I've gotten UR EM ,,
You are lucky ,, WW warned you in advance,, I turned up May of 2011,, they hit me with 4,500 + euro bond.. not they but the Deutche Zoll ..
Credit card is preferred , as you leave EEC ,,, you have the last country customs document your departure and you get the credit back. Takes a month. A 17,000 dollar Harley in US costs 32,000 in Europe ,, so I understand.
Bremen is the only port doing this at the moment ,, and had I known this ,, I would have gone to UK ,, South Hampton, where WW calls,, then cross the channel ,, nothing much to see in Bremerhaven any way,, Belgique ,, or Holland is more interesting.
When the ship arrives ,, WW will notify you ,, they will ask you to hire a forwarder ,, you pay 120 euro for documentation ,, then you go to WW office by the dock gates ,,pay again ,, stevedoring charges ,, 40 euro it was ,, for bringing your bike to their office,, better hire a taxi ,, will cost you 25 - 40 euro to get to the port... forwarders office ,, have the cab wait ,, then to the WW office.
Now ,, once you get the bike ,, and drive it out to the exit/entrance of the port ,, on the right is the Zoll an old building ,, you are to park ,, go in ,, pay the bond then leave,, However ,, at the middle of the road at the gate ,, two young kids ,,, Zoll workers in the uniform ,,the guards,, really don't pay much attention.
I didn't stop .. just drove out ,, waving at these two kids ,, and was in Hannover for the din din.
I am sure they tightened up their act by now.
I did send a nice EM to WW and the forwarder , that I was back in Korea, with my bike ,, safe and sound.
Forwarder's website http://www.hollco.de/
Bremerhaven office ,,, Frauleine Geiser Wever
Originally Posted by JediMaster
I originally posted this under the title ' Security deposit/bond payable on arrival in EU?' in the Trip Paperwork forum but had no replies.
I'd appreciate any comments from those of you who have shipped non-EU registered bikes to Europe and especially from anyone who has used Wallenius Willheim to Bremerhaven.
My original posting...
The last time I shipped a motorcycle to Germany it was registered in the UK and so I haven't encountered the following before.
This time I am shipping my US registered bike with the intention of riding it back to the UK and importing it. I am a UK Citizen.
I have received a document from Wallenius Willheim (Shipping Co) in Bremerhaven entitled 'HOW TO PICK UP YOUR VEHICLE'.
It mentions having to deposit a 'Security Amount' at German customs of approx 30% of the vehicles value.
Does anybody have any experience of this?
Any info would be a help.