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Old 14 Jan 2009
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shipping/airfright from UAE Dubai or Abu Dabi to India

hi everyone,

i like to go from europe to inda through the iran, but the actual pakistan situation is not the best to go through. i also heard, that it´s not able to get a visa for pakistan in the moment?
this is the reason why i´m searching for another solution.
my contingency plan is, going from iran to the United Arab Emirates with the valfajr8 ferry and from there to india by airfreight. (so i´m also able to visit duabai )

do somebody have experience in shipping from the UAE?
or any other way, how to get from iran to india whithout crossing pakistan?
what are your actual plans to get from iran to india?

and salud, bunda

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Thank you for your help and the adress.
I wrote emails 2 weeks ago to him and a few other agents, but I haven´t recived an answer. Maybe I´ve to be patiend...

-GAC (no answer)
-Wallenius Wilhelmsen (no answer)
-Panalpina (no answer)
-UTi (answer: no shipping of privat items like motorcycles)
-DHL (no answer)
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the adress deepak.nichani@gacworld.com is unfortunately not anymore in use.
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the solution: the cargo village near the Dubai airport
there are all shippers, agents and packers located in one building complex!
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Originally Posted by JimVanMorrissey
1. The ferry from Bandar Abbas to Dubai -- I hear it runs on Saturday and Monday nights. How soon in advance did you buy your ticket? How much did it cost? And are there any hassles I need to know about, or tips and tricks?
>> we went on saturday night to dubai (sharjah).
>> we bought our tickets in bandar abbas at saturday in the morning (without problems, there were only a few cargo wagons on the ship, and we were the only two passagners)
the office is nearby the port.
>> it took us the whole saturday to get the bike through the customs and shipping procedure at the port (12 offices with 12 papers...)
>> I can´t remember the exactly price... round about 250USD (2 persons 1 bike)
the rates on the website (http://www.persiatours.com/transportation_ferry.htm) wasn´t correct...

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2. Flying from Dubai to India -- where did you fly to? How much did *that* cost? What was the crating and ticketing process like? And -- this is what I'm terrified of -- what was the customs procedure like in India?
>> we went from duabai to katmandu (nepal)
>> absolutely no hassles at the fright warehouse, only have a little bit of time...
>> round about 1000USD for all...
dubai is a verry easy airport for cargo, only go to "cargo city" at the airport. there is all plenty of shippers and packers...

Originally Posted by JimVanMorrissey
Maybe I should be asking this on the boards but I thought it'd be more likely to reach you if I wrote you directly.
I get also messages if you ask me on the borad.
and others will be also able to have a look on this information.

I hope I could help you a little bit...
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You could also ship by container to Nhava Sheva, close to Mumbai. Then you fly from Shiraz to Mumbai for $145.
There are plenty of boat going from Bandar Abas to Nhava Sheva.
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Thanks for this

Hi fellas -- thanks for this.

I'm in Dubai right now, just twiddling my thumbs here and getting nowhere with the local shipping options. As it stands right now, I'm looking at air freight to India.

However, what I'd *really* like to do is take a dhow to anywhere on India's west coast. I can't seem to find any concrete information on the boards here about that, although it sounds like it's been done. People here in Dubai seem to think it's possible, and that I should just head down to the port and start asking around. And maybe take a Hindi-speaker with me.

So: does anybody know anything specific about the dhow option? Which port would it be likely to sail from? Which cities in India are common for boats from Dubai? And around how much would it cost to get myself and my bike over there?

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Hi Jim,

I would not recommend taking a dhow but if you really insist, then I would also advise to go to the Dhow Wharfage and talk to the people there. Hardly anybody speaks English there so yes, take a Hindi speaker with you.

What I am also not so sure about is importing your bike into India through a port. That might still be a big problem. It is not easy to import stuff into India.
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If you want a dhow, go in the evening at the port in the old city. You will have to choose one of the bigger one, as they are there for the long trips. You should be able to find one easily. These dhows go as far as somalia and take light trucks.
For the import, I assume you have a carnet. I read somewhere that only few ports (the biggest) in India have the knowledge necessary to deal with it. Mumbai does, but not sure if dhows go there.
I assume the trip would take a week or so, which can be a long time on one of these boats...
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