Most travellers have found that air shipment is not significantly more expensive than sea for motorbikes, and much more certain to get your bike where you need it to be when you want it there. I still have memories of shipping our motorcycle to Auckland and discovering when we arrived that the port was on strike, so it took over a week to get it on the road!
The following are air freight contacts, but the shipping companies will usually offer both air and sea options:
One of our regular travellers has had good results with the folks below, shipping from Auckland to Buenos Aires. They also ship elsewhere, so good place to start.
Stuart Elliott, Airfreight Manager
AFS Freight Management (NZ) Ltd
1st Floor 131 Montgomerie Rd Airport Oaks Auckland
They are also in Wellington (but not in Christchurch, unfortunately):
AFS / Green Freight Wellington Ltd
cnr Kingsford Smith Street & Tirangi Road Rongotai, Wellington 0-4-387 1056
Others have used Panalpina with good results, and they also ship from NZ:
Panalpina World Transport Pty Ltd
13 Freight Pl Mangere Auckland
Phone: 0-9-275 6175
Panalpina is a European company, with a number of UK offices. The following is their head office in the UK:
Panalpina World Transport Ltd.
Great South West Road
Feltham Middlesex TW14 8NU
+44 (208) 5879000
Next I would try the cargo offices of Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines in Christchurch.
I'd suggest you get at least 3 quotes, and be sure to grill them about their experience in shipping motorcycles.
Hope this helps, and when you connect please don't forget to send us the details so we can add it to our Shipping page for other travellers to use!
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