Overseas & International Motorcycle Shipping
We transport 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 shipping motorcycles overseas include loading and unloading, transport, full insurance coverage and assistance with import and export laws specific to the countries involved.
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Overseas & International Motorcycle Shipping Companies
Shipping a motorcycle to another country is not much more complex than transporting it within the U.S. The main difference is that there is another step involved (in most cases) pertaining to transport by ship. The majority of shipments internationally involve three steps:
- Transport from the current location to the shipping port.
- International motorcycle shipping from port to port.
- Transport from port to the final destination
Though it is cheaper to ship a motorcycle than a car or truck, the additional steps involved with shipping overseas add up. The extra steps make the process lengthy and come with an additional cost to ship your motorcycle. If the bike’s current location and ultimate destination are not near a shipping port, that will raise the shipping cost 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 the second section below for more information about duties and taxes).
Motorcycle Shipping Costs & Time Examples
|New York, NY to (New York port) to Germany||$275||$365||5+19|
|Los Angeles to (California port) to UK||$350||$700||5+32|
|Las Vegas, NV to (California port) to New Zealand||$450||$450||5+26|
|Portland, OR to (California port) to Puerto Rico||$475||$600||6+20|
|Phoenix, AZ to (California port) to Hawaii||$550||$370||6+15|
|Columbus, OH to (New York port) to Spain||$550||$365||5+19|
|Detroit, MI to (New York port) to Argentina||$575||$515||6+26|
|Chicago, IL to (New York port) to Costa Rica||$675||$650||6+16|
|Miami, FL to (New York port) to Belgium||$925||$370||7+18|
|Dallas, TX to (California port) to Australia||$1,025||$400||7+30|
- *Prices and times are estimated and can vary depending on the shipment's specifics (see below for cost factors).
- *Save on ground transport costs by delivering the motorcycle to the nearest port.
- *Allow at least ten days to process documents.
- *Prices are for one motorcycle in a shared 20-foot container.
International Motorcycle Transport Options
RORO (Roll on, roll off) - Roll-on, roll-off service is a popular method for shipping a motorcycle or heavy equipment 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 for shipping a motorcycle 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 using crating, or it can mean securing the motorcycle inside a container by using straps and tie-downs to ensure it stays put throughout delivery. Containers can sometimes be split between multiple parties to help reduce the total cost to transport your vintage bikes.
Door to door - Even for international transport, shipping a motorcycle right to your door can be an option. Naturally, it will cost more than if you picked it up at a local terminal or port, but it’s an ultimate convenience for long-distance vehicle transport. Door-to-door motorcycle shipping is ideal for the delivery of rare, high-end or classic bikes.
Port to port - A more affordable overseas transport 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 money by eliminating the cost of overland transport, costing between $200 to $500 on both ends, depending primarily on the distance.
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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 what you can expect to pay. These are the main points to consider along those lines:
- Type/size of motorcycle
- Transportation distance
- Method of transport
- Import duties & VAT (Value-Added Tax)
Import duties and the value-added tax should be considered separately from the cost to ship since they are independent of one another. While they both affect your final cost, 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 those import duties to 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.
To ensure that your shipment doesn’t experience any unnecessary delays, you must have all the required paperwork. Though this too can be different from country to country, most carriers 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 transporting 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
- Power of Attorney (If applicable)
- Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Secondary 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 and 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.