I'm just about to order one of Tom Rootliebs Speedster kits.
To get it into Australia I first need to get the 6 crates from Turlock CA to my shipping agent in Compton CA (near Longbeach LA).
I understand that Rootliebs are presently looking far a "ball park" $ figure for me, but I thought I'd ask the forum members for advice as well.
Thanks & Cheers,
I have no experience with this, but a suggestion I've often seen is shipping between Fastenal stores.
We just shipped wheels with Fastenal, I have not received them yet, so I can't give a full report of the experience. Setting up the shipment was straight forward and pretty easy. You will have to get the parts (package or pallet) to a Fastenal facility and then pick them up at a Fastenal facility. The price was the best I
we could find ... thanks to the recommendations from folks on this forum!
Do you want your crates to " disappear " or lose some of their contents en route ?
Go with what the Seller you are buying from recommends ...
As I'm in Australia and have no way of getting them to a Fastenal outlet....AND....I have no idea what Fastenal is anyway, I'll take Jim's advice and stick with Rootlieb's choice.
Thanks for answering folks, its much appreciated.
Fastenal is an American hardware and building supply company that offers third party shipping services, but as others have said, someone would have to get the crates to Fastenal and then someone would have to get the crates from the Fastenal store nearest Compton to your freight forwarder. Fastenal does not offer door to door pickup and delivery; only store to store. Within the last 6 months, I sold two rear fenders and a deck lid to a party in New Zealand. Even though it was quite expensive, we had to use FedEx ground from Houston to Compton (Kiwi Forwarding) and then they went to NZ. The bill to get the parts to Compton was almost as much as to get them from Compton to NZ.
Rob, how big are the crates? Kim
Phone Australia, 0417 236 495 speak to Neil he will give you a contact.
There are 5 crates in all.
1) 48" x 23" x 26" 137lbs
2) 31" x 20" x 6" 12lbs
3) 62" x 17" x 15" 90lbs
4) 62" x 17" x 15" 90lbs
5) 82" x 37" x 5" 115lbs
Rob, if you can get Tom Rootlieb to bring the boxes to the Bakersfield swap meet, I can take them to Compton, or Wilmington. Both are close to my house. Kim
To all of you who answered my question...."Thank You" for doing so.
However, once I had all the details in front of me and ran it all past my shipping agent, in order to get an exact freight cost, I found that I hadn't allowed for the various import duties and taxes that I'd have to pay upon arrival here.
I'm embarrassed about it.....I must be getting old or something, because I have imported stuff before and been through all the rigamaroll several times before.
In my haste to avoid the likelihood of a lower AU$ next month, due to a lowering of interest rates, I just plain forgot about it.
So the purchase is off......for a few weeks anyway, until I get my act together. (a shame, because there's an underslung, completely rebuilt, rolling chassis just begging for it).
Once again Gents, "Thank You" for your advice.
Cheers (maybe not so many)
Maybe create a thread in the Classifieds to see if anyone is shipping a vehicle from Long Beach Port to your neck of the woods that might have room in a container for your crates.
There may be a car or two headed your way from Bakersfield in a couple weeks ...
A good idea Jim,