Details on the Shipping costs and agents at each end. We used a "fixer" in the form of Duncan at African Overlanders in Gordons Bay. This cost us 2000 rand and to be honest added nothing. If you want to ship your car whilst you are not there it would be a valuable service however. If you are in country just do it yourself. We had quotes from various agents and costs were similar. If you ship from PE the shipping time is 9 days shorter which we were not advised of. The boats go from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (PE) and then PE to South Amercia. The container waited 9 days in PE.
We have no complaints to make regarding either end. The final invoice in South Africa was produced after we had stuffed the car so the bill went up slightly. So expect this. The invoice in South America was fixed and everything was above board and perfect. The language barrier was a minor problem.
The South America agent is part of Grimaldi.
Unit C , Parc Dumont, Cnr Railway & Hoist Road, Montague Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 552 6577
Fax: +27 21 552 4235
Cell: +27 83 592 6581
HAZARDOUS DOCUMENTATION AND STICKERS 513.00
LOAD AND SECURE / LASH AND STRAP 1,197.00
HAULGE TO LOAD DEPOT 1,254.00
CARGO DUES 1,233.02
TERMINAL HANDLING FEE 1,618.00
OCEAN FREIGHT AND BAF AND SURCHARGES 14,276.00
CTO /NAVIS FEE 114.00
HAULIER HANDOVER FEE 370.00
AGENTS RELEASE AND BILLS OF LADING 900.00
CUSTOMS DOCUMENTATION 570.00
CUSTOMS EXAM AND ATTENDANCE 570.00
FORWARDING FEE 1,824.00
EMPTY LIFTS 570.00
DISBURSEMENT CHARGES 250.80
TOTAL DUE R 25,442.22 (Approx <$3000 USD)
paid by bank transfer so zero tax.
Plate Logistics S.A.
25 de Mayo 702 - Piso 1, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel: 54 (11) 4894-0445/6
Fax: 54 (11) 4515-0176
Cell:54 (11) 15-5182-1814
Agency Charges: usd 620 (Taxes incl)
Port charges: usd 1580
Customs doc fee: usd 50 (Taxes incl)
Customs Broker: usd 350
Total amount: usd $2600* (Taxes incl)
Paid this in Argentina Pesos as Blue Market exchange rate on changing usd (which we had) is about 28% better so saving us about $500usd off the bill. So Total was reduced to usd $2100. BRING DOLLARS !!!!!
So as mentioned yesterday here are the details for the insurance office in Buenos Aires. The lady in the office who speaks English is really helpful and will talk over the phone or via Email.
Ana Kolarik (name of lady)
Seguros Rivadavia (Insurance Company Name)
1054 Bernardo de Irigoyen (road its on)
Phone 11 5167 2400
(its a few hundered meters south of "Independencia" Sube "Metro Underground Station" in San Telmo and just basically on a side road to Ave 9 de Julio. If you get to Humberto Primo you've gone too far South but at least you're on the correct side of the road)
They will insure cars or bikes the standard rate seems to be $288peso per month. They might discount it slightly especially if you pay cash and for 6 months or more. If you speak spanish you might be able to get more discount.
Insurance South America MERCOSUR Argentina Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Bolivia Chile Peru
International Certificate of Motor Vehicles. An expensive piece of card from the AA which is a poor translation into various languages of your V5C. Mandatory in some countries and i didn't even know about it until last week. It arrived today.
Travel insurance......after a week of looking 8hours a day and ringing an awful lot of companies i finally went for the least worst option...what that means is the one thats not quite as bad as the others !
We have cover for 18 months and they have covered my non-existant medical condition. Yes you read that correctly, the condition i don't have (as their is nothing wrong with me) is covered ! You see i made the mistake of having some tests which proved to be negative so they fall under their exisitng medical conditions clause. So how can i declare a condition i don't have ! Stupid...all of them. I've wasted a week on this !!!
So some cover you for a year, some for 18 months and some for 24 months. Some won't let you visit back home, some will let you come back once and some have no limits. Trouble is they all have other clauses that mean they are good in one area and bad in another. If you want the best possible one for 12 months go for ACE Insurance (if they had done an 18 month policy they would have won hands down). If you want the most difficult to deal with and 18 months with visits home go for Flexi Cover and these are who we went with. To be honest i gave up and just went with them as i'd had enough. They are pretty un-flexi if you ask me but their cover is OK and they covered my illness that i didn't have and haven't got.
They'd manged to exclude some contries from its validity so it had to be returned. The revised one is here so panic over......
So the little piece of paper worth over 12,000 arrived today. Better not lose it then.......
Ferry is off and its official. Now going via Syria. Visa applications to do and then post and also to sort out the carnet. So a set of passports is going to go to who knows where. Lucky we have a second set ! Going to get the Visa's with validity into next year as we still don't know when we are leaving for sure. The won't post date them so we're going for the more expensive and longer validity ones. Its £50 each, two application forms and a letter of my employer. Well at least the employer who pretends he's employing me. (Thanks Noel)
Today we both received our second passports. Not as hard to get as we thought. These will come in very handy when we need to send one off for Visa's allowing us to continue the journey. With the way the world is at the moment sending one passport back to the UK might be the only option to get us into some places. Anyhow, we have them if we need them. Also got the larger 48 page versions. £93.50 each ! Ouch.
Called the RAC again today and managed to get some great news. Valued the vehicle at £1500 which means i don't have to bother with the bank guarantee. I can just lodge the money with the RAC and forget about it. Fantastic news !
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