I had put Daisy on the plane on the 9th April and I was worried, as I had not heard anything of her whereabouts so I called the Freight forwarder at Schiphol.
Daisy it seems was there and had arrived over the weekend and I needed to pick her up ASAP or I will incur a daily storage fee.
I am bit pissed of with this response as I had expected them to call me when she arrived and it was just fortunate that I rang them rather than waiting.
So I called my old man and asked if he could give me a lift to Schiphol tomorrow as I expected we would need to drive around a lot to get through the hoops needed to get Daisy landed officially the Netherlands
First port of call was to the Dutch freight forwarder Menzies they want EUR 81.29 for their part and they were located at Schiphol Rijk on the far side of the airport so fortunate for me that I have a driver (My old man).
Fill in the paperwork pay the fee and then it’s off to customs. They are located in the airport itself so we drive there and join the row of Japanese tourist queuing to get their VAT back. Fill in the forms a share relevant paper work with customs no charges just paper filling exercise.
Back to Schiphol Rijk to collect Daisy. If you remember when I left Daisy at Buenos Aires airport I had great day with the loaders strapping Daisy to the palate shrink wrapping her and doing all that was need to get her prepared to get ready and free access everywhere were we working. In contrast in the Netherland we were unpleasantly told to get the f$%£ out of the warehouse and our goods will be delivered at a particular door so we made our way to that door and waited. A grumpy guy with a forklift dumped Daisy on the loading bay still on the palette and without saying anything left us.
So Daisy was back all we needed to do was get her of the palette and fortunately I had brought some tools and there was two of us so quite an easy job.
Whilst we were getting Daisy of the palette I noticed that one of the pannier and the Top Box had been damaged. When they had strapped down Daisy the panniers where to close to the bike so they had dented them. So I went of to find somebody in the warehouse to report this again told we not allowed in! However after explaining what we wanted told to go back to the door and they would send someone over (right set of miserable bastards)
My old man and me finished getting Daisy of the Palette and dumping all the rubbish we felt like leaving everything we did not need lying around there as the folks had been so unpleasant but we tidied up and left it as we found it do not want to make it worse for future folks passing through here 🙂 Eventually a security guard showed up about the damage he took some picture and we filled in a damage report and finally I was on my way.
First very slowly to the nearest petrol station as there was no air pressure in the tyres as they had been let down as part of loading process, and I needed to fill up with petrol.
Said Thanks and goodbye to my old man for helping me out with and then a nice drive back to the Hague on Daisy strange to be riding Europe as it been nearly a year ago when I set of to Zeebrugge to send Daisy to the other side of the world with 3,018 km on the odometer. I arrived back in The Hague with 69,914 km on the clock 🙂
Not quite as shiney as a year previously 🙂
Its 4 and half years later when I am writing this and Daisy is still going strong with 127,500km on the clock looking forward to our next trip together 🙂
So how much did it cost to get Daisy back to The Hague from Buenos Aires?
Dakar Moto Fee 100 USD
Freight British Airways 10,700 ARS
Menzies Fee 81.29 EUR
So what is that in real money? About 1,800 EUR
However do you remember I made a saving of USD 500 by trading on the unofficial blue market from USD to ARS and remember those dents in the panniers and top box I eventually got EUR 1,160 damages cost back from British Airways so in short I think I broke even on the shipping 🙂
Daisy today still going strong today with 127,000 km on the clock still using the damaged panniers just hammered the dents out 🙂
10,000km Canada between Russell and Saskatoon
20,000km Canada between Whistler and Vancouver
30,000km United States of America between Waynesboro and Troutville
40,000km Costa Rica between Arenal and Turrialba
50,000km Chile between Valparaiso and Santiago
60,000km Argentina between Cordoba and Tafi del Vale
80,000km United Kingdom
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130,000km ???? who knows 🙂