Originally Posted by dotcaf
My bike is en route from Australia to the UK (Tilbury port) after my overland trip. It is a UK bike, but the tax disc and MOT will have expired.... Am I given a week or so grace to get things sorted out or do I have to pick it up with a trailer?
Shipped my bike from Bombay to Felixstow. You will only be able to get your bike cleared from customs by an agent.
I don't know if its since the Customs and Inland Revenue merged or what, but try trying to find a customs office that even knows what the procedure and what forms and what docs you will need. Not possible! They talk in a pleasant, polite, concerned voice and then do feck all except pass you on to some other no-nothing official.
The weeks "grace" is in fact the the period of time you will be given to get your bike from the container handler before they charge you exorbitant "storage" fees. It will take you more than a week to get customs sorted... They will "handle" this for you for about £50.
In all, it cost us £264 per bike to get them back in the UK. This is the cost of unloading the container (WTF!) and haulage charge of the company that handles the container and customs clearance and of course the cost of disposing of the crate for you - £25 - which we had to open... take a hammer/jemmy.
Our bikes were docked at Felixstow but the container was sent/taken to a depot in Southend for unpacking - part load of a container, see?
This is UNLESS you managed to get a deal at the point of shipping to cover all this... No? then they have you by the short and curlys
As Charles says, book an appointment with your local testing station and get an appointment slip.
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