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Old 5 Jan 2012
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leave car in mongolia or russia


was planning a mongolia trip, then africa, now back to mongolia, things are still up the air, it'll be the last big trip we do so still working out the one to go for.

just wondering can you leave/donate/abandon a car in russia/mongilia or nearby country, we will be driving a 1997 landcruiser prado and have come via turkey, iran and the stans so will have a carnet,

trying to maximise the time we have, by not having to double back and fly out would allow us to spend more time elsewhere.

thanks for all your help.
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Hi k974,

after riding from Germany to Mongolia this summer we left them in Mongolia. We sold them to 2 expats. We were asked no questions on our way out.
The expats did some paperwork to register the bikes but that was after we left the country.
5 years ago I left Mongolia for China and I left my bike in Mongolia (but picked it up afterwards). That time no one asked questions at the border either. It seems to me its no problem to abandon a vehicle in Mongolia.

Russia is a different matter however. They seem to be pretty exact and serious with their paperwork. I wouldn't try there. A friend of us DID leave Russia with his bike but the Russians thought for some reasons he didn't. He got multiple letters sent to his home (Switzerland) where they tried to fine him.

What I don't know how this work with your carnet.

Cheers Patrick
Riding home the crazy way: Germany to Newfoundland
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You have to sort out some paperwork on donating the car to a charity otherwise you'll have to pay excise tax on the border.
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It is perfectly permissable to exit RUS, leaving your vehicle behind in RUS.
E.G. Right now I am now sitting on Gran Canaria, offshore Spain, having spent a week in London en-route and all this time my UK registered car is gathering snow in Moscow.

However this can only be temporary.

The difficulty comes when your vehicle exceeds it's Customs Permit time limit. They have your Passport details and the name and address taken from the Registration Document produced on entry. They could persue you, albeit fairly ineffectively until you try to re-enter RUS. Their nation wide computor systems are highly effecient. On re-entering RUS you could expect a far more pro-active approach!

RUS Customs will accept a vehicle as being stolen or written off in an accident subject to you providing valid Road Police reports etc.

Otherwise go to the Customs office with the person you are giving it to and make sure they clear you of potential duty liability and transfer any liability to the recipient.

For reference - your vehicle will normally be given 3 months Customs Permit on entry. This can be extended at local Customs Offices by up to a further 9 months to give a full year, or such shorter period for which you have rights to be there (Visa, Permit, etc).
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