Tires as extra luggage on plane from USA to S America?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by WhicheverAnyWayCan, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Have anyone bring tires for your motorcycle from USA to South America as a extra luggage without any issue with airline or will that vary from airline to airline? And any advice on protecting tires so it arrive at the destination undamaged? Tires are more cheaper in USA than S America that with cost of luggage fee, it is still cheaper by more than $75 so I am planning to order new tires shipped to my house in the state then bring it with me down to Colombia where my bike is and do a loop in S America.

    Thanks in advance for your reply and tip(s)
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  2. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    I'd try to find a suitcase they fit in and pack close around them as one of my checked bags. You might run into customs issue more than an airline issue as you are bringing untaxed stuff into the country...
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  3. TUCKERS

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    So smuggle them in a suitcase? I don't think so. Pay the $75 and stay out of jail.
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  4. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Actually there is no importing tax if you are bringing new item that is for personal use. They will impose tax if you are bringing in more than X amount of each item so there is no reason to hide them. I shipped new Amazon Firetvstick and few new Xbox One games down here and wasn't imposed any tax because it was one item each. Even bought a BMW part and shipped it down here without paying importing tax.

    Huh? How is that illegal?? I don't understand your comment.
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  5. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    Tires are less prone to damage than just about anything you could pack them in. Just make sure your label is secure. Look at how internet tire retailers ship their tires: bare. Finally, did you ask the airline what it requires?

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  6. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    Won't work, cost too much, world traveler on shoe string budget.
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  7. WhicheverAnyWayCan

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    I plan to inquire with the airline that I will fly with in person when I get back to USA in couple of weeks. I was just inquiring to know who else had experience in this.

    It is not illegal to bring in new motorcycle tires into Latin America country for personal use so I have no idea why Tucker think I am breaking the law. He haven't even answer back at all. It was a strange respond after tellicotom suggested to put tires in luggage to avoid importing tax, but I already know there won't be any importing tax because I have shipped few new items from USA to myself here in Colombia.
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  8. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    In some cases, avoiding taxes is illegal, such as if you intended to sell them at your destination. You aren't doing that, so I wouldn't expect it to be a problem.

    I would wrap them in plastic wrap, then put them in a well sealed cardboard box. Should be fine in checked luggage.
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  9. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Illegal or not the idea of putting tires in luggage is nuts IMO. The smell would never go away nor is luggage that big very cheap thus negating savings OP seeks. Tuckers has a bit of fun with this and that's not earth shaking-is it? :lol2
    The best idea yet is to ask the airline.:-)
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  10. WhicheverAnyWayCan

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    I was thinking of using tie-down cable to secure two tires together and leave it as is. I'll see what is acceptable by airline standard and update in here. Thanks!
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  11. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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  12. WhicheverAnyWayCan

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    I could do that. I can swing by the place where I used to work at (my old supervisor is a friend and still work there) and get that done.
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  13. Bell driver

    Bell driver Been here awhile

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  14. jonz

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    I'd try attaching the tires to a piece of your luggage either with the plastic wrap shown above, ratcheting tie down straps, zip ties, or a combo of all three. Some airlines are more forgiving of awkwardly shaped luggage than others. I went hunting to Alaska and the luggage check in people of Alaska airlines suggested I combine my frame backpack, fly rod case, and rifle case into one piece of luggage. A dollar or two of duct tape later, one piece of luggage and no excess baggage fees. I'd show up really early for your flight with the above supplies and then ask them for suggestions. They'll likely be much more helpful if you're not in the middle of a long line of impatient travelers.
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  15. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I see cardboard boxes on the carousel all the time.

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  16. anyway

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    many south american customs don't allow in a new spare tire on a motorcycle, because tires are highly taxed.
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  17. High Country Herb

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    What a pain. Well, I guess I would just make sure my bike fit very common size tires, and don't be picky about brand.
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  18. going south

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    I am on my third set now flying with Alaska Airlines, "Seattle to Mazatlan, Mexico" no problem.
    I order them from Rev-Zilla to my Seattle House (I like there service) and the tires show up all boxed, wrapped, and ready for flight, very convenient..
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  19. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Many motorcycle travelers has crossed border with new spare tires including my friend Marko who has done it twice. Someone donated new tires to Marko in Bogota and he had it changed in Ecuador. No problem getting through aduana at Colombia/Ecuador border.
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  20. Coconut Cowboy

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    Anybody crossed from Texas to Costa Rica with tires strapped to their motos? I do know the shippers will NOT accept any tires, new or otherwise. Big import taxes and paperwork.
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