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Offline Viajero Vern

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Receiving bike by ship??
« on: January 08, 2009, 03:45:58 am »
I have been looking into sending my bike to Cape Town by air and sea. Of course, sea is a lot cheaper and will take 36-39 days. But what about when it gets there, is there much difficulty in clearing customs etc.?

As I mentioned in a previous post, I intend to do the final preparation after arriving. I was thinking of bringing with me the Andystrapz Expedition Panniers, and after talking to him the other day, and the price of frames, he said to just get someone to make some up, it's a lot cheaper. Can I get this done there?

As well, I saw on another post, some photos of a bike with 2 racks either side at the front with jerry cans (or something similar) which I think would be good for carrying extra fuel and water. I was talking to a SA guy the other day and he said (I think), riding through Mozambique there is quite a distance with no fuel and even when there is somewhere, they may not have any.
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Offline Hermanator

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Re: Receiving bike by ship??
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2009, 05:30:06 am »
The best advice would be for your clearing agent in Australia to appoint a clearing agent in Cape Town. When I brought my bike over from England, the appointed clearing agents were excellent and although the clearing cost me R1750, the transaction was painless.

You'll have to have all your documents, but best speak to someone here first. http://www.mbendi.com/import/sa/freightfwd_saaff_tvl.htm

LM KNIGHT did my paperwork. Contact them and they'll tell you exactly what they need and get your application in for the import permit.

On the matter of fitting your reserve fuel up front, you'll realise when you get to Moz that this wasn't the wizest. You want the weight as far back as possible.

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Offline Viajero Vern

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Re: Receiving bike by ship??
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2009, 10:34:00 am »

On the matter of fitting your reserve fuel up front, you'll realise when you get to Moz that this wasn't the wizest. You want the weight as far back as possible.

Thanks for that. Just back into riding after some time out, and all tips appreciated.
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