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Old 18 Dec 2012
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Customs payments in Argentina

We are going to ride from Argentina to the USA on 4 motorcycles. Motorcycles already sent by steamship to Buenos Ayres. They have to come on January 12-14. We arrive there by plane on January 13. The local broker says to us that we will have to pay in Argentina at customs for 4 motorcycles about 4000 US dollars of different collecting. It seems too much. Do You know what there ruled also collecting at customs? It is obligatory to us to do the Cornet or not? Thanks Much.
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Hi Engel

The broker is aiming to rip you off. US$1000 per bike is way over the top. Get in touch with these thoroughly trustworthy guys who have a great deal of experience with getting bikes swiftly through customs at a modest price.

Good luck!

Regards, Mick

p.s. Carnet is definitely not required!

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These figures were copied /pasted from a friends blog. They are for the LR 110 he has recently shipped into Buenos Aires

Agency Charges: usd 620 (Taxes incl)
Port charges: usd 1580
(Taxes incl)
Customs doc fee: usd 50 (Taxes incl)
Customs Broker: usd 350
(Taxes incl)
Total amount: usd $2600* (Taxes incl)

Apparently he paid in Pesos having got a good rate of exchange !!!!!!

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1) BA port fees

THC Destination: usd 180 + toll usd 90 + local charges (it is included in the cost of sending the container and it is already paid in Russia)


2) customs agents:

Agency local charges : usd 585.00 + vat (incluiding box freight job opening 4 hbl’s)
Bl issue : usd 200.00 +vat (includes 4 bl)
Customs system entry : usd 65.00 + vat
Operative & admin charges : usd 80.00 + vat
Box freight work : usd 190.00 + vat
Customs brokerage : usd 1800.00 + vat (usd 450 + vat x 4)
Notary : usd 360.00 + vat (includes 4 owners - charges at the notary for certificating docs)
Terminal charges : usd 995.00 + vat (including verification on floor, weight of ctnr, scanning, storage upto 5 days extra)
Certificates for trucking : usd 100.00 + vat
Trucking : usd 450.00 + iva (from terminal to warehouse for discharging the motos)
Warehouse discharging : usd 150.00 + iva (discharging motos to the floor and delivery)
Demurrage : usd 300.00 (for 5 days extra)

Notes :
We’ll need the mbl will printed at destination
the original docs, 3 days aprox, before arriving of vessel at bue, must be presented in our office

the payment coul be done from the foreign and so, the vat wont be invoice
it must be credited in our account previously releasing of ctnr

Quote validity : 30 days
Additional (demurrage, storage) are not included

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Dear all,

yesterday I collected my bike from the BA harbour authorities
without any problems,
without help from an agent,
without bribe,
without being able to speak any Spanish (!).
I admit, the procedure in BA took two (2) days which maily consisted of waiting. I have shipped my bike from Hamburg (Germany) to BA and had chosen a shipping company that offered an "all-fees-included"-service and also provided me a written procedure how to manage the bureaucracy. A personal briefing at the local dependence was also included.

To me it seems to be crucial that your shipping company clearly states all services and cost included. Analysing the offers I obtained, this was the exception. So, just going for the cheapest offer may not be wise.

USD$1000 for an agent is an order of magnitude (!) to high. Even A$1000 is too expensive. I had a quote for an experienced local and external agent for USD100.


(preparing to set off to Mendoza on Xmas day)


2009 year, nice experience !
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