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Cheapest way to send complete bike from US to Japan?

Old 10-03-10, 08:23 AM
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Cheapest way to send complete bike from US to Japan?

I'm thinking of bidding complete bike on eBay. However, one big problem is I OWE SHIPPING COST.(Yea I know that's usual.)

I briefly estimated the size of packing as [40/30/12]inches, and then, major couriers like DHL, FedEx, UPS or USPS estimates cost about $500-$800 online... That's absolutely more expensive than bike its own!!

I wonder if someone can suggest better(=cheaper) way to ship bicycle from US to Japan...I'd be really happy to know that!

The most reasonable way I think so far is, utilizing an intermediate company MyUS. They may be able to send the box to Japan @$200-250 (+shipping cost from seller to MyUS).

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Try Kuronekoyama, it is cheaper than the standard US parcel companies for shipping to Japan.

https://www.yamatoamerica.com/e/pop/besso_us.php
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Old 10-04-10, 04:47 PM
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Thanks for your suggestion...I wonder how some sellers can offer cheaper shipping cost like $100. Is that because couriers offer special rating to shops, or they send frame and components separately?
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Big ships for carrying Hondas and such, come up the river every couple weeks..
they leave Nearly Empty., too bad freight couldn't go aboard for the trip back..
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With shipping over $100 you probably are not saving anything over what it would cost to buy a bike in Japan. Check out Yahoo Auctions Japan ... https://list4.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp...-category.html

OR Rakuten ... https://en.search.borderless.rakuten....tdoor/bicycle/

OR most brands are available at various bicycle shops
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>Fletsbob

I sometimes feel the same when I saw public bus is running with stating "Out of Service". They serve "clean air" on me though,

>Jrobert
Well, firstly it's size matter. I bid for 63cm frame. For this size, in Japan, you either go for hand-made or CANNONDALE barely supply a few models with 63cm. According to Wrench Science fitting system, with my 6'4 height and 37inch inseam, exact frame size is 63 and best Overall reach (effective top-tube length + stem) is supposed to be 28.7 inch.

And have a thing for the bike...it's old Klein. I just won. The die is cast...
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Well if you could integrate a vacation into the mix then flying with the bike is the cheapest option I know of.
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>ShimerFade
If the bike is located in HI, I will Actually bike is in OH. Will I be killed if I get there Lebron jersey on me?lol

>Abdon
Thanks a lot for your kind message. I tried to reply, but system says I need to post at least 50 to do that. And bike is in OH. Again, thank you so much for your kindness.

P.S. I guess it's nice season there. Aren't leaves fading their color dramatically into red like ink is running on the mountain? or is it already got cold? Guess you'll be enjoying amazingly sweet apples soon too.. .ENVY!!
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Another PM sent (this one has my email address and more info).

Apples are in full swing! So are persimmons, still some pears, and prunes. I found out that I can eat a dozen peaches, half of them a tad green, without getting sick If there is a garden of eden, it is in Sennohe

I forgot to mention, I have a 63cm Univega Via Sport that I have been working on just for fun. If it looks like what you want, I would be happy to sell it to you.
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Dammnnnn... You oughta say sorry to everybody...You made everybody (,or at least me) drool!! lol
Thanks for PM!
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Here's result. Finally I BARELY saved some money compare to direct shipping, but wasted about a week due to trouble. I researched and thought it'd be more reasonable to use mail forwarding company(MFC) because one of MFC shows rate $270- when it costs $700- directly by FedEX. HOWEVER, after the package reached to the MFC, they said "it is too big to send by cheap rate. It will costs $515- at least" so I complained via email, but seems they ignore me. A few days later, I called them early in the morning like 5AM and explained the situation. Finally they recognized their system mistake to show cheap rate(In their word, "We effectively lied to you"), and offered 30% discount of actual shipping fee. The discounted rate was still expensive than originally calculated rate, but I compromised because I didn't want to waste the time and also didn't really want to bother the manager (He was nice. He asked company owner for discount cuz it was more than his authorized amount.) Also what if they get angry and kick my package...?

Still not really sure what was the best method, but I think for complete bike, especially which is bigger than USPS acceptable size.
Here's result of total costs, FYI.

Weight 36lbs and box size was 58x33x13

-What I thought-
From OH to MFC:$230-
From MFC to me:$270-(Calculated according to FMC's website)
Total: $500-

-Actual result-
From OH to :$230-
TX to Japan: $360-(*$515- Originally.)
Registration fee: $30-
Total: $620- ($775-. If not discounted.)

-If I send directly-
About $700- by FedEX

Here's my suggestion to those who are thinking of importing items from US.

1. It is NOT reasonable at all to utilize MFC when the box size is bigger than USPS accepts.
2. For frames and some smaller items (especially which offer free shipping within US), You can reasonably save shipping cost by using MFC. If you buy some items, items will be combined and you can save huge shipping fee.
3. Be aware that some MFC have horrible reputation (ex, theft or lost), so far, "US Global Mail" and"MyUS" seems have nicer reputation.

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Try getting a frame shipped in from the UK.

Speaking from Australia, it is completely out of the question for us to order anything from North America. Shipping is way, way too much. But order the same sort of stuff from the UK or NZ, and shipping is often free. Perhaps it is the same sort of situation for shipping from NA to Japan?
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Try getting a frame shipped in from the UK.

Speaking from Australia, it is completely out of the question for us to order anything from North America. Shipping is way, way too much. But order the same sort of stuff from the UK or NZ, and shipping is often free. Perhaps it is the same sort of situation for shipping from NA to Japan?
Hi. Thanks for your posting. Are you specifically talking about e-shop like Wiggle? They're superb and mostly they offer free shipping to Japan as well.(Except complete bikes and trainers). I usually buy tires and other stuff from them. You're right and I wouldn't import from NA, unless in need, like this time...
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Wiggle, ChainReactionCycles, even PBK sometimes. And closer to home, there's Torpedo7 in NZ.

We've been looking at Thorn bicycles, and it seems to me that the shipping for those is even pretty reasonable.
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Wow, I only knew Wiggle and CRC Thank
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