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Old 23 Jul 2011
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NZ to Santiago Chile, who's done it?

Hi,

I'm trying to ship a Vstrom DL650 from Auckland to Santiago, Chile for a trip in October.

I'm looking for anyone who has actually done it recently. I've been talking to multiple shippers and getting different answers and different quotes. I'm still at a loss at what to expect.

I'm trying to get an idea of actual costs (by sea or air), what documents, steps are required (eg Carnet-I've heard you don't need one), and what can I expect in Santiago in additional costs and requirements.

I'm looking at shipping by sea or air, we've managed to source a crate that will fit the bike at about 2m3 so should help keep costs down.

If anyone can help it would be hugely appreciated. If you're back in Auckland I'd shout you a too.

Cheer

Reece
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Hi Reece,

Sorry i don't have any info for you, but i'm keen to hear how you get on with this as i might be doing it next year.
have you tried these guys?
http://en.lancargo.com/contact-us/
How long are you going for?

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Auckland to Santiago

The through shipper we used from Sydney to Santiago was Lan Chile.

While we shipped from Sydney it would be the same people and planes really that you would be using as it goes Sydney - Auckland - Buenos Aires - Santiago. Our bike was 'off-loaded' at Auckland for three days by Quantos and sat there while we twiddled our thumbs in Chile.

This was in 2009 but I think it hasn't changed in terms of carriers.

At Santiago everything was absolutely fine with no problems at all. Costs were minimal and small to get everything done.

You can read about it by following the link Chile

We did have a Carnet and as we were RTW and while not necessary for Latin America I can only say that it did make things so much easier and more straight forward at times like shipments and borders - it really did.

I think I have all the original air bills and GPS cordinates and can dig them out if you like. Let me know.

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Hi there - you have to bare in mind this was from when we did it in 2009 and we did not sort this out in NZ but here goes.

1. We shipped an 18 year old bike from Sydney to Santiago (through NZ). The cost was $9 (AUS) per kilogram. The bike was shipped by Quantos itself. It left Sydney to Auckland FIRST and then on to Santiago. Be careful about when they tell you the bike will leave NZ. Often they will off-load at Auckland as they use the space for something 'more important' than your bike. We sat in Santiago for three days with nothing but the clothes we stood in waiting for the bike to arrive.
2. We flew by Aurolineas Argentinas as they were the cheapest flights. Sydney to Auckland, Auckland to Buenos Aires, BA to Santiago. We were knackered by the time we arrived - all jet lagged out for days and days. Stupidly - we even had to book return tickets to Australia as it was far cheaper than single flights....... go figure. Worth checking!
3. The forwarding agent Quantos dealt with was Lan Chile as they handle the cargo into Chile itself. The address in Santiago is:

Casa Matriz Estado 10 - Piso 11
Fono 565 2525
Santiago Centro
Casilla 62
Santiago

To be honest though - when we arrived we just headed for the airport and found the cargo depot itself (easy) and everything worked out fine. To get the bike back it cost about $40 all together when all the bits of paper had been filled in. The people there were lovely and so helpful. We managed to find a taxi driver who spoke good English and we got him to stay with us to get us through the paperwork and language problems as neither of us speak much Spanish. It took a few hours before we drove away. The taxi driver even went off and got our petrol for us although there is a petrol station about 1km from the cargo depot.

4. Carnet - as no doubt you know - you do not need a Carnet for Latin America. HOWEVER - in our experience it did make EVERYTHING so much easier - no taxes, temporary input duties or problems etc. We pulled up at borders and were through them in no time with the carnet. You have to keep a close eye on the way the various borders fill it in as often they do not really have a clue - sometimes they went to rip the whole page out instead of just the counterfoil. Other people we met were stuck for hours filling in spanish paperwork when we were long gone with the Carnet. When we got to the states ALL THE SHIPPERS (LA and NY) said it was so much easier to get the bike home with a carnet. We found the same to be true when we eventually had to drive Canada due to the Americans aversion to shipping personal effects i.e. ANYTHING but the bike itself - and I do mean anything! The carnet was usually the FIRST thing people asked for.

I know lots of people may well disagree with what I'm writing but this was our experience.

You can find the GPS file with the track to the airport in Santiago and the cargo depot itself on our web site at:

http://worldtour.org.uk/about/route-gps-data/

The paperwork I have mainly consists of the Air Way Bills, receipts for bits of charges and all very specific to ourselves rather than generically useful.

One other thing - when you book the bike onto a flight to Santiago they will ask for a forwarding address for YOU. I used my name and a c/o address of the Lan Chile Cargo at the airport itself. This seemed to satisfy everybody concerned!

Good luck and if you think I might have anything else in terms of info then feel free to come back to me.

Best Wishes

Bernard and Cathy.

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Hi

I'm also planning the same route. Could you please tell me a roughly price for the shipping how much it was?

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call ivan hes the best hes shipping my dr to santiago from melb in november under 3 grand

I'm trying to ship a Vstrom DL650 from Auckland to Santiago, Chile for a trip in October.

I'm looking for anyone who has actually done it recently. I've been talking to multiple shippers and getting different answers and different quotes. I'm still at a loss at what to expect.

I'm trying to get an idea of actual costs (by sea or air), what documents, steps are required (eg Carnet-I've heard you don't need one), and what can I expect in Santiago in additional costs and requirements.

I'm looking at shipping by sea or air, we've managed to source a crate that will fit the bike at about 2m3 so should help keep costs down.

If anyone can help it would be hugely appreciated. If you're back in Auckland I'd shout you a too.

Cheer

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I'm also planning the same route. Could you please tell me a roughly price for the shipping how much it was?

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Hi Reece,

we're going to ship our both F 800 GS by air from Auckland to Santiago at the 12th November. Our flight is already booked and the freight forwarder is getting the last price update for the transport by LAN Chile.
The last price for two bikes 240x140x108 cm was NZD 5120 (without insurance). All the paperwork (dangerous goods declaration, transport from depot to Auckland Airport and the export documents) is included.

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We are now in South America and successfully flew the bike over from Auckland to Santiago.

We´re on the road now but would be happy to give a summary of prices, what´s involved and how to get the bike out of customs. I´ll put on a post a bit later with all the details.

It cost us about $2500 for our vstrom DL650 and we used Jenners who were great.
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