(Day 48) Cairo – 17 May 2011
We woke this morning with some anxiety to organize the shipment of our motorbikes. We had different quotes from companies in South Africa and sister companies in Cairo. There were a lot of unanswered questions with regards to the right procedures and paperwork that had to be finalized first. We realized that the language issue was going to be a problem and we had to get someone local to help us.
We went to the Hotel’s Concierge room and met with Ahmed Ismail. He immediately got to work and a few hours later, organised a meeting with a shipping company. We were shocked with the rates, especially if we wanted to air-freight our motorbikes back so we decided to rather do it by sea. We first had to deregister the motorbikes and return the Egyptian number plates to the licensing department.
After all of this we paid the Shipping Company and signed the final documentation – job done thanks to the excellent work of Ahmed. Later that afternoon, we got a message to meet the following morning with the guy from the shipping company, for a final document that we had to sign.