shipping cruisers overseas UK-USA

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John,
I've shipped my trucks 5 times back n forth across US-UK (call me stupid or
what!)
Its approx $800 dollars from Baltimore to Liverpool/Southampton (was 10 yrs
ago) for RORO (roll on roll off)
>From UK-US seems to be around GBP 800-1000 v.v (that was 3 yrs ago). Shipped
to California/Texas is normally more expensive (but one port in TX is cheap
as it has a LOT of shipping traffic)
The shipping co's went onto Amsterdam, Rotterdam etc.. after UK
The biggest issue with RORO is that it cannot have ANYTHING in the car that
did not come with the car when u bought it. Hence no extra tool box,
containers etc.. Basically u can chance it but at the ports I see the
drivers that put u're truck on with lotsa "perks". I've heard that some
people have had luck (maybe its a bribe thing) with putting some boxes (as
long as not over back of seats) and covered etc.
Its also a customs issue and they don't want to have to write up extra
'cargo'
In the end we got a container and filled it up with two cars, custom
roof-rack and lots stuff.
I pulled the Kia Sportage (all filled) via custom link-bars from Baltimore
to Colorado.
I think I grossed 12K lbs with both trucks. Wasn't the easiest of drives as
it turned out my rear axle was leaking fluid/grease onto my one of my rear
brakes. Sure feel quite wobbly when I had 2 brake - got used to it but
didn't discover the issue until after I arrived. I put down the unsteadiness
due to weight and not towed anything heavy behind it b4. However managed to
get my Simex tires over :)
As its relatively 'cheap' (us-Uk), but presume prices have gone up a little
u could consider flying out on a holiday, buying a truck (2nd hand even) and
shipping it back. U will have to pay customs, Vat, Tax on import but if u
can show a 'cheap' sales invoice (again a little greenbacks to the
dealer/seller) then thats what u pay your % on. However biggest issue is
that most trucks over here are petrol so u gotta live with that or get LPG
conversion. Seeing more diesel trucks around but normally larger 1/2 ton
GMC/Chevys (real) trucks!
Also beware that certain locations (if truck only 'lived' there) can have
rust free chassis/body even on very old cars (e.g. Arizona, New Mexico,
parts Colorado etc..)
Lal
in Colorado with his not so unrusted 80 (as should have Waxoiled it b4 it
went to Scotland or left it there :)
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From: [Email address removed]
[mailto:[Email address removed]]On Behalf Of John Byrne
Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2006 11:59 AM
To: [Email address removed]
Subject: [ELCO] trips with cruiser
Hi guys
I had a thought, thats two today WOW.
Anyway I remember some one was talking about transporting a cruiser to SA a
while back.
Now my question is does any one know what it would cost to transport a
cruiser to the US or Aus or NZ. return.
Just another thought sorry.
The reason im asking is I was wondering if it would make sence to ship the
cruiser to somewhere like that and then have it for an overland trip in that
country.
I know every one seems to go to Africa but.
John C
92HDJ 80 1HDT rep of Ireland
 
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Hey Lal
Thanks for that. Just an idea.
So are you saying that you cant have extras like boxes or spare tools etc in
the cruiser.
But I presume you could have stuff like bull bars, snorkel or other mods
once they are attached to the actual cruiser.
So may also be a good idea to do it one way and then book it from the
country for the way back.
Do you know what the paper work is like especially after 9/11.
Would there be any hastle getting insurance in the states, do you need to
get some for each state or one policy for all.
What about road tax etc etc. Any ideas which companies are good at this
shipping while not fleecing your pocket. what about a roof rack and gear or
just a roof rack..
Did it work out better using a full, I presume 20ft container.
cheers
John C
92HDJ 80 1HDT rep of Ireland
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John,
Pieces that are solid onto truck (front/rear bumpers, snorkel) etc..
shouldn't be a problem. Anything that is loose (also 4 liability of rough
seas) is a no-no inside. Roof-rack should be ok but u pay on volume so as u
go up it costs more. Can't c u being able to put stuff on it.
Not sure how u'd go about getting insurance 4 a foreign visitor. See if
'Jon' the man can arrange it via his insurance buddy for 'offshore' than can
include the USA.
The other would b 2 "move" - get an address (can be PO Box) u can use (while
still in IRL), book yourselves in 4 a DMV 'get a licence' (can do in a
rental car) 4 day after u arrive off plane, get your licence (its a doddle -
everything over here is multiple choice!), then get car insurance (u are
then covered for all of US and sometimes incl Canada and Mexico), go buy
u're car (would have lined up what u're buying b4hand via web - dealers or
private owners), ensure u get your 'modified' sales receipt, drive around
and enjoy your holidays, get rental car on last 1-2 days, drop purchased car
off at Baltimore or other port 4 ship to UK (don't know if direct to IRL),
back in rental and enjoy last day, hope on plane back to IRL/UK, wait 2-3
weeks and go pickup in UK and pay your taxes etc., drive back home and enjoy
(driving on wrong side! - but in UK never found it a problem and insurance
was same price)
Now if u're over here 4 that long u might consider buying other 'stuff' that
can be got quite cheap (compared to IRL) like furniture etc.. If thats the
case then u'd could consider shipping a container but thats more hassle but
could b done.
I can find the shippers we used but plenty of them around - yellow
pages/web. Just phone around and get a rough price for RORO SUV.
We picked a container in the end so we could have 2 cars in it fully loaded.
We didn't put any other stuff (beds, furniture etc.) in around the cars as
cheaper over here anyway and would have had to pay for whole container to be
trucked across States to Colorado (more expensive) OR arrange 4 stuff 2b
taken out in Baltimore and loaded onto a large trailer (which I didn't have
and would have cost more $). So in the end the full container worked out
cheaper (than leaving trucks behind, selling them and having 2 rebuy again)-
but in hindsight we could have done that as well but then no 'possessions'
when we arrived in USA and a lot left in storage in UK. Interesting that we
didn't have to pay extra for the extra high container (as I had high
roof-rack).
Lal
-----Original Message-----
From: [Email address removed]
[mailto:[Email address removed]]On Behalf Of John Byrne
Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2006 2:15 PM
To: [Email address removed]
Subject: Re: [ELCO] shipping cruisers overseas UK-USA
Hey Lal
Thanks for that. Just an idea.
So are you saying that you cant have extras like boxes or spare tools etc in
the cruiser.
But I presume you could have stuff like bull bars, snorkel or other mods
once they are attached to the actual cruiser.
So may also be a good idea to do it one way and then book it from the
country for the way back.
Do you know what the paper work is like especially after 9/11.
Would there be any hastle getting insurance in the states, do you need to
get some for each state or one policy for all.
What about road tax etc etc. Any ideas which companies are good at this
shipping while not fleecing your pocket. what about a roof rack and gear or
just a roof rack..
Did it work out better using a full, I presume 20ft container.
cheers
John C
92HDJ 80 1HDT rep of Ireland
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