Hi Matt and welcome!
First, check out this page on the Air vs. Sea shipping question:
We generally don't recommend sea shipment due to the uncertainty about when the bike will arrive. Also, although the quoted costs are less, the total cost may not be much of a saving over air, as port charges can be quite high. And sea shipping into a developing country where you don't speak the language means you'll likely have to pay an agent to clear the bike through customs, which also adds to your cost.
However, if you decide to ship by sea, suggest you use an international shipping company such as Wallenius Wilhelmsen http://www.2wglobal.com/Applications...lAddresses.jsp
or Panalpina http://www.panalpina.com
who have received good reviews from travellers.
You don't mention whether your quote was for air or sea shipment, or whether it included all port charges at destination. If it's for air shipment, it sounds a little high. If it's for sea shipment, it sounds very high. If it's just sea shipping charges, and doesn't include destination charges, it sounds like a rip-off.
All the shipment information we have is on the Shipments page:
I did find several other UK agents to contact, from the Shipments page:
Phone 020 8301 6626
01992 579 296
H. Snelling (Marine)
Phone: Colin on 023 80 893810
If you are shipping by air, you can also try contacting the cargo division of British Airways
or Air India
directly for a quote.
Good luck, and let us know how you get on. Please fill in the Shipping Form when you get there, so other travellers can benefit from your experience. http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tri...p#shippinginfo
'One world, two wheels'
[This message has been edited by Susan (edited 23 November 2002).]