Latin America Shipping Index ******READ FIRST POST******

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by Misery Goat, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. bykergrrl

    bykergrrl Adventurer

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    We have been planning a round trip on our bikes from LA to Panama in Nov 2104 thru January 2015. Now it looks like we may not have all that time available to us. So, riding down and shipping back looks like a good alternative.

    Any advice, suggestions etc. would be gratefully received.

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  2. nikoktm

    nikoktm Been here awhile

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    Colombia y Panamá estarán conectados desde octubre a través de un ferryEfe | Panamá | Publicado el 22 de agosto de 2014

    Colombia y Panamá estarán conectados a partir de octubre próximo a través de un ferry, que cubrirá la ruta marítima entre Cartagena y Colón, informó este viernes el gerente general de la empresa turística Colón 2000, Augusto Terracina.

    "Queremos conectar las Américas y aumentar el intercambio comercial entre los dos continentes a través de esta ruta, que actualmente solo se realiza con transporte de cruceros y de carga", señaló Terracina a Efe.

    Precisó que el ferry que iniciará servicios comerciales el 24 de octubre, tiene capacidad para 1.500 personas, 500 automóviles y 100 contenedores de 40 pies, además de instalaciones especiales para las mascotas.

    Terracina explicó que el trayecto entre las dos ciudades caribeñas se registrará entre lunes y jueves, ya que de viernes a domingo se realizará un crucero desde Colón (Panamá) hacia la provincia de Bocas del Toro.

    El proyecto permitirá no solo viajes de turismo sino también efectuar compras de grandes dimensiones, que podrán ser transportadas en los contenedores del ferry.

    El costo de la travesía en cubierta, que dura aproximadamente 18 horas, será 99 dólares por trayecto, y se ofrecerá cabinas para una, dos, tres y cuatro personas con precios que inician en 140 dólares, en tanto que el crucero tiene un costo de 277 dólares.

    Sostuvo que la empresa se ha reunido con las autoridades panameñas y próximamente lo harán con las colombianas, con la intención de cumplir con los procedimientos migratorios, aduaneros, antinarcóticos, policiales y de cuarentena.

    Según un boletín de prensa de la empresa, se calcula que el ferry podría traer a Colón un aproximado de 100.000 turistas suramericanos anualmente y unas 40.000 personas a Bocas del Toro por año.

    Las primeras travesías por ferry entre los puertos de Colón y Cartagena para promover el comercio y el turismo en ambos países se registraron entre los años de 1994 y 1997, pero no tuvieron el éxito deseado por diversos factores.
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  3. mdlafferty

    mdlafferty n00b

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    In September 2015 I plan to ship my bike by airfreight from Panama to Seattle. Can anyone recommend a shipper based on their personal experience? Thanks. Mark
    mdlafferty@shaw.ca
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  4. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    Um, excuse me... I think you want to delete this post, right? On account of him robbing you, not tying the bikes down, not filling out the paperwork, taking 10 months to get your bikes back, and doubling the fees. Right?

    Edit: I think Tuckers will be editing their post to accurately describe their experience.
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  5. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    YES. Post edited to reflect our personal experience..be aware!
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  6. OK Lucinda

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    So if your experience was as disasterous as I've heard people say it was, why are you leaving the contact information there? Why not delete the post as recommended? I know the answer to this but no way to put it that doesn't look like an attack, so won't bother.
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  7. bwise904

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    Hello,

    I am currently near San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica. I have a bike in Jacksonville, FL that I would like to have shipped down here. I will be attempting to permanently import the bike if possible. I know some of the rules changes on the first of this year.

    The bike is a 1998 Suzuki DR-350. It currently cannot pass RTV as it has no turn signals, but the wiring is there.

    Any advice or input would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
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  8. CCjon

    CCjon HighHorse Rider

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    Hi, we have space for two or three additional bikes in a 20 ft container from Houston to Chile next fall. We have two bikes confirmed and room for a couple more. Now is the time to make your arrangements if you want to ride South America next winter (their summer).

    Once in Chile and out of customs, you are on your own to go wherever you want. Some start their trans-America ride in Chile and work their way north, others leave their bike down there, returning every six months to ride, still others ride and explore for a month or three, then ship their bike to the next continent they want to explore.

    Shipping by container is a more secure way to go. I know, I container shipped my bike to Chile with three others in 2010 with no problems. The lock we placed on the container in the US was still undisturbed at the port in Chile.

    Since I live in NW Houston, can coordinate the storing of the bikes before loading in the container the month prior to departure.

    Cost? That depends on the final number of bikes. Whatever the final cost is, we will divide the cost of the container among those going. (Roughly figure $1500 per bike. Firmer numbers will be gotten closer to departure).

    Talk to your best bud and start planning your trip to South America now. Once the space is filled, that's it.

    PM me if interested. We'll talk off line.

    Thanks
    Ride safe
    CCjon
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  9. GastonUSAChile

    GastonUSAChile Been here awhile

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    We are supporting CCjon , old client and good friend our logistics expertise offering a 20ft container from Houston to Chile bound September 2015 . (See page 1 for more details).

    The planned route is Houston to Arica (Chile)- Peru (Cusco area), then Bolivia , Chile ending in Santiago. Another option is Valparaiso Port down to Patagonia.
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  10. o*o

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    Has anyone succeeded in shipping from Panama back to the US? Florida, Texas or California? Air, container or RoRo?

    I see inquiries but never help replies or report of success. :huh

    After 10 months on the road it may be nice to skip the central border hassle this time. Wonder how much tourist revenue Central America loses because of all the 'helpers' who fleece travelers at borders?

    Thanx in advance,
    Jay

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  11. GastonUSAChile

    GastonUSAChile Been here awhile

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    Contact SamericaXplorer for your shipping needs to the U.S.
    Go to first page , top thread.
    www.samericaxplorer.net
    samericaxplorer@gmail.com
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  12. AndyT

    AndyT Been here awhile

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    It's been a long time, but in 2003 I flew a bike from Panama City to Miami with Girag Air Cargo. Panama City is their hub, and they fly to Bogota, Quito and Miami, and I'm not sure where else. It was pretty painless, had to drain the fuel and disconnect the battery. It cost about $800, but remember, that was 12 years ago.

    I used them in 2006 to fly a bike from PC to Bogota, as well.
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  13. andrew fenn

    andrew fenn n00b

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    Hi all we are looking to cross from Cartagena to Panama early June '15, (very flexible date). Any one else thinking of the same, maybe container share? we are two people and two bikes so just two more might make it viable!!
    my email andrew.fenn@hotmail.co.uk
    blog www.rimorterra.wordpress.com
    Cheers!!
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  14. ogri88

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    Hi, are you still in the shipping business, as I need to sort out how to get my motorcycle back to Los Angeles from Valparaiso asap - looking to arrive in Valparaiso in early July 2015
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  15. ogri88

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    Hi, I am finishing my Latin America ride in Valparaiso in early July 2015 and wondered whether you could recommend the best way to get my bike back to Los Angeles, USA. Ship or Air Fright is OK, but prefer cheaper option.

    Thanks
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  16. CCjon

    CCjon HighHorse Rider

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    PM me or call me if interested.

    CCjon
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  17. Stahlratte

    Stahlratte Sea Gypsy

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  18. hardroadking

    hardroadking Been here awhile

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    Anyone shipped a bike by air from US to Buenos Aires, Argentina?
    I see that secretagentnancy recently did it the other way with success using Dakarmotors in B.A.
    I'm wondering if Dakarmotors can facilitate this process when going in the opposite direction.
    I sent them an email but have not heard back yet.
    If any of you have experience or info with air shipment of bike from US to B.A. Argentina I'd love to hear about it.
    Can a third party like Dakarmotors get the bike from customs for me or does the bike owner have to be there.
    Can the bike be picked up within a day of it's arrival or do they like to keep them for few days...weeks...
    Is their a huge bureauctic process and expense to get the bike out of customs...can it be done by me with limited spanish or do I need an agent

    I tried following the instructions on the first post in this thread. It's a great idea but I had no luck sorting through Vendor and Flea Market. Seems like it would be helpful to have a Shipping thread/section dedicated to International Shipping in the Vendor area and same thing for the Flea Market. Otherwise doing searches in those sections with key words like shipping get you tons of responses with 'shipping' that relate to product purchases or domestic shipping of bikes between states in the U.S.
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  19. CCjon

    CCjon HighHorse Rider

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    Hardroadking, sent you a PM
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  20. Vin

    Vin Hopeless Addict

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    Now we're talking. Hardroadking and CCjon, please include me in this discussion. I'm looking at a Nov 2016 shipment US to BA or Santiago. Seems air freight is the only way to go - and only slightly more expensive compared to the dock charges everyone talks about.
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