two weeks ago...
I dunno what I was thinking a few days ago, let alone what the hell I was posting about two weeks ago. Ok, I think it was in reference to a link mentioned here...
Recently posted to this forum:
...but looking at the link on that page, well, it looks more like a mini storage, than a bonded warehouse. Not what you want.
I pressed on and conducted a little search to see if I could find (again) a post on ADVRider.com about a successful storage story. Instead I found what I believe is better general advice in a post by mziegler
who is (re)posting someone's message. All convoluted to describe but it looks like the key phase for the needed service, in Costa Rica. Other countries may use different lingo. Go to Google and search for "Almacen Fiscal" and Costa Rica. In English, "fiscal warehouse."
I have read several times that bonded warehouses plentiful around international airports, so shop around. I am guessing that not all are interested in storing a motorcycle. Don't lose faith, there are stories of riders storing their bikes near the airport in San Jose.
Here are portions of the mziegler's post:
"I found a decent way to store a vehicle in Costa Rica. You are allowed to suspend the temporary vehicle import paper if your car is stored in a registered government storage facility (Almacen Fiscal) These are run privately, and there are many by the San Jose airport. We shopped around and found one for 3$/ day. It seems pretty legit. So first, you store the vehicle, then you go to the customs office at the airport (aduana), and suspend the permit (this is free). Then you are allowed to leave the country. When you return, you go to the customs office to reinstate the remainder of the time you had left, then you pick up your vehicle and pay the storage warehouse. Seems pretty straightforward. We are storing our vehicle from mid April 2012 until we finish work (likely in September)"
"I did the exact same thing as Susie and Paul (see post above) in Costa Rica and it worked fine.
Stored my motorcycle at the almecen fiscal "Coco's" which is pretty close to the San Jose Int airport. You can store it indoors (moto only) for $3/day. They give you a paper, with it you go to the customs office and they freeze your TIP for free. Pretty simple. "
Almacen Fiscal El Coco
The link is believed to be service used. Like I suggested above, shop around. Leave time on your original TIP to get your bike out of the country when you return or start the extension process before retrieving the bike from storage (my seat of the pants suggestion, not based on knowledge of extending TIP in CR. The suggestion is inspired by the poor sod who recently was put through the wringer in Nica when trying to extend his TIP with a couple of day left on the ticket...) And be prepared to get fresh insurance...
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