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Old 23 Mar 2004
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personal belongings with bike syd/uk.

hi there bike fans.. im hoping for a bit of shared knowledge, is it a hassle to ship most of my personal effects when i ship my bike from sydney to uk... or will this unnecessarily complicate matters.

im not willing to use an agent when clearing my goods out of customs at the tilbury docks, is there anything else i have to look out for when doing this myself.
thanks...phil.
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Phil,

Assuming you're crating the bike, you can just put your personal belongings in the crate and it shouldn't create any problems.

Can't help you with Tilbury docks I'm afraid. My experience of UK customs in Southampton was not too good - it took two weeks to clear our bikes, but customs were a bit confused by someone shipping British bikes back home - they wanted us to temporarily import them for some reason.

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Hi Phil, If you have a decent crate that nobody can get into there should be no problem with including your personel effects.
I shipped my Canadian registered bike into Tilbury April,2002, and included riding gear in the crate. The agents messed things up and I ended up walking into the docks (which might not be so easy now) and personally clearing the bike through customs. I just had an itemized list of the crates contents. Customs never even saw the crate...
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Hi Phil,
I can only agree with Cameron above. I shipped into Tilbury and cleared customs myself about eight weeks ago. I shipped back from Sydney and my crate contained my UK registered XT 600 and all my riding gear, camping gear and lots of other stuff too. Nobody from Customs even looked at the crate, only my packing list, and the whole clearing process took less than two hours, and with, surprise surprise !! friendly AND helpful people.
Still wish I hadn’t come home though
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