Mod...I was just warning Wildrover of the unreliability of delphiandomine. He has proven he cannot be trusted to live up to his word. Call it a "business review".
Thanks - you've just shown everyone why I shouldn't help you for free :)
Now, if you want to discuss maliciousness, shall I share your e-mail with everyone?
There is another way - through Latvia, directly to Russia. Belarussian customs is real nightmare, of course.
I never thought about that route, but I guess you'd probably lose just as much time going that way as you'd lose dealing with Belarusian customs?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Russia and Belarus now in some sort of Customs union? I seem to recall reading that there's no control between Belarus and Russia now.
BTW: WR, if you moving to permanent residence, maybe there is chances to import some used van or pickup without taxes and duties? At least there was such thing in the past. Dig into russian legislation a bit deeper - it may make whole process of moving litle bit more profitable, if you select make and model correctly (spacious enough to hold all your stuff and popular enough to sell it later here without problems). ;)
I looked into this a while ago, and I don't think it's possible. Things change all the time of course, but I'm sure that Russia has been controlling the sale of personally imported vehicles quite strongly. Or should I say - it's possible, but only with getting whacked with tax.
WR, could you rent a box truck and drive all of your stuff to Russia, including the bike, yourself? That's how I'd do it here but I have no idea about the particulars of doing so between countries over there.
Forget about renting - virtually no-one would let you take their van into Russia.
WR - from quickly asking a couple of people, it may be possible to get it all taken on a truck going to Moscow. My friend says that there are always trucks doing Warsaw/Berlin-Moscow trips - and that you should be able to get the goods there as a backload quite cheaply. Shall find out more tomorrow :)