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Old 28 Oct 2007
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Clearing Malaysian customs

Hi

I am wondering if anyone can give me some recent information on clearing a bike in KL, Malaysia.

I am currently in the throws of flying my bike from Chennai to KL later this week.

Has anyone recently done this? Can you let me know what they wanted etc etc. We obviously have all the neccasary paperwork howver just looking some someone's recent experiance.

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in a while

in a week time i will clear my bike through customs,let you know
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Hello, BelgianTrip,
Where are you now? We are in Chennai, preparing to ship our bikes.
Drop me a line if you're here too.
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hi,
let me also know, how to do and the price for shipping.
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Malaysia shipping

Hello,

just brought my bike(crated) to Brussels (belgium) airport,
shipping to Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) through Hartrodt (Welcome to a. hartrodt)
having a carnet makes things a lot easier,
total weight 334 kg (BMW 650GS)
price a grand total of 960 Euro's, all covered european side,
local expenses yet unknown, approx 150 Euro's (insurance,clearing,road tax)
have probe for onward transport to Kota Kinabalu,return Kuala Lumpur at approx 1100 Euro (2 ways), yet undecided,
have posted on the shipping page, but seems that it's not updated yet, current is old post,
crate size , 1,9m x 0,8 m x 1,2 m (removed front wheel, and windscreen as well the handlebar)
will post all info upon arrival

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Cleared

We managed to clear customs with alot less hassle than I thought.

Having confirmed the bikes had arrived, our shipped took us to the main release desk of the customs warehouse. We were given a copy of our air waybill and told to head to the 6th floor of the main admin building to have our carnets stamped. They did not even want to see the bikes. The main admin building is easy to find, having done that we headed back to the warehouse were we had to pay a airport handling admin fee which is calculated on the weight of the shipment. In out case is was 10 pounds each.

After another stamp, the friendly folk lift driver delivered our bikes they were release and dropped on the loading bay part of the airport. We were then free to start putting them together.

The process started at 10.00 and we were finished at 2.30pm and ready to ride away. Upon leaving they stop you at the main gate to have another look at your carnet and then they wave you off. The ride into to KL is easy enough and after 9000 km of Indian roads the Malysian traffic and roads are a bliss. No Horns in Malaysia!!! By 5.00pm we were sitting in out hotel with our bikes.

It was all too easy in my opinion!!!

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hi,
could you give me more infomations about your shipment (costs of shipping, adress in chennai....)
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Welcome to Kuala Lumpur

Hi BM to Kuala Lumpur!

Whats your plan here?
If you need any help, info's just call me (I'll pm you my number) Glad to help & glad to hear that you like our roads & drivers! Some of us are not too courteous but thats normal....


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Jim,
If youre looking for something really Malaysian this weekend,
youre invited to my humble shack! Im having a party this sunday & you are welcome! 2pm onwards...



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India shipping

We originally started looking to ship out of Trivandrum in Kerala soon realising that air freighting was expensive from here. Seaching around were then directed to to another shipper called Shell Air freight express who had offices in Trivandrum and Chennai.

Having spoken to him we obtained some very good quotes to air freight the bike however we would have to do this in Chennai. After more discussion we agreed to go to Chennai in order to do this.

Having been in India for some time we were well versed in what questions to ask when we started to arrange this. Basically speaking we were given a total cost to ship the bikes, that is freight and customs but not crating. At this stage the quote was 26000 rupess for freight and 4000 rupees for customs $750 for 2x BMW F650.That was all in cost for the lot as far as Shell was concerned.

For people who have not travelled in India, the Indians are the first to say 'no problem' to any request you have untill you actaully need to get it done and that is when things start to fall apart. Basically speaking our shippers were ok however I believe they miss quoted us in the original costs. From this point they started with 4000 rupees for customs each bike with the shipping finally reaching 30000 rupees so 38000 in total which is 950 dollars US. After much discussion they realised they were in the wrong as they had in fact quotes us a fixed priced and we were lucky to go back to the original amount. In the process however paperwork was wrong which we had to correct. They also tried to send the bikes non dangerous good which is impossible. I think this was done to save money so at the last minute we also had a problem with this.

The customs people we used on the other hand were excellent. He was simply a non bullshit Indian who basically gave us the costs up front told us how it was going to be. As I mentioned the original qoute was 4000 rupees however it turned out to be 8000 but we blame the shipper for providing these costs and not the customs guy. In short he delivered and basically processed our bikes out of India in 1 day.

In the end the costs were as follows
26000 rupees for freight
8000 rupees for customs
6000 rupees for crating both bikes
$1000 US dollars total for 2 bikes.

When dealing with the Indians I suggest you write everything down and ask for a quote on all surcharges, taxes, tips, airport charges etc etc. They love add on's at the end!!!

Shipper was Shell Air Freight. 152/1 Mount road Saidapet Chennai
Customs was Govias and Govias

There are lots of shippers along Anna Salai ( Mount road )
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Unhappy Already riding for 2 days

Hello,

after taking the bike out of customs, which was a breeze, took me about 2 hours including refitting the bike,all costs. 450 $$(US) including handling, insurance and road permit for 3 months, having a go @ it, but sorry to say, i do like Indonesia much more, not the traffic, but the overall feeling, malaysia is as western asia can get, no offence, but i have expected more ,
it looks like spain with a tropical climate, overdeveloped, no sense in where or what,
sorry if I offended someone,
mostly the same prices as in Europe, even more ,but hey, everything beats winter in Europe
hopefully i will get to see some other parts as well

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Hello,

after taking the bike out of customs, which was a breeze, took me about 2 hours including refitting the bike,all costs. 450 $$(US) including handling, insurance and road permit for 3 months, having a go @ it, but sorry to say, i do like Indonesia much more, not the traffic, but the overall feeling, malaysia is as western asia can get, no offence, but i have expected more ,
it looks like spain with a tropical climate, overdeveloped, no sense in where or what,
sorry if I offended someone,
mostly the same prices as in Europe, even more ,but hey, everything beats winter in Europe
hopefully i will get to see some other parts as well

happy travels
Thats why when I travel, I like to go the 'kampongs' village/rural area or even the jungles! I pefer Thailand than Malaysia. Good food, friendly people even if we dont speak the same language & very cheap!
I havent done any riding in indonesia, but my friends(BM guys who worked with BM) just go back & they were saying Sulawesi is very beautiful, quiet & good roads!


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Talking Malaysia

hello,

after a week of pretty hard riding, 1500 km or more,
malaysia is a dream for driving, disciplined drivers, good road signage, well kept roads,
but as before, in general , a sense of beiing in a country that wants to be western, try's to be
and succeeds in plenty ways, but the interior is beautifull , the islands are, in some cases overdeveloped, beautifull, the cities hectic, but awesome once you get to know them,
in short, for bikers with little experience in Asia, try Malaysia

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Hi, BelgiumTrip,
Where are you now? I am in Langkawi, due to head back to Penang at the end of the week and then on to Melaka at the beginning of next week.
Drop me a line if you'd like to meet up at all.
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Langkawi?

Langkawi is very nice but a bit overdeveloped!
the Gondola at Gunung Mat Cincang is MUST. & island hoping, if lo love scuba tyr pulau PAYAR!
In Penang do the round island, Penang Hill, & Chulis Street nite life!
If in KL give me shout mate!

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