The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
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Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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Europe without a Carnet: Shipping a moto into Amsterdam
I just shipped my bike from Bangkok to Amsterdam and my freight forwarder in Amsterdam is saying that in order for me to clear customs that I need a carnet, I need to permantatly import the bike into Netherlands, or the bike needs to leave Netherlands via the same entry port if I wish to use a temporary import permit.
I do not have a carnet and I prefer to not get one as I understood that I did not need one for any of the countries that I visit.
Do any of you have experience with shipping into Europe without a carnet?
Customs is saying that they need proof that the bike leaves Netherlands and can't get it without a carnet.
were is your bike from ? i shiped my (uk) bike to amsterdam from south america and they just wanted me to convince them that my bike would not be staying in holland . i told them were i would be going and showed them a photo of my pannier with all the stickers on and they were happy with that . all the borders are open in europe so even if you told them that you will ship back out the same port they would never know if you just ride out of holland . you should not be needing a carnet.
If you travel to the Netherlands by car, motorbike or with a trailer with a valid number plate of the country where you live you do not have to report your arrival to Customs. In this case, you may take your car, motorbike and/or trailer/caravan across the border and use it in the Netherlands without having to pay taxes. If you are not a Dutch resident
If you are not a Dutch resident then you may use your car, motorbike, caravan or trailer in the Netherlands for a maximum period of 3 months without having to pay tax."
I think if you send and cite the above official Netherlands Customs website statement to your Amsterdam freight forwarder and NL Customs, that should be enough to clarify your situation.
It's not uncommon for seaport/ freight Customs (and freight forwarders) to assume that anything entering through a seaport or airport is business/ commercial goods, rather than "personally owned" [vehicles]; and, Netherlands Customs website does reference use of a Carnet for import of business goods....unless you are personally present to document that this vehicle is your personally-owned vehicle.
In other words, there may also be some confusion because you are not personally present with the bike in Amsterdam during the Customs import/ clearance process, to show your personal passport ID and vehicle ownership papers, but are having a freight forwarder do the import clearance on your behalf.
Get back to your Amsterdam freight forwarder, show him the NL website language and offer to send the freight forwarder any additional documents to prove the bike is a personally-owned vehicle.
I think I may have it worked out without having to pay anything other than handling fees. I"ll post details later, but the short version is my dutch friend (from the Dutchdangleberries.nl :: Home) made a bunch of phone calls and went back and forth with the main customs office, the airport customs office, and my forwarder.
Details to come once I see what happens here at 1pm!
I'm now in Kleve, Germany.. heading back to amsterdam in a couple of days, then Belguim, the Nürburgring, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Switzerland, then south towards Spain until Santander when I take the ferry back to the UK and make my way east again towards the 'stans.
good work mate . was that 150 euro including a handling and unloading fee ? i paid 180 to get my bike off the ship ,out of the dock and clear customs about 10 months ago. the ocean freight was only 111 euro
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