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Shipping bike to UK

I am having a very hard time finding a company that will ship my bike from Toronto to Glasgow(or nearby).Air Canada will do it but it is nearly$2,000.Way to much.The other option is by sea.I have called over a dozen freight forwarders and all I get is hums and haws.No one can give me a clear answer on whether they do it and how much it costs.Does anyone have info on this?Also I will probably stay in the UK(I am a British citizen) and wonder about duties on importing a bike there.There is no info on duties on the British customs website.
Any info would be appreciated.I can be emailed at rrrobbb@hotmail.com
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Try motorcycle express. Not sure of the price this summer, two summers ago it was 1,250 USD going east.
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I am having a very hard time finding a company that will ship my bike from Toronto to Glasgow(or nearby).Air Canada will do it but it is nearly$2,000.Way to much.The other option is by sea.I have called over a dozen freight forwarders and all I get is hums and haws.No one can give me a clear answer on whether they do it and how much it costs.Does anyone have info on this?Also I will probably stay in the UK(I am a British citizen) and wonder about duties on importing a bike there.There is no info on duties on the British customs website.
Any info would be appreciated.I can be emailed at rrrobbb@hotmail.com

I believe there is a Baltimore, USA to Liverpool RO-RO ferry.
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I am having a very hard time finding a company that will ship my bike from Toronto to Glasgow(or nearby).Air Canada will do it but it is nearly$2,000.Way to much.The other option is by sea.I have called over a dozen freight forwarders and all I get is hums and haws.No one can give me a clear answer on whether they do it and how much it costs.Does anyone have info on this?Also I will probably stay in the UK(I am a British citizen) and wonder about duties on importing a bike there.There is no info on duties on the British customs website.
Any info would be appreciated.I can be emailed at rrrobbb@hotmail.com
You'll be able to register the bike but will have to pay VAT on the value of it so bring a receipt....you will need to get it an MOT as well as tax. Relatively straightforward.
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To get the MOT your bike will need to be UK compliant.

Flashing brake lights for indicators need sorting.
Your speedometer must read in MPH (I believe Canada is now using KMS/KPH ?)
The headlight will need to dip to the left (or be flat).

Most other things will comply but have a look at this lot......

More info here Importing and exporting a vehicle : Directgov - Motoring

And here http://www.vosa.gov.uk/vosacorp/repo...VA%20Guide.pdf

General DVLA site here Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

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Wouldn't it work out cheaper to sell there and buy a new one here?
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Used Motorcycle Express. Real simple and painless process. Definitely recommend them. I paid approximately $1600 US.
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