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Phuket Customs Keen To Stress No Fine For Time Delay

By doina — last modified Jan 20, 2006 10:58 AM

Published: 2006-01-20 10:58:12
Countries: Indonesia , Malaysia

Since we posted a report on January 17 that officials in Phuket have begun charging a penalty fine for yachts taking more than four days to make the passage from Pulau Langkawi to Phuket, we have received several messages that this is in fact NOT the case.

"I have been to customs main office in Phuket Town and have been told the fines are illegal," writes Bob Mott, Noonsite representative in Phuket. "They will deal with the officer involved. My feeling is that there are a few weeds in the ranks and this is not the norm. Customs have been having a big clean up and have a new head - they are making a big effort to do the right thing. They do not care if yachts take 3 weeks to cruise up here so long as they report in within 24 hrs of arrival at Phuket or any of the other ports such as Krabi or Satun. I am working on the ground here to make sure this doesn't happen again and so are customs."

Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket adds: "The customs in Phuket do NOT charge any fees to vessels taking longer than four days from Langkawi to Phuket. They do charge overtime if clearance is done at weekends or on public holidays (800 Baht). If someone was charged an addiional fee I suggest it was a misunderstanding and if such charges are made to others they should politely and firmly ask for an official receipt. Meanwhile all enjoy a wonderful leisurely cruise between Malaysia and Thailand."

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