We ship motorcycles internationally for collectors, auto shows, dealers, travelers, motorcycle enthusiasts, expatriates and anyone else who needs a bike transported to another country from the United States. Price estimates for transporting a bike overseas include loading and unloading, transport, full insurance coverage and assistance with import and export laws specific to the countries involved. Save up to 50% by requesting a quote through our online form! All international motorcycle shipping quotes are FREE of charge! Call us at 1-800-518-8708 for a FREE consultation!
We ship motorcycles internationally for collectors, auto shows, dealers, travelers, motorcycle enthusiasts, expatriates and anyone else who needs a bike transported to another country. Price estimates for transporting a bike overseas include loading and unloading, transport, full insurance coverage and assistance with import and export laws specific to the countries involved. Save up to 50% by requesting a quote through our online form! All international motorcycle shipping quotes are FREE of charge! Call us at 1-800-518-8708 for a FREE consultation!
International & Overseas Motorcycle Shipping
Shipping a motorcycle to another country is not much more complex than shipping a bike within the U.S. The main difference is that there is another step involved (in most cases) of transporting by ship. The majority of shipments internationally involve three steps:
Transport from current location to shipping port.
Shipping from port to port.
Transport from port to final destination
Though it is cheaper to ship a motorcycle than a car or truck, the additional steps involved with shipping overseas adds up. The extra steps make the process more lengthy and obviously comes with an additional cost. If the bike’s current location and ultimate destination are not near a shipping port, that will raise the cost of the shipment due to the ground transport part of the equation. Here are some examples of shipments and costs that give a good estimate of what you can expect in terms of total shipping costs.
*Note that there are other costs affiliated with international shipping, such as import duties and applicable taxes (see second section below for more information about duties and taxes).
Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Motorcycle
New York, NY to (New York port) to Germany
Los Angeles to (California port) to UK
Las Vegas, NV to (California port) to New Zealand
Portland, OR to (California port) to Puerto Rico
Phoenix, AZ to (California port) to Hawaii
Columbus, OH to (New York port) to Spain
Detroit, MI to (New York port) to Argentina
Chicago, IL to (New York port) to Costa Rica
Miami, FL to (New York port) to Belgium
Dallas, TX to (California port) to Australia
*Prices and times are estimated and can vary depending on the specifics of the shipment (see below for cost factors).
*Save on ground transport cost by delivering the motorcycle to the nearest port.
*Allow at least 10 days to process documents.
*Prices are for 1 motorcycle in a shared 20 foot container.
International Motorcycle Shipping Options
RORO (Roll on, roll off) - Roll on, roll off service is a popular method for shipping any type of vehicle that involves travel by ship. In simple terms, your motorcycle is driven onto the transport boat, secured internally with a built-in mechanism or using tie downs and skids, and then transported to the port nearest your destination. After arrival, it is transported by a standard overland carrier to the specified location.
Crated - Crated motorcycle shipping is a secure and affordable way to transport a bike internationally, usually in a shipping container. With crating, the bike is fastened tightly onto a crate, enclosed securely, and then placed on a pallet before transport. (This can also be called palletized motorcycle shipping.)
Container - Containerized motorcycle transport is a cost-effective way to ship multiple bikes at once. Container shipping may be done with the use of crating, or it can mean securing the motorcycle inside a container by using straps and tie downs to make sure it stays put throughout the course of delivery. Containers can sometimes be split between multiple parties to help reduce the total cost.
Door to door - Even for international transport, having a motorcycle shipped right to your door is an option. Naturally, it will cost more than if you picked it up at a local terminal or port, but it’s the ultimate in convenience for long distance vehicle transport. Door-to-door motorcycle shipping is ideal for delivery of rare, high-end or classic bikes.
Port to port - A more affordable overseas shipping option than door-to-door is the port to port delivery service. Port-to-port transport requires the bike to be delivered to the shipping port of origin and then picked up at the port in the country where it’s being shipped. There is some more legwork involved, but it can save a lot of money by eliminating the cost of overland shipping, which can cost $200 to $500 on both ends, with the cost depending primarily on the distance.
A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click Here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation price quote to ship your motorcycle internationally.
Cost Factors & Required Documents For Overseas Motorcycle Transport
As far as the cost of shipping is concerned, there are a few key factors that have the most impact on you can expect to pay. These are the main points to consider along those lines:
Type/size of motorcycle
Method of transport
Import duties & VAT (value added tax)
Import duties and the value added tax should be considered separately from the shipping cost since they are independent of one another. While they both affect what your final cost will be, the duties and taxes are not paid to the shipper, but are assessed in the country of destination. Speaking in very general terms, you can expect that import duties will range from 6% to 8% for a motorcycle, while the VAT will range from 15% to 20%. It should be noted that most countries have a much lower VAT (around 5% to 8%) for bikes that are more than 25 years past the manufacturing date.
In order to make sure that your shipment doesn’t experience any unnecessary delays, it’s essential that you have all the required paperwork. Though this too can be different from country to country, most of them will require the documents listed below. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced shipper to ensure that you have everything necessary for the specific country you’re shipping to.
Title or Manufacturers Certificate
Certificate of release if a lien or loan is involved
Proof of ownership or bill of sale
Proof of insurance
Power of Attorney (if applicable)
Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Resources For International Motorcycle Shipping
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How Do I Prepare My Motorcycle for International Shipping?
If you want to ensure that your bike makes it to its final destination without issue, then you must prepare it for international shipping. Before the carrier arrives to load your motorcycle, we recommend that you:
Clean Your Bike
The first step to preparing your motorcycle for international shipping is to thoroughly clean it. Make sure to wash away dust and debris. This will make it easier for you to detect any damage or imperfections on your motorcycle. Plus, your bike will be spotless and ready to ride when it arrives at your new home.
Remove Any Detachable Parts
Your motorcycle is about to travel thousands of miles in the back of a crate or shared trailer. While our carriers are careful to take great care of your bike, it is still going to endure a few bumps along the way.
That is why you should remove any detachable components like windshields or raised seatbacks. If they become dislodged during transit, it could damage your bike.
Adjust Fuel Levels
Shipping a motorcycle with a full tank of gas can be dangerous for carriers. In addition, it adds to the overall weight of your bike, which will increase costs. That is why your gas tank should only have about a quarter of a tank of gas when it is picked up.
Check Tire Pressure
Your motorcycle’s tires need to be properly inflated before it is shipped. Otherwise, your motorcycle might lean or tip over while in transit. Check that both tires are retaining air and are inflated to manufacturer specifications.
Repair Any Leaks
Oil or other fluid leaks can cause quite a mess during transit. This fluid could get on other people’s property, as well. If you know that your motorcycle is leaking fluids, make any necessary repairs before booking your shipping services.
If you are unable to make repairs, notify the carrier so that they can take extra precautions to guard against leaks.
Document Your Bike’s Current Condition
The final step to prepare your motorcycle for transit is to document its current condition. Make note of any damage and take photographs of your motorcycle from all angles.
When your bike arrives at its final destination, use these photographs to inspect it for new damage. If you find any concerns, be sure to contact A-1 Auto Transport so that we can connect you with our insurance team.
What If I Can’t Drop My Bike Off at a Port?
Many of A-1 Auto Transport’s clients are unable to drop their motorcycles off at a shipping port. If that is the case in your situation, we can arrange door-to-door transit. A carrier will respond to your home and load your bike. They will deliver it to the nearest port for international shipping.
Does A-1 Auto Transport Offer Multiple Shipping Options?
Yes, A-1 Auto Transport works with world-class carriers that offer a full suite of shipping solutions. Shipping your motorcycle internationally involves both ground and air/ocean transit. We offer RoRo, shared container, and enclosed shipping options via ocean freight. If you need your bike in a hurry, you can opt for air freight.
What is RoRo Shipping?
RoRo means roll-on/roll-off shipping. Your bike will be driven onto the ship and parked in an enclosed container. It will be strapped down and secured so that it does not move during transit. When the ship arrives at the next port, your motorcycle will be driven off of the ship.
RoRo shipping is cost-effective and allows for reliable arrival dates. However, delays do occur on occasion, due to the complexity of international shipping.
What is Shared Container Shipping?
Shared container shipping is the most affordable way to ship your motorcycle overseas. When you schedule your pick-up, our carrier will load your bike into a container with other motorcycles.
This container is stored in a warehouse until it is filled to capacity. Once enough motorcycles have been loaded in the container, it will be shipped.
While cost-effective, shared container shipping is not very reliable in terms of arrival dates. It could take a few weeks for the shared container to be filled. As a result, we do not recommend this option if you need to get your motorcycle delivered fast.
What is Enclosed Shipping?
Enclosed shipping offers the most protection for your ride. If you cannot take your motorcycle to the port yourself, one of our carriers can pick it up from your residence. They will load it into an enclosed trailer that is being hauled by an air ride truck.
The carrier will deliver it to the nearest port so that it can be loaded onto a ship and transported to your new home.
Can Trikes Be Shipped Internationally?
Yes, A-1 Auto Transport can facilitate the shipping of a variety of vehicles, including trikes, as well as:
Quads and ATVs
If you need something to be shipped overseas, A-1 Auto Transport and our partner carriers can make it happen. Reach out to our sales team and let them find the perfect international shipping solutions to meet your needs.
How Much Does International Motorcycle Shipping Cost?
The cost of shipping your motorcycle internationally varies depending on several factors, including:
The further that your motorcycle is traveling, the more expensive the shipping will be. Most carriers charge per mile for shipping during the ground portion of the transit.
Carriers will also set rates based on the weight and dimensions of your motorcycle. The larger and heavier your bike is, the more space that it consumes. As a result, your rates will increase.
Ocean freight is more affordable than air freight, especially if you opt for shared container transit. When you work with A-1 Auto Transport, we will discuss all of the available shipping options so that you can choose the best method to meet your needs.
Many of our carriers offer express international motorcycle shipping services. However, these services cost a premium. If you need your motorcycle in a hurry, be prepared to pay a higher rate.
Dropping your motorcycle off directly at the port can reduce shipping costs. If you need door-to-door international shipping, then we will need to arrange ground transport, as well. This extra process increases costs, but it can be incredibly convenient for you.
What Freight Options Are Available?
The two primary freight options for overseas delivery are air freight and ocean freight. Air freight is the fastest method, but ocean freight is more affordable.
If you are shipping your motorcycle to Mexico or Canada, then the entire trip can be handled via ground transportation.
What is the Cheapest Way to Ship My Motorcycle?
By far, the cheapest way to ship your motorcycle internationally is via shared container shipping. If your goal is to maximize savings, opt for shared container shipping during the fall or winter months. Many clients ship their products in the summer to avoid weather-related delays, which drives up demand for our services.
What is Terminal-to-Terminal Shipping?
Terminal-to-terminal shipping involves taking your motorcycle directly to a port and picking it up at the destination. Terminal-to-terminal shipping usually involves RoRo loading. This method is efficient and affordable. However, terminal-to-terminal shipping is not an option for every customer.
What is Door-to-Door Shipping?
Door-to-door shipping maximizes convenience, but it costs a bit more than the terminal option. We will arrange for a carrier to meet you at your residence and load up your motorcycle. They will deliver it to the port and load it onto the ship or airplane.
When your motorcycle arrives at your new country of residence, the carrier will put it on a trailer. They will take it directly to your home. All you have to do is sign the necessary documents at pick-up and drop-off.
Will the Carrier Notify Me When They Are on the Way?
Yes, A-1 Auto Transport or our carrier will contact you approximately 12 to 24 hours before your scheduled loading time. Due to the nature of shipping, we will be unable to provide you with a precise arrival time. Instead, we will advise you of the projected pick-up window, which is usually about four hours.
If the carrier experiences any traffic or weather-related delays, we will reach out to notify you as soon as possible. While these delays are rare, they can happen.
Where Can My Motorcycle Be Shipped?
With the help of A-1 Auto Transport, you can have your motorcycle shipped virtually anywhere. We have partners that serve multiple continents including Europe, Asia, and even Australia.
If you need safe and reliable international shipping services for your motorcycle, then contact A-1 Auto Transport.
Do I Need to Be Present During Pick-Up?
Yes, you or a representative will need to be present during pick-up. Our carriers generally require that someone sign a bill of lading prior to loading. If no one is available, then you will need to sign additional documents in advance so that our carrier can load your motorcycle.
Do I Need to Be Present When My Motorcycle Arrives?
If you are using door-to-door shipping, then you must be present at the time of delivery. You will need to inspect your motorcycle for damage and sign receiving paperwork.
However, if you are using terminal-to-terminal shipping, you do not need to respond immediately. A-1 Auto Transport can arrange for your motorcycle to be stored on-site if you cannot retrieve it right away.
Can I Choose My Pick-Up Date and Time?
When you partner with A-1 Auto Transport, we will do our best to accommodate your chosen pick-up date and time. However, we are not always able to do so. The longer you wait to arrange your shipping, the more difficult it will be to provide you with your desired date.
With that being said, we work with a variety of carriers that can handle last-minute international shipping requests. We can usually arrange pick-up within three days of your preferred date.
How Soon Should I Book My International Motorcycle Shipment?
The sooner the better. If you want to increase the odds of getting your preferred shipping date and time, schedule your international shipping about a month in advance. Shipping your bike overseas involves a lot of moving parts and is a complex undertaking, so it’s best to get started early.
How Long Does International Motorcycle Shipping Take?
As you might expect, shipping your motorcycle internationally takes longer than domestic transit. Carriers must adhere to strict customs and import regulations on both the departure and arrival ports.
The following factors influence how long it takes your motorcycle to arrive:
Shipping your motorcycle to a country such as Mexico or Canada is more efficient than overseas transit. Since these nations share borders with the United States, the entire trip can be handled via ground transit.
On the other hand, transporting your motorcycle to somewhere like England requires either ocean or air freight.
Air freight will drastically reduce international shipping time. Motorcycles shipped via airplane typically arrive within a few days to a week. However, this method is more expensive.
Ocean freight can take anywhere from a week to a month. A single delay can result in the ship being held up at a checkpoint for a week or more. When we’re providing customers with estimated delivery dates, we typically give them a broad window to reflect these potential delays.
Type of Service
If you live near a port and can deliver your motorcycle directly to the carrier, then this will reduce overall transit time. However, if the carrier has to transport your motorcycle via trailer, then the shipping time will increase.
Summer is the most popular time to ship motorcycles internationally. The warm weather reduces the chances of delays, but also drives up prices. If you wait until the cooler months, shipping rates are lower. However, you also increase the risk of prolonged transit times.
Distance traveled is the biggest factor that impacts how long your motorcycle will take to arrive. Many carriers charge by the mile, but they decrease the per-mile rate as distance increases.
For instance, the per-mile rate for a 1,500-mile trip will be higher than the rate for a 2,500-mile trip.
Is Crating My Motorcycle Important?
Yes, crating your motorcycle is an extremely important step when you’re trying to prepare for international shipping. If your motorcycle is pre-crated when the carrier arrives, the loading process will be much more efficient. In addition, crating your own motorcycle reduces costs.
Can A-1 Auto Transport Help Me Crate My Bike?
Yes, if you are nervous about crating your own motorcycle, our carriers can help. They will make sure that your bike is crated properly and safe during the entire international journey.
We recommend that motorcycles be crated, especially if they are rare or extremely high-value bikes. Ask about full service crating when you’re speaking with our international shipping sales team.
Does A-1 Auto Transport Offer Bulk Discounts?
If you are a dealer that needs to ship multiple motorcycles overseas, then you may be eligible for discounts. The best way to find out is to contact the A-1 Auto Transport sales team.
We will discuss your specific shipping needs and find out whether any of our partner carriers offer reduced rates for bulk discounts. In order to answer this question accurately, we will need to know where your bikes are being transported and how many you need to ship.
How Long Will My International Shipping Quote Be Valid?
Currently, A-1 Auto Transport can honor our international motorcycle shipping quotes until the end of the business day.
Transporting your bike to a different country is complex and requires precise logistical planning. Since a number of variables are subject to change daily, we cannot guarantee prices for multiple days.
However, we can provide you with a new quote if you do not reserve your shipping services before the end of the business day.
Can I Track My Motorcycle During International Transit?
Yes, our partner carriers offer simple and accurate tracking services for international shipping. You can quickly locate your vehicle by inputting some basic information about your shipment. This gives you peace of mind during the entire international shipping process.
You can access the satellite location of your motorcycle with any internet-connected device, including a tablet or cell phone.
Is My Motorcycle Insured During Shipping?
Yes, your motorcycle is protected during international shipping. A-1 Auto Transport and our carriers are required to provide insurance when shipping items domestically or internationally. However, our coverage may not adequately cover your motorcycle in the event of significant damage or total loss.
For that reason, we recommend purchasing supplemental insurance. You can acquire this coverage from a dedicated insurance provider.
Your current motorcycle insurance company may also offer supplemental coverage. Make sure to look into this coverage before your motorcycle is picked up for shipping.
My Motorcycle Was Damaged During International Transit. What Do I Do Now?
Unfortunately, damage can occasionally occur during international shipping. If it does, make sure to contact A-1 Auto Transport immediately. We will document the incident and refer you to our insurance company. Our provider will guide you through the claims filing process.
In addition, you need to contact your shipping insurance provider if you purchased supplemental coverage. They will also need to document the incident and file a claim.
If you photographed your motorcycle before it was shipped, make sure to include those pictures with your claim. This can expedite the process and help you get the funds you need to repair your bike.
My Motorcycle Doesn’t Run. Can I Still Ship it Internationally?
Yes, A-1 Auto Transport can facilitate international shipping even if your motorcycle does not currently run. However, it is important that you let us know when booking your shipping services. We will need to pass this information onto the carrier so that they can bring the appropriate loading equipment with them.
If they are unaware that your motorcycle is not drivable, then they may need to reschedule the pick-up.
Can I Ship Loose Parts with My Bike?
You cannot ship loose or spare parts with your motorcycle. Loose parts pose a danger to the carrier and can cause damage to your motorcycle. These items can also damage other people’s property or cause the carrier to be fined.
Before your bike is loaded, check to make sure that all saddlebags and other storage compartments are empty. In addition, remove any aftermarket parts that are not securely attached to the motorcycle.
Am I Eligible for a Discount?
Perhaps! The only way to find out is to contact A-1 Auto Transport. Our carriers offer a variety of cost-saving opportunities, including discounts for:
In addition to the above discounts, many carriers offer seasonal rates and bulk shipping savings opportunities. When you reach out to our team, make sure to ask them about these potential discounts. Doing this can help you to save big on international motorcycle shipping!
My Motorcycle is Still Not Here. What Happened?
When you arrange international motorcycle shipping, A-1 Auto Transport will provide you with a projected arrival date. For instance, we may advise that your motorcycle will arrive at its destination within 7 to 24 days. If your motorcycle did not arrive after day 7, then you have no cause for concern. Check the real-time tracking information or contact us for a status update.
However, if your motorcycle has not arrived by the 24th day, then it may have experienced delays, including:
Severe weather can delay ground and ocean transit. These types of incidents are more common during the winter months.
While rare, permit issues with the ocean vessel or ground carrier can occur. If it does, the carrier may not be granted access to the port until the permit concern is resolved.
The international shipping regulations vary from country to country. If your motorcycle is being imported to a nation with extremely strict laws, then the ship may be placed under a hold when it arrives. Your motorcycle cannot be offloaded until the hold is lifted, which could take a week or more.
Whenever a delay happens, A-1 Auto Transport will notify you as soon as possible. We strive to maintain open lines of communication so that you know exactly where your motorcycle is at any given time.
Can I Ship Multiple Bikes At Once?
Yes, you can ship as many motorcycles as you want. Many of A-1 Auto Transport’s clients need to ship more than one motorcycle or other pieces of machinery at the same time.
For instance, if you own a motorcycle and car, we can arrange shipping for both. We are your one-stop shop for reliable international shipping solutions.
Who Will Be Shipping My Motorcycle?
A-1 Auto Transport has been involved in the international shipping industry for decades. During that time, we have formed partnerships with multiple carriers that have a great reputation for providing fast, safe, and reliable shipping services.
We have an unwavering commitment to our clients. We only work with carriers that share our core values and dedication to excellence. When you partner with us for your international motorcycle shipping needs, you can rest assured that you will get exceptional service.
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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.
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