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Old 21 Sep 2004
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Shipping bike from Boston or NY to UK

I'm unfortunately reaching the end of my journey through North America and am planning to ship my GS Adv from the east coast of the USA to the UK sometime uin the first week of November 04.

Can anyone recommend a particular shipping agent (preferably form experience) in the Boston or NY area? I'm hoping to ship by air, although sea freight will be an option if it's sufficiently cheap ;-)

Please email me - mikeoughton AT breathe.com (replacing the word AT with @)...


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Old 30 Sep 2004
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Firstly, I must say I cant help, but I will be following you out of the USA via either Boston or NY next year.... if you do find anything out I would love to know... please post on the hub..

By the by how was your trip?? do you have a website?
We are on www.mccs.co.uk/global

best of luck Simon H

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I just read that your from Scarning in Norfolk!
I grew up in Holme near Thornham.!


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It seems to be worth riding to Toronto Canada and shippng from there, rather than out of the USA. Considerably easier and cheaper. Motorcycle Express for instance ships out of Toronto whenever possible. They make it easy, if you're looking for the easy solution, (tell them we sent you and we make a few dollars) or you can do it yourself. Just go to the airport and start talking to agents and airlines. Air Canada and Lufthansa are probably your best bet, but that can change. Shipping Lufthansa to Frankfurt is generally the easiest, no hassle way - no crate, just load it on a pallet.

By the way, best thing to do with your email address is to just have it in your profile, then the system automatically mails to you.

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I shipped London Heathrow to Newark in Sept 2003 using UTI. They were very efficient.

I dont have the details anymore but from memory 250kg was about $600 in a crate 210cm x 70cm x 120cm.

I landed 2 hours after the bike.

US customs were 3 minutes walk from the UTI office at Newark (unbelievable but true).

I cleared it in 30 minutes and was on the road 1 hour later.

I was advised not to go to JFK as they are much more officious and aggressive.

Contact UTI at http://www.go2uti.com/ - contact Dave Hewlett in london. Contact me for his email address.

Highly recommended but I hope the reverse direction is as easy.

Good Luck.

(Grant - Now added to shipments database)


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