Import Motorcycles from USA

Background

The USA has an abundance of British, European, American and Japanese motorcycles often stored and used in far cleaner and drier environments than bikes from other parts of the world. Unusually they often have far fewer miles on the clock too. It’s always worth checking prices of motorcycles from USA dealers, eBay and CraigsList as you may be surprised how much lower prices can be, plus the USA often received models that were never sold in the UK and Europe.

In comparison to many parts of the world our motorcycle shipping customers seem to have very few problems with sellers in the USA and the majority find them to be very honourable and attentive.

Restrictions

There are no import restrictions on permanently importing motorcycles from the USA into Europe and the age of the motorcycle will dictate the amount of duties/taxes charged on import into the EU.

Documentation Requirements

  • Passport photo page or equivalent photo ID (New Owner)
  • Bill of Sale (Notarised)
  • Original US Title (For road going vehicles) – Some States don’t issue US Titles and so a Registration document will be sufficient in these circumstances (Original US Title)

Shipping Process

1. Collection in the USA (Optional)

Most Vehicles tend to be shipped from Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Savannah or New York and will need to be transported to the port for loading. If the seller is unable to drop the bike into a local depot, we can certainly arrange collection from across the USA by fully enclosed motorcycle truck for you. A full condition report will be made on collection for your records.

2. Loading, shipping, UK import customs clearances and local charges:

On arrival of your motorcycle into one of the depots, your motorcycle will be photographed and professionally loaded into a vehicle shipping container for shipment to arrival into UK port. We will then clear through customs ready for you to collect from Felixstowe, GB (We can arrange forward delivery to your address if required).

You will need to allow a realistic shipping time of between 4 -7 weeks from the USA depending on the location. Many people quote less time, but US customs authorities alone can take over 14 days simply to authorise export of the motorcycle from the USA.

3. Customs Duties & Taxes (HMRC Charges)

You will also need to pay any import duties and VAT on import of the motorcycles into the EU. Providing your motorcycle is over 30 years old we may be able to import at the reduced levels of zero duty and 5% VAT.

These are calculated as follows:



Duty and VAT:

Motorcycle under 30 years old Duty – Motorcycle 250cc and under 8%
Duty – Motorcycle over 250cc 6%
VAT 20% of value of vehicle + all shipping costs + Duty
Motorcycle over 30 years old Duty Zero
VAT 5% of value of vehicle + all shipping costs

*Use of HMRC deferment account charges may apply

Further information may be found at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/sectors/consumers/personal-vehicles.htm#1

4. Delivery/Transport of the motorcycle across the EU (Optional)

You are quite welcome to collect your motorcycle from Felixstowe, GB, or alternatively we can deliver by fully enclosed motorcycle truck to your address across the UK or Europe. We can tailor to your requirements.

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