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Returning bikes from Panama to the UK

I've looked through the shipping section here, but can't find an answer to my question. So, I thought I'd post here and hope that someone can help.
At the end of October, following a trip through Central America, I need to get 2 DRZ400's from Panama to the UK.
By air is financially restrictive, so by sea seems to be the way to go.
Travel time for the bikes coming back is not important, but as always, keeping the costs down is.
Can anyone recommend a shipper, either from personal experience or personal recommendations?
Thanks in advance.
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I found this with Google, no idea if they are any good or ship from Panama but they show a bike on their vehicle shipping icon.


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I shipped from Panama to Cape Town in 2011 and it went via Rotterdam. Have a look here From Panama City, Panama to Cape Town, South Africa - January, 2011 | Horizons Unlimited I shipped with lmt corp. and they were very helpful. I'm sure they could ship from Panama to the UK for you.

Just remember that with shipping you pay at both ends. Whatever you pay (and whatever they say) in Panama, you'll have a couple of hundred quid to pay at the UK end to get it out.
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keeping cost down

One way to keep costs down is to deal with the same company on both ends. I followed a link from the HUBB to a story of a couple getting their bike released in Cartegna. The shipping company in Colombia was separate from the one used at the beginning. More mouths to feed,

If you ask for details about documentation fees, who to see and where to go at the port of discharge, and get blank stares or fuzzy answers, then expect the worst at the back end.
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Really appreciate the answers so far.
I should have said that the bikes are being ridden down through Central America from the US. So, the shipping is just a one way affair to get them home.
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i have no experience with this but have been looking into shipping my bike back from nicaragua at some point. what i've found is that it's FAR easier to get answers from companies not located in the 3rd world that service those locations. they can advise you on their in country freight forwarders or agents.
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