Motorcycle (Overseas)

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!

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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:

  1. Transport from current location to shipping port.
  2. Shipping from port to port.
  3. 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

To/FromGroundOceanDays
New York, NY to (New York port) to Germany$275$3655+19
Los Angeles to (California port) to UK$350$7005+32
Las Vegas, NV to (California port) to New Zealand$450$4505+26
Portland, OR to (California port) to Puerto Rico$475$6006+20
Phoenix, AZ to (California port) to Hawaii$550$3706+15
Columbus, OH to (New York port) to Spain$550$3655+19
Detroit, MI to (New York port) to Argentina$575$5156+26
Chicago, IL to (New York port) to Costa Rica$675$6506+16
Miami, FL to (New York port) to Belgium$925$3707+18
Dallas, TX to (California port) to Australia$1,025$4007+30
  1. *Prices and times are estimated and can vary depending on the specifics of the shipment (see below for cost factors).
  2. *Save on ground transport cost by delivering the motorcycle to the nearest port.
  3. *Allow at least 10 days to process documents.
  4. *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
  • Shipping distance
  • 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.

Required Documents

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
  • Photo ID
  • Certificate of release if a lien or loan is involved
  • Proof of ownership or bill of sale
  • Proof of insurance
  • Keys
  • Power of Attorney (if applicable)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Resources For International Motorcycle Shipping

World’s Best Motorcycle Rides - An article from CNN.com that details 10 of the best motorcycle rides in the world. From exotic bike trips through Morocco to Australia’s Shipwreck Coast to California’s Pacific Coast Highway, there’s something for everyone in this informative piece.

Motorcycle Rides, Rallies & Events - A listing of motorcycle events from all over the world. You can search events by date or use the interactive map to find motorcycle rides and rallies in different countries around the world.

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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.

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“A1 Auto is kind of like your favourite mom and pop pizza parlour, the one you can’t get enough of despite all the new, expensive avant-garde pizza shops that have mushroomed conspicuously across the entire neighbourhood and seem to have taken over the whole world...but not you. Because you value quality and genuine customer service, and know this business understands and works doubly hard to give you your money’s worth. I’ve been using A1 Auto Transport whenever I left California for business: they may not be the cheapest car transporters around, but the sheer professionalism, dedication, and heart they put into their work is just amazing and worth my every dime. I’m probably one of the most sceptical people you would ever meet. I’m rarely convinced when bombarded with dubious, self-congratulating ads of companies that look like they’ve spent tons of money on marketing materials just to lure your average guy in. A1 Auto Transport is the complete opposite of these companies. My car always arrived promptly on schedule, never with a hint of scratch or dirt or damage, and they keep me updated every step of the process. When you’ve found a company whose genuine care for their customers comes naturally, you stand by them no matter what. It’s the most logical thing to do.”

“A1 Auto Transport helped me move a vehicle to Iowa from Houston. I was a bit nervous, no knowing much about such services. Thanks to Joe, I was able to clear the fog a little. He answered all my questions and explained everything in a way that left no room for interpretation. The details were straightforward. I picked Sunday as the pickup date, since I wasn’t at work, and they accommodated me. The truck arrived an hour early, yet the driver patiently waited for me to arrive. He thoroughly checked my car for scratches or anything that might affect the transport then drove it onto the truck. I was given a 2 day time window during which the car was supposed to arrive in, and it got to Iowa in the evening of the first day. The trip didn’t damage it at all. Next time a friend wants to move, I’ll surely recommend A1 Auto Transport.”

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