Importing bikes

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  1. thedrof

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    Hi,

    I am in the process of moving to Northern Thailand on a full time Semi retired basis. I have two BMW bikes (78 & 83). Is it possible to import them and if so, is it practical? What are the taxes/costs involved in importing older bikes?

    Thanks,

    Jack
     
  2. Marco

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    Matey

    i think i would be better to have this in General discussion as you will get more responce n there, but genarally importing bikes to Thailand is really really hard and somwhat impossible with out getting loosing tons of money.
     
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    It will cost you about 100,000 Baht each bike at least by the time they are dismantled shipped in several consignmenmts to several different locations . imported , reconstructed and registered legally , there is a waiver taper on duty for old bikes especially if you have owned them so long but you cannot trust the Thai customs to exercise the waiver fairly so its a gamble .

    You coukld end up with a big headache.
     
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    I'm seconding those who say don'[t do it although my import disaster happened in California where different rules apply.

    But Iwant to share a Thai biker friend's view that a bike hidden in some container among furniture and such could get registered when you grease some palms.

    Forget it, it doesn't make financial sense.

    I had BMWs of these years - and these are normally bikes to keep for decades :( Sad for you - but the cost and risk is just too high I'm afraid.

    Take care,
    Chris
     

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