Inuagural Dakar style bike shipment into Mexico

Now in its 4th year, The Baja Rally Mexico is making history with an unprecedented cargo voyage. The bikes and kit of 23 Baja contestants, are currently being shipped via the cargo vessel ARA Atlantis to Balboa, then the MSC ANS to Ensenada, Baja, Mexico.

The ARA Atlantis departed the Port of Liverpool 25/08/16, arrival date at Ensenada, Mexico 03/10/2016 ahead of the Baja Rally itself 10-15/10/2016. The 38 day voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, routing through the Port of Balboa in the Panama Canal to Ensenada, is the first to ship rally bikes directly to Ensenada.

In North America rally racing is in it’s infancy, the remoteness of Baja makes it attractive as a rally destination but difficult and expensive to access as an individual rider. The Dakar established in 1978, formerly known as The Paris-Dakar Rally, having experienced similar issues, offers shipping from Paris to South America to its riders. The Baja Rally team followed suit, offering shipping, to and from the Baja Rally, making the event accessible to European riders.

Logistics began on the ground throughout Europe with the the delivery of motorbike shipping crates to each rider. Once rally prepped, the bikes and kit were loaded into their respective shipping containers for collection and consolidation by the Knights of Old Group.

Consolidating the bikes from Ireland, Scotland, the UK and Austria, into Northamptonshire, Knights of Old Group’s headquarters, was economical and logical, as the county benefits from a unique central location at the hub of national road networks. On arrival at the group’s export packing facility, the 23 rally bikes were consolidated into 2 shipping containers bound from Kettering to the Port of Liverpool.

The Knights of Old Group were able to organise a temporary CARNET (customs permit allowing motor vehicles to be taken across a frontier for a limited period) for the rally organisers, which allowed the import of the bikes to Mexico without paying additional customs duties, further reducing costs.

On arrival in Baja, the rally bikes will be unloaded for race preparation at the San Nicolas Hotel and Casino, owned by the legendary and iconic Nico Saad. The bikes will join join 80 racers, from 13 different countries for the six day rally, comprising 4-world class stages, covering 800 miles and attracting world-class racers.

Mauricio Parra, Baja Rally Director of Government Affairs managed the shipping project, working closely with Tom Clow, Air and Ocean Director, Knights of Old Group; freight forwarder John Good and customs brokers Victor Celis and Victor Celis Jr. Speaking on behalf of Knights of Old Group: Air and Ocean Director Tom Clow said: "Working together with Mauricio Parra, John Good and Baja contestants, George Dennison - Motoden, and Patsy Quick - Desert Rose Racing, the Knights of Old Group have contributed to making a world class rally-event  half way across the globe finacially possible for European riders.”

On completion of the Baja rally, bikes will be shipped back to their respective owners completing their incredible journey, half way across the globe.
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