How To Ship Your Motorcycle To Or From Belize
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- Shipment of motorcycles from the United States to Belize is priced around $1,200 to $1750, but does not include import duties
- It is best to ship from New York or East Coast ports due to the faster accessibility.
Located in the eastern coast of Central America, Belize is formally known as British Honduras. It shares its boundary with Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south and west, and to the Caribbean Sea to the east.
People come to Belize in order to seek employment as well as to live either temporary or permanent basis. Because public transportation is not as reliable as you may think, when you move from the USA, bringing your motorcycle with you to Belize will be the right choice. When you hire our services, the shipping agents working with us at our company will help in the complete process of transportation of your motorcycle. You won’t need to worry about anything else. We are one of the trusted transport services and we will ensure that the complete import from US to Belize will be quick and hassle-free. We are a trusted company at the Port of Belize and understand all the specific requirements.
Key Considerations for Import
It is important that you establish ownership of your motorcycle so that the Belize Customs and Excise Department can verify the import/export. You will need to have an international driver’s license as well as a passport with photo ID. It is essential that all documents for authenticating your identity and ownership claims are vetted in advance of the departure from US and before the arrival of your motorcycle in Belize. Additional documents that are needed include:
- VIN number and other details on the purchase invoice
- Original title deed and registration documents pertaining to the said vehicle
- Multiple copies of the original documents
- Insurance policy
- Bill of Lading
Note: You will need to make several copies of these documents before you start the process.
Cost to Ship
With any international import, there are associated costs such as import duties and other taxes. In Belize, the motorcycles are taxed as per the engine capacity. The motorcycles with engine capacity under 50cc's is taxed at 14.75% and those with engine capacity of over 50 cc pay a tax of 37.25%. Additionally, there are a few factors that you will need to consider when determining how much it will cost to import. You will need to consider freight charges, insurance, shipping method, door-to-door service, and more when considering the total cost of shipment.
Process of Import
When it comes to insurance, you will need to buy insurance from the Insurance Corporation of Belize. However, after you have received the immigration clearances, you will receive the import permit for the motorcycle.
You will need to go to immigration and have your passport stamped and obtain a vehicle permit. Once your passport has been approved by immigration, you will then proceed to customs and begin the paperwork in order to import your motorcycle. This is when you will need to have all the copies of your original documents. Your motorcycle will need to be inspected before it can be boarded. Once you have all the forms filled out, and an inspection certificate, you will be issued a permit slip. You will need to keep up with this slip and all other documents in order to import to Belize. Be sure to check your insurance coverage and if necessary, purchase additional insurance in order to have enough. Importing can take 10-15 days total, depending on the weather.
Options of Shipping
Shipping methods include Roll On/ Roll Off and container shipping. Container shipping is the best way to ship your motorcycle. If you are only sending your motorcycle, you can opt for a shared container, wherein your motorcycle can be put in a crate and shipped along with others.
However, if you do not want the added cost of crating the vehicle, you can then choose to ship then Roll-On/Roll-Off shipping. If you choose this method of shipping, you will need to prep the motorcycle for import by keeping only 1/4 tank of gas in the gas tank, have no personal items including helmets or saddlebags on the motorcycle. The battery will be disconnected to ensure that there is no threat of fire during transit.
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.