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Old 15 Jan 2012
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Shipping Parts to South America

Hello,
I'm planning on having some parts shipped to either Peru or Chile, does anyone have experience shipping parts to South America? I've heard that shipping to Peru can be a nightmare with customs etc., is this really the case? Is shipping to Chile any better?
Any insight would be appreciated,
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I had a box shipped to me USPS First Class when I was in Cuenca, Ecaudor and it took 4 weeks to arrive!

If you ship it by Canada Post, I would make sure that you do it early enough, so you can be sure that it arrived.

Another thing is you need to make sure that you address the name on the box to the person who is going to accept it on your behalf. Otherwise, you will be the only person who can accept it and it may not be there anymore if it takes you too long to arrive.

I would include a fake invoice saying that your parts are used and not worth very much. You should put some dirt on the tires that you are shipping, and dirty up any other parts to make them look used. Make sure that you remove any tags, stickers, or boxes that will be giveaways that the parts are new.

I ship things to my friend in Bolivia a lot and we always get away with low customs fees by using this method.

Sometimes it is a $400 part, but we claim $20 and get away with it.
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Thanks, I had some parts FedExed to Colombia and it only took 5 days and zero hassels, I'm just a little worried about shipping to Peru based on what I've heard, does anyone have any experience shipping there or is Chile a better option?

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I had a box shipped to me USPS First Class when I was in Cuenca, Ecaudor and it took 4 weeks to arrive!

If you ship it by Canada Post, I would make sure that you do it early enough, so you can be sure that it arrived.

Another thing is you need to make sure that you address the name on the box to the person who is going to accept it on your behalf. Otherwise, you will be the only person who can accept it and it may not be there anymore if it takes you too long to arrive.

I would include a fake invoice saying that your parts are used and not worth very much. You should put some dirt on the tires that you are shipping, and dirty up any other parts to make them look used. Make sure that you remove any tags, stickers, or boxes that will be giveaways that the parts are new.

I ship things to my friend in Bolivia a lot and we always get away with low customs fees by using this method.

Sometimes it is a $400 part, but we claim $20 and get away with it.
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Shipping to Chile

After shipping my bike from Singapore to Chile I flew through Europe to Santiago (cheapest route!!!). Along the way I ordered a new waterproof jacket which got lost in the post. The vendor agreed to supply a new one but there was no time to send it to Europe so they sent it to a friends place in Santiago.

Chile customs wanted U$65 for the parcel which was valued at U$110. I spent AGES explaining the above and that had it not been lost in the post I would have arrived in the country with it as my personal belongings and therefore there would have been nothing to pay. I explained that I was a tourist and that the jacket would leave the country with me.

All the required two explanations to two different Customs officers over the course of 2.5hrs. Eventually he grasped what I was saying, took his thick book of rules/duties, reclassified my parcel and gave it to me!

I then caught the bus back to Temuco where I'd left my bike - 670km away. It was a real pain in the arse.

Depending on what you need it may be cheaper/easier to pay the overinflated prices in Chile.
Or, as gatogato says ship to Bolivia. I've had stuff sent to me 'Poste Restante' at the main Post Office in La Paz twice now without problems.
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Great information, thank you,
Jordan.

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After shipping my bike from Singapore to Chile I flew through Europe to Santiago (cheapest route!!!). Along the way I ordered a new waterproof jacket which got lost in the post. The vendor agreed to supply a new one but there was no time to send it to Europe so they sent it to a friends place in Santiago.

Chile customs wanted U$65 for the parcel which was valued at U$110. I spent AGES explaining the above and that had it not been lost in the post I would have arrived in the country with it as my personal belongings and therefore there would have been nothing to pay. I explained that I was a tourist and that the jacket would leave the country with me.

All the required two explanations to two different Customs officers over the course of 2.5hrs. Eventually he grasped what I was saying, took his thick book of rules/duties, reclassified my parcel and gave it to me!

I then caught the bus back to Temuco where I'd left my bike - 670km away. It was a real pain in the arse.

Depending on what you need it may be cheaper/easier to pay the overinflated prices in Chile.
Or, as gatogato says ship to Bolivia. I've had stuff sent to me 'Poste Restante' at the main Post Office in La Paz twice now without problems.
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Try Panalpina

Try these guys:

Miami

They have offices in Miami and in Lima, Peru. They prepare all the paperwork, send via air, receive it in Lima, process the paperwork and hand it to you. I have shipped (air) 13 motorcycles and hundreds of parts and it has always been a good experience!

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