Don't leave before the bike.
I left Nairobi two hours before my bike. We were to meet again in Rome.
When I got to Rome my bike wasn't there. The local agent knew nothing
of my shipment. The Airwaybill didn't register at all.
The African Manager, knowing I'd already left, had decided he wanted
a bribe so he stopped my bike leaving. When my cousing contacted him
he said I'd been quoted the wrong rate and that it had now doubled.
It took three days to arrange for it to be shipped by another airline
and I ended up sending it directly to Heathrow.