Only professional international motorcycle shipping companies should be in charge of delivering a bike overseas. It takes a lot of hands-on experience and dependable shipping equipment to successfully conduct an international transport of any kind.
It is important that the motorcycle is protected during its travels. To help put their customers’ minds at ease, many transporters offer free insurance coverage.
The cost of international motorcycle transport cannot be estimated without certain information regarding the vehicle. The weight, make and model and other specs will affect the total cost of the transport. The distance between where the bike is stored and its destination also makes a big impact on the total you pay for the transport overseas.
The Shipping Services Available.
- RO/RO shipping - an open air transport service. This is the least expensive way to ship a bike and the best way for dealerships to ship out multiple vehicles to one location.
- Enclosed shipping - the bike or bikes are secured inside of a large shipping container. Other items can also be shipped along with the vehicle. This offers protection from outside hazards.
- Crated shipping - this method of transport is the absolute safest for the bike. It may require a bit more preparation on your behalf, but the bike is secured inside of a small shipping crate where it hasn’t any room to move during its travels.
Foreign Taxes and Duties Associated with the Motorcycle’s Import.
Import duties and taxes must be paid for aside from the shipping costs. It is possible for the costs of the import taxes to exceed the cost of shipping services. These taxes must be paid off so that you can give proof of the payment to the Customs department. This certificate must be granted before the day of the transport. It’s the only way your motorcycle will be allowed to ship out.
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.