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#1 Aurelia

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 06:46 AM

When one is at Pireaus and taking a car to Chania
via ferry, what is the name of the official who must
examine your papers and approve this before you board?

Is it the customs official?

I am not taking a car to Greece. I am writing a story
about some poor soul who is attempting to take a car
to Chania.

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#2 Kritsa Yvonne

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 07:57 PM

Hi, if you are booked on a ferry with your car you just present your boarding pass at the embarkation ramp and on you go - no officials to check the car etc.

Of course it is a completely different story if you are trying to have a car in Greece for more than 6 months - then the car has to be imported and as Dinny will tell you that is a nightmare!

I can't help with that because Dinny's tale means we will never try this step!
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#3 Aurelia

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 10:16 AM

In my story, the man is moving to Greece and wants to
take his car there. I guess that would be Dinny's story.
I would love to hear it. Is this possible?

I have some accounts about people trying to do this,
---all nightmares --but I need to know the name of the official or officials
at the pier who examine the documents one must present
and give permission.

Can anyone help me with this? Also, if anyone has tried to
do this, I would love to hear about your experience.

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 10:30 AM

Dinny has written about her experiences on getting her car registered in her blog on this forum - a few years ago now, but from what I've heard nothing much has changed.

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 12:26 PM

One point to note is that what happens importing a car from within the EU might be completely different to what would happen if it was an import from outwith the EU.

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 01:31 PM

I have found the info - it is in Dinny's blog - see entries for Feb 2006 and March 2006

This might help too - http://www.livinginz...mportingCar.htm
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:22 AM

Thanks to everyone who responded and thanks,
Yvonne, for this very interesting blog. I
was able to find accounts similar to this and it
is a horror. One wonders why anyone would want
to take a car to Greece.

Anyway, here is the background information in my story: a person
from the UK is moving to Crete permanently and wants to take
his car there. He goes to the pier at Piraeus and
has some of the documents, but not all.

Here is the specific question: what is the name of
the official at the pier who examines the documents
and gives permission (or denies permission) for him to take the car on board?

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#8 Kritsa Yvonne

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 12:33 PM

Hi

If your character was importing a car and had to report to an official it would need to be at the point of entering Greece - it seems to me that by the time they are at Piraeus that moment has past. The rules for importing to Crete are not different to Greece as a whole.

I understand that you have a month to report to the customs that you want to import a car - therefore embarkation with the car would not be a problem and the "fun" would not start until arriving in Crete and starting the process.

We have never been stopped by Greek customs when disembarking in Patras, our point of entering Greece with a car so I cant help there.

If you want a hassle at the port leaving the car tale for when the character arrives in Crete there are loads of examples available - traffic jams, port strikes, high winds, no record of the booking, lorries stuck on the on/off ramp, and my favourite because I have so much empathy, the lady who drove on board ok and then when she got to the mouth of the ramp to drive into the bowels of the boat she freaked out becasue she did not have the confidence to drive down the dark, steep ramp leaving a thorong of angry drivers stuck behind her!
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 06:25 PM

The name of the official at the pier who examines the documents and gives (or denies permission) is Georgios!! ^_^ Sorry, couldnt resisit that!!!! :D
If you look like your passport picture....you probably need the holiday!