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Panny 17 Nov 2011 00:39

Chile -> New Zealand by plane
Has anybody recent experience with LAN or any other airline regarding transportation of a bike from Chile to NZ?

I had a email-conversation with LAN in more-or-less-English, which was cryptic. DonĀ“t know if I need a shipping agent or just a packer? At least it sounds like they deny to cope with me directly.

Is it necessary to crate the bikes or do you just strap them to a palette and wrap them?
How about luggage?

Any recommendations about Ackland or Christchurch? At first sight only Ackland is offered.

Thanks in advance

Greetings from Punta Arenas (Patagonia)


beddhist 17 Nov 2011 06:41

It doesn't matter which airport you fly into. Chch is up and running again, except for the inner city...

The airline will dictate whether you can get away with a palette or whether you need a crate.

Make sure you don't have any new or unused items in your luggage (else, expect customs delays) & the bikes are spotlessly clean. A carnet is helpful to speed up the customs procedures. You can clear the bikes yourselves without too much trouble.

Look us up when you are in Northland, we have a room for you. :)

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