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my experience: shipping parts (with DHL) europe to south america (Venezuela)

I would like to share with my fellow biker travellers my experiences on sending parts with DHL from The Netherlands to Venezuela.

Pickup by DHL at a friend's house: Nov. 3
Arrival at DHL service point Coro, Venezuela: Nov. 15

Weight of package: 0,50kg
Declared value of package: E235.00 (about 320 dollar)
Primary shipping costs DHL: E110.00 (about 150 dollar)
Paid import tax and service cost to DHL office Venezuela: 545 Bsf (about E55.00 or 68 dollar at black market exchange rate)

Conclusion:
320 dollar on parts have cost me around 218 dollar in total shipping costs. On the 4th day the package was in Venezuela, it took 7 days to clear customs and 1 day to come from Caracas to Coro. Expect to pay many visits to the DHL point, a lot of misinformation and be sure to have plenty of time (and things to do without your bike in the meantime..)..
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Hi Phendrixx
I don´t know from where you come(wich country)but i would rate an excellent time!If this parcell was sent to Argentina it could be 2-3 weeks on customs.
And import taxes here are 52%.........
I would uncork a nice wine and celebrate.You have your parts in a very good time.
Australia is also a nigthmare,and dont tell about all those parcells lost in Italy......they can take even longer than 4 weeks.
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Rear shock to Lima, Peru with DHL

Very similar experience in Lima.
I didn't choose DHL Express (which could have been mistake) but DHL Business Parcel to have a new rear shock shipped from Germany to Peru. Price difference was huge: 40 € vs. 250 € for just under 5kg.

Picked up by DHL at the dealer in Germany Friday afternoon.
Arrived at Lima post office (Serpost) / Aduana Friday morning a week later.
Found that out Friday evening by contacting DHL Germany, Serpost website and several calls to Serpost. Tuesday evening I got the answer that I could pick up the shipment at Serpost/Aduana near Lima Airport on Wednesday. Spanish spoken only.
One hour by taxi through town. Four hours, 8 counters and US$ 100 later I had the package.
Thursday: The letter from Serpost arrived at my hotel saying I could pick up my shipment
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Parts Argentina

I agree with BCK_973 phendrixx should celebrate the arrival of his
parts in Venezuela. I can only add, and please take note here, that
it is illegal to import (mail) used motorcycle parts to Argentina.

Any motorcycle parts deemed to be used or not brand new upon entering
Argentina will be confiscated by Argentine customs. If you are carrying
used replacement parts with you personally, on your bike, when entering
Argentina you may or may not have a problem. If you are questioned
you can explain that you must carry parts for your bike in the event of emergency
breakdown and indeed you have had emergency break downs and these, the
used parts were the parts originally installed in your bike. Twisted, but
handy information, and in many instances true information.

The reason, according to Argentine customs that used motorcycle parts are
not permitted into Argentina is that the confiscation of used motorcycle parts
makes it more difficult for parts removed from "stolen" motorcycles to be
imported and sold in Argentina.

And, as BCK_973 also mentioned, there is a substantial import tax on new
motorcycle parts shipped into Argentina, so, the prohibition of used parts
entering the country assures Argentine manufacturers and large importers
with "connections" more profit, and revenue for the government.

A new book, just published 11/11/2011 I would like to suggest is

"The Golden Motorcycle Gang."

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But to clarify,I have purchased lot of bike stuff on ebay.Some came at my door,others needed to be picked up at the "aduana".
They never confiscated anything as it is considered a "private" purchase.Difertent itmes)new or used)
Now if i had a whole box full with 100 identical items........
I picked up last week a set of stainless spokes from DHL also from aduana.Invoice was inside.....so i had to pay.It was 2 weeks in customs.That is not DHL fault or time waisted.DHL is the carrier from door "A" to the destination country.Customs is customs.They take the time they need.......
Most times by telling its an used item for my moto they let me go with no tax!
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Question regarding used parts

BCK_973, can you cite a personal example of the aduana releasing to you USED motorcycle parts NOT shipped from a MERCOSUR country? I have heard that some used parts are allowed into Argentina if they are mailed or shipped from a *MERCOSUR country.

*Mercosur is a trading bloc of South American countries that have special trade agreements.

I did not want to mention this (in my earlier post) as "used auto/motorcycle parts" are not considered included in MERCOSUR agreements. Many other products are and it was most probably your good fortune that this fact was not considered in your case.

I do not know if similar good fortune would be bestowed upon others ordering used motorcycle parts from a country not included in the MERCOSUR trading bloc via e-bay.

Of course, regulations do change and my data may be outdated. If so, please advise. Thank you.


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Yes,the list is too long.I have done a full restauration on a 1985 Tenere bike.Among many NOS parts where also used parts like:rear footpegs and holders,rear cargo rack,speedo parts,and engine parts......
Here the link to itThe Ténéré Forum • View topic - rebuilding a 55W in Buenos Aires
They only asked me in Aduana what are those,I said used motorcicle parts(as labeled on the invoice)She just checked value,did my adauana invoice,me paying,me collecting parts.
It is forbidden to imoprt big quantities( a full container 1 BOL).I asked an aduana guy in main building and he said as long its in small quantities for private use they will not act.And also in the process taxes are collected.
For AFIP one thing is a registered importer and other a private person who eventually brings a couple of items.
And you been here........its flexible.
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