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Old 10 Apr 2004
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shipping or selling from CA

I am currently traveling through Guatemala on my way to Costa Rica and Panama. My original plans of riding home to Montreal, Canada have changed, and I am now looking at shipping or selling my KLR when my trip ends sometime in June04 in one of those two countries. I have used the links to shipping companies, but very few ship from CA to Canada and I face the real possibility of having to sell the bike. Can anybody give me info on selling a motorcycle, what taxes I may have to pay, the legalities and such in eithor Costa Rica or Panama. I know it has been done, but how difficult is it to do?
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I just shipped my H-D Sportster to Miami from San Jose, Costa Rica March 31, 2004. I used Tical shipping near the airport. Norman Nunez was the agent and spoke English. (norman_nunez@tical.com). Very nice man but unfortunately had probably never shipped a bike before and fumbled through it. The upside is that he learned alot from our experience and could probably now do a better job. I understand Rex International in SJ has more experience-contact Jesus Meza,also knows English. Martinair in SJ promised 4 times to airfreight the bike then backed out. Went with Florida West International Airways/Masair. WARNIING: Shippers want $250-$350 for a crate. If at all possible, build your own. We stayed in Alajuela for almost 2 weeks arranging things but it is a nice town where everything is within walking distance(including lumber yards). Only 5 minutes from the airport(closer and safer than SJ). We did not sell because duties are 53% to 82% of the value, making our bike too expensive for most people. I recommend shipping and then enjoying the ride from Miami to home. You could even go to the HU meet in NC. Also, Martinair flies people from SJ to Miami, about $214 USD and can get tickets the day of the flight. Know nothing of Panama.
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Thanks for all the great info, it will help me save some time and costs. I know your experience was for shipping to the USA, I only hope they can ship to Canada as well. I don´t know about shipping into the USA and then riding home to Canada. I had enough trouble getting into the USA to start my trip, when I and the bike rode by truck to California. It´s a long story, but all to say that things are not as easy as they used to be at US customs post 9-11. Maurice
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