Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Back to Pakistan

We were just about to leave to see the crating of the motorcycles, and to deliver the required documents to the shipping company, when I received a phone call from the shipping agent in Kuwait informing me that India has banned the Air-freighting of Motorcycles, and that the only way to ship was through sea-freight. This would delay our trip another 15 days which was undesirable and unacceptable, so we asked if the bikes can be shipped to Islamabad.

We also realized that when we prepared our Carnet (KT) we didn’t include Pakistan since there was a fee to be paid, and we didn’t intend to visit, so Ali made some phone calls and realized that we needed to visit the Automobile & Touring Club here is Dubai to get the Carnet approved for use in Pakistan.

While I was busy working on updating our blog Ali and Husain met Mr. Adel Kassem who was very helpful in dealing with the Kuwait Auto Club, and took them to meet H.E. Mohammed Ben Sulayem the former rally Champion who was now the Chairman of the Auto club who expressed a genuine interest in our trip. We finally managed to get the Caret approved for Pakistan and we wanted to express our gratitude to wards Mr. Kassem for his support.