Shipping a motorcycle overseas is an easy process, as it's similar to shipping a vehicle overseas. If someone doesn't have any experience in doing it, the answer to the question of how to ship a motorcycle overseas can seem a bit complicated at first, but it really shouldn't be. In order to ship a motorcycle overseas without any complications or unnecessary fees, you should be aware of your options and how the process works.
The two main options that you'll have when shipping a motorcycle overseas are either:
- Port-to-port shipping
- Door-to-door shipping.
If you choose port-to-port shipping, you will have to bring your motorcycle to an agreed-upon shipping port in order for the auto transport company to transport it to the destination port overseas. Once it reaches its overseas port, you will have to find a way to bring it to its final destination, such as by picking it up yourself.
Door-to-door shipping is the more expensive option but is also much more convenient. Your motorcycle can be picked up from your front door or a location nearby, and once it reaches its destination port, it will be transported to the address that you provide.
In deciding between which of the two options to go with, you need to factor in where it's being shipped overseas, as well as whether or not you live near a major port. If you live in the middle of the United States, for example, it would not be practical for you to drive it all the way to a shipping port yourself. Furthermore, if your country abroad is landlocked, such as the countries in Central Asia, driving all the way to the shipping port in another country to pick it up can also be a cumbersome process.
Now, as far as the actual shipping is concerned, you will be able to choose from two different types of methods, which are:
- Container shipping
- Roll on / Roll off shipping (RoRo)
Container shipping makes more sense if you're shipping multiple motorcycles or want to also ship some personal items with you as well. Your motorcycle (or motorcycles) will be placed in a private shipping container that is placed on a ship. This gives you maximum security and is the safest option. While it's in the shipping container, it'll be strapped down so that it doesn't move. If you have a particularly valuable motorcycle, such as a classic, this is the option to choose.
Roll on / Roll off shipping is the cheaper option, and if you choose it, your motorcycle will be strapped down to a ship and securely fastened so that it doesn't move. The “roll on / roll off” name is because it will be rolled up the ramp and rolled off at its destination. It'll be placed alongside multiple other motorcycles on a ship dock. Because this is the cheaper option, it's also the more common option chosen. If you're in a rush to ship your motorcycle, you will surely be able to have your motorcycle shipped faster with this method.*
*Remember that in order to have your motorcycle shipped by Roll on / Roll off shipping, it has be able to run on its own.
The documents that you will need depend on the country that you're shipping to, but in general, you will need the following:
- Certificate of Sale;
- Bill of Sale;
- Copy of Passport;
- Copy of Driver's License;
- Letter of Permission from Lien Holder (if the motorcycle is leased).
If you do happen to need to ship a motorcycle overseas, look no further than A-1 Auto Transport. We have a wealth of experience in transporting motorcycles overseas to all destinations, including in helping you deal with customs. Contact us today for a free quote!
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.