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shipping route S Africa to S America?

Does anyone know if there is still a shipping route to transport motorbikes from S Africa to S America?
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Hi Rob, I flew my bike from Buenos Aires to Capetown for $1100usd on Malaysian Airlines last year. Info is on the shipping pages. A friend of mine shipped his bike on a boat from Buenos Aires to Capetown last year, so it is possible to "boat" your bike. It took 6 weeks and he had a heckuva time getting his bike from the port (he's South African). H.
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thanks for the quick reply - time is not an issue - do you have any details of the shipping company your friend took?
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Hi Rob, time wasn't an issue for my buddy either, that's why he took the boat route. I think he paid $600usd. I'll email him right to now to get the details. I'm eastbound in Siberia at the moment so I might not be able to post the info until Khabarovsk or Vladivostok. I'll do my best! Hook.
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Sorry, I know nothing about shipping on that route,
just been following the forum, because I´ll probably need to ship back from SE Asia to Europe after my trip... and $1100usd for airfreight, between continents, actually sounds very cheap!

If its only ~500usd between the boat and the plane, Id be very happy to pay that to get it freighted in a few days instead of several weeks. Maybe handling customs at the airport is smoother, too.

So far Ive been offered around 1000-1200 euro from Thailand to Belgium or Germany on a ship... its a 10 hour flight, so distances should be roughly in the same ballpark as yours. Seems like its well worth to go asking around for airfreight, too.
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Hey Pecha, you make some excellent points. Going by air was a no brainer. The bike was simply strapped down on a pallet rather than going through the whole "crate boogy." I had my bike out of South African customs in 15 or 20 minutes. When the bike and I took the boat from Israel to Cyprus, it took over 6 hours to get out of the port in Cyprus- and the port fees cost more than the boat ride! (of course I wasn't told this in Israel!). Rob, I'll forward the info when I get it. H.
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Kuehne and Nagel shipping company

we shipped from Cape Town to Buenos Aires with no problems at all - all paid in advance so no sneaky 'additions' when we got to the other side! We used a company called Kuehne and Nagel. they have offices in Cape Town.

this was around 2 and half years ago and they were approx 13,000 SAR for our two BMW's. separate crates.

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Hi Lisa,

Did you shipp by air or by sea?

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we shipped from Cape Town to Buenos Aires with no problems at all - all paid in advance so no sneaky 'additions' when we got to the other side! We used a company called Kuehne and Nagel. they have offices in Cape Town.

this was around 2 and half years ago and they were approx 13,000 SAR for our two BMW's. separate crates.

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shipping by sea

this was by sea. it took 15 days including the customs check for the container ship.
we had a carnet still valid when we arrived in Buenos Aires - we know that we didnt need one - but ours was still 'in date' - we found this to be a great advantage.

make sure that if you need help with the docs etc when arriving in BA - contact Javier and Sandra at Dakarmotos. Sandra will (for a very small fee) help you with everything there.....she is great to have around.

You can also stay with them at Dakarmotos. contact them via thier website on DAKAR MOTOS-HOME OF ´OVER-LAND BIKE´ TRAVEL IN SOUTH AMERICA

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Great info Lisa.
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this was by sea. it took 15 days including the customs check for the container ship.
we had a carnet still valid when we arrived in Buenos Aires - we know that we didnt need one - but ours was still 'in date' - we found this to be a great advantage.

make sure that if you need help with the docs etc when arriving in BA - contact Javier and Sandra at Dakarmotos. Sandra will (for a very small fee) help you with everything there.....she is great to have around.

You can also stay with them at Dakarmotos. contact them via thier website on DAKAR MOTOS-HOME OF ´OVER-LAND BIKE´ TRAVEL IN SOUTH AMERICA

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Try Thutainers

I'm currently looking at thrutainers.com for South Africa to Madagascar, but looks like they do South America to.

The price from South Africa to Mada is about $300 in 7 days and most of that cost is the customs paperwork. So it may be possible to do it 25% cheaper. I reckon the 15 days to South America will be about $600
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