Shipping motorcycle from Europe to U.S

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by scorch, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. scorch

    scorch Poser

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    Hi Everyone, i am searching for a company that will ship a 1995 honda africa twin that i have in Portugal to the U.S. Can someone recommend a company that can do it and if you have experience in this how much it cost? Since it's a africa twin, it means that there are some strange legal things around this, but because of the age of the motorcycle it might be ok now.

    Thank you very much
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  2. Frgich

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    Do you mean shipping or air freighting?

    Is that EU registered bike or has US plates on it?

    Cheers
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  3. Bell driver

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  4. kurtphyre

    kurtphyre Been here awhile

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    I shipped my bike using TransGlobal.
    It went from Germany --> U.S.
    Costed ~2500 EUR.
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  5. Dirt = Life

    Dirt = Life Living of water, loving on dirt.

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    I am presently looking and shipping my bike by sea sometime summer next year. I am using JAMES CARGO as they come reccomended on the other motorcycle adventure inspired forum. I am going for loading port Bremerhaven and discharge port Halifax Nova Scotia.
    Up until now i have an offer for airfreight from London for 1400 US but still looking for sea transport.

    Pls post your solution when you have it, i am very interested in hearing other potential options.
    Good luck.
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  6. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    I recently flew my bike from London to Vancouver with air Canada for £730 plus $90CDN at the other end. Quick and simple compared to sea freight which is a pita at both ends and more expensive but to get the best price you also have to fly with them or pay a bit more.
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  7. MJS

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    Lufthansa had a good mc shipping deal this past summer. May still be available.
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  8. Dirt = Life

    Dirt = Life Living of water, loving on dirt.

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    Just had a reply from AIR CANADA.

    Rates this year were
    Brussels - Toronto 1100 euro if you do not fly with Air Canada / 900 euro if you fly as a passenger with Air Canada
    Vancouver - Brussels 1300 euro if you do not fly with Air Canada / 1100 euro if you fly as a passenger with Air Canada

    This is for shipping a F800GS next year, however they were not sure if the would continue the "fly your bike" deal.

    Compared to shipping by sea it's very competitive.
    So if you can get your bike to Brussels and don't mind riding from Toronto then it's an option.

    Hope it works out for you.

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  9. Rhode trip

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  10. Dirt = Life

    Dirt = Life Living of water, loving on dirt.

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    I also had a reply from MOTORCYCLE EXPRESS.

    2310$ for transport from Amsterdam - Halifax and from Vancouver - Amsterdam.
    I think this is a pretty good deal even though these are the 2017 prices and some additional handling costs will be added.

    I also had an offer from LUFTHANSA Cargo.
    EUR 5,380 for transport from any German airport to Orlando and return from LAX to any German airport.

    They have both been very quick to respond and nice to talk to but Motorcycle Express even transports the bike with luggage attached. At Lufthansa that was additional cost (it adds weight).

    No doubt who i will be using at this time.
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  11. motolover

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    This was this year's Air Canada offer I got in Spring:

    Thank you for your request.
    We are pleased to offer the following rates from Frankfurt to Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.

    All rates are per motorcycle one way from 01.05.17 – 30.09.17

    With Air Canada Ticket

    Montreal, Toronto Euro 900.00 + CAD 90.00 Handling charges in Canada

    Calgary , Vancouver Euro 980.00 + CAD 90.00 Handling charges in Canada


    Without Air Canada Ticket

    Montreal, Toronto Euro 1200.00 + CAD 90.00 Handling charges in Canada

    Calgary, Vancouver Euro 1280.00 + CAD 90.00 Handling charges in Canada


    Euro 45.00 creating a Shippers Declaration for transportation of Dangerous goods.


    HAZARDOUS INFO:

    2 weeks before planned departure , please contact the company Deufol ( Tel 0049-69-63809440stefan.tjaden@deufol.com). They will issue the Shippers Dangerous Goods Declaration for you.


    It should be noted, that no Dangerous Goods are allowed in the vehicle side packs. This regulation constitutes e.g. but is not limited to chain sprays, camping gas, pepper sprays, batteries. The vehicle tank may only be filled one-fourth or less .

    The vehicle battery must ONLY be disconnected if the motor bike has an alarm system installed as it must be ensured that the alarm system does not go off during transportation.


    In case required by customs , please have available a packing list of all items being transported. Please make sure that your Insurance will cover your journey.


    Please check with your local customs office about any necessary export/import documents.


    For more information about costs in Canada please visite:


    http://www.aircanada.com/cargo/en/shipping/rates-charges-fees/#tab_ground-handling


    For useful information about your trip, please visit:


    http://www.aircanada.com/cargo/en/shipping/shipping-solutions/ac-dgr/#tab_motorcycle
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  12. Rhode trip

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    Granted ours are small bikes, but you can see we had panniers, top bags, and tank bags on both bikes. The top bags have our helmets and riding gear in them.
    This is after unloading in Dublin. My bike has shifted on the pallet.

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  13. hookeniggy

    hookeniggy Good at getting lost

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    I've shipped with Auto liners to and from Canada - US, they serve the Eastern Seabord from Zeebrugge, Belgium, and Hamburg, vessels going every 5 days or so, should be around 1500 euro's depending on which port the bike's gonna unloaded.
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  14. Carlisja

    Carlisja A wandering soul.

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    I have been thinking of shipping a 2008 R1200GSA from the US to Europe for the summer of 2018 but I assume it will total in excess of $5,000 all told. I considered renting but 2 months on a European rental would cost even more. Rather than paying freight taxes, and fees at both ends or renting a bike, I have another proposal. How about you come to South Carolina in the United States and borrow my bike for as long as you are visiting? It is well maintained and ready to roll with Jesse Bags and GPS. I would just need proof of insurance. In payment/trade, I fly to you in mid June and borrow your bike till mid-August.

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  15. markomarkovich

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    5000 seems very expensive. I’m shipping my bike from Montreal to Italy this summer for 1200$. 2010 800GS.


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  16. Carlisja

    Carlisja A wandering soul.

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    Round trip for you will be $2,400 plus fees. Still a lot of money. But how are you shipping? I am headed to Italy where my wife lives to spend the summer with her.
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  17. markomarkovich

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    It will only be one way. Planning on leaving my bike in Rome at a bike storage place. I plan on shipping my bike through Air Canada


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  18. Kawazacky

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  19. Dirt = Life

    Dirt = Life Living of water, loving on dirt.

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    Just had a rather depressing mail from MOTORCYCLE EXPRESS.

    They do not ship bikes from europe to the states or Canada anymore. :becca

    There goes 3 months of planning Down the drain.

    Now i will surely go with AIR CANADA.

    Dirt
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  20. markomarkovich

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    Send me a message. I just booked my flight to Rome from Montreal. Going up from NYC.


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