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Importing a motorcycle

Postby sc0tch_tape » July 11th, 2017, 10:53 pm

I am interested in purchasing a used motorcycle from the States and having it shipped to Trinidad. Is anyone familiar with the procedures here in Trinidad for when it arrives? Clearing customs, duties, taxes, licensing, etc.? Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby Avinash094 » October 9th, 2017, 6:35 pm

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby SR » November 18th, 2017, 7:55 am

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby Bayoutt » August 12th, 2018, 10:39 pm

Hi, did you ever find out how to import a motorbike? I am in the same situation, trying to find information about import licences but can not get through the online process from away.

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby M-Tech » October 16th, 2018, 11:31 pm

Any current info after the last budget?

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby supercharged turbo » October 18th, 2018, 12:31 am

In for info as well

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby amd-dude » October 24th, 2018, 7:14 am

I imported a Yamaha V-Star a few years ago, dunno if things changed now. The bike was bought with a salvage title and was licensed with no problem (although I didn't do it, Dates in San do sold the bike and took care of everything). To bring it in I shared a container with my cousin as he was bringing in some equipment and there was about 10 feet of space still. Before you look to even load it on a container MAKE SURE to drain all the fuel and oil from it or else they will shaft you a few hundred US, that was the first mistake I made.

Shipping went smoothly and it got here in about 4 weeks (Shipped from Jacksonville) The bike was $2500 US which was around 16K TT if I remember correctly. Now this is where it gets tricky and TT Customs can suck my balls always. Time for the valuation I gave them all the bank wire documents and receipts showing the cost of the bike. Customs told me that I was lying and that this bike has a higher value and they valued it at $5000 US which sent the clearing cost up. When we looked at it before if everything went how it suppose to go, the bike should have cost around 20K TT that's buy, ship and clear. With the customs new valuation it cost around 25K maybe more.

To buy the bike and ship is easy enough especially if you use a good freight forwarder out of FL or which ever state you ship but be prepared for local BS as always.

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby adnj » October 24th, 2018, 8:33 am

You must drain fuel from all vehicles prior to shipment. You are not required to drain the oil.

Once the motorcycle clears, you can truck it away or you can choose to have it registered. When you register, you will need insurance beforehand. You will need your title and your bill of lading showing that you cleared customs. You will be required to buy and attach a registration decal to the motorcycle before the registration is complete.

You can ride an unregistered motorcycle only to licensing office when you want to register it. You must first have insurance for the motorcycle and a motorcycle driving permit.

You may want to make a few copies of every document you carry.

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby M-Tech » October 24th, 2018, 9:10 am

Nice. So drain fuel and ensure a clean title and just ship.

Any age limit or other restrictions like cars?
Also can it ship or would be feasible with a SeaBox? Or what's the best way?

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby adnj » October 24th, 2018, 10:25 am

Titled vehicles require a title transfer and a shipping agent to act as owner for transport and clearing. If you purchase the vehicle overseas, you must still grant power of attorney to an agent.

Motorcycles require racks, shipping crates or other immobilization that is specific to the shipper.

Find an agent first then find a shipper. They will provide all of the requirements on time and location to load and delivery date.

Once landed, you or an agent must present title and bill of lading for the container. Then dumerrage, vehicle tax, VAT, and other costs are calculated and paid.

If given a choice of buying a used motorcycle from overseas, shipping, clearing, and registering it versus buying one from a dealer or vehicle importer, most people will buy one from a dealer or importer. And for a good reason, too.

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby supercharged turbo » November 7th, 2018, 8:13 pm

So who is a "good" agent to deal with locally?

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby 25 to LIFE » November 8th, 2018, 8:13 pm

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby chocolate323 » November 9th, 2018, 11:45 pm

[quote="adnj"] but is there an age limit like cars ,,and do the engine size matter ?

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Re: Importing a motorcycle

Postby adnj » November 10th, 2018, 4:28 am

I believe that the MVT and age limits are applied the same as cars.

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