A text conversation between me and the ‘freight forwarder,’ a guy whose job it is to deal with the shipping company to get my motorcycle to Chile.
Gaston – Steve, I think we are very tight for the vessel
Gaston – Customs most probably won’t allow it
Gaston – I think it is much better if you take the bike for fumigation next Tuesday
Me – But when would it sail? I already have a plane ticket to arrive in Santiago on Feb 2
Gaston – The next leave the 14th and arrive Feb 20
Me – That doesn’t wok
Me – It’s too late
Me – It’s about the weather
Gaston – I know
Me – And I already have a ticket
Me – This has to work, Gaston
Me – What is the cut off date for delivery of the bike to the port?
Gaston – The problem are the 72 hours by law at the port
Me – So, what is the cut off?
Gaston – Should be tomorrow, but tge fumigation abd Jan 1
Me – Global pest management is asking for port cut off and sailing date
Gaston – Holiday
Me – So, tomorrow is the cut off date and Feb 3 is the sailing date?
Gaston – Three days
Gaston – Before the ETA
Gaston – Let me see when that vessel is arriving
Me – Can you provide a clear cut off date?
Endless patience is the first requirement of the trip. As long as everyone is slowing things down, that’s totally fine. Customs agents, shipping lines, and embassies have a clearly defined set of rules and dates, though. So, set aside three times as much as you need and roll with it.
My plan was to ship my motorcycle from LA to Santiago by container ship. ROR. Or, Roll On Roll-off. As distinct from putting the bike in a crate that gets thrown into a bigger box. Many pros and cons to each method. In a month we will find out if my choice gets the desired result. Exciting.