If two bikes ,, and no time restrain ,,
Go with Wallenius car carrier (They load Hyundai, Kia,, then Toyota , Nissan ,, to US west coast then to Europe) from Masan to Seattle for USD 800 per bike ,, no packing needed,, takes 12 days for bike to arrive.
This,,, Wendy Choi knows how to ,, my 2011 trip ,, showed her how to contact and load. A Yank used this method to ship one bike last year as well, after I showed him how.
2,800 Euro per bike by air freight sounds about right and if it include box fee (I've paid 500 Euro to DHL for the box. Korean forwarder in Frankfurt had to hire Germans to build a wooden box and wanted 800 Euro) . In fact DHL Korea should have a metal box, I've used from Frankfurt to Incheon.
1 x 20ft ocean container will load about 8 bikes ,, ocean freight is around USD 2,200 per container,, Busan to Vancouver or Seattle. Domestic trucking in USA or Canada to Alaska ,, should not cost more than 600 USD per bike.
My bike shipment from Incheon - Long Beach, New Jersey - Bremerhaven by Wallenius and air freight via DHL from Frankfurt - Incheon ,, all together was around USD 6,500
In fact ,,DHL Frankfurt Flughafen has a motorcycle department run by Esther Hartmann ,, they also carry boxes.
Another possibility ,, use what they call feeder service ,, Han Jin Container Lines, Maersk Lines et al all have feeder service from Korea or Japan vis a vis to Vladivostok,, the freight is around USD 800 per 20ft box ,, in other words they use a smaller vessel to transfer the loads,,, that is how Eastern Russia gets their electronics ,, Ramens from Korea etc. Load the container in Vladivostok ,, bring it to Busan ,, gets transferred to Asia -US West coast service then ,, again feederd up to Alaska,, under same flag carrier. I bet ,, it will come to something like USD 6,000 for the 20ft box. If so ,, Bushman UK's Yuri can handle this for you ,, you guys just need to get enough bikes organised in Vladivostok, to economise. Flying out you can either fly to Korea or Japan then to Alaska direct and wait for container to arrive ,, tranasit ,, however will be long ,, 20+ days. Lots of bears to count,,,many titty bars in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Wallenius and other shipping lines ,, after leaving Korea ,, always stops by Japan ,, like Kobe or Yokohama,, so you could try those ports ,, i.e, cross Sakhalin to Hokkaido ,, then drive south,, some 1,400KM
, then you've have to have the carnet ,,, typhoon season in July, in Japan and Monsoon in Korea.
Korea once you arrive on the ferry from Vlad,, you drive max , 300KM to get to Busan from Dong Ha, on highway 7. No carnet,, best looking women in the Far East , great food, cheap booze,,, and Seoul Joe is here.
Lastly ,, talk to the professionals ,, give them the bike dimensions and weight. You can also make it freight collect, where you pay at the destination. Documentation fee is nominal.
You can all mention my name , in fact do ,, so we can get more clout with these people. Say Seoul Joe aka Yun-Soo PARK sent you.
They suck ,, DO NOT USE... no idea what they are doing.
For air cargo Eunsung
Seoul / Korea
This guy is OK ,, but he gets confused for the inbound. For outbound ocean,, OK.
For ocean freight
Mr. YEONG-SEOK, OK
BUSAN BRANCH, FORWARDING TEAM
#207, 1211-1, Korea Express Bldg
Choryang-dong, Dong-Gu, Busan, Korea
E-mail : email@example.com
Tel. 82-51-719-5053 Fax. 82-51-442-3598
DHL Frankfurt Motorcycle Team
Esther Hartmann (She rides a Harley)
She will quote you rates fto and from any location in the world.
Originally Posted by Juss
Just letting you know that we (2 BMW R1200GSA bikes) are searching similar solution:
First we tried to find direct way from Vladivostok to Anchorage, but it seems much easier to go via South Korea.
We plan to arrive to Vladivostok on 15th of july 2012 and take a ferry to Korea. Then ship the bikes somehow to Anchorage, Alaska.
We are not in a hurry and plan to restart riding in America at the end of August 2012.
Sharing a container is an option ... or maybe its cheaper to transport them by DHL, Air Korea or Alaskan...
Please let us know, what options have you found most reasonable.