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Leaving Singapore - Shipping companies for a few boxes only

Post by lt7 » Wed, 04 Jul 2012 9:49 pm

Hi,

It's time to move on, so I'm selling the few bits and pieces I've obtained, but would like to ship a few boxes to Australia of personal effects. I basically want someone to drop off 5-15 empty boxes (roughly 2 cbm I think), then come back when I'm ready to leave to collect them, and then coordinate the shipping. I'm happy to share a container, and don't mind waiting for it to fill before it ships.

I've checked the forum and contacted almost every shipping agent in the key-engineer links, but all of them have basically said their prices include the packing only, and quoted what I consider fairly inflated prices.

Just wondering if anyone can recommend a company who will do a reasonable job of this, only charge me for the space I use, and offers box drop-off/collection.

Thanks

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Post by beppi » Thu, 05 Jul 2012 4:56 pm

Post Office is by far the cheapest for your purpose, just buy boxes and carry them there yourself (possibly a "man with a van" from the classifieds could do that for you for S$200 or so).

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Post by durain » Thu, 05 Jul 2012 6:33 pm

large box (51x41x61) door to door by sea, about 64 days, 40kg from singapore to sydney = SGD170. reasonable?

www.sevenseasworldwide.com to get an online quote.





(no, i dont work or connected with them)

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Post by nakatago » Fri, 11 Jan 2013 5:26 pm

Bumping this thread as I need to send several boxes.

I tried Seven Seas quotation and only city central zip codes are available for Singapore. Will this be an issue or just cutting corners for quick quotes?

(Also, the amount of complaints I found online is disconcerting...)
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Post by Wd40 » Fri, 11 Jan 2013 7:47 pm

nakatago wrote:Bumping this thread as I need to send several boxes.

I tried Seven Seas quotation and only city central zip codes are available for Singapore. Will this be an issue or just cutting corners for quick quotes?

(Also, the amount of complaints I found online is disconcerting...)
If it for the peens have you tried lucky plaza?

Here's one I found:
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EDIT: Google for Hagibis Express Pte Ltd

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Re: Leaving Singapore - Shipping companies for a few boxes o

Post by vishalgupta2 » Sat, 12 Jan 2013 5:04 am

lt7 wrote:Hi,

It's time to move on, so I'm selling the few bits and pieces I've obtained, but would like to ship a few boxes to Australia of personal effects. I basically want someone to drop off 5-15 empty boxes (roughly 2 cbm I think), then come back when I'm ready to leave to collect them, and then coordinate the shipping. I'm happy to share a container, and don't mind waiting for it to fill before it ships.

I've checked the forum and contacted almost every shipping agent in the key-engineer links, but all of them have basically said their prices include the packing only, and quoted what I consider fairly inflated prices.

Just wondering if anyone can recommend a company who will do a reasonable job of this, only charge me for the space I use, and offers box drop-off/collection.

Thanks
Are you moving to Australia? If yes, I would say just get them as your checked in bags. Should cost you roughly 2$ per pound. Some airlines allow you upto 10 paid checked in bags for about 100$ each (atleast BA used to).

Shipping comes with custom issues and the fact that you have paid in advance and sitting in a different country it's virtually impossible to track anyone down. You will also have mishandled/broken stuff.

I have tried shipping a couple of boxes earlier and it was a PITA.

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Post by nakatago » Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:07 am

@Wd40: Nope, not to the Philippines.
@vishalgupta2: nope, not applicable. Sorry.

Please excuse the obfuscation; it's intentional.
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Post by nakatago » Fri, 12 Apr 2013 8:45 am

Ok, follow up with Seven Seas.

* They send you notifications every step of the way.
* You still have to pay for other things after they get pick up your boxes. I paid additional for 78 SGD handling (I think) prior to actual shipping (as in box to be put in a container with everybody else's then loaded to a ship) and the examination fee at the country of destination.
* The boxes took 2.5 months

I say, it's acceptable for personal effects that aren't urgent. I wouldn't use them for really valuable stuff but it's ok for not-so-expensive stuff but has sentimental value.

It's cheap but good enough.
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Post by Brah » Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:24 am

Thanks, this is helpful

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Post by katbh » Wed, 05 Jun 2013 7:41 pm

There are people moving back to Aus with full house loads every day. Contact one of the shippers like Asian Tigers (KC DAT) and tell them you would like to share a part container.

Otherwise, keep you eye out or put a note up at International Schools to find someone who is leaving and shipping household back to AUS.

Or contact someone like Freight Links - general carriers - who can do you a partial pallet rate by sea.

But watch out for customs etc. This is why DHL jumbo boxes are usually best option. They have a different rate to the other DHL freight - ring them up and ask for a Jumbo box rate. Most freight companies will give you a discounted rate if you have a few boxes.

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