Originally Posted by Frank V
PENANG (Malaysia) to BELAWAN-MEDAN (Indonesia), what happens if one is shipping his bike without a CARNET de PASSAGE?
I went that way 4 years ago, and Cakra Shipping certainly insisted, that all vehicles that they ship over to Indo, have carnets. We had one, so don´t know, what they would´ve said if we didn´t... and even if they agreed to ship it, getting it through customs in Belawan could be yet another story.
There was a guy on gt rider dot com, who made a travel report from Sumatra, and he got his Thai-plated Africa Twin into Indonesia without a carnet... but this did not happen without a long and thorough test of patience with the customs! And this was many years ago, the customs could be tighter now.
Penang to Belawan is a common route these days, so they may be well aware of the regulations there (... but at any other point of entry they could be very erratic, as evidenced by travellers that I met, who had had BIG problems to get their bikes into Indo, even though they HAD carnets!)