We had hoped our Egyptian friend would be able to sort most of it, (& we gave him power of attorney before our arrival) but as it transpired, we needed to be on hand for signing of various paperwork etc etc
Ill let you have some more (very important) info in a few days when I have a bit more time.
Yes, many have done it (including us last oct) but it can be a beauracratic nightmare.
We thought 3 or 4 days would be enough, but I would advise you to allow the full 7 from when the containers arrive as we then hit problems with desert permits etc as we were behind schedule.
Another thing, dont believe the Egyptians (fixers, officials & helpers etc) when they say its no problem, you'll get your cars tomorrow.
There are 2 ports in Alex, Alex & Dekhila and the shipping agents in UK dont seem to realise this, and even emails to the shipping lines give the wrong info. You MUST be sure, and quite how you can do this I dont know, that the ship DOES NOT unload at the container terminal (Dekhila) It MUST go to Alex Old Port. This Is absolutely vital
We had many many reassurances from the agent & shipping line that our ship docked at Alex Old port & only on its day of arrival did we find out that it was going to Dekhila container terminal.
Apparrently not many container ships from Europe actually now sail into the Old Port, but I cannot stress how important this is, even if it means the container being transferred to a smaller feeder ship in Greece, Beirut or where ever..........& dont believe what you are told by UK agents either!!
Shipping out of Alex is so easy (& much cheaper), I'll try & get you the name of the people / contact no's who we organised it with in Alex...... Dodgy looking people with no addresses & about 6 mobile phones each, but they did what we asked........sent our containers to any UK port!
We literally left our cars on the roadside in Alex about 10 at night, gave the fixer our Carnets, all car docs,keys & a wedge of cash & then left to fly home in the morning!!!!!!
Our cars were on thier way home within 2 days, arriving completely intact, again we had to see an egyptian lawyer to give the chief fixer Power of attorney to do this ( which also meant getting temorary residents permits in Cairo instead of our tourist visas).
The fixer then (once the ship had sailed) DHL'd to me our carnets, docs & Bills Of Lading, then we just awaited customs clearance in Felixtowe a week or so later, which again took about a week - 10 days
If you are interested I will let you have some info on the tricky bit, PM me
I can reccomend a good eaterie in Alex where the only thing on the menu when we asked is "Its cow meat, but not the meat"!!! I'll leave the rest to your imagination!
very very tasty