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Old 03-31-2013, 10:45 PM   #1156
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panglao,

- correct about only able to bring one under the 13g visa.
- Prior approval is needed for any type of import
- The rate of import duty is less for a motorcycle than a car.
- the value and rate should be a lot lower on the motorcycle.

MOST IMPORTANT: Be very sure everything is worked out before you ship either,

BECAUSE: as there are stories of cars, and motorcycles being held for years in Customs.
A good friend recently brought in a KLR650 and HD more than a year ago. But it was seized at the customs and impounded. They were able to have the KLR 650 released after a year but the HD is still "inside".

You might also want to consider to sell the bike w/o the accesories and just purchase one here. Then install those accesories or ask someone to sell them for you.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:50 PM   #1157
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.....................Sounds alot worst than it really was ... The Philippines has its ways and just let it all play out is usually the best way to handle any event ... And let the locals do most if not all of the work as much as possible here unless you are very sure on who you are talking with ... Communications between 2 different languages will almost always loose something in translation ... Plus, again, this ain't Kansas .. :0

About the only I said in this entire process of getting the bike to anyone other than my importer, was to the top investigator looking into the bike was: "Am I gonna be able to get from the port?" He replied "Yes, you have many friends here"... The next day or so, I had the bike. BUT have the bike cleared for importing BEFORE it lands to avoid any of this delay ... My importer just drug their feet too much as the 30 days shipping time from the USA to here is plenty of time to have all the paperwork finished ...
Yes sir. So many things to consider and do = lots of headache....
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:32 PM   #1158
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A good friend recently brought in a KLR650 and HD more than a year ago. But it was seized at the customs and impounded. They were able to have the KLR 650 released after a year but the HD is still "inside".

You might also want to consider to sell the bike w/o the accesories and just purchase one here. Then install those accesories or ask someone to sell them for you.
The problem with buying here is bikes are limited and the cost of any decent bike here has the taxation importation fees applied to the final cost.

I've been living here 3 yrs now and I've never had the bad experiences always mentioned about the Philippines ... Never lost any mail either ... And I've shipped many things over here for my bikes ... This place is what it is, and that is an interesting place to be each day ... With great people and somewhat unique dirt&street bike riding ...
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:58 PM   #1159
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The reason why I said 30 days is enough time to get the paperwork finished was because you have to have a Bill of laden as part of the paperwork for Customs here ... And you don't get the Bill of laden till the bike is loaded on the boat ... Then 30 days floating across the pacific to here ...

You should know the cost of the importing before the bike is even on the boat ... Mine was about 35% of the cost of the bike from what I could tell ... 35% is not how BIS figures the tax cost but it is a easy way I can relate the cost to you because I don not know the exact formula but it starts at the base price of the machine ... Brand new bikes might have a different price as they are mentioned specifically in some of the importation laws ...

If you can't afford ~50% of the cost of your bike for importing, you might wanna go another route ..BUT if you pay the money, there should be no problem ... Customs will be glad to see your money ;) They should give you a bottle of champagne for your efforts ... Actually, your importer efforts ...
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:01 PM   #1160
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Thanks guys, I think the best and safest way is for me to goto the BIS when I'm next across and check with them directly to see if we can bring in a car and a bike, even if I pay extra duty and then see if it makes financial sense.

I am also visiting the consulate in san francisco this week re: visa's and will see what they say and let you know

The challenge is my bike is a 2009 G650GS, many of my accessories don't fit the new 2011+ GS or Sertao and the chances of picking up an excellent 2009 to retrofit them are slim.

Thanks

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Old 04-02-2013, 12:29 AM   #1161
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Thanks guys, I think the best and safest way is for me to goto the BIS when I'm next across and check with them directly to see if we can bring in a car and a bike, even if I pay extra duty and then see if it makes financial sense.

I am also visiting the consulate in san francisco this week re: visa's and will see what they say and let you know

The challenge is my bike is a 2009 G650GS, many of my accessories don't fit the new 2011+ GS or Sertao and the chances of picking up an excellent 2009 to retrofit them are slim.

Thanks

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This will get you some details but from what I know and have read here, BIS will confirm about all we said on this thread ...

Import Regulatory Division <bis_ird@yahoo.com> ... This is good address for the BIS office in Manila ... This is the office that tells all other offices what to do ... IE ..Bringing a bike to Cebu? The BIS office in the Manila office does the approving ... Not any local one on Cebu or anyone else.... This one cost me also ...

BIS should supply REAL import taxation costs ... I'm not sure if they (BIS) can do all the paperwork needed for Customs ... So down the line, you might need a local guy on the ground unless you can speak the language here or just wanna try to go it alone ... Knowing the real tax number will help on your cost... With all that said, someone at BIS might want to make a few pesos and do the work for you ... Many many here do whatever they can to make an extra peso ... Or they might know someone who can help.

I'd guess that bike will cost at least $3,000.00 in taxes to import here if you intend to keep it here ... Maybe more ... I'm not sure of the base cost of that bike ... If you can't pay it, don't sail it into port and then blame the Philippines for the problems that will create. There are laws here contrary to what is said about this place and again, "This is not Kansas" ...


Good luck ...
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:32 AM   #1162
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Laugh Biri Island Northern Samar

I have been back in the Phills now for 2 months so better share some of my experiences with yous. I bought a new 2nd hand camera the day before I left New Zealand and very pleased with the results .



This is where I stayed 500p night if you stay weekly 650p nightly for a fan room





These stretched limos are only transport on Biri



125cc Chase Bike



Off road chase bike




Biri rock formations





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Old 04-11-2013, 07:06 AM   #1163
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Wicked Macaret Island Northern Samar ( next to Biri Island )



This Island is my girl friends home . It cost 5p in a paddle boat to get there from Biri Island .



This is the Elementary School at Salvacion in very poor condition



This is the Macaret Elemantary , also in very poor condition .



One of the locals waiting for the Majonj game to start



This man had half an arm and a hand missing from fishing with explosives .



Pay ( Wari for grandfather )

The only transport on Macaret is by boat around it and your legs .
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:37 AM   #1164
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Still using the old tredle sowing machine



Roads are very poor



These guys made a living filling drinking water containers



Every night was a party at Puro Resort where we stayed
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:54 AM   #1165
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Bantayan Island



Im staying at Bantayan Island now , getting away from another cold New Zealand winter





You have to watch out for the animals here





Boots look a bit big for the little girl
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:48 PM   #1166
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hondav2, great pictures. Looks like you got the hang of that camera. How long is your stay this time?
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:21 AM   #1167
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hondav2, great pictures. Looks like you got the hang of that camera. How long is your stay this time?
Eight months hopefully, biggest problem with the camera is the operator , to many settings . also using Picasa3 to edit as old programme died so have to learn new cam and editor.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:56 AM   #1168
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Another thank you, Hondav2, for more great pics! It's especially nice to see images from some of the less-visited locations in the Phils. So many places to visit!

I'll just have to be satisfied with summer in Alaska, which isn't all that bad! Haha!
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:10 AM   #1169
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Another thank you, Hondav2, for more great pics! It's especially nice to see images from some of the less-visited locations in the Phils. So many places to visit!

I'll just have to be satisfied with summer in Alaska, which isn't all that bad! Haha!
I have spent 2 summers in Alaska , biggest problem was getting sleep . I had a lot of good times there on my old DR sixfiddy .
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:44 AM   #1170
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Wicked Bantayan Island

Looks like the weather is to hot for riding in the Philippines so will post some more pics to keep this thread alive .



This is Kota Park and the remains of the old Kota Fort there. These forts were built by the Spaniards for people to go to when the Moro Pirates from the south would come to capture woman and girls and take them away to be sold into slavery.



Im living in the white house with green roof . Every morning I look out at beautifull sun rises and the beach .



I took all these pics within 75meters of home . My girlfriend has her new $7 dress on .



It was Tuna for lunch yesterday
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