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Old 9 Jun 2008
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Shipment bike to Vladivostok and area: features

Hello everyone.
This year already a few groups of mototravellers arrived in Vladivostok for ride through Russia to west or 'stans.

So it seems after recent reorganize in custom office, custom officers doesn't do theirs best for clearance.
So here is little advice for all who planing trip through our area.
If you go from S. Korea better to ship bike to Zarubino port. Custom clearance in this town is very quick - just one day or two.
That guys who shipped bikes through Vladivostok did custom clearance in 5-14 days.
Four Australian bikers was here in Vlad two weeks while they did all procedures with theirs 20ft container with 4 bikes.

So better to ship bike through any another local port, but not through Vladivostok - it could allow to save free time for you.
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Hi Shustrik

Thanks for the update on customs. Do you know if it is still possible to get the ferry from Sockho to Zarubino as a passenger with your car, or can passengers only get off at Vladivostok?

I've read a post somewhere on the Hubb in the last few weeks (can't seem to find it...) that passengers are not allowed to get off at Zarubino anymore.

Do you know if this is still the case?

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Pumbaa, ferry is working again, so no worries. In May 2008 some bikers already arrived through this port, and custom clearance was pretty quickly - on day, or maximum 1,5.
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Good Info

Thanks very much for the updates on the shipping situation,
hopefully I will be there in October to ship my bike to South Korea.
Cheers MAX
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