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Old 10 Jul 2019
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Advice needed : Import of motorcycle in Buenos Aires with work visa Expat

I am looking to temporary import my motorcycle into Buenos Aires. I own a 2010 BMW 800gs. I will be shipping my bike by air using air canada. The problem I am having is the documentation at customs. I'm not sure what I need or who I can hire.

My situation:
I'm an expat working in Argentina. I have a DNI number and QUIL number. I also have a work visa with a address in Argentina. I would think my situation would be somewhat straight forward but would still like to hire somebody to help me with customs or tell me the best way to get my bike out of EZE airport.

I contacted dakarmotos but they have not responded back.

Is ther anybody else that I could contact? Any advise? Thanks

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks

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As long as you show ownership documents you'll get 90 days TVIP when you clear customs. Far as I know it's no more complicated than that and you don't need anyone special to help.
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Thanks for the reply. I was hoping to keep the motorcycle in the country as long as I have a work visa and address in Argentina. This will probably be 3 years or so.

I don’t want to have to renew or worry about the motorcycle every 90days.

Thanks again for the advice.
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Doesn't sound like a temporary import to me. I don't know the rules, but I agree that you need help.

First place to turn is your employer--can they support you, or at least explain how it works? If not, can you connect with an ex-pat community in B.A.? Some countries have established processes for bringing a single vehicle with you. Others allow NGOs to import vehicles for their own use without prohibitive tariffs.

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I agree that is isn't a temporary import. Below are some details I found on the internet

Details on bringing a vehicle to Argentina, with details on temporary entry and importation...
Vehicles may be brought into Argentina in one of two different ways:

A temporary entry permit
A temporary import will be completed at the point of entry into Argentina. The information below is intended as a simplified guide to what is an extremely complex process for both temporary entry and for importation.

The first step is to contact the Argentinian consulate in the country of residence to start the procedure for bringing a car to Argentina.

-Do I contact the Argentina consulate in the united states? any experience with this?

According to Law No. 25,871 and its amendments and the Decree No. 616 of May 6, 2010, the following people may import cars:

Foreigners with permanent residency in Argentina and returning Argentinian citizens
Foreigners with a temporary visa
Diplomats and military personnel
Foreigners with Permanent Residency
Returning Argentinian citizens and foreigners with a permanent resident visa may import one used car and/or one motorcycle, and no more than two vehicles per family. The vehicle owner must be at least 21 years old and the vehicle must be registered in their name and have been used by them for at least three months prior to arrival. Permanent residency must be obtained before the vehicle arrives in Argentina. The import of new vehicles is subject to regulations - only certain makes and models may be imported.

Vehicles with a value of less than or equal to fifteen thousand dollars (U$S 15,000) or its equivalent in another currency are excempt from import duties, taxes and other contributions. If the vehicle exceeds a value of US$ 15,000, estimated costs are approximately 80 to 100 percent of the vehicle's value, which includes tax and freight.

-How do they detemine a value of 2010 BMW F800gs?

The vehicle may arrive in Argentina no more than three months before the owner's arrival in the country and no later than six months afterwards. The car will only be released after the arrival of the owner in Argentina. If the vehicle arrives in Argentina before its owner, it will remain at customs until the owner's arrival in the country.

The vehicle may not be sold in Argentina during the first two years after import.

Temporary Entry
The authorities allow the importation of one car and/or one motorcycle temporarily for the same period for which the owner's visa is granted and may be renewed as often as the visa is renewed. After this period the car/motorcycle must leave Argentina.

Documents Required
The following documents are required to bring a vehicle to Argentina:

Proof of identity, passport with the appropriate visa or DNI (national identity document) - I have this
Foreigners with permanent residence in the country, the certification issued by the National Directorate of Migration - I have this
Original purchase invoice of the car/motorbike - I have bill of sale. bought the bike used
Original driving license - I have this
Original car/motorbike registration documents - I have this
Three original Ocean Bill of Ladings in the shipper's name - Air shipped, I will have this

Certificate of residence: Returning Argentinian citizens must provide a certificate of residence from their previous country of residence proving that they have lived abroad for the last two years. Foreigners must provide a certificate of residence stating that they have lived in the country of origin for at least 12 months. This can be obtained from the Argentinian Consulate in the place of residence

A Pre/Shipment Inspection Certificate (Certificado de pre-embarque) - Who does this?

All documents issued abroad must be certified and authenticated by the Argentinian Consulate with jurisdiction in the country. Documents in a foreign language must be translated by a certified public translator (Traductor Publico Nacional).

Diplomats and military personnel can obtain the necessary documents for import from the Argentinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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I would just sell your bike at home and buy a foreigners bike when you get down there. Some of the best motorcycle deals in the world can be found in Argentina and Chile because it is where many Pan-American riders finish their trips and sell their motorcycles on the cheap.

All you have to do is use photoshop to put the TVIP, title, insurance in your name and than cross into Chile for a real TVIP in your name and cross back into Argentina for a real TVIP in your name. Every 3 months all you have to do is hop across the Chilean/ Uruguayan border and you have a legal motorcycle to ride in Argentina.
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