The motorcycle must be cleaned. The fuel tank must be as low as possible - maximum a quarter of a tank. There is no need to remove engine oil. Battery must be disconnected and terminals must be taped up.
We do not require the keys as long as the bike has no steering lock mechanism. They can be shipped with the bike if required and attached safely to the frame.
We require proof of ownership, a copy of the registration document, and if sold a copy of the sales receipt.
For exporting to certain countries we need a copy of the importers passport, this will be advised at the time of booking.
Yes, we have our own in-house packers who are highly experienced and will custom build a secure shipping crate for your motorcycle.
A bill of lading for sea freight or an airway bill for air freight will be generated and forwarded to you by e-mail. This will confirm the booked vessel or flight. This will be required for Customs clearance on arrival.
No you do not need to be VAT registered to import or export motorcycles. But you do need to have a valid EORI number for commercial imports but not private imports.
An EORI number is a unique identifier for every commercial importer or exporter within the European Union. Call us on 0208 893 7722 for help and advice.
Private importers do not need an EORI number if the motorcycle is for personal use. Call us on 0208 893 7722 for help and advice.
Each country manages the issue of EORI numbers through its Customs services. In the UK there are two forms which need to be completed to apply for an EORI number. This is a free service, and if you ship with us we will be more than happy to help with submitting the required documentation.
If you import a motorcycle to be used permanently in the UK you must ensure that it is registered correctly. This must be carried out as soon as the bike is in the UK.
If your motorcycle has been imported and you are a VAT Registered business but not using a secure registration scheme, then you need to use the Notification of Vehicle Arrival (NOVA) scheme. A link can be found further down this page.
Being VAT registered make a big difference when importing into the UK by enabling VAT paid to be reclaimed. Vehicles that are imported for Private / Personal use can only be imported with the Customs Form C384 which carries a declaration stating that the vehicle is for your own use. . A link can be found further down this page.
Any motor vehicle manufactured before 1950 is eligible for import duty and a reduced rate of VAT. If your vehicle is younger you will need to apply for a BTI (Binding Tariff Information) explaining your reasons, such as the vehicle is rare, owned by a famous person or won a famous race.
Note that the Revenue and Customs classification category is not the same the DVLA historic vehicle taxation class which includes all vehicles pre January 1973. Certain criteria has to be met to qualify under 9705 Goods of Historical Interest category and eligible for Customs duty exemption and 5% VAT.
Vehicles manufactured pre-1950 are automatically classified.