Whether you need to ship a motorcycle overseas via container service, ro-ro, or airfreight, the first step is to research licensed, bonded, and experienced international motorcycle shipping companies. Where do you need to transport your bike? Some of our highest volume destinations include Europe, the Pacific, Middle East and Southeast Asia. With our consolidation services, you’ll also get some of the best rates in the business!
Schumacher Cargo Logistics ships over 5,000 motorbikes per year to over 80 countries across the globe. We also offer customized pick up services. Your Schumacher representative will take into account your location, budget, and overall requirements to help determine the best method and cost to ship your motorcycle from the USA.
Read our guide below on international motorcycle shipping and start your shipment today!
For a quote, use our form at the top of the page or use our Online Quote Form
How International Motorcycle Shipping Works
With our services, you can ship your bike overseas from anywhere in the USA and track it along the way.
Getting your motorcycle to one of our 6 USA motorcycle shipping port locations
You can deliver your motorcycle yourself or use our nationwide pickup service.
Once your bike arrives at the port location, you will receive a dock receipt and inspection report. Before it heads off on its international move, pictures of your motorcycle are taken and you are emailed copies for your records.
Our International Motorcycle Transport Services Include:
- ATV / Quad / Dirt-bike Shipping
- International Motorcycle Shipping
- Motorcycle Imports
- Motorcycle Crating
- 24/7 Online Tracking
Ship Motorcycle Overseas: Container, Ro-Ro and Air Freight
Motorcycle Shipping Via Container
Loading and Handling Motorcycles for Overseas Transport
Did you know that faulty equipment and improper securing are the leading cause of damage during motorcycle exports?
One of the most important steps performed by international motorcycle shippers is securing your bikes. We offer a variety of safety features for your motorcycle shipments so you know its secure.
When shipping a motorcycle overseas via container, all loading is done in house, not by a broker. At Schumacher Cargo only professionally trained staff handle motorcycles when preparing the container. Other international shipping companies use 3rd party loaders, but we have our own team and control the process.
Securing your motorcycle for shipment
We only use certified wood for handing the bikes. Within the containers, the motorcycles are strapped down and secured using the “block and brace” method. The structure of the wood enclosures keep the bikes from moving while on the ocean.
Depending on how many bikes ship and the size of the container, double stacking is available. This results in even lower international motorcycle shipping rates. This service is only available since we build the ramps, ensuring your bikes are safe while shipping overseas.
As an additional service, we can also crate a bike instead of block and bracing it. For this service, we build a wood box around the bike and brace it by itself. This creates an individual enclosed space for your bike within the container. Most don’t need this service, but it does offer maximum security.
Shipping Motorcycles via Ro-Ro
When shipping via the roll on roll off method, there are some restrictions, and it is much less secure than container shipping. A major difference when shipping a motorcycle with ro-ro is that the bike must be operational. You also do not want to have any loose attachments on the motorcycle. The motorcycles when shipped this way are out in the open so there is some risk. This method is less common than container service for motorcycles. Your Schumacher representative will have more information regarding restrictions and risks and can help you choose the best shipping method for your bike and budget.
Motorcycle Shipping via Air Freight
Our air freight division offers services for importing and exporting motorcycles from the USA. If you need expedited transport for your Harley Davidson, Ninja, or any other vehicle, air freight is an option and works well with short time frames.
AirFreight Cost Considerations
When shipping a motorcycle overseas by air it is much more expensive than container shipment. The cost for shipping motorcycles via air freight is based on cubic volume. This is due to the demand for space and weight limits on most airliners.
Crating Motorcycles for Air Freight
When using a container or roll on roll off service, most carriers make it optional to have your motorcycle crated. However, when using any international air freight service all bikes must be crated using certified heat treated and stamped wood.
Documents for Air Freight
There are additional documents that are necessary, with the most important being the SLI form. We’ll direct you on the particular documentation you need once you begin working on your air freight with us.
Cost to Ship a Motorcycle from the USA
The average cost to ship a motorcycle internationally starts around $750+. The main factors that affect the cost for international motorcycle shipping include:
- Location of your bike
- Selected shipping method/service
- Final destination
For instance, ocean freight in a container for a standard size bike to a destination like the UK or Australia might cost you $750 from the west coast but that same shipment for a chopper would cost more and vary based on the length.
As mentioned, ocean freight is only one part of the equation. You also need to consider domestic transport, whether you are shipping via container, RoRo, or air freight, and the destination charges.
Even those shipping a motorcycle to Europe will find that different countries have slightly different import fees and requirements. For instance shipping a motorcycle to the UK will have a different price than shipping a motorcycle to Germany.
Get the cost for your motorcycle shipment by filling out the online quote form.
Why Choose Schumacher To Ship Your Motorcycle Overseas
Since 1977, Schumacher Cargo Logistics has taken care of thousands of international motorcycle shipments.
With our motorcycle transport safety records exceeding the industry’s standards, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your bike is in safe hands.
Whether you are shipping a Harley Davidson, ATV, quad, or dirt bike, you will be comfortable knowing that our motorcycle transport company will take care of all aspects of your shipment.
If you would like to see first hand how racing motorcycles or vintage bikes are crated, loaded or secured, visit our gallery section.
Fill out an online quote request to start your international motorcycle shipping today!