Motorcycle Shipping

Getting your Motorcyle to its destination

Motorcycle Shipping 

We’ll do our best to provide the simplest and most efficient service to ship your motorcycle to your destination.

Our experienced team and partners specialise in shipping Motorcycles around the world, from a single motorbike to organising the logistics for motorcycle tours and events.

We specialise in providing services to motorcycle travellers, but also provide services for buyers and sellers around the world.

We can arrange for motorcycles to be packed carefully in single crates or loaded in to containers.

Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) Motorbike Shipping

RoRo shipping will see your bike ridden on to a specialist vessel designed for the transportation of cars and motorbikes and secured into purpose built racks. Bikes are then simply driven off at destination for customs clearance and collection.

Some RORO route allow passengers to accompany their vehicles.

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Shipping Motorbikes by Container

For destinations where RoRo vessels do not have bike racks or if you would simply prefer, we offer a bespoke packaging service to pack your bike into a custom built crate for shipment by air or sea container.

Container Share

We want to help you save money and the best way to do that is to share a container. Where possible we will do our best to find you a shipping partner.

Airfreight your Motorbike

Crated bikes can be air-freighted worldwide and we offer great rates for all destinations. In some cases it can be cheaper to airfreight than seafreight.

Secure Crating for your Motorbike

All shipping crates are individually built to the exact measurements of each bike.The bike is positioned on to a heavy duty base before both wheels and the stand are secured with wooden chocks. Strap banding is fed through the wheels and over the frame being careful to protect areas of contact with foam padding to ensure all paintwork is covered before the straps are tensioned in place. When secured to the base and the crate sides are in position, bikes are braced using lengths of timber within the crate with more foam padding ensuring paintwork remains protected. The top of the crate is then secured before the whole crate is externally strapped and a uniquely numbered seal is applied providing a tamper proof shipping unit.

We are Flexible

We want you to be able to ship your way, we can provide you any level of support you require. We can provide a basic freight booking service, export support or full end to end services.

You can use our trusted agents at your destination, or we can work with your own agents, or if you are comfortable in doing so, you can self clear.

Your shipping – Your Way

Shipping Services

We offer several levels of service to suit your needs and budget:

  • Basic – Sea or Air Freight booking Only
  • Export – Sea or Air Freight with stuffing / packing and outbound clearance
  • All in – Sea or Air Freight with packing and unpacking, export and import Customs clearance

Customs Clearance

We can provide customs clearance and stuffing / packing services in the UK. Our systems are integrated with the UK’s National Export System, ensuring swift and straight forward clearing of incoming and outgoing vehicles.

For clearance outside of the UK we work with trusted agents to ensure a seamless process. With clear, fixed, negotiated pricing we ensure your vehicle is not only cleared in the shortest time possible but also at the best price.

Shipping Options

We can provide the following shipping services

  • Full Container Load
  • Container Share
  • RORO
  • Air Freight

Self Clearing

At some ports it may be possible to self clear your vehicle, saving you the cost of an agent. This is dependent on the country’s custom and port rules. Generally it is easier to self-clear with roll on roll off than it is with container shipping.

Self-clearing can be time consuming and stressful without clear instructions on how to do it.  Where self clearing is possible we will try and provide you with detailed instructions on how to clear your vehicle.

Services Provided

Basic Shipping (RORO Only)

The Basic Shipping service provides you with a booking for RORO and options to include insurance.

The service is for those who are confident to either carry out their own clearing or who have appointed their own agent. 

Where available we will provide you with instructions on self clearing, which is at your own risk.

This Service includes:

  • Sea Freight Booking RORO
  • Costs for Outgoing THC
  • Option for Marine insurance
  • Self Clearing information (where available)

The service does not include:

  • Appointment of an Agent at the place of departure (sometimes paid locally)
  • Outgoing - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Outgoing - Haulage, stuffing, crating and lashing where applicable
  • Option for Marine insurance
  • Instructions for export of your vehicle (where available)
  • Appointment of an Agent at your destination (Paid locally)
  • Incoming - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Incoming - Haulage and unpacking where applicable
  • Instructions for import of your vehicle (where available)
  • Details of costs at your destination
  • Support throughout the process

*Note Self clearing is not always possible, it is dependent on the country and port. You are more likely to be able to self clear via RORO than container shipping.

Export - Shipping and outgoing Stuffing / Clearing

The Export service provides you with a booking for RORO or a container, Outgoing Customs clearance, stuffing, documentation and options to include insurance.

It is for those who want an all in rate and support for export of their vehicle, but who wish to appoint their own agent at their destination or who wish to self clear.

Where available we will provide you with instructions on self clearing, which is at your own risk.

This Service includes:

  • Sea Freight Booking (RORO & Container)
  • Costs for Outgoing THC
  • Appointment of an agent at the place of departure (sometimes paid locally)
  • Outgoing - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Outgoing - Haulage, stuffing, crating and lashing where applicable
  • Option for Marine insurance
  • Instructions for export of your vehicle (where available)
  • Support for export of your vehicle 
  • Self Clearing information - Import (where available)

The service does not include:

  • Appointment of an Agent at your destination
  • Incoming - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Incoming - Haulage and unpacking where applicable
  • Instructions for import of your vehicle (where available)
  • Details of costs at your destination (unless included in a self clearing guide)
  • Support for import of your vehicle

*Note Self clearing is not always possible, it is dependent on the country and port. You are more likely to be able to self clear via RORO than container shipping.

 

All in - Shipping outgoing / incoming Stuffing / Clearing

The All in service provides you with a booking for RORO or a container, Incoming and Outgoing Customs clearance, stuffing documentation and options to include insurance.

This service is for those who want the entire process handled for them and is supported throughout.

This Service includes:

  • Sea Freight Booking (RORO & Container)
  • Costs for Outgoing THC
  • Appointment of an agent the place of departure (sometimes paid locally)
  • Outgoing - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Outgoing - Haulage, stuffing, crating and lashing where applicable
  • Option for Marine insurance
  • Instructions for export of your vehicle (where available)
  • Appointment of an Agent at your destination (Paid locally)
  • Incoming - Customs Clearance & Paperwork
  • Incoming - Haulage and unpacking where applicable
  • Instructions for import of your vehicle (where available)
  • Details of costs at your destination
  • Support throughout the process

 

Container Shipping

How is the Container shipping price calcuated?

The shipping price is based on a number of factors. Firstly the ocean freight, which is dependent on the route and size of container, i.e 20" or 40" HQ.

In addition to the ocean freight, you will also have to pay additional fees in relation to the sea freight Bunker Adjustment (BAF) and Low Sulphur Fuel Surcharge (LSF).

Other fees that may be charged for the export and import of the shipment are Security Fees, Gate fees, Document Fees, Terminal Handling Charges (THC), Stuffing and clearance charges.

Depending on where the container is loaded and unloaded you may also be charged haulage fees.

All fees vary depending on which carrier and port is used.

Can I be present whilst the container is being loaded?

It really depends on the port, the location of the loading activities and local rules and regulations. If the loading is carried out in a private yard or warehouse, then you will be able to be present during the loading.

If the loading is carried out in the port or at a secure location, this may not always be possible.

When you are completing a quotation request, please let us know that you would like to be present during the loading.

Security: Is my Vehicle safe?

Container shipping is the safest mode of sea transport as the goods will be sealed in the container prior to shipping.

Generally, most people have no problems with items being stolen or damage whilst container shipping .

However there is still a risk that the ship runs aground, the container falls off the ship, the container is dropped or knocked during loading etc.

There is a risk of theft, usually this is at the points of loading and unloading, you can reduce this risk by ensuring you are present during loading and unloading.

You can also purchase Marine Insurance to cover your goods during transit.

Can i self-clear a container?

Generally it is not always possible to self-clear a container as you may require the services of an agent to obtain and move the container to a suitable location for unpacking.

Some countries also require the use of authorised agents for clearing purposes.

Some countries however do allow containers to be accessed and unloaded at the dockside/port area, in addition to allowing individuals to clear their goods, for example Cartagena in Colombia.

Where the country a) allows self-clearing and b) the port allows access to the container, it may be possible.

What are the Container sizes & Dimensions?

The most frequently used container sizes are 20", 40" and 40" HQ

Below are the dimensions of the most used containers:

ContainerInterior DimensionsDoor Opening
Size / TypeWidthHeightWidthHeight
(m)(m)(m)(m)
20′ Dry Freight2.352.3852.342.274
40′ Dry Freight2.3472.3492.3432.278
40′ High Cube2.3472.6842.3432.584
Can I share a container and save on costs?

Yes, A lot of people share the containers to save on costs. More than 50% of the costs of container shipping are port fees, customs and haulage, these do not increase significantly when using a 40" container with two vehicles  vs a 20" container with one vehicle.

Therefore by sharing a container you significantly reduce the costs.

Where possible we will help you find other travellers to share a container.

Shipping Terms

When do I have to make payment?

We normally ask for payment of the outgoing shipping costs prior to shipping. (Ocean Freight, port fees, documents and any clearance fees). Sometimes local outgoing port fees are payable on departure, this will dependent on the port and shipper.

Your import costs, THC, agent, customs clearance are normally paid locally.

Once your booking has been confirmed, we shall provide you with payment instructions.

*Note the Original BL will not be released until all fees are paid.

How do I make payment?

Payments of outgoing fees can be transferred to us in British Pounds (£), US Dollars ($) and Euros (€). We hold accounts in all three currencies to reduce the costs of dealing with multiple currencies.

In some instances, we may ask you to make payments locally.

Payments of Import fees are normally paid locally, they include THC, Customs fees and agents fees if applicable.

Detailed payment instructions will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Are the prices / rates fixed?

The shipping rates may vary up until the point of departure. Normally shippers will fix rates around 30 days prior to departure but it is dependent on the shipper. In addition to this, the shipping rate may be quoted or settled in a different currency to yours so there may be exchange rate fluctuations. 

Any fluctuations in exhange rates & currency charges will be borne by the client.

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Why ship with us?

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Competitive Pricing

Already have a quotation? We will try to match or beat any valid quotation.

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No Obligation Quotation

Quotations are free, with no obligation to buy.

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Personal Service

We specialise in shipping vehicles, whether for touring purposes, expeditions or for business.

Every shipment is treated equally no matter the size.

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Trusted Agents

We only use known / trusted agents to clear your vehicle. This helps avoid unexpected costs and complications.

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Communication

We believe communication is of the utmost importance. During the shipping process we will keep you informed every step of the way.

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We understand your needs

We have shipped our own vehicle to many places around the world, and fully understand your needs and requirements as a customer.

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