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things to look out for when choosing a forwarder

Post by imrankassim » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 5:25 pm

reposted here so that everyone can benefit :

for anyone who's keen, here's a basic checklist that one could easily run through while skimming a list of forwarders and hopefully minimise chances of dealing with some dodgy agents :

1. check if if they're a registered cargo agent in singapore. not all agents are registered, but the ones that are are generally more reliable as there's certain criteria to be met before they get issued with the cert.

2. find out if anyone has shipped with the forwarder, could be colleagues, friends, maybe post on here ?

3. check if they are part of international freight alliances, if they are it means door-to-door delivery shouldn't be a problem. also within the major freight alliances there are blacklists of companies that the community recommends avoiding any dealings with.

4. don't let price be the sole decider in your choice of forwarder.


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Post by pakjohn » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 5:36 pm

lol! Persistence is a virtue...

Also HIGHLY recommend forummers read May issue of Expat magazine for a article detailing several recent moves by Singapore residents. Very enlightening!
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 6:39 pm

pakjohn wrote:lol! Persistence is a virtue...

Also HIGHLY recommend forummers read May issue of Expat magazine for a article detailing several recent moves by Singapore residents. Very enlightening!
Yeah, I'll give him that. But I guess I'm partially at fault as I told him to use ksl as a guideline as to how for he could go without overtly stepping over the line. :-|

Anyway, anyone who is planning of getting a move should make up a package of what they desire exactly (just like getting renovations) and get quotations from at least 3 providers before settling on one. There are a number of forwarders listed in my links page that have been used successfully by member of this forum in the past (I don't vouch for them however - today is another day and their standards may be better or worse).

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Post by imrankassim » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 6:58 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
pakjohn wrote:lol! Persistence is a virtue...

Also HIGHLY recommend forummers read May issue of Expat magazine for a article detailing several recent moves by Singapore residents. Very enlightening!
Yeah, I'll give him that. But I guess I'm partially at fault as I told him to use ksl as a guideline as to how for he could go without overtly stepping over the line. :-|

Anyway, anyone who is planning of getting a move should make up a package of what they desire exactly (just like getting renovations) and get quotations from at least 3 providers before settling on one. There are a number of forwarders listed in my links page that have been used successfully by member of this forum in the past (I don't vouch for them however - today is another day and their standards may be better or worse).

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Oh come on, there's no harm mixing business with pleasure :D

Also i'd advise anyone in the process of relocating to make a list of the items they plan to ship out, and from that list, identify the items that are fragile (e.g glass tables, paintings) and the ones that may require fumigation (if you ship out to the US and Europe, you'll need to fumigate all wood-based items). If you're conscious about saving cost, you can opt to leave out the fragile items (high insurance), and the wood-based items (expensive quarantine & fumigation charges).

packjohn, its time for you to packup.

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Post by pakjohn » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 7:15 pm

packjohn, its time for you to packup.
Awww, don't take it personal mate. :)

It is getting close to time to pack up... done it before and always got a good deal. :cool:
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Post by imrankassim » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 7:18 pm

pakjohn wrote:
packjohn, its time for you to packup.
Awww, don't take it personal mate. :)

It is getting close to time to pack up... done it before and always got a good deal. :cool:
aye no worries pal ! fancy a pint or summat ?
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Post by pakjohn » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 7:21 pm

aye no worries pal ! fancy a pint or summat ?
From another thread is seems I'm the only person from the Southern U.S. that isn't much of a drinker. :) I appreciate the offer though.
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Post by imrankassim » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 7:23 pm

pakjohn wrote:
aye no worries pal ! fancy a pint or summat ?
From another thread is seems I'm the only person from the Southern U.S. that isn't much of a drinker. :) I appreciate the offer though.
Well i've got the perfect recommendation, arabic sheesha which is essentially smoking done through a waterpipe. Its class !
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 9:26 pm

Yeah, but the authorities have deemed smoking a waterpipe in restaurants here in Singapore violates the no smoking laws. My daughter found that out! She went to Dubai about a month ago so we now have one in our house. (She's not allowed to smoke it here either! I quit four & half years ago.)

Pakjohn, I believe I've got a copy of that that my boss threw on my desk about a week/10 days ago. Is it a heavy glossy advertising mag? Or is it something like Nexus? I'll have to rummage through all the Singstat Surveys laying on my desk tomorrow to see where it got buried.
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Post by imrankassim » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 9:29 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Yeah, but the authorities have deemed smoking a waterpipe in restaurants here in Singapore violates the no smoking laws. My daughter found that out! She went to Dubai about a month ago so we now have one in our house. (She's not allowed to smoke it here either! I quit four & half years ago.)
lol, nice one ! to smoke decent shesha here you'll need to venture out to arab street and haji lane, smoking them is allowed inside the cafes so no prob. give us a shout if you intend to head there !
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 9:39 pm

Not according to the article in the daily birdcage liner a month or two back it's not. I know that they are doing it but is has been clarified as being against the law (so they are allowed only a 10% marked off area apparently just like any hawker centre where it's allowed - not sure if it's allowable within the premises or not (e.g., the 10% area). Had to go check with my daughter just now. I haven't been down to that part of town in probably a dozen or more years.
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Post by imrankassim » Tue, 02 Jun 2009 10:03 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Not according to the article in the daily birdcage liner a month or two back it's not. I know that they are doing it but is has been clarified as being against the law (so they are allowed only a 10% marked off area apparently just like any hawker centre where it's allowed - not sure if it's allowable within the premises or not (e.g., the 10% area). Had to go check with my daughter just now. I haven't been down to that part of town in probably a dozen or more years.
There's a dozen sheesha cafes on haji lane and bali lane. Top quality arabic nosh as well i have to add ! Worth checking out.
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Post by taxico » Wed, 03 Jun 2009 9:28 am

you're like one of them modern persian/muslims arencha!

you smoke! you drink! you listen to mogwai!

oh, and you play footy too doncha!

i'd have thought you'd be like "death to ah-merika!"

hats off, bro! you rock!

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