Since 2010, we’ve been selling Wavewalk® kayaks factory direct to clients in the European Union (EU). So far we’ve shipped our kayaks to clients from northern countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium and southern countries such as Italy and Greece.
Our European clients get all the technical and sales support they need directly from us by email and by phone, and they pay us by direct transfer (ACH) or by international check in US dollars.
We charge our European clients $210 US in total including insurance for shipping their W500 from the US factory to one of these major EU ports: Antwerp, Rotterdam, Thessaloniki, etc., and we charge $270 for doing the same for a W700. Once we know your address we can find the cheapest way to ship the kayak to you – We speak French and we can communicate reasonably well in Italian and Spanish.
We ship each Wavewalk® kayak in a custom cardboard box, for maximum protection, and our shipments are insured.
Typical transit time for such a shipment is 3 weeks, but it can take a couple of weeks more, depending on cutoff dates and other factors over which we have no control.
Once the boxed W kayak and accessories reach their European port of destination, the client has to take care of customs clearing and transportation from the port to their address. We provide our clients with all necessary documentation for customs.
EU duty on US made kayaks is minimal. However, our European clients are required to pay the local value added tax (VAT), like they do on all other products.
Other local expenses that European clients need to be aware of are port taxes and fees which may vary from time to time and from one port to another, and storage fees if the client requires the box to be stored locally before picking it up.
We can also ship to inland local freight terminals (e.g. Rome, Berlin, etc.) where the client would pickup their box.
How we manage to offer such low shipping rates to EU ports
Adding $210 and $270 as extra shipping fee to a European port helps us pay for shipping to our European clients –
The actual cost of shipping a boxed Wavewalk® kayak from the US factory to a main European port is between $450 and $550, depending on whether it’s a W500 or W700, and on the port of destination.
However, we don’t have to charge the full cost of shipping to Europe since our kayaks are already priced with a local shipping component for our US customers. This figure rarely covers our own cost when we ship a single box to an end customer’s address in the continental US, but it does cover much of it. We use these funds to cover part of our cost of shipping to our EU clients, so our EU don’t have to pay the full cost of shipping.
Wavewalk is a member of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), and we will exhibit at ICAST 2016.
Our booth number is 3657
We are looking to recruit national distributors and dealers in EU countries .
Learn more about our national distributor program »