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shipping to Japan

Does anyone know anything about shipping a bike from Russia to Japan?
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Hi,

I shipped in 2004 my bike from Vladivostok to Fushiki in Japan. The shipping agent is called BIS and it is located in the harbour, just beyond the railway station. To buy a ticket for myself was easy and costed $95. To ship the bike had some burreaucratic difficulties but these were solved by Diana of BIS. I paid for shipping the bike $100 and $100 for Diana's help (this is not bribery but service and she was worth it). There is a ship once or twice a week. It takes two nights and a day to sail to Japan.

For Japan you need a carnet de passages AND an authentication document for the carnet. Without that document your bike stays in the custom stores. The authentication document is produced by the Japanese Automobile Federation (JAF). The have a website (in english). I arranged everything by email with them. If you are a bit smart, you ask them to send the authentication document to their regional office in Toyama which is near Fushiki. Otherwise you have to travel to Tokyo (by train). You also need a CALI Compulsory Accident liability Insurance which you can buy in Toyama at every motorbike shop.

Have a good trip,

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If you need more details and contact information for Japan, see my website.
http://www2.gol.com/users/chrisl/japan/index2.html

Fortunately, the situation is the same today as when Mart came in '04.
I don't think I have updated the website since then!
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Does anyone know anything about shipping a bike from Russia to Japan?
There is RORO ferry between Vlad & Fushiki

See this: Trans-Siberian: Ferry Japan - Russia
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Hi,

I shipped in 2004 my bike from Vladivostok to Fushiki in Japan. The shipping agent is called BIS and it is located in the harbour, just beyond the railway station. To buy a ticket for myself was easy and costed $95. To ship the bike had some burreaucratic difficulties but these were solved by Diana of BIS. I paid for shipping the bike $100 and $100 for Diana's help (this is not bribery but service and she was worth it). There is a ship once or twice a week. It takes two nights and a day to sail to Japan.

For Japan you need a carnet de passages AND an authentication document for the carnet. Without that document your bike stays in the custom stores. The authentication document is produced by the Japanese Automobile Federation (JAF). The have a website (in english). I arranged everything by email with them. If you are a bit smart, you ask them to send the authentication document to their regional office in Toyama which is near Fushiki. Otherwise you have to travel to Tokyo (by train). You also need a CALI Compulsory Accident liability Insurance which you can buy in Toyama at every motorbike shop.

Have a good trip,

Mart
Many thanks for the info Mart, much apreciated. Now all I have to do is put my bike back together and actually go
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Hello to Chris!!!!

Hey!

You are still in Japan! I send twice a packet with a CD to you using the adress you wrote for me in Japanese. And got it back... The content of the Cd you can see now on my website Welcome to Wonderful Travels. Choose the section "about people" and you will find your picture (and a lot of other people).

With my F650 I did 150.000 kilometer without major problems. I now prepare a trip to Cape Town. For this I bought a new (secondhand) F650 with only 11.000 km. I stick to the F650 because it is a very reliable bike.

I thank you very much for your help in Japan.

All the best to you,

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I shipped from Vlad to Fushiki in November last year, plenty of space on that ship as most traffic is on the return leg. Be prepared for customs do, its a bit of a challenge (understatement).

Once in japan, i used Home-Kiwicar.com to ship (roro) to brisbane australia for 500AUD. Cheap flights from Osaka to Brisbane to with jetstar.com

Enjoy your stay in Japan, excellent experience the 2 months i stayed there. As mentioned you will need a bike insurance for japan, part of the japanese customs party is a broker. He can arrange that for you. Let him fax your Carnet to JAF in Toyama for the authentication. You can get there by train and a bit of local bus. I found the first couple of days in Fushiki a surreal experience. The peace and quiet after having travelled in Russia for a couple of months is unreal.
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Don't forget to look up the HU community in Vlad. Those guys are great.
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When you get to Japan Check out the Gaijin riders..almost every weekend
there is some kind of ride going on ..last year we had to icelanders on there
way around the world come and stay for a weekend.. plenty of and camp fire talk..

GAIJINRIDERS • Index page

My nick name is Fastbike..
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Got to agree...

....with "Fastbike". I think those 2 guys from Iceland had a pretty good time - thanks to those gaijin riders up in Tokyo! As for me, since I am living "countryside" or "inaka" as it is called in Japanese, the only thing I can offer you, too, is a place to sleep, a shower and something to eat and drink once you are over ehre. Just getwith me - send me an "advance-warning"!!!! For more info check my homepage.....
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We shipped our bikes at August 2008. Even I speak Russian, it was a nightmare sorting all the papers, and broker asked for 400$ for two bikes.
Allow yourself plenty of time. You should be at Vlad at Monday or Wednesday, so you could leave next Monday. Everybody will try to take you money so be prepared. In Japan thing run smooth and it is easy. They will bring some agent that will help you, but you do not need him, you can do it easily by yourself.
On way back in Japan is easy again. Back in Russia, problems again. You need to write some letters to the chief of customs, blah blah blah, sort different papers at different parts of town and at the end you need to pay more than 100$ for unloading your bike ...
Eaven I did all by my self, I couldn't tell what the hell I did...
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