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FAQs for Exporting a Chang Jiang 750:

These are basic FAQs to help one understand exporting a CJ750, or importing to their country. Every country has different rules and regulations. It would be great if people can let us know their experiences so we can post it up to help all CJ750 enthusiasts with acquiring their CJ 750. For instance, Chile requires that all CJ750 be brand new in order to be imported. The USA requires the CJ750 to be over 25 years, however many states require it to be over 30 years old. New Zealand requires that the CJ750 to be built prior to 2000. Australia requires you to get import permit first. Canada requires the CJ750 to be 15 years or older. Austria and Germany has very strict registration requirements so make sure your builder knows what modifications to make or it will cost you lots of money to do it in your home country.

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Why are export Chang Jiang 750 primarily PLA Chang Jiang 750 motorcycles?

The military (PLA) uses Chang Jiang 750 sidecars and have a very large inventory of them. They unload these Chang Jiang 750 sidecars every year as surplus so dealers will buy them and rebuild them for export. The military does not buy parts individually, they will take apart their Chang Jiang 750 sidecars to use as parts thus there are loads of surplus parts in the market from the military. Sometimes it takes 3 to 4 Chang Jiang 750 to put together one. These Chang Jiang 750 sidecars normally cost a few hundred USD. Using a civilian bike for export is much more expensive because there are road duties and documents on the civilian Chang Jiang 750 that make them road legal and also the license plates. The documents for a civilian Chang Jiang 750s have a residual value because they can be transferred to a new Chang Jiang 750. Thus it is less expensive to use a PLA Chang Jiang to export. There is an estimated amount of 1.3 million Chang Jiang 750 sidecar were built for the PLA. Read more about PLA Chang Jiang 750 sidecars on our export PLA page.

Is it hard to import a Chang Jiang 750 to the U.S.A.?

No, many Chang Jiang 750 sidecars are imported to the U.S.A. and usually get through customs if the documents are correct. Customs have to deal with hundreds of containers every day so much of it goes unchecked. The law allows for importation of Chang Jiang 750 sidecars that are more than 30 years old. Check with your state. There are occasional cases of Chang Jiang 750 being impounded, not to scare anyone off, however most Chang Jiang 750 sidecars do get through because of proper documentation.. Big Bill's Bikes has never had a bike confiscated as we provide all proper documentation as required and only use old Chang Jiang 750 PLA stock.

More information may be found: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/imports/factmnb.htm

What do I need to import a Chang Jiang 750 sidecar motorcycle to the United States?

The “mysterious package” of documents that many Chang Jiang exporters claim, will guarantee your Chang Jiang 750 will enter the U.S.A. and good for registraion is listed below. If your dealer cannot tell you what documents he will supply, we highly recommend you find one that does.

Your dealer should provide documents such as:
Sales Invoice
Bill of laden
Fumigation certificate (as of September 19th no longer valid, boxes are stamped by customs)
Road worthiness certificate (needed only in some countries)
Packing list
Origin of CJ, manufacturer address with date of manufacture
Bike registration (blue book with photo)
Ownership certificate (green book, only in some cases it is provided)

All your documents should translated or in English.

In some cases customs brokers only need an official receipt, every state varies and it also depends on your broker. Our clients have gotten their Chang Jiang 750 sidecars with even scanned copies of the bill of laden, so check with your broker.

DMV information can be found on the following page with links. DMV links

Is it easy to import a Chang Jiang 750 to Canada?

Canada has quite similar rules to the USA, however you have to make sure there is no dirt on the wheels or under the fender. The bike has to be at least 15 years old and you must demonstrate the certificates of ownership. This link has Canadian import information: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/E/pub/cp/rc4140/rc4140-05e.pdf

Is it easy to import a Chang Jiang 750 sidecar motorcycle to Europe?

Yes, however it depends on which country you are in as many EU countries have tougher requirements than the U.S.A. Examples of these are signal lights on the sidecar, front brake light switch, parking brake, sidecar brake, sidecar lights that can blink, etc. Check out Big Bill's Bikes’s custom accessories and you can see some of the required changes for importing to Europe. The most stringent country we have encountered is Austria.

Is it easy to import a Chang Jiang 750 to Australia?

Your CJ750 should be at least 15 years old and you should get all your documentation done such as your Vehicle Import Certificate before the bike arrives. When you do import your CJ make sure the crate is fumigated and there is no dirt on the tires. Find out further details from you state. You may be able to import a right hand drive or left hand drive depending on the state. Two documents that is a must read if you are to buy a bike online from China - listed are two website dealers whos bikes are not allowed to be imported: Import Scheme, Registration This is EXTREMELY important to read if you do not want to buy a bike and get into trouble.

More information may be found on this site: http://aussiechangjiang.com/index.html

Should I import my bike as an antique or as a kit bike?

That depends on the country you are in. Some countries do not have regulations on kit bikes however they may be harder to insure. Check with your customs, vehicle registration bureau and also your insurance company before making your decision.

How do I get it out of Customs?

The rules are different for different countries, in the USA you may do all the paper work yourself or you may have a customs broker handle it. Make sure all your documents are complete. In some countries custom is not a problem or there may be taxes involved, so please check with your broker. We recommend that you use a broker to make all the work easier and many of them will even offer to deliver the CJ750 to your door.

Are there quarantine issues when importing a Chang Jiang 750?

One would think a motorcycle would not fall under this category. However some countries are very strict about quarantine and health issues regarding dirt on the tires and under the fender. Make sure that there is no dirt on the wheels or under the fender or you may end up having to pay for the bike to be sanitized or fumigated. All wooden crated also have to be fumigated before shipping. In most cases your shipper will take care of this.

How many Chang Jiang 750 sidecars will fit in a container?

6 CJ750 fully assembled for 20 feet container
12 CJ750 fully assembled for 40 feet container

You will have to lower the sizes of the boxes for packing so that they may be stacked. In some cases you may want to remove the handle bar to get a lower height. Make sure your dealer knows his business when ordering one or more CJ. China customs do not allow more than two bikes out unless it is declared as trade item, which would require the use of an export agent.

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