Have you ever wondered what it costs to ship kayaks internationally?

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Shipping Kayaks Internationally

This helpful blog was requested to be written by Colorado Kayak Supply e-commerce General Manager Dave Kloberdanz.  Dave asserts that a lot of CKS customers ask about shipping internationally and offered his experience.

Companies like Chile's Pucon Kayak Hostel invest thousands annually to freight ship kayaks. How much will it cost you?

Top 5 International Countries Requesting Shipping:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • South Korea

Shipping a kayak Internationally is possible, but it is expensive because of the dimensional weight of a kayak!

Q: Which freight forwarder is best for shipping a kayak Internationally? 

A: CKS ships kayaks (and other over-sized packages) through Bongo International.

To figure out the cost of International shipping through BONGO, you’ll need to make a few calculations.  Let’s break it down into understandable terms:

Calculating International Freight Costs for Your Kayak:

Step 1-  Calculate the “dimensional weight” of your kayak

  • Dimensional weight = (height x length x width)/139

*CKS will package your kayak in 3 layers for protection(cheese cloth,felt,and plastic). Add 2” packaging to your dimensions Length, Width, and Height to compensate for the added size. Example – An average creek boat =  118” + 2” (packaging) = 120” Length. (Typical Creek boat dimensions =Length 120”- Height 16” – Width 28”)

  • EX. 120” x 16” X 28” = 53,760/139 = 387 LBS DIMENSIONAL WEIGHT.
  • You may also use the DHL Dimensional Weight Calculator.  Just plug in the dimensions to their auto calculator.

 Step 2-Calculate Your Kayak Shipping Rate

  • Go to Bongo Shipping Rates.
  • Click “Select a country” and choose your country
  • Click  “Calculate
  • Enter the dimensional weight

Discount Note (advantage vs. classic customers):

Bongo Advantage Customers get a preferred shipping rate.  In the case of a kayak shipping to Australia the price is almost $300 less than classic and worth signing up to become an advantage customer.  Click here to read more about the Bongo Advantage Customer Signup Page. What is an “Advantage Customer?”  We called Bongo to answer this question.  Below is their response.

Advantage membership is $15/mth with a three-month minimum commitment.  This membership also includes mail forwarding. With this membership we weigh and measure the actual items, cut down boxes, consolidate goods, remove packing materials, etc. to save on shipping costs.  You are allowed up to five delivery addresses and are only allowed to ship internationally. It’s cheaper to pay their $15/month for three months vs. the additional $300 in shipping costs.

 What is a “classic” customer?

  • Discounted Shipping Rates
  • 1 Delivery Destination
  • Consolidation Services
  • Personal Shopping Services
  • Imaging Services
  • No Monthly Charges
  • Pay one time $5 fee.

Conclusion:  To save shipping you can join as an Advantage member at $15/month for minimum of 3 months equaling $15.  And save up to $300 in shipping.

When you need the best equipment… Choose CKS.

By David Hughes

CKS Content Media Specialist

Owner- Pucon Kayak Hostel, Your economical Chile destination with beds, kayak rentals, and beginner to advanced rivers.  “Keep Kayaking.”

Director- Huge Experiences’ New River Academy, “And that has made all the difference.

7 thoughts on “Have you ever wondered what it costs to ship kayaks internationally?

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  2. shipping from australia

    Nice information. Could you also throw light on some other ‘easy to pick’ items that can be shipped and also the websites that provide membership benefits over a period of time? Thanks.

  3. Christine

    Great info — thank you! This is always a challenge here in Costa Rica. Frontier Airlines will often allow you to bring your kayak with you when traveling. And the kind folks at CKS have always helped us find affordable shipping for kayaks and gear we buy from them. It’s great working with CKS! – Suresh and Christine, Desafío Adventure Company

  4. matias

    There is still the small issue of costumer service. Here in Argentina you’re charged 50% tax for each kayak, wich makes importing quite impossible.

    Nice tips tough, hehe

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  6. Antonio

    Hi Guys
    I’m trying to buy “wave ski” (kind of a small surfing kayak) in Australia and I would like to get it shipped down to Panama no matter time but the best price possible.
    can you guys help me up with the price details and time?
    I tryied to get the quote on the Bongo international that you referred on the link and it says $441 Dlls
    im not quite sure I did it right





    Depth:36.83cm (I guess)

    this are the details of the item thank you.

    1. bobby@coloradokayak.com

      Hi –
      Sorry for the delayed reply. That price actually sounds about right. Bongo has gotten pretty expensive. The best thing to do would be to call Bongo and see what they say about sending from AUS to PAN. As far as I know, Bongo only shipped out of the USA – were you looking for someone to ship out of AUS?

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