Taking A Car To Chania
Posted 11 September 2010 - 06:46 AM
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
Posted 11 September 2010 - 07:57 PM
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!
Posted 12 September 2010 - 10:16 AM
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.
Posted 12 September 2010 - 10:30 AM
Posted 12 September 2010 - 12:26 PM
Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:22 AM
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?
Posted 13 September 2010 - 12:33 PM
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!
Posted 13 September 2010 - 06:25 PM