let the bike leave the port without it.
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    jj5 Been here awhile

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    Yep and any country within the European union wil confiscate your bike and get you a big fine (which as foreigner has to be paid right at the spot) if you don't have proper insurance.
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  10. MichaelJ

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    Yeah - from €22 to €105 per month! :huh
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  11. mtmc

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    http://www.motorcycleexpress.com/

    I used this company to ship from toronto (rode up from Ga.) to lisbon, the bike is in storage there, and for insurance. Couldn't have been easier.
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  12. MichaelJ

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    Typically, Customs won't release the bike to you without proof of insurance. You can either buy it in advance or get it locally after you arrive - but no insurance - no bike.

    I'd pay a few extra bucks and get it in advance. Mototouring in Italy and Stefan Knopf in Germany can both provide this service.
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  13. philofax

    philofax lifetime noob on wheels

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    yes. mototouring did also increase their prices a bit. but they are trustworthy
    and send the neccessary paperwork (contract) whereever you ask them to
    ship it to. so you will have them in your hands when arriving at customs.
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  14. khan46

    khan46 Been here awhile

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    motorcycle express quoted me $2295 from NewYork to Lisbon or london.
    Anybody got a hookup with something cheaper??? something around $1500 is what im fishing for...

    THANKS GUYS
    you guys are awesome
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  15. philofax

    philofax lifetime noob on wheels

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    maybe you should ask stefan if there is a container available?
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  16. khan46

    khan46 Been here awhile

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    i asked him already. it left in november. i needed my bike here till at least may. so couldnt go that route

    im still thinking about shipping by sea. money is actually an issue haha
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  17. khan46

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    i got a quote from Cares Shipping, that they will shipping my bike from Newyork to Germany for $785 by sea in 17 days. that includes all the fees in American and insurance (any damage or complete loss all is covered)..
    this is there website and some info below..


    www.[B]carexshipping[/B].com
    Customer Service at CAREX SHIPPING
    Toll-Free in USA: 800-859-6474
    International: +1-979-705-2415
    Skype: i.t.s.world

    Carex Shipping is licensed by Federal Maritime Commission.

    ___/7_/7_/7____
    \::::::::::::::/~~~~


    just want to know if anyone has experience with them?
    are they legit?
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    That sounds very good! if true...

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  20. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    Several of you have obviously been through the process of shipping US registered bikes to Europe.

    Have any of you ever had to provide a security deposit/bond before your bike was released in Europe?

    I ask this because I recently inquired about shipping with Wallenius Willheim and was send a 'How to collect your vehicle' .pdf that mentioned a requirement by the German authorities in Bremerhaven for a 30% bond.

    THIS (Post#3) reply to my HUBB posting confirms just that but suggests it might be unique to Bremmerhaven at the moment.

    Today I was given a quote by www.schumachercargo.com for U$500 inc all US fees (but excluding crating and transport to warehouse) for shipping from Irvington, NJ to Bremmerhaven. Local fees in Bremmerhaven need to be added.

    Cheers

    Adam
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