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Shipping my Stuff Back to America from Thailand

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Greetings,
 
I’ll be returning to the US indefinitely and I’m seeking advice on how to ship some things from Thailand back to the US. I don’t have enough stuff here in Thailand to justify a shipping container, but there’s no way it will all fit with the airline's baggage allowance. I plan to pay for extra check bags with the airplane, but I’d like to ship some stuff back also. The stuff I’ll be shipping can arrive months later. Nothing time-sensitive. 
 
I’ve seen similar topics here, but they’re all pretty old and I’m hoping someone can give updated advice. Thai post, UPS vs DHL? In another thread someone mentioned packing everything in front of the staff at the Thai post office to avoid having customs search through it again. Is this still accurate? 
 
I know when we’ve shipped things into Thailand, we’ve sometimes been hit with taxes. Can we expect something similar for the recipient in America? 
 
Any advice would be appreciated. 
 
-CTD

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1BADDAT    823
15 hours ago, CrashTestDummy said:

Anyone?

DHL is the preferred carrier for my company from US to Asia but I would get a quote to confirm pricing first.  I had a bad experience with the Thai post.  I would not worry about packaging things in front of anyone.  No one really cares what you export out of a country as long as it is not illegal.  And the taxes you pay coming in the US will be nothing or something reasonable.  I am sure you can do a search to find out what the taxes will be.

 

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Rc2702    1,256

Sound like you should be looking at an LCL consolidation with shipping company which could probably be contracted in US and delivered to a poet holding facility for inspection and upload into a consolidated goods container. This would likely be low cost and a 30-45 sea transit.

 

I'm sure this can be done for personal shipments but it may require Palletisation etc, some companies may provide this.

 

 

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NickJ    3,570

I had a moving company come out and measure what I wanted sent. They build a box for your stuff.

American goods returned is what I wrote in the list of contents. Had. The stuff in California in about eight weeks.

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7 hours ago, NickJ said:

I had a moving company come out and measure what I wanted sent. They build a box for your stuff.

American goods returned is what I wrote in the list of contents. Had. The stuff in California in about eight weeks.

Just about everything we're sending back was brought in from America. Did you get hit with any customs charges when your stuff arrived back in America? I keep receipts for my expensive purchases and could attach them to shipped items in order to prove it was indeed purchased in America. 

 

Can you give me an idea of how much you sent back to California and what it cost you? I'm trying to compare private shipping companies vs. DHL vs. paying for extra luggage (but I think we have too much for the luggage option). 

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thaibeachlovers    8,964

I posted all my stuff that wouldn't fit in the airline limit. Valuable stuff was registered. All arrived safely. None was searched by Thai customs.

Not American so can't comment on customs duty there.

 

I used surface mail to save money-90 days or less.

 

 

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Just now, thaibeachlovers said:

I posted all my stuff that wouldn't fit in the airline limit. Valuable stuff was registered. All arrived safely. None was searched by Thai customs.

Not American so can't comment on customs duty there.

 

I used surface mail to save money-90 days or less.

 

 

Did you use Thai Post?

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thaibeachlovers    8,964
Just now, CrashTestDummy said:

Did you use Thai Post?

Yes.

The wrapping/ strapping service they offer is excellent and cheap, plus they sell bubble wrap, and the boxes.

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kokesaat    254

So, can anyone give some cost comparisons for, say, 100-200 pounds.  No rush in shipping.  The weight could be spread among boxes.  Just personal possessions that we'd like to take back with us.

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14 minutes ago, kokesaat said:

So, can anyone give some cost comparisons for, say, 100-200 pounds.  No rush in shipping.  The weight could be spread among boxes.  Just personal possessions that we'd like to take back with us.

I contacted DHL in Chiang Mai yesterday and was told they have a flat rate box with a max weight of 25kg. I'm told the box measures 54cm x 44cm x 40cm. The price was 7,437 baht. This is apparently an "express shipping" option and takes 3 days to get to the US. I'd prefer a cheaper, slower shipping option. Nothing we'd be sending is time-sensitive. Regarldess, this still seems like a possible option. An extra 50 pound luggage bag with most airlines is around $200, so comparable in price and weight. 

 

Now to figure out much I can expect to pay in duty taxes once my stuff arrives in the US... I've always scanned receipts for expensive purchases, so I think I'll try to prioritize shipping stuff that I have receipts for to prove they were purchased in the US. 

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kokesaat    254

United, our regular carrier from BKK to our home in Texas charges $100 per extra bag........50lb limit......so 3 or 4 large boxes for a few hundred dollars is probably as cheap as I can go.   I can live with that.

 

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rijb    3,875

You might want to check with shipping companies at your U.S. destination.  If you cannot fill a container, they can offer shared containers.

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Scott    11,372

About a year ago, I moved a fair amount of stuff back to the US.   I contacted a moving company and they gave me a quote and were very helpful.   They delivered the boxes -- they would pack everything, but I wanted to do that myself, so I could sort through 30 years of junk.   I did have to label each box.   In total there were 9 large boxes and several smaller boxes.   Some of the stuff was fragile, but was well packed around towels, bedding etc.   

 

The company came by, checked the boxes, did a minor amount of re-packing, got the list of each box and took them all away for shipping.   They filled out all the customs papers for the US and whatever was needed to get it out of Thailand.   They were very specific about anythings I could not send.    They also had a contact company in the US, so it was door to door delivery.   I never did anything.  

 

Anything that might have a problem with customs -- such as a somewhat expensive color-laser printer, they enclosed the papers when it was purchased etc.,  They also helped guided me through the process of getting my two cats back -- the company could ship them, but one had some medical conditions, so I wanted them on the same flight.  

 

Everything arrived at my door in the allotted time -- 6 to 8 weeks and was brought in the cost was close to 90,000 baht and no problem with customs, but that may have been due in part to each box being labeled and them explaining what to put where, so it wasn't a matter of customs having red flags raised.  

 

On a side note, I had packed a lot of clothes I accumulated over the years and as a friend said to me when he saw me packing them, "You're going back to the US, not to 1950!"

 

Best of luck. 

 

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