Update on air freight - North America to Europe
I just dropped off my moto at Montreal Mirabel Airport today, for a flight to Paris on Sunday.
Some things have changed since I last shipped a moto trans-Atlantic:
1) Both Transport Canada and the US FAA require that air freight from 'unknown shippers' (meaning, private persons rather than large corporations) needs to be dropped off at the cargo warehouse 48 hours ahead of time. This can be a bit of a pain if you don't have other accomodation available in the city you are shipping from. There is NO flexibility on this, 44 hours ahead won't make it, it has to be 48 hours or more ahead of time.
2) It seems it is no longer necessary to disconnect the battery cable on the moto.
3) If the moto is not 'packaged' - meaning, if it is sitting on a pallet or sitting in a container and it is obvious to all that it is a moto - then you don't need a class 9 DGR sticker on it. You only need to put a sticker on it if you have put your moto inside a box or a crate, such that it is not obvious from a quick look that it is a moto.
Will update you later on how things go - I have dealt with Devin Campbell at Motorcycle Express (third time I have shipped with Motorcycle Express) and so far I am very happy with the service Devin has provided me with.