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Old 11-10-2016, 11:05 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a 'ball park' figure for how much it would cost to ship a full size Skoolie internationally?

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Old 11-10-2016, 11:26 AM   #2
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I haven't the faintest clue where to start looking for a price.

But to help those who might be in the know on this subject, you might want to elaborate on "international".

I can see there being a big difference in the price of moving a bus from Jamaica to Florida vs from Australia to England.
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Old 11-10-2016, 11:38 AM   #3
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Hi

Ok - Some more info..

From the USA to either
Europe?
USA to the Far East?
USA to Australia?

All valid options at the moment
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Old 11-10-2016, 03:30 PM   #4
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I know someone who may be able to get some rough #s, but you will need to be a lot more specific b4 anyone will spend the time to do the research. It's more than just looking on a rate chart. Every port, in every country, will be different. Export fees are different from import fees. If the bus can be shipped in a container, my guess is that will make it a little easier (Container are 20' or 40') but where and when is a must to know.
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Old 11-10-2016, 03:54 PM   #5
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then once its there you have ot deal with the country of imports laws regarding equipment, inspections, and safety equipment to be able to use it on the road..
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Old 11-10-2016, 04:13 PM   #6
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I found this site earlier with some links at the end ... Ship your RV to Europe
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Old 11-10-2016, 05:54 PM   #7
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There are at least two on this site that have imported to England. A full size and a shorty.
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Hi Guys

Does anyone have a 'ball park' figure for how much it would cost to ship a full size Skoolie internationally?

Thank you!
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A Army 6x6 will cost you $11 grand to Costa Rica. That was 2 years ago. Leaving from Miami.
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Old 11-11-2016, 07:04 PM   #9
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Shipping costs are only part of the story. Import fees and duties can be crippling for some countries, and then you may possibly also have to modify the vehicle to comply with local regulations.

Many years ago when I worked for an international shipping/moving company and freight forwarder in England, we had a customer who wanted to send his car to Singapore. We gave him a price for FOB destination, he accepted, and we drove his car to Felixstowe docks to catch the RORO sailing that same night to Singapore and Australia. We thought that was a slick job until he called us all of a panic the next day asking us to not ship his car. We told him no luck, it's already on the high seas, probably somewhere in the Bay of Biscay or thereabouts, next stop Singapore, should be there in three weeks or so. Well, it turns out he found that it cost some prodigious amount of money to privately import used cars there, something like 200% duty on the original new car price, plus some other high rate of import fee for whatever else, in other words he would have spent many tens of thousands of pounds to get his car. For all we knew, it sat on the docks for ages as an unclaimed or abandoned vehicle, and he was out of pocket the considerable shipping costs, all because he had not researched it thoroughly before signing on our dotted line.

In a warehouse next to the ferry terminal at Felixstowe was a boneyard of mostly American cars that US servicemen stationed in England had tried to import for their own use while working in England. They had all been impounded because they had non-compliant headlights and lighting, windshield glass, and whatever else was needed to bring a vehicle into Britain at that time, so they all sat there gathering dust and rusting away - I remember seeing many Camaros and Firebirds there, just what young US servicemen like to drive!

So, do your research first very thoroughly. Also, how about spare parts and servicing/repairs in the country of choice? There was some discussion recently here about this exact subject - sometimes it's better to get a locally-made vehicle instead of some esoteric and unique foreign vehicle that can become an albatross.

And no, a school bus won't fit inside an ISO shipping container! Containers are all 8 feet wide overall, so they have about 7'6" internal width, and the tallest are 9'6" high overall, so about 8 feet something internal height depending on their floor strength. A bus would have to go RORO or as deck cargo (not recommended!). Generally, only cars can fit inside containers.

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Old 11-11-2016, 07:20 PM   #10
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Good to know ! Thanks for the infos.
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