Originally posted by David & Cheryl Laing:
Have done the Perkins thing, Darwin to Singapore in 2000 and are doing it again in September 2004. What was the problem in Singapore???? Did you have a Carnet???
What did they charge all that money for???
Hi David and Cheryl,
The Darwin/Perkins leg was'nt the problem, only cost me $175A to get my bike to Singapore via container, it took 6 days, and unfortunately landed on Friday arvo, so I had to spend an additional weekend in Singapore, which is expensive, compared with the rest of Asia. (same as OZ). problems began at shipping agent in Singapore.
1 : $45S for paperwork.
2 : no idea on customs etc on bike, no help what so ever.
3 : taxi to wharf $10S
4 : gate pass onto wharf $5S
5 : find right wharf (remember keep your taxi)
6: : paperwork at customs and police (at gate, nearly free!)
7 : no way, taxi $10S into AA for road insurance $140A. and carnet check.
8 : taxi back to wharf $10S get carnet stamped by customs.
9 : one hitch I had'nt got my road tax to ride into the centre of Singapore during the day, have to use ring roads. Had to get back to hotel to get my things!
10 : took the chance, got to the border and freedom!
Total of one wasted bloody day and over $400S to ride from one end of the city to the other. better off organising a pick up to get the bikes to Johor.