The last few months we were investigating the best ways to ship our bikes to the other side of the ocean. In the beginning we wanted to start in Buenos Aires, but in the end that changed into USA. We thought that a shipment to Miami, Jacksonville or Houston would be the best. So we had to find out the best and cheapest ways to get our stuff there. Now, you would say that nowadays it would be quite easy to send your belongings all over the world and that it is just a few mouse clicks away…..using google. Well, it was not that simple. In the end we got a few offers and Houston seemed the most suitable for us. So, Houston it is. What will be transporting method, FCL of LCL. Using a full container load (entire 20ft container) or less than a container load, meaning that we have to put our stuff in crates which will go with other load into a (shared) container. We chose for the last option, because this is cheaper, but then we had to make some crates. No problemo….was what we thought.
We’ve seen the photos on other websites and our friend The Black Elephant shipped a motorbike to the Netherlands in a crate. Easy does it ….. Untill we heard about the ISPM 15 regulations. Why is everything regulated nowadays! This means that our crate had to be made according to regulations. Basicly, this means that we had to use specially treated wood. Our D-day of getting the bikes into a truck to Rotterdam was jan 15th, so we reckoned that 2 days of work would do with some homework in advance. Wednesday 13th we started early and headed to the Praxis to get all the wood needed.
We found out that they didn’t sell the treated wood we wanted. Okay…GAMMA it is. Same story…… In the end we found out that it was not possible to get this material. And after some phonecalls we also heard that the crates also needed the right documentation. With a lot money everything is possible and some company would arrange everything. But we already bought the multiplex for our crates (which can be used according to the regulations). So…if we cannot buy specially treated wood, and multiplex is okay: 100% multiplex it is…..
We had to make a new plan to build 100% multiplex crates. With only a day and a half to go. This means: rev it up! Thursday evening at 23.00 we finished our work, totally knackered.
Next few pictures show it all: