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MeCasa 25 Jul 2008 17:41

UK to Cental America
I need to move a bike from the UK to Costa Rica and since that may be asking to much I can probably possession in Panama

Already contacted ACL and Independent and they don't go to Central America

Waiting for a callback from Maersk


mollydog 25 Jul 2008 20:17

I'm pretty sure some German companies do this.

MeCasa 25 Jul 2008 21:44

I don't understand all the exasperated smileys, I'm not naive but I really don't understand what I said wrong :crying: No I haven't checked airlines because I didn't think I could afford this.

As for selling the bike, the very purpose of this move is to get a used XT660 from the UK to Costa Rica where I ride 3 or 4 times a year. I'm flying down on Aug 11th to finish negotiating the purchase of a piece of land so I can house my own bike for when I go down, renting is getting expensive.

I've made the ride from the US to CR more than once, this is not the problem.They don't sell the XT in the US and I like this bike better than the KLR or DR although if I cannot afford to import the XT I will settle for the others.

I have also priced a new Brazillian XT660, since it's not sold in CR the cost of the bike + Import Tax is $10,000 + which is too much.I can buy a very low mileage 2003 XT660 for $4000 in the UK, Import Tax will be $700 +/- and that leaves shipping costs, I was hoping it would be $700 - $1000

Which is why I started the thread

mollydog 25 Jul 2008 22:17

Obviously you've got the CR thing down cold

MeCasa 25 Jul 2008 23:17

Thank you for the sound advice Patrick. it is funny how different people have different favorites, sometimes something just feels right and as I've aged I've learned the value of going with your heart, if it feels right and it makes you smile.........:thumbup1:

However, I also have limited funds and that's the very reason I need to minimize/justify the extra cost of bringing in the XT versus riding in a DR. If I can't find a cost effective method of shipping an XT the DR will be my next choice, both good bikes for 5'7". :-)

I have friends keeping an eye open for large cc trailies in CR but they are few and far between and there's a large community of German expats who grab most decent finds for their countrymates.

That said, finding a shipping agent in Costa Rica isn't an option, terrible to say but they're generally clueless, finding a UK agent is possible but I'm not sure how to go about this. Since Panama Canal is next door you would think this a good option, although passing through has little to do with off loading.

As for a freight airline, I'll start searching this forum for good leads


MeCasa 25 Jul 2008 23:45

After a quick search I found a post by Grant which simply said, use the menu on the left and hit Shipping > Planning

Lots of good info


Lufthansa - doesn't fly to Central America

DHL - $7,500:eek3:

MeCasa 5 Aug 2008 01:41

Just for the record. I found nothing outside of that foolish DHL bid from Europe to Central America. There are options for a transfer from various ports both north and south but nothing direct.

Such is life :(

I do appreciate the help though :thumbup1:

MeCasa 7 Aug 2008 14:42

After giving up I read a current thread on the HUBB which gave me a lead, here are the results of that lead.

PS: Shipping is not from the UK, but close enough

Dear Mr. Lynch,

basically this is no problem for us!
We could load your motorbike either in Antwerp/Belgium or in Le Havre/France and discharge it in Pto. Limon/Costa Rica.
If that is of interest for you please provide us with the type and model of the motorbike and the cargo details (length x width x height in meters, and weight in Kilograms).

With kind regards,

Henning Backes
Marketing & Sales
Horn Linie (GmbH & Co.)
Hammerbrookstr. 47a
D-20097 Hamburg
Tel.: +49-40-23 677-127
Fax: +49-40-23 677-271
Horn-Linie Hamburg Reederei Frachtschiffreisen Frachterreise Karibik Cameroon Freighter Cruises ship cargo cruises travel - Hornbay, Horncap, Horncliff, Alicante Carrier, Algeciras Carrier
Sitz der Gesellschaft: Hamburg | Rechtsform: offene Handelsgesellschaft | Amtsgericht Hamburg, HRA 55409 | Gesellschafter: Westeuropa-Amerika Linien GmbH, Hamburg (HRB 6615) | Global Reefers Carrier Ltd., Monrovia/Liberia.

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Sabine Güttel
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 7. August 2008 09:49
An: Henning Backes
Betreff: WG: Kontaktformular Schiffsreisen(Englisch)

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: [mailto:ml2565@gmail.com]
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 7. August 2008 03:43
An: Sabine Güttel
Betreff: Kontaktformular Schiffsreisen(Englisch)

Hier kommt Ihr Webformular. Es wurde geschickt von
(ml2565@gmail.com) on Donnerstag, August 7, 2008 at 03:43:09


MeCasa 8 Aug 2008 14:33

1 Attachment(s)
I sent them an email

"The bike will be pre-crated and the sizes are: 2,246 mm length; 866 mm width; 1480 mm height; 190 kg weight.

The bike will probably be trucked from London so which port is less hassle and/or which port will be cheaper?

How often do ya'll make this run? And how long does it take.

Thank You
Mike Lynch"

And their reply

that's perfect. Shipping it in a crate is the best and safest way of doing it. Please just make sure that the box can be lifted by a forklift and by crane!
If the bike/crate comes from London probably Antwerp or Le Havre wouldn't make any difference for the trucking.
For shipment is would be easier to go via Antwerp/Belgium!

On that basis we can offer as follows:
ANR / LIO (Antwerp / Pto. Limon)
EUR 475,- lumpsum
"all in"
Loading & discharging included
Direct delivery at destination!
"garage vessels" only (Horncliff, -bay, -cap as per attached schedule)
One off

Please bear in mind that our service is limited to the pure transport of this crate. This includes the loading, lashing & securing on board, the shipment and the discharging at destination.
NOT INCLUDED are any delivery charges and costs for any kind of customs formalities at both ports.
Please also note that "direct delivery at destination" means that the receiver (you or someone appointed by you) must physically receive the cargo immediately after discharging in LIO, meaning from along side the vessel!

In the attached schedule you will find the sailings of the vessels in question. Also you will see the arrival dates of each sailing.
In case of any further questions, please let us know!

with kind regards,

Henning Backes
Marketing & Sales

mollydog 8 Aug 2008 22:06

But this looks pretty damn good! Go for it!
And please post back your experience, good or bad!

MeCasa 9 Aug 2008 02:38

Thanks Patrick, I will admit that I was somewhat discouraged and almost gave up, but if we had any common sense on when to quit

We'd never finish any trip :rofl:

I'll be in CR this week and one of the reasons for this trip is to see who I can talk into letting me store my bike at their place. I already have a friend marked off, all I need to do is reel him in :biggrin3:

I'll report my progress as it occurs

Thanks again ;-)

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