Shipping bikes Panama City Caracas
This shipping info is for all you folks heading to Caracas in the near future. I just airfreighted my bike a month ago from Panama.
Three companies in Panama that I spoke with are now shipping through DHL to Caracas. I couldn't find any companies shipping directly.
You have to go to the cargo airport 20 minutes past the international airport. Go to the far right buildings where DHL is and look for Panalpina office. They quoted me a price of $560.00 US, but I had the measurements wrong. It turned out to be over 800$! yikes
You may have better luck. DHL doesn´t take motos directly so you have to go through one of the shipping companies. Panalpina, a german company, didn't crate the bike so that saved a bunch of money and the bike was fine when it finally came out the Venezuelan side.
Luis Montalvo is the guy to contact at Panalpina at the cargo airport in panama. luis.montalvo (@panalpina.com) Panalpina, S.A., Exp Airport
Phone: +507 238-4177 FAX: +507 238-4452
Direct: +507 238-4392- Mobile: 614-9874
If you do go with them, tell them Susan said hi and all is well. You'll have to tell them in spanish as they don't speak any english.
My advice is to tell them that you don't need a guia (guide) on the venezuelan side and use this guy Alfredo Curiel alfredocuriel (@curielgroup.com)0416 621 9762 in La Guaria, Venezuela. He's great and he speaks good english. He helped me make my way through the national guard and maybe I'll get licence plates before the year 2007. Things are really pretty slow here. Of course, if you are just bringing the bike in for a couple of months you won't have the same hassels nor will it take as long to get your bikes out....but it is still a complicated process and Alfredo is a great guy.