Importing a Bike into the UK

  • I'm trying to wade through the labyrinth of bringing the BMW permanently to the UK in '22. Seems like I either have to pay 26% (VAT and registration) of the value which makes the idea rather silly OR, if you're lived outside the UK for the last 12 months (check) and are returning to reside in the UK (check) then there's no taxes or fees. So I'm waiting on confirmation on the latter from an importer.


    Any further advice or recommendations appreciated.

    "El piloto que se levanta es aún más grande que el piloto que no ha caido"

    2019 BMW R1250GSA "timBUCK 2"
    2020 Husqvarna FE501S
    2016 Toni Elias #24 Yoshimura GSXR Superbike "you cannot be serious?"

  • Never done it so no help with that, but have you thought of selling it there and buying another when here? Saves all the hassle and paperwork. Just a thought.

    I did but then I looked at the prices! Same cost in £ as they are in $.


    Plus we're a bit fond of Buck-2.

    "El piloto que se levanta es aún más grande que el piloto que no ha caido"

    2019 BMW R1250GSA "timBUCK 2"
    2020 Husqvarna FE501S
    2016 Toni Elias #24 Yoshimura GSXR Superbike "you cannot be serious?"

  • Hi there...I'm in a similar situation. How did it go?

    I'm moving to the U.K. (a U.K. citizen that absconded at birth). And I have a few bikes in Canada that I'd like to keep.

    Any advice appreciated. What's the U.K. gov't website with the paragraphs/clauses of legaleeze I need to wade through?

  • Hi there...I'm in a similar situation. How did it go?

    I'm moving to the U.K. (a U.K. citizen that absconded at birth). And I have a few bikes in Canada that I'd like to keep.

    Any advice appreciated. What's the U.K. gov't website with the paragraphs/clauses of legaleeze I need to wade through?

    So far the 2 companies I contacted were all enthusiastic about them being the ones to use, then radio silence...

    "El piloto que se levanta es aún más grande que el piloto que no ha caido"

    2019 BMW R1250GSA "timBUCK 2"
    2020 Husqvarna FE501S
    2016 Toni Elias #24 Yoshimura GSXR Superbike "you cannot be serious?"

  • So far the 2 companies I contacted were all enthusiastic about them being the ones to use, then radio silence...

    That's so annoying.

    I imported a used bike from U.S. to Canada myself (a broker was kind enough to give advice over the phone but I didn't hire one). It turned out to be understandably particular but otherwise fairly straightforward. I expect the mother of all bureaucracies will have something otherwise to say about such expectations. Fortunately, I'm in no rush to import them yet. So let the war of stubborness and tedium begin!

    But really, that bridge will be crossed only after I get my arse across the ocean to y'all. (Unless the K100 still lives!)

  • Update, quote from ShipMyCar.co.uk came in at £1,900 all in. Pick up a Texas registered bike in Dallas, drop off a UK registered bike on Skye.


    Doesn't sound like a bad deal at all, hassle free at least.

    "El piloto que se levanta es aún más grande que el piloto que no ha caido"

    2019 BMW R1250GSA "timBUCK 2"
    2020 Husqvarna FE501S
    2016 Toni Elias #24 Yoshimura GSXR Superbike "you cannot be serious?"

  • Sea freight, consolidated (LTL) container, they handle all the IVA & MOT including taking the bike to the various test stations.


    I'd pay a few quid just not to have to listen to someone sucking air through their teeth...

    "El piloto que se levanta es aún más grande que el piloto que no ha caido"

    2019 BMW R1250GSA "timBUCK 2"
    2020 Husqvarna FE501S
    2016 Toni Elias #24 Yoshimura GSXR Superbike "you cannot be serious?"

  • They had a line item for "modifications to meet spec" which was zeroed out so I guess the bike is fully UK legal as it sits?

    "El piloto que se levanta es aún más grande que el piloto que no ha caido"

    2019 BMW R1250GSA "timBUCK 2"
    2020 Husqvarna FE501S
    2016 Toni Elias #24 Yoshimura GSXR Superbike "you cannot be serious?"

  • PM me your email & I'll send you the whole quote.

    "El piloto que se levanta es aún más grande que el piloto que no ha caido"

    2019 BMW R1250GSA "timBUCK 2"
    2020 Husqvarna FE501S
    2016 Toni Elias #24 Yoshimura GSXR Superbike "you cannot be serious?"

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