Heritage Motorcycle Shipping Blog

    We ship your Trikes, Snowmobiles and Jet Skies!

    Published 16 November, 2012 by admin

    Motorcycles are not the only vehicles that offer a great adrenaline rush to most people, some people need to take that adrenaline rush to the next level and experience it in different scenarios like water or snow.  Regular 2 wheel motorcycles, no matter how much traction they might have are not adequate for these conditions; therefore better equipped vehicles come in to play. Tricycles, snowmobiles and jet skies all come from the idea of motorcycles: smaller vehicles, cost-effective, easier to transport, easier to handle, and produce a much bigger rush than vehicles.

    Trike Mania

    We ship your Trikes, Snowmobiles and Jet Skies

    We ship your Trikes, Snowmobiles and Jet Skies

    Tricycles, better known as trikes, are three wheeled vehicles that can either be motorized or not. The definition for these vehicles is wide and varies greatly, as just like cars; trikes have many models to accommodate different needs and purposes. Usually tricycles are associated with the three-wheeled small vehicles kids use before ridding a 2 wheel-bike, however, with time these trikes gave gained popularity amongst the adults as well.

    These famous 3 wheeled-vehicles are used worldwide for shopping, commercial transportation either for passengers or freight, or by older people for recreation purposes. Because these vehicles are easier to handle by so many people, they have been upgraded and fixed with motor engines that help them advance at faster speeds. They’ve become so popular even big car houses like BMW and Honda have designed they’re breathtaking models.

    Because these vehicles have become so popular, transporting them has also come in high demand. Shipping a trike is considered the same as shipping a motorcycle, although it needs more room due to the 2 wheels on the back, it is also recommended to be shipped via enclosed trailers to help protect from environment and road conditions. Trikes may also be placed on cradles and strapped on safely to ensure a proper ride and delivery.

    Dashing through the snow

    “Dashing through the snow, on one horse open sled”, this might be one of the most popular Christmas carols known worldwide, and it is from this that a popular snow vehicle came out, the snowmobile or snow machine. Granted many years ago sleds where in high demand to travel through the snow, however these trips were lengthy and required of many man and literally horse or dog power to pull the sled through.  With the advances of technology and design, vehicles builders have eased these trips for people cruising through the snow by creating snowmobiles powered by motor engines, allowing better and faster reach from point to point.

    Snowmobiles were first intended for transportation of material and personnel for construction workers under winter conditions. It was easier to transport over frozen lakes and rivers using these types of vehicles as cars could not pass through.  After the years, snowmobiles gained popularity for recreational purposes and now all of the winter stays offer snowmobiles as an activity for the family. This purpose has even moved forward and now snowmobiles are also used for snow cross or snow racing, mountain climbing, trail riding and freestyle.

    The popularity these vehicles have gained have caused them to be a must have in any winter vacation getaway; therefore they are in constant transportation from one place to another during the season. Snowmobiles are shipped via enclosed trailers attached to special cradles that help the skis and tracks from getting ruined during transit.

    Personal Water Crafts

    Commonly known as Jet skies for most people, personal water crafts are water scooters powered by a motor engine used for many recreational and non-recreational purposes. Personal water crafts were created by Clayton Jacobson II, a motocross enthusiast. He designed the idea in order to live the rush motocross produces only on water. After production initially not being so popular, Kawasaki took over the project and throwing the first personal water crafts to the market in the United States, these became so popular, Kawasaki trade marked the name Jet Ski. People have erroneously called all personal water crafts jet skies, however this caused great name branding for Kawasaki, a few years later other names came to the market like WaveRunner by Yamaha, AquaTrax by Honda, Sealion by Polaris and Tigershark by Arctic Cat.

    Personal water crafts have been used for many purposes, and are of great advantage for water rescue.  Lifeguards are able to reach their targets easier and faster, the same they’re able to pull them back to shore as quickly as possible to be attended. These vehicles have also been used by the U.S. Navy for years a quick water deployment equipped with GPS, electronic compass, radar reflector and radio modems.

    These water vehicles are in great demand for locations near the coasts or with a nearby lake. Transportation has also been in high demand for recreational and non-recreational purposes. Personal water crafts are shipped via enclosed carriers; they can either be mounted on cradles that safely strap the vehicle making sure it doesn’t wobble from side to side during transit. They can also be mounted on small trailers that are hooked to the back of a carrier or truck.

     

    We ship your Trikes, Snowmobiles and Jet Skies!

    Ready to ship your Trike, Snowmobile or Jet-Ski? Call Mary-Lou @ 800-615-3011 or fill our online quote system.

    To and From Canadian Borders – By Heritage Motorcycle Shipping

    Published 5 November, 2012 by admin

    Shipping motorcycles from state to state or overseas to our 49th and 50th state, is not the same as passing borders, even though they’re easier to access than Alaska and Hawaii. Unfortunately, because it is another country, border patrol, customs and other regulations apply and must be taken care of in order to properly and safely transport the bike from point to point.

    United States based motorcycle shipping companies usually don’t handle other country transportation, unless they’re worldwide carriers with offices in each country such as companies like FedEx, UPS, and DHL. In order for United States based carriers to ship internationally, the transportation has to either start or end within the country. There are many people looking to ship motorcycles across the border, and the demand has grown as the years pass. Whether they’re going into Canada or out of Canada, transportation is done on a weekly/monthly basis depending on where the final destination is. Most companies don’t handle paperwork for customs and fees will not be included in transportation quote, so it is very important that you ask you booking agent what steps to follow in order to avoid any delays and unnecessary ordeals.

    Border Regulations

    Each country has its own regulations and it’s important you comply by these rules in order to arrange a smooth and hassle free transportation. Vehicles are transported across the borders every day, this is not a new process, and therefore it is not meant to be an impossible situation as long as you have all the correct paperwork and follow the proper steps.

    Shipping into Canada

    In order to ship a motorcycle to Canada, besides having all the transportation details, you must fill out proper documentations for the border patrol and customs. Illegal items and/or substances are taking very seriously, therefore it is very important that custom declarations are filled out with all the information required and properly.

    When you are buying a bike and shipping into Canada, the dealer where you are buying or the seller has to provide a commercial Invoice or bill of sale, in the case these documents aren’t provided you may also create a Canada Customs Invoice which can be provided by your customs agent. In addition to this invoice, you have to make sure you provide the following information for border patrol to go over:

    To and From Canadian Borders

    To and From Canadian Borders

    • Vendor Name and Address
    • Importer Name and Address
    • Consignee / Deliver to Address
    • Carrier Name
    • Shipment Date
    • Product Description
    • Number of Packages and Weight
    • Customs Broker Name and Contact Numbers (if applicable)
    • Value of Goods

     

    This information is very important and if not included in paperwork, will cause delays. Remember, most cases the driver is the person holding these documents when passing through the border, and he will not be able to answer most questions as he is simply transporting car to final destination. Along with this information, you must also specify and provide what is the currency which you will use in order to pay for custom fees if any apply:

    Currency of Settlement (USD – United States Dollars or CAD – Canadian Dollars)

     

    Also make sure you provide the country of origin of where the motorcycle was manufactured.  Take special consideration in checking for loose items, and if possible removing any item that can easily fall or damage on the way. This usually applies to custom made bikes as repairing them will be a bigger headache than simply taking the time to remove damage-easy parts.

    Duty Charges

    As stated before, when crossing the border, there are fees that will apply as you are entering a country with an outside product, in this case a motorcycle, whether it’s coming directly from a dealer or a private owner, fees will apply.  However, there ways to lower custom fess, better known as duty charges. You may fill out a form called the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement Certificate) this certificate applies directly for products made in Canada, United States and Mexico which are either over or under $1600 CAD.  This form helps you lower duty charges, as the product imported belongs to the NAFTA agreement.

    In the case the motorcycle you are shipping was manufactured by a country of the NAFTA agreement, you would have to fill out an Exporter’s Statement of Origin or a Certificate of Origin. This form states that the country where it comes from is part of the Trade Agreement Countries that have free trade with the NAFTA. This may help your bike qualify for a lower duty charge.

    In addition to these documents it is optional, however not required by Canada borders to provide the Bill of Lading and Packing List.

    Shipping into the United States

    Shipping into the United States has similar requirements; however there are different forms you must fill out in order to pass customs with no hassle. It is important you include all the information required to avoid delays and problems to the driver, as we mentioned before, most likely, he will be the one dealing with any inconvenient.

    To enter the United States, you must provide a bill of sale or a commercial invoice if the car is coming from a dealer or a private owner. In the event you don’t have one you may fill out a United States Customs Invoice that can be provided by your customs broker. In addition, make sure you provide all the following information:

    To and From Canadian Borders

    To and From Canadian Borders

    • Vendor Name and Address
    • Importer Name and Address
    • Consignee / Deliver to Address
    • Carrier Name
    • Shipment Date
    • Product Description
    • Number of Packages and Weight
    • Customs Broker Name and Contact Numbers (if applicable)
    • Value of Goods

     

    The same as shipping into Canada, you must provide the currency which will be used to pay custom fees, either USD – United States Dollars or CAD – Canadian Dollars.

    Also make sure you provide the country of origin of where the motorcycle was manufactured.  Take special consideration in checking for loose items, and if possible removing any item that can easily fall or damage on the way. This usually applies to custom made bikes as repairing them will be a bigger headache than simply taking the time to remove damage-easy parts.

    Duty Charges

    In order to get the best duty charges when entering the United States, it is important you fill out the proper forms. Charges can be extremely high and customs provides these forms to help avoid these sky rocket fees by a percentage, unfortunately fees cannot be completely waived, as the motorcycle is an item that is being imported into the country.

    To enter the United States you may fill out the NAFTA agreement form, which applies to products made in Canada, United States or Mexico greater than $2500 USD. If the bike cost less than this amount, you may fill out the Low Value NAFTA, which applies to products made in the same countries, however of either the same or lesser value of $2500 USD. Unfortunately, the case may not only be that bikes transported are not manufactured in either of the countries that belong to the NAFTA, in this case you must fill out a Certificate of Origin.

    All these documents may be provided by your customs broker, in the case your carrier company doesn’t take care of customs paperwork for you.

    Once again, Packing Slip and Bill of Lading are optional, as they are not required to clear customs.

    As you can see shipping a bike in or out of Canada is not as a big of hassle as most people may think due to border patrol and customs. You just have to follow these simple steps and make sure all information required is provided and forms are filled out properly.

    Remember, not all carriers offer to take care of customs paperwork, therefore it is important you plan your transportation with enough time, as clearing customs in some cases may take longer than expected and this will cause delays in your delivery, as well as extra fees.

     

    Please call Mary-Lou @ 800-615-3011 with any question about shipping your bike.

    If you ready to ship your bike please fill this forum

    Coast to Coast Motorcycle Shipping

    Published 25 October, 2012 by admin
    Coast to Coast Motorcycle Shipping

    Coast to Coast Motorcycle Shipping

    Shipping a motorcycle 5 miles to the nearest shop is not the same as shipping a motorcycle over 2000 miles coast to coast. Long distance trips require much more planning than simply mounting your bike on the bed of your pickup truck. Special considerations to safeguard the bike from weather conditions, making sure it is safely strapped on to the carrier, planning delivery times in a timely fashion and other factors need to be planned carefully to ensure a proper transit from point to point.

    As you probably know, shipping a motorcycle can’t be done through the regular post office box, or a regular cargo company. Post Office and cargo companies are specialized to ship letters and packages, vehicles ask for more requirements that may not be met by these shipping services, therefore, you must look for the proper motorcycle shipping company to do the job for you.

    Shipping a motorcycle coast to coast may seem like an overwhelming thing to do if you’re not familiar with the service; there are a lot of questions that need to be asked, a lot of things that need to be taken care of, insurance, payments, security measures, and so forth.  It does sound like a lot of things to take care of; however, if you follow these simple tips, you’ll be able to resolve it in no time.

    Research the Web for the Best Company.  The first and most important part of shipping a motorcycle coast to coast is making sure you use the best shippers in the business. Having the proper care from a specialist will resolve all your major concerns and absolve most of the things you need to do such as insurance, delivery times, safety measures and shipping requirements. With today’s technology this step has become even easier. The easiest way to research a company is to check the website, call and speak with the agents and see how easy they are to work with, read the company’s reviews and how they rate them.  Once you have a list with the ones you see show the best ratings and feel comfortable with, start calling them for quotes, make sure you include as much detail as possible in order to get accurate quotes.

    Quote Analysis.  Once you get several quotes, list them from lowest to highest. You will get a range of prices from impossibly low to significantly high, scratch off the lowest ones immediately. Low prices usually are tied to bad service, hidden fees and a lot of hassle. Don’t even consider these prices. Not necessarily will you choose the highest price, however it’s recommended you stay away from low placed quotes to avoid any possible inconveniences. When you are left with the mid and high range quotes, choose the one company that made you feel safe and comfortable to ship with.

    Get What You Need. It is very important that you get what you expect from the service. Providing the agent that assists you with as much details as possible will help the agent provide you various options for you to choose from according to your needs. If this is the first time you are requesting this service it is important you ask as many questions as you need to make sure all your requirements are covered. Be sure to ask about insurance coverage in case of any damages or accidents, type of carrier that will be used, transit times, and most importantly, how payments need to be done.

    Deposits and Payments. How you make a payment is one of the most important things that will help you decide whether you’re dealing with a reliable motorcycle shipping company or not. Reliable companies will not ask you for upfront deposits or payments in full. Before you pay, check who you are submitting the payment to. It is always recommended you pay the driver only upon delivery, this way you make sure the driver is working for his money, this way you may have less chance of accidents and damages done to your bike.

    Transit Details. Different companies have different rules for bikes during transit, it is important you ask for these rules before having the bike picked up to avoid delays and extra fees. Things like how full your gas tank is or if removable custom modifications have been safely strapped or removed need to be taken care of. Check also for weather conditions that may cause delays, especially for coast to coast trips. Ask for delivery and transit times, coast to coast motorcycle shipping usually takes between 7 to 10 days, prepare in advance for this timing.

    When you find a reliable company, the agent that assists you more than likely will help you get all these things ready and will also make sure other thing you might think about be ready for your shipment. Coast to coast motorcycle shipping may be a difficult subject to tackle when you are new to the business, however, with the help of professionals, shipping your motorcycle this distance will be as a easy as waiting for it to be delivered.

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