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Bad news

Just got a quote from Craters and Freighters in Tacoma, WA, USA to crate and ship a bike from Seattle to Lima, Peru. In excess of $14,000 US dollars!!
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stunning! Just out of curiosity and a sense of the absurd, I wonder how much they want for the crating? I've seen some really ridiculous numbers for mediocre crates.
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stunning! Just out of curiosity and a sense of the absurd, I wonder how much they want for the crating? I've seen some really ridiculous numbers for mediocre crates.
They didn't break the quote down. But last year from another operator I got a quote of $500 US to crate a bike if I brought the bike to them. So it probably wouldn't change the overall price much.

I just sent an email to Cargoriders/Veronica in Bogota to she if she can help me. I just picked up a brand new Ténéré T700 and want to ship it to Lima, then ship it home from Colombia three months later next year. Sooooo........depressing.
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Try shipping to Chile instead--Valparaíso in particular. That's sometimes been cheaper and more reliable than Lima.
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So latest quote is from Monica at Cargo Rider. She says currently Miami to Bogota is about $3800 US. However that would involve getting my bike from Washington State where I live to Miami, either paying by truck round trip, or throwing it in the back of my pickup and driving five days to get to Miami, leaving the truck there for three months, then shipping from Bogota to Miami and driving back.

Still waiting for a quote from Touratech Lima Peru (Not the farkle vendor here.) to ship from Seattle to Lima.

This is just getting ridiculous. :-(
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Try shipping to Chile instead--Valparaíso in particular. That's sometimes been cheaper and more reliable than Lima.
Any leads for shipping to Valparaiso?
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Colombia and Chile

Sorry I dont have any contact in Valparaiso.

But shipping to Colombia and Chile is straight forward with customs.

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Any leads for shipping to Valparaiso?
Try contacting Villa Kuntabunt in Valparaiso. Martina has sadly passed away, but Enzo her widower is likely to still be in the business of helping vehicle travellers pass through Valparaiso port.

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South America Shipping

ADVTRACKER, hmmm, I shipped two bikes from Seattle to Buenos Aires a couple of years ago through Miami and it was a mess. The bikes were stuck in Miami for a month in customs while we waited in BA for them to get released. The crating process was problematic to say the least. I want to get back there and I agree shipping to Santiago or Lima might be easier. I'm not sure if Ivan Guerrero still runs Touratech Peru but he is a great guy and would be a good contact. His email is trivanperu@yahoo.com

Back on the Air Canada topic... I'm watching this because I'm planning to ride part of the Trans European Trail, TET next fall and am watching for shipping options.
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Air Canada wants (CA$) more than 12,000 on a pallet and more than 6,000 in a crate. So given that I'd have to crate it and do the Dangerous Goods in the USA then get the bike crated to Canada seems more than daunting.

Other bids here from Seattle to South American are more than $14,000 US one way.

Cargo Rider in Bogota says bikes are getting hung up in customs in Miami for three weeks, plus shipping my bike from WA State to Miami. So I'd have to try to time it to fly to Bogota then spend who knows how long waiting in Bogota for my T7 to arrive who knows when??!!

I've got a brand new T700 Ténéré just waiting to get shipped to Lima or Bogota to start a three month adventure.

Things just going from bad to worse. :-(

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In 2013 I rode from Seattle to Buenos Aires and the whole trip took three months. Shipping to the US from BA was very easy. I've done it both ways and riding south and shipping north was much easier. Plus, if you leave Seattle around the first of the year you will hit the best weather windows riding south.
You can read about my trip here: https://advdonnh.com/motoraid-ii/
I would consider just riding south and saving a lot of hassle.
I see you live nearby, let me know if you want to grab coffee to discuss.
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In 2013 I rode from Seattle to Buenos Aires and the whole trip took three months. Shipping to the US from BA was very easy. I've done it both ways and riding south and shipping north was much easier. Plus, if you leave Seattle around the first of the year you will hit the best weather windows riding south.
You can read about my trip here: https://advdonnh.com/motoraid-ii/
I would consider just riding south and saving a lot of hassle.
I see you live nearby, let me know if you want to grab coffee to discuss.
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So, I'm starting my preparations towards USA trip I wanted to make in 2023. Got info that Fly Your Bike is discontinued, got info to Frankfurts AirCanada cargo operator, will see what happens. I will also message Motorcycle Express.

In meantime I'd like to leave info that I'll be researching Frankfurt -> Vancouver, and then Montreal -> Frankfurt.

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