We have decided to include this table as we have found it very difficult to research what the average budget would be for each country. Obviously everyone has a different financial lifestyle and ideas of what they want to spend money on. We can live very frugally whilst travelling but we are not allergic to spending money and hope that this will prove to be a realistic monthly expenditure guide.
A lot of people calculate their budget in U.S dollars so we have calculated the costs in both dollars and pounds.
We have not included gift costs but have put internet, taxi, road tolls, callbox or sim card costs etc, etc into the “other” box.
After 9 months on the road we seem to have “found” a comfortable daily budget of £20- £30. This was not planned and surprised us when we checked our sums because we have, so far, done everything we wanted. Most overlanders we have met work on this same budget scale.
BUDGET and SHIPPING DETAILS
17 days + 2,557miles
$65 for one month
Didn’t get any
our India policy
We had read another overlanders web site who recommended Jets agency and supplied their telephone number, or so we thought! Turned out that the number was for an agency called Harper and Wira. It all became rather confusing when Harpers insisted that they had never received the faxed copy of our bill of loading.
We eventually realised that we were talking to the wrong agency but took advantage of the mix up by asking for a quote. Every company increases there prices in April, so our advice would be to arrive in Malaysia before the 1st of April. Jets and Harper came in at the same cost : £431 to clear a 40ft container and said it would take up to 5 days to get the cars.
By luck another overlander had arrived in KL earlier and had stumbled upon the wonderful Mr Loke of RS Logistics No.27/2 Jalan Batu Nilam 5, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Selangor Darul Ehsan. KL. Tel. 03-33236163 www.rsm.com.my So armed with a phone number we contacted Mr Loke.
You must use an agency to “exchange” your bill of loading for a delivery order slip, this cost us 415Rm per vehicle, (£60.58)
Mr Loke took us to Jets office which was very close to his office and arranged everything. Next he drove us to the customs house, where he ran around organising all the paperwork and even managed to get customs to stamp our carnet, before driving us back to the train. What a great guy!
The next day the ship docked and the ever efficient Mr Loke called us at 9am sharp to inform us that by the time our container was unloaded, customs would be closed, so it was better to come down early the following morning.
Once again we were collected from the train station and driven to the North port where, after being issued with security badges, we were allowed access to the docks. We paid Mr Loke 475Rm per vehicle, (£69.34) walked out to our container, cut off the seals and were out of the docks within 2 hours. No further customs checks, no hidden extras, it really was that easy and the lashing men in Chennai did a great job– our cars never moved an inch!
So instead of paying £431 to clear a 40ft container, we paid £260 total, making a complete saving of £171.
By sharing a 40ft hi cube container and clearance costs, rather than shipping solo in a 20ft container, we actually saved over £180. We know which option we will be taking from now on!!
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MISS JAHARA at
No.70-2 Loronng Batu Nilam 4B,
Bandar Bukit Tinggi,
42000 Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel : 03-56336850
Fax : 03-3324 9430/ 1
These are two agents that you can use to exchange your bill of loading.
MISS JOHANA at
HARPER WIRA SDN BHD
NO.26&28 JALAN CUNGAH
42000 PORT KELANG
SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN.
TEL : 03-31687201
FAX : 03-31685422
We used Interfreight in Chennai and here are how things went:
Mr Kumar’s office is situated on a busy, narrow road so we would advice that you get a tuk tuk there. We were quoted 36,000 Rs TOTAL for the cost of the 40ft high cube container, handling fees, taxes, paperwork, loading bill etc etc. In other words: for everything. Within 90 minutes all the paper work was completed whilst we sat in a lovely cool office sipping cola and chatting to the very pleasant Mr Kumar, who surprised us by saying that we could bring the vehicles down the following day to get loaded. So it was arranged that we would meet his colleague by Parry’s junction, (a easy to find place near the shore) at 10am and take the vehicles for a quick wash before loading them. You do not have to clean your vehicle to enter Malaysia, but ours were in dire need of a clean anyway. We handed over our carnet and passport, and had to give Mr Kumar the address of our agent in Kuala Lumpur for a copy of our bill of loading to be faxed through.
We asked about our gas bottles and fuel levels and the general opinion was that having full gas bottles was acceptable and up to half a tank of fuel was also ok. Great– we had ran our bottles dry!
The next day all went to plan and we were in the docks waiting to gain entry by 11am. Customs eventually arrived by 12 and we were allowed to go down to the container and start loading. We had to wait for customs to return and check the cars immediately before they were driven into the container, which involved the usual casual check of our engine number etc. Nessie drove in like we were parking her in a garage. Really easy. By 2pm the cars were in and the LONG wait for customs started again, our paperwork had to be driven from the dock area into the customs house which is in the city centre– it was rush hour by now. Meantime we slipped the lashing men some money to do a really good job of strapping the vehicles in and nailing some wheel braces into the container floor. It was 7pm before customs re- appeared to seal the container. It had been a very long, hot day. Luckily the dock area has a canteen, so food and juice were easy to buy.
The next day we got a taxi down to Mr Kumar’s office where we were given our documents back with along with our bill of loading, we also had to produce our flight tickets as proof of our intent of leaving the country. Mr Kumar then announced that the bill was higher because, “he had forgotten to add a couple of items yesterday”. Mmmm, genuine mistake, but we were still rather annoyed and he offered a 500Rs discount as an apology. The total bill in the end was 42,500Rs inc. 500Rs discount.
So that meant we paid 21,250Rs per couple (£250). Because of our customs delay it meant that we had missed the deadline for our original sailing and the cars were leaving 2 days later than planned on another ship. Mr Kumar has 3 sailings a week to Kuala Lumpur.
INDIA Tel: 00914425245245 Mob. 00919840050147
Mr I. P. Prasanna Kumar, Branch Manager
Interfreight Services Pvt Ltd
Sivakami Complex, New number 318/Old number 174
Thambu Chetty Street, Chennai - 600 001
$23 for 3 months
$20 for 3 months
Didn’t get any
Didn’t get any
Included in tour price.
Total toll costs:
Didn’t get any
$12 for 3 months
Chennai loading area Superb tie down work MR LOKE
BUDGET & SHIPPING