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Old 26 May 2023
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Westjet BIKE'Air Updates

Latest info is now posted on Westjets site: BIKE'Air

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April to October, and Canada / USA / Europe.
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Hiya all! In Marrakesh right now.

I've been asked, and was going to, share my experience on shipping my bike to Europe. In short; reasonably painless other than the bill. I used Air Marine Cargo (as directed by Westjet) as my "freight forwarder". (I've learned new vernacular) and everything was done through them online.

Upon payment, they sent me the documents. One was the dangerous goods declaration which is the category that a motorcycle falls under and the other was shipping paperwork which looks like and would be as much fun as reading your insurance documents. They tell you how many copies to print off and that they should be in colour. (that's color for you Americans)

I was given the location to show up at a cargo warehouse and trailered my bike down a day prior to flying. I handed the folks there the documents and the boys in the warehouse came out to assist me in unloading the bike. We wheeled it into the warehouse and another dude showed up to inspect it and what was in the panniers. Yes, you can have it loaded, but there are restrictions I.E. No aerosols, lighter, matches, and no more than 1/4 tank of gas. I asked to strap extra tires to it, but was declined. That was it. I went home with my copies of the shipping documents to catch my flight from Edmonton the next day.

Once in Paris (That was the closest to Africa I could get it seems) I took a suitcase with my riding gear off the carousel and looked for my tires. After a brief moment of mild panic I realized they were somewhere else with the oversize cargo area. Now to get my bike.

The customs people at the airport told me that they don't deal with that. OK. I found the pick up location on my paperwork and began asking around. I was told to to terminal 3 and catch a bus as the cabs probably won't entertain such a short ride. At terminal 3 I found the bus stop and was told that #24 will get me close. I also found out that the buses are cash only and they do not give change. (That was from thrusting my smallest denomination Euro, a 20, at the driver who just rolled his eyes and waved me away)

Once I thought I was close and with the help of the driver I located Worldwide Freight Services which is the company I deal with as instructed by AMC. It is a large facility with numerous buildings and apparently I went to the wrong one. A kind employee loaded me, my suitcase and my tires into his personal vehicle and drove me over to the correct location.

At this location I hand my paperwork over to a dude and an office kiosk who looks it over and determines that my bike would not be ready for another 20 minutes. Approximately 45 minutes later he tells me I have to go to customs.

I locate Customs not too far away in the same building. I hand them over my paperwork, my Canadian motorcycle registration, and my green card insurance for France and Spain. (purchased online). They do their office thing and make some copies of my documents and hand me back a package which includes a document indicating that I've imported my motorcycle temporarily. I'm traveling without a carnet for those who are wondering.

I returned to the first dude at the kiosk and hand in my completed paperwork. He checks it over, charges me 128 Euros and sends me down the hallway to the warehouse. I give Warehouse dude my paperwork and he takes off with the forklift returning about 10 minutes later with my motorcycle on a pallet. Voila!

They permit me to spend some time in a corner of their loading dock to reattach the terminals on my battery and strap on my tires. I put on my riding gear and trash the suitcase and off I go. From the time I landed to the time I drive away is about 4 to 5 hours. Could I have hired some agency to simplify and possibly expediate this process? Possibly.....but like the dude at AMC said: "If you're going to be motorcycling through Africa you'd better get used to some challenges."

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Hiya all! In Marrakesh right now.

I've been asked, and was going to, share my experience on shipping my bike to Europe. In short; reasonably painless other than the bill. I used Air Marine Cargo (as directed by Westjet) as my "freight forwarder". (I've learned new vernacular) and everything was done through them online.
what did you end up paying, I used air Canada cargo in 2018 and I payed $1000 cad from Montreal to Paris, and 1200 cad from Paris to Vancouver.

Clearly prices have gone up but I also see they have gone down from 2 years ago. im looking at using Air Marine for a similar trip next summer and have not gotten a response back, just want to see how far off the prices have gotten thanks.
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It was just shy of $2000 CAD to ship and then the 128 Euro fee at the cargo facility at the Paris airport.
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