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Old 09-14-2014, 02:19 PM   #1
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Export to UK from East Coast

I am planning to buy a "short" dog nose school bus and export it Ro-Ro to the UK to convert to what I believe (from Walter White) you call an RV! (I have previously done a "minivan" so have some idea of the conversion process and tax, registration and insurance is straightforward in the UK.

Reading this forum it would seem that the biggest problem I face is insurance, temporary plates, license, removing School lights etc. getting a bus to a freight forwarder at an East Coast Port. My plan is to firstly find a suitable port/freight forwarder first and then look for a bus in the same state from a dealer (so I can get it delivered to the Port)

My question is whether anyone on this forum has ever exported from USA to UK. Any gothas I should know about! I am looking at any of the following ports (Portland, Boston, Brunswick) since I have friends in Mass and Maine who could check it was not a dud before handing over the cash.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:42 AM   #2
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Re: Export to UK from East Coast

At the risk of answering my own question it would appear that the only US East Coast port service Ro-Ro service is from New York to Southampton via Autoshippers (Skoolie too big to fit in a container!) and Boston, Portland etc. only handle containers. So looks like I will be looking for a Bus in New York state!
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Re: Export to UK from East Coast

I wouldn't buy a bus from NY state unless it has been inspected for rust. They salt the roads in winter. The bus I bought from NY had major rust.
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