Singapore car transit possibly by shipping

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Singapore car transit possibly by shipping

Postby Barang_doa_slae » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:06 pm

Possibly a hard one..
Has anyone ever driven a Cambodian plated car to Singapore?
I found an official website detailing all the permits to obtain prior to enter but a first hand experience would be good.
I just bought the 911 I posted about a month ago and I am already thinking about preparing it. The best US performance shops have counterparts in Singapore. I was actually thinking about driving there then shipping it back to SHV or vice et versa.
Would anyone have any advice?
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Re: Singapore car transit possibly by shipping

Postby logos » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:48 am

You're seriously considering driving a car to Singapore through Thailand and Malaysia, and back ?

Where's that thread about being in Cambodia for too long?
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Re: Singapore car transit possibly by shipping

Postby Barang_doa_slae » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:57 am

logos wrote:You're seriously considering driving a car to Singapore through Thailand and Malaysia, and back ?

Where's that thread about being in Cambodia for too long?


You don’t like road trips? That must be a shorter journey than the time I went from SHV to chiang rai via Bangkok, mai sot, pai and chiang Mai.

Anyway I was actually considering traveling by ship with the car one way, but absolutely driving one leg in or out.

The main issue isn’t the driving but the idiotic budget needed for the suspension and engine works I would love to have done.
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Re: Singapore car transit possibly by shipping

Postby logos » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:46 am

It'd be a great roadtrip but I hate to think of border crossings with a car into those 3 specific countries. The paperwork and checks would be a deterrent. A friend of mine drive a tundra from Thailand to Cambodia and almost lost the car to Thai border guards.
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Re: Singapore car transit possibly by shipping

Postby Barang_doa_slae » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:30 pm

logos wrote:It'd be a great roadtrip but I hate to think of border crossings with a car into those 3 specific countries. The paperwork and checks would be a deterrent. A friend of mine drive a tundra from Thailand to Cambodia and almost lost the car to Thai border guards.


Thailand at least through Koh Kong is an easy crossing as it ever was.
So easy actually that the 1k baht per day car overstay fine (>1 month) is capped at 10k.

Now since it involves three countries borders crossing I reckon that one better have all required documents and authorizations beforehand. However apart from transporting contraband or something illegal I see little risk of having a car confiscated by customs.
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Re: Singapore car transit possibly by shipping

Postby Miguelito » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:34 pm

Need a co-pilot? I'm in.

You might want to contact the Porsche club in Singapore and ask some advice from them. They did a drive up to Siem Reap a few years back -- there are some pretty epic photos of all of the cars around the temples. I think most drove up and shipped the cars back, but a few might have driven back as well. They also just drove up to Bangkok, so they have a lot of experience with that.
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Re: Singapore car transit possibly by shipping

Postby YaTingPom » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:39 pm

I think your main problem is entering Singapore as they have very strict rules, on pretty much everything, but particularly cars and chewing gum.
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Re: Singapore car transit possibly by shipping

Postby black69wolf69 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:32 pm

Only Malaysian and Thai registered vehicles can enter Singapore without making pre-arrangements. Cambodian cars would need a carnet and you would also need to pre-arrange Singaporean insurance. You can't buy insurance at the border it must be pre-arranged. Malaysia on the other hand does sell insurance at the border. Also required for Singapore is a toll card and unit necessary to pay road tolls. I understand cars older than 10 years can't enter Singapore and that there is a daily fee charged for your car to be allowed to use Singaporean roads. I understand it is S$35 a day but check the Singaporean customs website for the latest info.

Malaysia has for a long time been talking about introducing a RFID chip for all foreign car registrations crossing its border with Thailand. The requirement is already in place at the Singaporean border so you would need to get this chip before re-entering Malaysia from Singapore if you managed to cross the border with your car. I believe the chip requirement for cars entering from Thailand has been delayed a few times but i dont know if its already in force. Even if it isnt, it looks imminent.

My advice would be to check the RFID chip requirement for Malaysia and if you can enter, only go as far as Johor Bahru as getting an expensive carnet just for tiny Singapore isn't worth it.

Another headache could be re-entry into Thailand from Malaysia. Although the officials there are lax and unlikely to bother someone driving a Cambodian car, officially the new rules on transiting Thailand with a foreign vehicle requiring advance notice and a guide applies to Cambodian cars brought in from non-Cambodian neighboring countries. However, chances are they won't be enforced, at least not for the time being.
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