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Malaysia to Argentina
20ft Container Shipment of www.landcruising.nl
from Malaysia [Port Klang] to Buenos Aires
in December 2006 / January 2007 and took 40 days
1. Malaysian side:
Names and addresses:
In Kuala Lumpur we spoke with Mrs Wen Wan Wen and Mr Daryl JES
Ch'ng, two very friendly, helpful persons whom we are happy to
Level 11, Maybank-Assurance Tower
No.1, Jalan Maarof, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
tel: 60 3 2295 7888
The Maybank-Assurance tower is situated next to the LRT [a type of
gps: N.03.07.590 - E. 101.40.680
The Terminal [port]:
The CMA Terminal is situated in the Westport of Port Klang, where
you put your car in a container. The customs
house where you get your Carnet stamped, is also located here.
From Kuala Lumpur take Highways E2, E11 and E5, direction Port
Klang. Follow the signs "Pulau Indah", which will be followed by signs
gps: N. 02.56.937 - E. 101.18.386
CFS is a company situated at the Terminal, and they arranged for the
container to be ready for us at the Terminal. CMA arranged the
contact between us and:
Mr. Lim [tel: 012-2117030]
Mr Wan [tel: 012-3822247]
At CMA we paid the following in US dollars [$] and Malaysian Ringgit
- container $1250
- BAF [transport costs related to the oil price, so variable per month] $
- SMK [kind of insurance, fixed price] $ 6
- THC [Terminal handling charges] Rm 335
- Bill of Lading Rm 110
- costs DHL [to have the Bill of Lading sent to the Netherlands] Rm 68
At the Terminal we paid the following charges to CFS:
- Trucking and haulage Rm 205
On the spot they also took care of the lashing of the car [including
materials] without charging extra.
1. At CMA-CGM in Kuala Lumpur a booking was made for the
container and here we paid the bill. CMA gave us the seal for the
container and also made the arrangements with CFS for us.
2. At Westport you first go to customs: at the reception you can ask for
someone from the export department.
Give them your Carnet and they will stamp it. It took Coen ten minutes
to do this.
3. After customs you drive into the Terminal, where you put your car
into a container. However, in order for a container to be there, it has to
be brought from a depot and this is what CFS does. CFS also made
sure there was a ramp and a compressor, so we could inflate our
tyres once the car was in the container. Our car is so high that the
tyres have to be deflated for the car to fit underneath the doorpost
[2.28m]. Once inside the container, there is enough space between
the roof of the car and the roof of the container, so the tyres can be
inflated again. Next the CFS took care of the lashing.
4. After everything is ready, you lock the container yourself with the
seal that CMA gives you.
5. Standard procedure means that after the container has been
loaded on board, you can pick up the Bill of Lading at the CMA office
in Kuala Lumpur. But as we were flying to the Netherlands before that,
we were left with two options:
a. CMA would send the Bill of Lading to CMA in Rotterdam where we
could pick it up [costs € 25]
b. CMA would send the Bill of Lading directly to our home address in
the Netherlands with DHL [costs Rm 68].
What went wrong?
The car missed two ships!
We still don't exactly know why. According to the schedule, our car
should have been on the ship leaving December 23. We were told that
this sailing was cancelled. On January 2, the car missed another ship.
Many phonecalls were made and emails sent, and to cut a long story
short, apparently some sort of "export document" was missing. It
remains unclear to us whether Coen should have taken care of this, or
whether the Customs had lost the exportslip of the Carnet and thus
failed to make the necessary document. After many more phonecalls
and after we emailed a copy of our signed Carnet, the car finally made
the ship on January 7. We can't say which step in the procedure is
missing, but apparently somewhere along the line some document
needs to be filled in. Check with the customs and shipping line.
Names, Addresses, GPS points:
Shipping agent CMA-CGM:
In Buenos Aires we spoke with Mrs Nadia Veuthey. She speaks
English and is very helpful.
Emma de la Barra 353 - 1st floor
C1107BXA Buenos Aires
tel: [54-11] 5556-1000
CMA-CGM is located in Puerto Madeiro, on the east side of Capital
Federal, Buenos Aires.
email: [of Nadia]: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a tiny office in a huge complex on the corner of Avenida de los
Inmigration and Avenida Rámon Castillo and houses the customs.
This complex is situated north of Puerto Madeiro and at walking
distance [to the northeast] of the Retiro train station.
Opening hours are limited: 09.30 - 13.00 o'clock and 14.30-16.30
The Terminal [harbor]:
Terminal 1, 2 and 3 are next to the office of EMBA. Payment has to be
made in the building of TRP [Terminales Rio de la Plata], a little further
down the road. From EMBA a free shuttle bus drives back and forth
between the buildings.
gps: S 34.34.961 - W 058.22.101
Costs on the Argentinean side:
CMA gives you a bill in US dollars [US$] which has to be paid at a
bank downtown. We paid CMA the following:
- River Plate Toll US$ 90
- THC Destino US$120
- Logistics fee US$ 30.25
- Delivery Order US$ 54.45
- Total costs, including tax = US$ 294.70
At the Terminal [TRP] we paid the following in pesos. Strangely
enough the bill is in US dollars, but payment can only be made in
- Verification US$ 193.60
- Cargo de seguridad US$ 9.68
- Devolucion mty importacion US$ 24.20
- Cargo manipuleo US$ 110.11
- Tasas a las cargas impo US$ 3.63 per ton US$10.89
- Total costs, including tax: US$ 348.48 = 1081 pesos.
1. Two days before the arrival of the ship you can go to CMA to pay
the bill, which you do at a bank downtown. Payment can be made in
2. Payment at the bank.
3. With the receipt you go back to CMA, where they will then prepare
the Delivery Order.
4. You go to EMBA with the following documents:
- Bill of Lading
- Delivery order
- Carnet de Passage
- Car registration papers
- [international] driver’s license
EMBA makes copies of all these documents and adds some more of
5. Nothing else can be done until the ship has arrived and your
container is ashore.
When this is the case, then:
6. You go to the TRP building with all your papers and pay the TRP
bill. Payment has to be made in pesos!
7. TRP adds some more papers and sends you to someone inside
the Terminal. This was Damian and, as far as we understand, he is
the guy that takes care of individual containers that are unloaded
inside the Terminal.
8. Damian takes you to your container. A ramp is available, as are
men to open the container and unlash your car. He also took us to a
nearby place to inflate the tyres.
9. The car has to be left near the exit of the Terminal. Damian has
more papers, which you have to take to the TRP building.
10. At the TRP building they give you another paper and back you go
to Damian, who [surprise, surprise] makes copies.
11. Now the Terminal procedure is taken care of. You go back to
EMBA, to the Verification department.
12. Depending on how they feel, they will either sign your Carnet and
some other papers [as happened in our case] or they insist on
inspecting your car [as we hear from others]. Again more papers need
to be filled in. By the way, EMBA gave us permission to stay in the
country with the car for 8 months, we have no idea if this is standard
13. With these last papers you exit the Terminal and hand them to the
official in the booth.
14. Right outside the Terminal some officials are awaiting you,
wanting to see your third party insurance, so make sure you have one
[or something else that can pass for it].
since 2003 in an antique LandCruiser BJ 45
Karin-Marijke + Coen on their big adventure