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Old 9 Feb 2012
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How do I get my bike from Vladivostok to Sydney?

I have decided that ths year I will ride my bike home fom UK to Oz.
But I would finish my trip in Vladivostok, does anyone know if I can get transport direct to Sydney? Or do I have to go via Korea or Japan?
Any ideas on Shipping companies?

And I'll be importing the bike into Australia. Has anyone had experience doing that? Is it as difficult as it sounds??


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Old 10 Feb 2012
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The big shipper in Vladivostok is FESCO accessed through Transfes but they do not speak English. Your best bet is to speak to Yuri Melnikov who is a shipping broker (also deals with customs clearance). Yuri speaks English and can be emailed ymelnik [at] links-ltd [dot] com he can certainly point you in the right direction - say Martin & Mark say hello
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I was just looking into this. I havent done it myself but from what I have heard, you're better off taking the ferry to Korea and shipping (or better still, flying it) out of Busan. Much more traffic there to Au I suspect.

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The shipping from Vladivostok goes via South Korea anyway but I'm not sure that the additional cost of going on the ferry makes sense - you can fly out of Vlaivostok to Sydney (not directly though). Best way to find out of course is to get quotes for both methods.
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I'm doing this in the opposite direction an a few months, the best way i could see to get the bikes between Sydney and Vladivostok was sea freight from Sydney to Busan Sth Korea, then bikes are being put on bonded truck from Busan to Donghae where they will go on the DBS Ferry to Vladivostok as freight. We are flying ourselves on the most direct route between Sydney and Vladivostok which is with Korean Air, and it goes via Seoul/Incheon Sth Korea. Opposite direction but should work the same.

Customs charges into Australia are expensive.
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Adrian Scott did something similar a few years ago (Ex Melb), he will not mind you contacting him for info

Magadan to Istanbul

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Originally Posted by Nadsicles View Post
And I'll be importing the bike into Australia. Has anyone had experience doing that? Is it as difficult as it sounds??
From your post, I take it that you want to import the vehicle to Australia permanently?? That is different to making a temporary import as a tourist, which should be pretty straightforward these days with a carnet. Importing it permanently could be a lot harder, and more costly. Make sure you get the customs permit to import BEFORE the vehicle is shipped there.

And also, no matter which type of import you want to do, you´ll probably need the vehicle to pass the strict quarantine inspection. Google AQIS for more info on that.

And do take that quarantine stuff seriously; the vehicle must be very clean, everywhere, it´s not enough just to look clean from the outside. I just read about an old bus, from Finland, right now making a RTW-tour, and it was in the end refused entry to Oz, even though the owners had (according to the article) ended up using 10.000 euros for cleaning it! I´m not sure if I believe that sum, probably not, but anyway to avoid problems, take the effort to clean the vehicle thoroughly beforehand.
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I am just researching this at the mo only with a Landrover.

I have contacted Yuri as previously mentioned and he advised that I just need to give him notice when I am about 4 weeks out from Vlad to get the ball rolling.

The other option is to ship to South Korea on the Dong Chun ferry from Zarubino to Sokcho and then ship onwards from there.

I have sent an email today to try to find out how to book this ferry. South Korea also requires a 40% payment of the value of the vehicle to be made on entry and refunded on departure.

I have also contacted a couple of shipping companies to try to get from Masan Korea to Aus (Melbourne)

Importing into Australia is not the easiest and you MUST get import approval before you bring the bike in. My Landrover is registered in Australia and built here and its still not easy!!!

Contact Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

Will keep you posted

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