MOTORCYCLE SHIPPING FROM THE USA IS VERY COST EFFECTIVE WITH ZERO IMPORT DUTY AND ONLY 5% IMPORT VAT ON VEHICLES OVER 30 YEARS OLD
The USA has an abundance of British, European, American and Japanese motorcycles. These are often in exceptional condition as they are often stored and ridden 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 with American dealers, eBay and Craigslist. You may be surprised how much lower prices can be in the USA, plus North America often received models that were never sold in the UK and Europe.
Our motorcycle shipping customers seem to have very few problems with sellers in the USA, unlike many other countries. Most people seem to find US sellers to be very honorable and attentive. Naturally you should always do some basic checks to give you peace of mind before transferring money.
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 and taxes to be charged on import into the EU.
BILL OF SALE
PASSPORT PHOTO PAGE OR
EQUIVALENT PHOTO ID
ORIGINAL US TITLE
(For road going vehicles)
USA SHIPPING PROCESS
Collection in the USA (Optional)
Most Vehicles are exported from the USA from Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Savannah or New York. Motorcycles will need to be transported to the port for loading. If the seller is unable to drop the bike into one of our depots, we can certainly arrange collection from across the USA by fully enclosed motorcycle truck for you. A full condition report is made on collection for your records.
LOADING, SHIPPING, UK IMPORT CUSTOMS CLEARANCES AND LOCAL CHARGES
When your motorcycle arrives into one of our depots, your bike will be photographed and professionally loaded into a vehicle shipping container for shipment to UK port. We will then clear through customs ready for you to collect from the port depot in Southampton, Dartford or Felixstowe, GB. We can arrange forward delivery to your address in the UK or even across the European Union.
Depending on where your motorcycle is located in the USA, you will need to allow a realistic shipping time of between 4 -7 weeks from the USA to Europe. Many people quote less time, but US customs authorities can take over 14 days just to authorise export of the motorcycle from the USA.
CUSTOMS DUTIES & TAXES (HMRC CHARGES)
Duties & taxes charged on permanent import of a motorcycle into the UK
You will also need to pay any import duties and VAT on import of your motorcycles into the UK/European Union. Providing your motorcycle is over 30 years old we may be able to import at the reduced levels of zero duty and 5% VAT.
*Use of HMRC deferment account charges may apply
**Please note that as of 21st June 2018, Additional Duty of 25% is levied on motorcycles less than 30 years old and over 500cc, imported from the USA**
Further information regarding the duties and taxes may be found here
DELIVERY/TRANSPORT OF THE MOTORCYCLE ACROSS THE EU (OPTIONAL)
You are quite welcome to collect your motorcycle from the UK port depot. Alternatively we can deliver by fully enclosed motorcycle truck to your address across the UK or Europe. We will gladly tailor to your requirements.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What documents do I need?
US Title – If this is a road going motorcycle, please ensure the bike has an original US Title. We will need to present the original to US customs so please ensure that the seller doesn’t send it to the UK. Some US states don’t issue Title documents so a US Registration document should be available in its place. Off-road only motorcycles may be shipped without this.
Further guidance may be found here on the US Customs website
Notarised bill of sale – This is a full invoice of sale from the seller to the buyer. The seller will need to have this notarised.
I am worried about transferring funds to the seller. What should I do?
We rarely hear of our customers encountering problems when they are purchasing cars or motorcycles from private sellers in the USA. Motorcycle dealers and traders should have a trading history you can check to give you peace of mind. We can certainly offer a payment on collection service to assist with this. Click here to read more.
How long will it take for my motorcycle to arrive?
US customs tend to take 14 days to grant permission for export therefore, depending on where in the USA your motorcycle is coming from, the realistic transit times are between 4 to 8 weeks .
Please be aware that many companies will claim lower transit times in order to win your business.
Do I need to pay import duties and taxes on arrival in the UK?
It will entirely depend on a number of factors. Please send us a message and we can better advise and provide you with an accurate estimate of any duties/taxes that will be levied on arrival.
Alternatively, further information may be found here