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Old 18 Feb 2011
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Arrow Egypt without CARNET - My idea works

Hi,

this summer I plan to buy me a small second hand Motorbike (150ccm, 600 EUR) in Kenya, either in Mombasa or Nairobi and drive it back to europe via egypt.
Due to the fact that i will buy my bike in kenya i cannot apply for a carnet in advance therefore I have to travel without a carnet.
The only thing I have to do, when I am traveling the border of egypt, I will cross the border without my motorbike. Thats it.
No you are wondering, what happen to the motorbike ?
It will be imported by a friend with egypt nationality, the same day. He only have to pay the ordinary tax fee for this small motorbike. He dont need a carnet or some difficult paperwork.
Once I am in egypt, my friend will order a new registration and I can go on driving.
So simpel.
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it's good to have good friends, congrats!
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One slight problem.....

When you leave Egypt (I assume you are going into either Jordan or Libya), then I assume the bike will still be in the name of your Egyptian friend?

If this is the case, then I expect you will then have some hassles with customs at either border crossing if the vehicle has Egyptian plates and is not in your name.

I hope it works for you, but make sure if the bike remains in your friend's name after you leave Egypt that you have some form of document confirming you are allowed to ride the bike.
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Hi Matt Roach,

no I will rebuy my bike from him "officially" shortly after we crossed the border. We will setting up a buying contract, like I did in Kenya, when I bought my bike. Its a private selling.

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I hope it works for you, but make sure if the bike remains in your friend's name after you leave Egypt that you have some form of document confirming you are allowed to ride the bike.
Or I will go this way. Hmm we will see.
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Sweeeet. I reckon you're mate should set up a service for others. Could make a bit of coin for him. Should be cheaper than the alternative.
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Good luck with that.

I'll be following your progress with interest,...but not holding my breath I'm afraid.

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another option...

... would be getting yourself a camel's skin in Sudan to dress the bike up before arriving at the border control. Oh, remember to pick one that smiles!
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