Vladivostok Customs Clearance 2008
We've recently shipped a small camper van from Seattle to Vladivostok. Customs clearance was easy using a local agent:
89 Svetlanskaya str. Office 312
Email: ymelnik [aatt] links-ltd [doott] com
Yuri is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Yuri is a very professional guy, and is extremely helpful. He cleared our van through customs in 3 days and has helped us immensly with other problems on our vehicle.
Before you ship to Vladivostok, make sure you have your vin number, engine number and year of manufacture clearly visible on the vehicle and paperwork (Bill of Lading). Because our vehicle is old, the year of manufacture code letter was not stamped in the vin number (character 12 I think) and this required clearance from a higher authority, which took an extra day.
Foreigners are not allowed in the dock area for either customs inspection or to collect the vehicle. Yuri arranged a power of attourney which allowed him to do this on our behalf.
Hotel Vladivostok is conveniently situated and has free wifi in the reception area, or the full works for small money in the business centre. Just across the road is Hotel Amursky Bay which is part of the Vladivostok Hotel, but has no internet. We found Amursky Bay a bit quieter.
Hope this helps you as much as it helped us!!
Last edited by wrinkly; 16 Jul 2008 at 12:34.