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Postby Bafana » Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:48 am

Recently got a quote from Allied Pickford to move from Singapore to Australia and it felt high at nearly S$2.5K over the value of the goods being shipped (total transportation cost less insurance S$5.5K).

Any suggestions on who else we can get a quote from or how else to do it?
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Postby Bafana » Mon, 24 Nov 2008 11:23 am

BTW they also have a bird that we are considering taking back with us - Any suggestions on that as well appreciate.

(I told them Xmas is coming so save money in tight financial crisis times, use a bit of garlic and soy sauce and Xmas dinner sorted - Didn't go down well with my kid)

[Update - Have found the bird a home]
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Postby ScoobyDoes » Mon, 24 Nov 2008 1:53 pm

Bafana wrote:(I told them Xmas is coming so save money in tight financial crisis times, use a bit of garlic and soy sauce and Xmas dinner sorted - Didn't go down well with my kid)


I would think so..... most kids are not fans of garlic.

Get a quote from a member of UTS, which is a worldwide group of independant shippers and Movers. I've used one of the group members for each of my last three moves around Asia.

When i left HK it was AsianExpress that was the local company and they came out cheaper than any of the "big" Movers.

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Postby ksl » Mon, 24 Nov 2008 11:06 pm

Bafana wrote:Recently got a quote from Allied Pickford for us to move from Singapore to Australia and it felt high at nearly S$2.5K over the value of the goods being shipped (total transportation cost less insurance S$5.5K).

Any suggestions on who else we can get a quote from or how else to do it?


I just sent 150 cubic ft from UK to singapore with Pickfords, cost 1k £ and that is not much. It looked like half a transit van long wheelbase. The cost is the actually labour charges and wagon transportation, not the shipping. Because they pack everything and unpack at the destination. Others i tried, the shipping was 400£ and the labour 2 guys at 25£ an hour, plus 300£ land transportation.

I stayed with Pickfords, because of the brand name basically but the prices are fixed and they do the listing, customs clearance, and get rid of all the rubbish after unpacking.

The storage fees, was just dead money, so I didn't mind paying 1k £ for them to do it all. Now my worldly possessions belong to my wife and daughter! :roll:

I'll probably spend the next year just selling the bloody lot on ebay! Nothing worse than having excess baggage and emotions, I did manage to dump a couple of grand in clothes, to the charity shops.

The sorting out was just a nightmare for me, so i dumped the lot. I hope to get back to just owning a suitcase...it's called preparation for the unexpected! :lol:

The quotations are always high from pickfords, but they will measure up and send you the difference back to your bank account. But i can say the 150 cubic ft is 1k £ all in. That's packaging materials of around 75£ and insurance too! Singapore $ 2300 for 150cubic ft
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Postby Bafana » Mon, 24 Nov 2008 11:27 pm

Maybe I read the quote wrong but don't see how. Will let them reply and clarify first. The UTS suggestion sounds liek a good idea as well. Any other hot tips?

Is it feasible to post stuff?

(Know that sounds weird but you never know, especially books, cds and the likes)
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Postby ksl » Mon, 24 Nov 2008 11:32 pm

Bafana wrote:Maybe I read the quote wrong but don't see how. Will let them reply and clarify first. The UTS suggestion sounds liek a good idea as well. Any other hot tips?

Is it feasible to post stuff?

(Know that sounds weird but you never know, especially books, cds and the likes)
Not feasible to post, very very expensive the rates are on singpost. UTS I don't see being cheaper than Pickfords. Partial truck loads is what Pickfords do, sharing the 40ft container. 10kg would have cost me 89£ with postal service. I also sent books CD's ect...Good luck, and let us know if it works out cheaper.

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Postby ScoobyDoes » Tue, 25 Nov 2008 9:50 am

I think for the move from HK to KL the UTS guys gave me a 20ft container to myself. It was only a 700sqft flat i was moving out of but with the furnishings and appliances it's always enough to completely fill a truck.

But yes, it will be interesting Bafana to know if it works in your case or now ;) It might depend on volumes and network in a different way.

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Postby Patricia Low » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 10:44 am

my friend used this company previously, Expat Movers, she's quite happy with their service plus their rates are quite competitive.

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Postby Bafana » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 10:59 am

Allied Pickfords just got back in touch and they are cutting a deal. In the end it looks like a pick and choose scenario judging what would be cheaper to buy in Aussie rather than move and what is worth moving.

Looks like the electronics are getting the green light along with family personal gear and furniture is going to friends.
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Postby Bafana » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 11:03 am

BTW I told a fib - Its my family that's moving not a friends.
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Postby sierra2469alpha » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 11:06 am

Baf - ours was $4800 in the return direction - SYD-SIN; own container; 20ft

We used Move Management Australia - I've recommended them here before and other people we know have used them - all of us were very pleased. Let me know if you need some contact details for the MD>

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