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by pharmer_pk
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:27 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating from US to Singapore
Replies: 30
Views: 6311

You've packed your own, (presumably few) boxes already. That suggests there is little or nothing in it for them to be bothered dealing with, since they'll expect you to be unpacking them at this end too. Doesn't mean I'm not paying them though, right? I mean none of them even went as far as giving ...
by pharmer_pk
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating from US to Singapore
Replies: 30
Views: 6311

*sigh I was hoping for more insights. I have contacted various companies, but looks like none of them can be bothered as they probably don't care about doing business with an individual. DHL, TNT, etc: They don't offer door to door ocean freight shipping for individuals. Crown: A rep called saying s...
by pharmer_pk
Mon, 05 May 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating from US to Singapore
Replies: 30
Views: 6311

Just another thought, do you guys recommend an actual mover, or just a door-to-door shipping company? I have kinda packed my stuff into my own boxes already, so I wonder if going with a mover is not cost efficient (ie. I'm not getting my money's worth). So far, the common theme is Crown or Allied. I...
by pharmer_pk
Thu, 01 May 2014 4:33 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating from US to Singapore
Replies: 30
Views: 6311

Are you aware of the size of student hostel and sublet rooms in Singapore (Hint: This is Asia, not USA!), or do you have the financial means for renting a whole apartment (S$2500/month or more)? In addition, basically everything you could ever want is available in Singapore. I think you should reco...
by pharmer_pk
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating from US to Singapore
Replies: 30
Views: 6311

AFAIK, the student pass tax relief works when you are leaving at the end of your study. You are allowed to claim refund of GST for goods bought up to 4 months before your pass expiry (as long as you do not plan on returning within the subsequent 12 months). During the initial transfer to Singapore,...
by pharmer_pk
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:59 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating from US to Singapore
Replies: 30
Views: 6311

For mail forwarding, get a box at a Pack-N-Post, Mail Boxes Etc or similar type place. They'll ship your mail once a month (or however often you request) and charge your credit card. Fill out a forwarding mail request with USPS to have mail sent to that box. You'll then have something like 6-12 mon...
by pharmer_pk
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating from US to Singapore
Replies: 30
Views: 6311

:D Alright guys, thanks for the feedback on citibank. I think my financial situation won't be too complicated. I do see the flexibility on having a citibank account just in case. At least another venue for ease of transferring funds. But yeah, I have to apply online. There's no citibank at all in Se...
by pharmer_pk
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating from US to Singapore
Replies: 30
Views: 6311

Re: Relocating from US to Singapore

Not sure about 1 or 2, leaving it for other people. But for 3, popular options are: - VPost (cheaper, using USPS). They have an option of receiving mail in one of the major post offices for self-pickup. It's often better than having the mail man try to deliver it, who will probably come when you're...
by pharmer_pk
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:14 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating from US to Singapore
Replies: 30
Views: 6311

Re: Relocating from US to Singapore

Not sure about 1 or 2, leaving it for other people. But for 3, popular options are: - VPost (cheaper, using USPS). They have an option of receiving mail in one of the major post offices for self-pickup. It's often better than having the mail man try to deliver it, who will probably come when you're...
by pharmer_pk
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 9:08 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating from US to Singapore
Replies: 30
Views: 6311

Relocating from US to Singapore

I'll be relocating from US to Singapore for graduate school. I'm wondering if I can have advise/suggestions from people here, especially those that are also from the US. 1. Moving company. I did a search, but many of the topic are quite old. I'm wondering if there are more recent experiences from pe...
by pharmer_pk
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Recommendation of ocean freight shipping company
Replies: 7
Views: 3210

What volume of goods? Consider an overseas mover. Overseas mover would require me on the receiving end over there, at least the ones I contacted, which is understandable as their service is assuming that you are actually moving. I don't know, I find it strange that it's difficult in finding a servi...
by pharmer_pk
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Recommendation of ocean freight shipping company
Replies: 7
Views: 3210

Post Office Part of my concern is door to door delivery, and I keep hearing that post office in Singapore is getting less and less reliable (not as bad as some other countries, but still). And I don't even know if they would re-deliver if the person is not available (my relative doesn't have a car)...
by pharmer_pk
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Recommendation of ocean freight shipping company
Replies: 7
Views: 3210

Recommendation of ocean freight shipping company

I am in the US and I am looking for a door to door service to ship quite a bit of personal belongings to my relative in Singapore via ocean freight. I personally will still be in the US. Trying to find a company that offer this service seems to be very difficult. Many companies are only offering thi...

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