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travelling through centeral and south america on motorbikes!

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1. Posted by pallara (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y

Hi,
Three of us guys are travelling from LA - Punta Arenas, on our r100gs bmw motorcycles from november 2004 till whenever. Just a few questions. Does anyone know the cost of transport from Panama-Equador?
I am buying my bike from California (i am Australian) and wondering if anyone knows about the registration rules, as i am an Australian resident. And whether we need a carnet de passage en douane, to travell through centeral and south america. I would really appreciate ANY feed back. Thanks alot, and maybe even one day catch up.

Troy Ingham

2. Posted by roohbear (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

ah that sounds excellent! although i donĀ“t have any advice, i would be keen to see if you get any because i am planning to do a similar thing, but maybe for january. i have yet to buy my bike, or to decide where im going but i think it would be the best experience, travelling through south america on a motorbike.
(i recently met a french lady who has been going for two and a half months now, from venezuela right down to.. oh i dont remember, but i could always ask her your questions?!

3. Posted by pipe913 (Full Member 21 posts) 11y

go to www.horizonsunlimited.com everything is there i did the enfield thing round india last year and it helped heaps

4. Posted by Jackyl01 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I AM PLANNING A SIMILIAR TRIP FROM SAN DIEGO TO PANAMA. WE ARE PLANNING ON SELLING THE VEHICLES IN PANAMA AND FLY HOME. HAS ANYONE DONE THIS BEFORE. WHAT KIND OF FORMALITIES ARE REQUIRED AT BORDERS AND HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT SELLING A VEHICLE IN PANAMA?

5. Posted by AndrewGW (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

Borders aren't that much of a hassle if you have all the original documents on the car - licence, registration, owner's papers etc and it's in your name...
Take enough photocopies to have at least 2 of everything for each border crossing so you don't have to search for a copier at the borders... Usually there are people there that offer to help - especially if you don't speak Spanish - check them out and sometimes it can be worth it but don't pay them until you are all finished - some are just there to rip people off while others make it their business to help...

Selling a vehicle in Panama will mean importing it first and that's not easy if you're not a resident - it also costs a fair amount...
First off even though you drove it here they will assess an amount equal to shipping charges (cost of a container), then add that amount to their value of the car - they value the vehicle based solely on make, model and year - nothing to do with what you paid for it or condition - and this is usually quite a bit higher than you would think... Then you pay 15% import duty on all that, then the duty is addes to the shipping and car value and then you pay 5% value added tax to all that... So you can see that it can be expensive - Costa Rica is worse as the import duty can be 100% depending on the make of car...

Other than finding someone who wants to drive the vehicle back to the US then you would just need to cary the transfer papers from back home...

Cheers,

Andrew