The former godown at Wharf Road is now defunct for good reasons. In the old days up to the 1990s, the pan Borneo highway from Kuching to Sarikei left much to be desired. There were unpaved sections and for the tarred sections, poor maintenance led to potholes everywhere.
Hence the default option was for foreign ships (eg from Singapore) to sail up the Rejang River and clear customs at this godown. What do you mean you are not aware that they need to clear customs? Remember the dried persimmons, preserved dried fruits, red sugary cuttlefish, butter, apples, CNY cabbages, mandarin oranges, waxed ducks, sausages, etc?
Now the roads have improved and it makes more sense to clear customs in Kuching and then transport the rest to Sarikei by road in 6-7 hours by lorries, etc. The area outside the warehouse is allocated for the night market. Inside the godown is the new wholesale centre for fruits and vegetables which opened on 15 Jan 2009. There were a few stalls there already.
There's a neat kopitiam at the end. I give high marks for the river view, breeze and high ceiling. Not many people have discovered this kopitiam yet. Let's keep this our secret chill out rendezvous.
Towkay, kopi-O! (Boss, black coffee please)