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Old 06-05-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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US bikes in Germany..waiting for my arrival


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I need to use the site and talk on here more.

I have shipped (2) GSA1200 to Bremerhaven, DE and are awaiting my (and a riding buddy's) arrival at the end of this month. Since the bikes are mine and my buddies, I used my business, MotoFrugals, as the exporter from the U.S. and importer to Germany. The receiving agent is Pangaea Cargo in Bremen.

But, here's the problem. Pangaea says they cannot arrange insurance and customs clearance without me (the importer/exporter) and my buddy present. I arrive Thursday June 27th, Thursday. My buddy arrives June 29th (Saturday) due to business meetings the 28th. So, I can clear customs as the importer of the bikes. I can obtain insurance and can ride my bike shortly after I land. But, my buddy can't clear customs and can't get insurance until the following Monday because those offices are closed on Saturdays. So, he loses two days of riding and I will have a 3 to 4 day jump on our adventure!!!!!

Ideally, we'd like to be riding Saturday shortly after he lands to Bremen and not waiting through the weekend for customs or insurance.

I, somehow, need to get customs clearance and insurance for both bikes and riders done in advance. Any thoughts? I have contacted Stefan Knopf by email. He seems to be a wizard according to the site. So, I'm hoping he can help. Any other ideas?

I have sent over-
-Export/Import docs
-Original titles without liens
-Copies of drivers licenses
-Copies of passports
-Current U.S. registration

I will have-
-Actual U.S. passport
-Utah Drivers License
My buddy will also have his U.S. passport and his drivers license with him.

Long live the road.........
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:03 AM   #2
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Contact ASAP.
Send them a copy of the title and a copy of your buddies license.
You should have insurance in hours.
Also, you should be able to clear your buddies bike without him being there.
I was able to clear my buddies bike without him even having insurance as long as he had signed a a document giving me control of the bike in his absence.
European bike sales and storage.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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Stefan can do it - no problem.

Another source is this thread - at a bit less than half of buying it in Germany.

I picked up a month's insurance earlier this year and will be digging my bike out of Stefan's facility in a bit less than a month. Whee!!
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:58 AM   #4
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Thank you! I'm emailing with Doug @ motosapiens and Stefan too. Much appreciated.
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