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Old 8 Mar 2010
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Air Freight Bike from US to Europe or South Africa?

Has anyone recently air freighted a bike from somewhere in the US or Canada to somewhere in Europe (like Germany) or South Africa? I am scoping out two potential trips for spring/summer 2011, and this is one of the biggest issues. I have seen a couple things on shipping to Europe, but I'm just trolling for options.


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try Motorcycle Express - Ship Your Bike

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Originally Posted by njneuberger View Post
Has anyone recently air freighted a bike from somewhere in the US or Canada to somewhere in Europe (like Germany) or South Africa? I am scoping out two potential trips for spring/summer 2011, and this is one of the biggest issues. I have seen a couple things on shipping to Europe, but I'm just trolling for options.


I contacted Air Canada about shipping a bike from Toronto to JoBurg last year and it sounded quite possible, but went to South America instead...Also South African Airways also from TO...
Let me know what you find out, I may be interested in that too. I would love to ride from South Africa to central/east africa circling Lake Victoria. All the way to Europe??? Maybe. I have ridden so far around South Africa and Lesotho (BMW F650GS), and around Ethiopia (XT600 Yamaha). Good fun.

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Try Seafreight very good for sea freight to Southampton UK from many places in the US
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Have a look at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics - worldwide ocean transport, inland services, supply chain solutions, terminal services Ride safe.
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Thanks everyone for all the help. I am finding several places that make it seem like USA to Europe should not be a big deal. USA to South Africa may prove to be tougher. Using sea cargo would be difficult for me since I live right in the middle of the country, so I need to try to find some way of doing it by air I think.
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I used a company called baggage freight

Welcome to Baggage Freight Online - Baggage Freight Services, Excess luggage, International Air Freight, door to door deliveries, Ebay cargo, excess baggage, International student services, Australia wide freight deliveries.

I sent my harley by sea (Australia to Greece). Took 32 day and was $800.
They send bikes worldwide!

They even recommended a company to crate up the bike and to take out single transet insurance.

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Heading to Africa Sept 19th 2011

By the end of the thread there were quite a few shipping options listed. Two questions: 1) Has anyone tried any of them and found them/any to be satisfactory? 2) I'm headed to SA from Denver Colorado around the 19th of September 2011. Is anyone perchance doing a SA trip around that time (or would like to)? If so, I would be interested in coordinating efforts to save time and money.
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We are plannig a similar trip.

We are heading to Cape Town from the US in mid-September and have found the cheapest and easiest routing as being Toronto to Cape Town on British Airways. We were quoted $6.35 per kilo + $250 dangerous good fee + $50 in documents. This rate is only airport to airport, so no customs fees, etc. are included in that price. The bikes must be crated and it will take 5 to 6 days to get there. This should total about $2K for two Sym Symbas. The lowest price for airfreight we were quoted out of the US was by Schumacher at $8500!

Apparently Emirates will take uncrated bikes, but their routing doesn't look like it will work for us. But you might check with them if you aren't heading for Cape Town.

If you search ADVRider for an inmate named Fishfund, he recently shipped to Africa by air and warned everyone away from his shipper.

Good luck and maybe we'll see you on the road, just look for two baby blue Symbas!
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