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      10-10-2019, 08:07 AM   #1
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Track orders in Europe using VIN?

How can order and build status be followed in Europe (and in particular Belgium) ?

My dealership says that in Belgium we canít follow production using the VIN, only when itís ready the Vin can be provided. I have the impression they donít want to give it.
A few years ago I found a fault using the VIN (wrong rims were ordered) so at least I could check the configuration
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      10-10-2019, 08:28 AM   #2
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Hi, its not possible. Mine was produced 14.08 and 10.09 was in Bremerhaven. After that they need 20 days quality controls..........
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      10-10-2019, 09:06 AM   #3
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I'm vewry interested to see the results of this. Mine was just ordered (I'm in Belgium as well, buying/shipping a US spec car).... but I was under the "assumption" that I would be provided a VIN at sometime too.
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      10-10-2019, 09:56 AM   #4
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But the dealer have your VIN if the production start and he can give you. No way to tracking, but he knows order status
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      10-10-2019, 01:36 PM   #5
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Ok. Pitty. So Iíll have to wait 3 more weeks to get the VIN when production begins. Then until week 51 😬
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      10-10-2019, 03:17 PM   #6
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VIN is assigned only when the chassis is selected at the start of production...I was told. As of then, the number should be available also to you, mine was sent to me over email by BMW Munich (I work in Vienna AT).
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      10-13-2019, 05:23 PM   #7
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According to the VIN my car was created on 26 sept 2019.

BMW is mainly using 'Wallenius Willhelmsen' for overseas car transport.
So I looked up the schedule between Charleston and Zeebrugge using their site:
https://www.2wglobal.com/webapps?min...ScheduleRWD%2F

Found that the first transport from Charleston after 26th September was on 4th October.
Various blogs claim that the car can be on a boat in as little as 2 days after production.

On 6th October I asked my sales rep for an update. And sure enough my order was in status code 165. (= at sea/water).

So I'm pretty sure mine is on this vehicle carrier called Taipan:
https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels...MMSI-308921000

Ship is expected in Bremerhaven on 15th October and in Zeebrugge on 23th October.
(you can see all stops of the trip using the Wallenius Willhelmsen website, click the vessel number for details and then 'time-line')

I have no idea how long it takes for a car to get from Zeebrugge to the BMW dealership.

Hope it helps some (Belgian) readers.


update :
a day after this post a new vessel was added.
Left on 8th October and arriving in Zeebrugge also at 23 October (25th Bremerhaven)
https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels...MMSI-367063310

It will be a busy day in Zeebrugge. :-)

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      10-14-2019, 02:06 AM   #8
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Very interesting. Mine was built W39, so probably on this ship Also ...(dealer confirmed the car is on transit since beginning of october ...)
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      10-14-2019, 07:22 AM   #9
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Hope it helps some (Belgian) readers. :-)

I saw a website where the guy tracked european made BMWís to the USA like that, so now I know where to look for the other way around
I donít get it why tracking production status online is only available on American orders.
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      10-14-2019, 08:00 AM   #10
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Online tracking is not something BMW AG (the German company that builds BMW cars) provides to people who buy BMW cars.

The USA has tracking of builds because BMW NA set up a site and automated phone number to provide it for sales in the USA. BMW NA is the USA company (actually an LLC, a kind of USA corporation) that imports BMW cars and motorcycles into the USA and distributes them to dealers.

Other regional importers could do the same thing if they wanted to.


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I saw a website where the guy tracked european made BMWís to the USA like that, so now I know where to look for the other way around
I donít get it why tracking production status online is only available on American orders.
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      10-15-2019, 03:22 AM   #11
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Thanks for the explanation!
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      10-16-2019, 03:24 AM   #12
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According to the VIN my car was created on 26 sept 2019.

BMW is mainly using 'Wallenius Willhelmsen' for overseas car transport.
So I looked up the schedule between Charleston and Zeebrugge using their site:
https://www.2wglobal.com/webapps?min...ScheduleRWD%2F

Found that the first transport from Charleston after 26th September was on 4th October.
Various blogs claim that the car can be on a boat in as little as 2 days after production.

On 6th October I asked my sales rep for an update. And sure enough my order was in status code 165. (= at sea/water).

So I'm pretty sure mine is on this vehicle carrier called Taipan:
https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels...MMSI-308921000

Ship is expected in Bremerhaven on 15th October and in Zeebrugge on 23th October.
(you can see all stops of the trip using the Wallenius Willhelmsen website, click the vessel number for details and then 'time-line')

I have no idea how long it takes for a car to get from Zeebrugge to the BMW dealership.

Hope it helps some (Belgian) readers.


update :
a day after this post a new vessel was added.
Left on 8th October and arriving in Zeebrugge also at 23 October (25th Bremerhaven)
https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels...MMSI-367063310

It will be a busy day in Zeebrugge. :-)
@wout, the Taipan is stopped since last night Ö.
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      10-16-2019, 01:49 PM   #13
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@wout, the Taipan is stopped since last night Ö.
Looks like it's parked at sea. Anyway, it's foreseen to stay here a few days. It should leave the 20th October again.

I have read some posts that they complete (import?) paperwork in Bremerhaven. Maybe they can do it from sea and don't need to dock in the port. Not sure, this is just me guessing.


We will have to wait till Sunday...
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      10-16-2019, 04:13 PM   #14
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I hope they will discharge cars tomorrow as ETA is on 17th.
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      10-17-2019, 02:47 PM   #15
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K-Line is also transporting to Bremerhaven/Zeebrugge.
Currently the Drive Green Highway is at Bremerhaven and will be in Zeebrugge on 2019-10-19. The Apollon Highway is also moving forward, expected at Bremerhaven on 2019-10-22. I hope mine is on one of these 2!!
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      10-18-2019, 10:22 AM   #16
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Taipan is Moving Ö :-)
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      10-19-2019, 10:41 AM   #17
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This is the Drive Green Highway arriving at Zeebrugge at 15u30 local time, coming from Bremerhaven and Charleston. I think it is a better change your X5's will on that boat!
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      10-19-2019, 11:25 AM   #18
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Mine should be delivered to Budapest, so discharged at Bremerhaven ?!
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      11-05-2019, 07:19 AM   #19
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According to the VIN my car was created on 26 sept 2019.

BMW is mainly using 'Wallenius Willhelmsen' for overseas car transport.
So I looked up the schedule between Charleston and Zeebrugge using their site:
https://www.2wglobal.com/webapps?min...ScheduleRWD%2F

Found that the first transport from Charleston after 26th September was on 4th October.
Various blogs claim that the car can be on a boat in as little as 2 days after production.

On 6th October I asked my sales rep for an update. And sure enough my order was in status code 165. (= at sea/water).

So I'm pretty sure mine is on this vehicle carrier called Taipan:
https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels...MMSI-308921000

Ship is expected in Bremerhaven on 15th October and in Zeebrugge on 23th October.
(you can see all stops of the trip using the Wallenius Willhelmsen website, click the vessel number for details and then 'time-line')

I have no idea how long it takes for a car to get from Zeebrugge to the BMW dealership.

Hope it helps some (Belgian) readers.


update :
a day after this post a new vessel was added.
Left on 8th October and arriving in Zeebrugge also at 23 October (25th Bremerhaven)
https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels...MMSI-367063310

It will be a busy day in Zeebrugge. :-)
Thank you, this works great. Orinal PRODWK 38, adjusted to 40, and actually in week 43... (can be expected with new models)
Mine (X5 45e) was put on the boat 29/10. I'm assuming the Tosca.
Arrival 12/11 in Bremerhaven and 20/11 in Zeebrugge. Then customs and transport to the importer in Genk (from what I was told) and then finishing and transport to dealer near Brussels... Lets hope for delivery wk 49 or early 50...
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      11-05-2019, 02:16 PM   #20
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Thank you, this works great. Orinal PRODWK 38, adjusted to 40, and actually in week 43... (can be expected with new models)
Mine (X5 45e) was put on the boat 29/10. I'm assuming the Tosca.
Arrival 12/11 in Bremerhaven and 20/11 in Zeebrugge. Then customs and transport to the importer in Genk (from what I was told) and then finishing and transport to dealer near Brussels... Lets hope for delivery wk 49 or early 50...
Than our cars are on the same boat. VIN says produced on 25/10 so Iím tracking the same boat
Dealer said expecting week 49
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      11-05-2019, 04:53 PM   #21
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For Sweden delivery (also Norway/Denmark it seems), you can track the final 1-2 weeks through the transport company at http://www.skandiatransport.se/sv/TrackTrace/Detail

Sweden delivery is shipped to the harbor Halmstad from Cuxhaven so at https://www.hallandshamnar.se/hamntrafik/ you can check when the boats arrive from Cuxhaven to keep an eye at the first link if your car is offloaded from the ship. And the boats can be tracked at vesselfinder.com or similar sites as previous posts linked to.

Waiting for the delivery of my x5 45e within a week so did some research

To be honest somewhat surprised that so much information is publicly available. Also for other car brands and cars they keep in storage.
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      11-06-2019, 02:05 AM   #22
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Than our cars are on the same boat. VIN says produced on 25/10 so Iím tracking the same boat
Dealer said expecting week 49
My car arrived at dealer! Took a few days longer than expected. Concession is still waiting for the papers and have to perform a recall action (TRA?) first.

Next Monday is a public holiday here as well. So delivery by the end of next week.

Although I might postpone delivery until later this month to take advantage of the financial conditions that all car manufactures offer here in Belgium during December and January. (A (yearly) Belgian thing linked to the Brussels car show in January)
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