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Westwards through Indonesia to Malaysia with a rickshaw

Hello all

Well, from talking to a few people and reading stuff on here it seems that getting any sort of vehicle from Indonesia (Sumatra) to Malaysia is bloody hard.

We, The Adventurists, are launching a new event, driving rickshaws from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Bangkok. We're partnering with ASEAN, which should help matters, but does anyone have any bright ideas or info on getting vehicles from Sumatra to the Malaysian mainland? Is it possible?????

Any help much appreciated!

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Sure. Get in talks with Cakra Shipping in Penang, they operate small cargo boats between Penang and Belawan. That seems to be the most common route these days (I used it from Penang in Jan-2008).
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Thanks Pecha!
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Indonesia seemed like a country, where at least your vehicle´s point of entry really needs to be chosen carefully, or you might run into a lot of trouble, or at least delay. Penang <-> Belawan, and further east, the land border between East Timor and (Indonesian) West Timor - these two routes seem to be the ones, that most travellers use. May be that is also the reason, why few have had significant trouble with the customs at those crossing points. For us it took some 10 minutes to clear the bike in Belawan - after all the horror stories I´d heard, I was expecting it to be a lot worse!

I don´t know, how it´ll work out, if you use Belawan as an exit point.. but I did meet people, who had come that way, and thought it was ok, except maybe for some scammers at the port.

One thing to find out before you set off is, will a carnet be required, if it is(?) an Indo-regoed vehicle, that you´re taking to Malaysia. May be you won´t need it if coming from another ASEAN country, but I really don´t know. Malaysia is relaxed about the carnet on land borders, but shipping in could be different.
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