Ethiopia - dodgy advise needed on papers
Here is the challenge:
I have a XR600 in Kenya with Kenyan registration plates (not on my name, as i don't have kenyan residence). I would like to bring the bike to Ethiopia and keep it there for a year or two (either ride it through Moyale or ship it) but would rather not pay the 170% taxes.
To make it even more interesting, i have no residence permit in Ethiopia, just a 6 months business visa (which i renew regularly). But i could find somebody in Addis on the name of whom i could register it if need be.
Any idea what would be the best way to proceed? Options that i have used successfully in other countries include:
- find somebody who is an expat but does not have a vehicle, i.e has not used his duty-free allocation – probably difficult, but who knows, maybe there is a market for such things, in Kenya there is.
- drive the bike shamelessly over the border in Moyale, pretending I’m a tourist and then keep it around Ethiopia with Kenyan numbers – This solution would be complicated as I would have to keep it on the present owner’s name which may get difficult, but in absence of any better solution it may be worth trying;
- there may be somebody who has a similar bike in Ethiopia that he crashed – I could buy the papers;
- I would even consider selling it to somebody in Ethiopia at a good price, provided I can ride it sometimes with advance notice when I come to Ethiopia (which would be maybe a week in ten or something along those lines) – in this case I could also arrange air-lift/ shipment to Addis.
If anybody understands the rules in Ethiopia and ways to apply them i would very much appreciate some advice.