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Old 21 Mar 2002
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shipping a bike to Brazil

I'm from Germany and I will be in Brazil for 3 months, starting in may.
For that time I'd like to ship my Motorbike to Brazil (maybe Santos).
Now I've heard horror stories about bringing a bike through customs in Brazil.
Everybody I asked, told me that it could take months for the bike to pass customs due to the buerocracy there.
Can anybody tell me what to do and what the procedure is to get a (used) motorbike into Brazil for a period about 90 days? - I'll send it back to Germany then.
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Old 21 Mar 2002
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Wueste, this should give what you need:

From Ted Simon, 6 March:

"Hi Grant,
Someone in your ezine is complaining that you can't fly a bike into Brasil. Of course it can be awful, but anyone who cares to go to my journal for September 3rd will find complete - to the point of stifling - instructions on how to get a bike into Rio in 2 or 3 days.
They should just scroll down to Part Two, unless they're flying from South Africa, in which case they need to suffer through the whole thing.

The URL is http://www.jupitalia.com/sep_txt_3.html
You do run a lovely show.

An observation that may help in situations like this -

It is THEIR country and they do things the way THEY want to - whether it makes sense or not to us is IRRELEVANT. Go along with them, be firm, friendly, NEVER get angry. Ask them for help in solving the "problem" - odds are there is a way - THEIR way, not yours. YOUR way will only end up in frustration and nothing happening.

I have observed many times that those who go in with a smile and patience and a willingness to be flexible get it done - those who insist on following the rules and doing it the way it "should" be done get nowhere.

damhik (don't ask me how I know)

Good luck! It is difficult, but it can certainly be done.

Grant Johnson

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Just flew my bike into Sao Paulo and it took three days and $200 US

I also hear the horro stories about shipping a bike to Brazil. But after all the warnings went ahead and did it. In the end I flew my bike from Cape Town to Sao Paulo and it only took three days and $200 US dollars to clear customs. If you want all the details check out my website at Home and the fly-your-bike page.

Good luck Brad
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Problem to get the bikes throught the custums in Rio de Janeiro

We send the motorbikes with a container ship from Europe to Rio de Janeiro, where they arrived on 19th October.
We can't get them thought the customs. Our custom agent said that they changed the law for the temporary import on 23th October 2013. And that they don't have the new formulars (papers) to do the import.

Does anybody have contacts from someone who may can help us?

Thank you!

Simon and Ivana
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Trying to help

Hey guys,

Just can't believe your vehicle is still being hold by customs, get in touch with me asap, I've cleared some bikes and helped bikers on some tricky situations.

Let's talk on skype: rodolfo.datsch

It's not dificult to ship into Brazil, for sure I can help you ok


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Shipping to Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)

It was difficult and expensive, but we did it!

If you want to transport your motorbike to South America, do it anywhere you want, just to Brazil not. There you will have to deal with a lot of documents, slow bureaucracy and you will spend a lot of money and nerves! If you are a very lucky and have the right custom broker you can get the bikes in 10 days. A good one is Alessandro with his assistant Wanller. He was honest to us and always available.

But the next year the things in Brazil for the temporary import should be much better. They will simplify these procedures because of the World cup. They are also in a process to accept ATA Carnet, with which you can temporary import goods much easier and with less taxes.

Detail about the whole process you can find on our web page: After bad mood, anger and a lot of spent money we finally got the bikes! : MOTOworld

Contact from the custom broker:
Alessandro Rabello
Rua Dom Gerardo, 63 Sala 1508 Centro- RJ
Telephone: 55 21 2203 0483 |55 21 7871 6658
Email: alessandro.rabello@rjaduaneiros.com.br

Shipping costs for two bikes from Slovenia to Brazil:

- Wooden box 195 EUR
- Transport from Maribor to Koper 95 EUR
- Transport from Koper to Rio de Janeiro 601 EUR
- Insurance of the freight 70 EUR

Custom clerance and temporary import in Rio de Janeiro:

- Copies of documents and verification 63 EUR
- Shippig company - local costs 342 EUR
- Custom broker (his woek and taxes) 667 EUR
- Passport translation 34 EUR
- Signature verification 18 EUR
- Marina Mercante 182 EUR
- Storage for 3 weeks (with discount) 486 EUR
- Transpoer from the warehouse 74 EUR

All together 2826 EUR for two bikes.
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