Hanoians oi! I have officially moved back to chicago and miss my motorbike, not to mention the price at which I could've bought a nice used one in Hanoi! Is there anyway that I could get one shipped over here- what are the costs of shipping? Or, does anyone know where to find a similar Honda (general gear shifting kind- NOT the SCOOTERS!) in the states? Thanks so much. Missing many of you!
This question is probably one of those that never got answered because the premise itself is too daunting to even consider.
Remember in "Rainman" how US Customs held up the Ferraris that Tom Cruise was bringing into the country for some small technical detail?
The US has all sorts of construction, safety and emissions requirements that are just not on the menu here. It sounds like an expensive proposition at best and a pain in the arse at least.
Here's a company that says they can do that (which I found with google):
So the costs are at the minimum,
1. Transport cost itself
2. Customs fees
3. Repairs/adaptations that you would be required to have performed before the vehicle left the customs area, leaving you at the mercy of whomever they allow to do that work within the customs area.
So that's probably why there is not a major business shipping Honda Alpha Waves purchased for $750 here that could sell for $2000 in the States. There is too much intermediate cost involved.
On the other hand, if the bike you want moved is something unique and unobtainable in the US and has some intrinsic value that goes beyond it's utilitarian value as transport, maybe those website guys could help you?
The costs are high, to put it mildly. Nickinnam is broke it down nicely in terms of what will contribute to the cost. #3 (repairs to meet local harmonization standards) could get real expensive, which might make it unfeasible. My brother-in-law did with this company: https://www.a1autotransport.com/ship-car-to-vietnam.php you might give them a try and see what kind of cost to expect, but I'd wager that it would cost a couple thousand dollars minimum for everything.