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    Unaccompanied baggage into BKK

    Once again Im hoping this is the correct forum to be posting this query. The family and I are moving back to Thailand at the end of this week from Australia and we have sent about 6 boxes via unaccompanied baggage through Emirates. After several attempts by the wife to contact Thai and Air Asia cargo depts about onforwarding the boxes up to Ubon we have a bit of a quandry.

    The boxes are now at the Emirates cargo area awaiting our arrival. We have spoken to the guys there and they say that as we arrive on a saturday (3 Dec) there is a large chance that the customs guys will take ages to clear our stuff if at all.

    We need to know if there are other people who have come across the same situation and how they handled it. It looks like we will have leave the stuff at BKK airport and fly upcountry and then drive down later in the week and recover our goods.

    Any advice or recommendations gladly accepted.

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    Just go to the cargo dept. and make a claim for your boxes. they usually have you fill out additional forms and inspect the boxes to insure they have what the invoice says it has and to add a little agro. There will be claims charges no doubt. What for and how much I couldn't guess.

    I paid my claim fee and collected my boxes and moved on. Keep calm and don't be afraid to ask for explanations or asking for help. Hope this helps.

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    I'd keep a few spare Bt500's and Bt1000's around in case you have to buy the hot beverages.

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    Thanks for the replies. I am expecting the run around at the collection point. The thing that I am cheesed off with is the fact that I cant plan for the movement up to Ubon until we get there. Has anyone used the cargo sections of either Air Asia or Thai domestic to fly their stuff up country. Id be interested in hearing their experiences. Either that or finding a courier to move the stuff up to our house. Its only 5 or 6 boxes and to hire a mini van or truck is a bit over the top.

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    use thailand post? or just struggle onto the tarin with the stuff

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    find ( maybe some one can recommend ) a bangkok " freight forwarding agency " and pay them to get done what you need

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    Please remember that it is long weekend this week. Customs will be on reduced workforce......Sorry

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    Thai Post is agood bet. Just use amain post office. the sub outlets set their own rates. My Mrs 'posted her Honda Shadow' from Phuket to Korat plus 4 large boxes for 1500bht.

    Send a Mars bar to the next town here in Canada and it costs more!

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    You can pile it on a bus going to your destination for a minimum fee. They will take it for very little and when it arrives you go and collect it. You will no doubt ascertain when the bus is due to arrive prior to completing your transaction. Its as safe there as anywhere.

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    We returned a lot of stuff to Thailand. We put nothing in my name and my wife paid minimal tax as a returning Thai.

    I think we paid a total of 2000 Baht duty in the end.

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    Well the process is now finished. We arrived on Sat arvo about 1600 and gave the Emirates cargo guys a call to see when we could come and start receiving the stuff. They said as its a long weekend to come on Tues after 0830.

    Wifey duly did this by herself and managed to get most of the paperwork done by about 1100. The bill was 3600 baht of which 2750 was for extra storage fees for the stuff arriving earlier than our flight (about 10 days). She was then told that the boxes had to be inspected but that cant be done until 1300 when the customs guys are back from lunch ????? Anyhow this was done quickly with only one box quickly checked and then she had to go somewhere else for a final piece of registering and a clearance certificate printed. This is when the whole thing went to shit. The entire computer system was down for about 1 1/2 hours and nothing could be done. I asked after about the 5th phone call if they were waiting for some tea money so the computer system could magically restart. Nothing could be done. Then all of a sudden it worked, registering complete and certificate printed.

    The boxes were loaded into a friends pickup and on our way we were. Total time of 6 1/2 hours and 3600 baht. Wifey did say it was a good thing that I did not come with her as I would have exploded on several occasions. All in all this process went ok and worked out cheaper and easier than sending stuff by sea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sezzo
    Wifey did say it was a good thing that I did not come with her as I would have exploded on several occasions.
    Same would be true for just about all of it. Good on ya mate. greened for the detailed report.

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