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    As my move to Thailand gets closer, I am starting to look into the logistics/regulations regarding getting my stuff out there.

    I found this interesting:

    http://www.legal-thailand.com/moving...old-goods.html

    So if you are planning to move to Thailand, take your household and personal goods with you and your wife has not left Thailand - don't extend your marriage visa (if, like me you already have an O visa based upon marriage) until you are ready to make the move. You only have 6 months from such an extension to import your belongings.

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    I sent my stuff over before I had secured my retirement visa. It took over 2 months to get to me, by which time I was living there. But I didn't have to supply any of the requirements as stated by Thailand Law, in the link you provide and it was duty free. But I assume the shipping Company dealt with 1 and that might have been something I signed when they turned up to collect my boxes, I signed a few things. All seemed easy-peasy to me!
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    You were very lucky caller but it should be as smooth as that. I am afraid mine was far from as simple and was very costly in the end. When I go on holiday to the UK I would be very tempted to pay a visit to the freight forwarder but I would end up in prison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmbo60 View Post
    You were very lucky caller but it should be as smooth as that. I am afraid mine was far from as simple and was very costly in the end. When I go on holiday to the UK I would be very tempted to pay a visit to the freight forwarder but I would end up in prison.
    But in fairness, I didn't take much, just 7/8 boxes and 1 huge suitcase full of madams clothes! Mine were boxes of photo's, books, music, ornaments, some art work, including my own, other misc personal belongings and 1 box full of 2 food processors which are still sat in the box (madame again).
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    But I am sure it didn't take 9 months to arrive

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    Caller you answered my question, I was trying to think of what I'd ship if I was moving to LOS - pretty much nothing is what I come up with - of course her clothes and shoes would be a row but i think bribing her with a new wardrobe would probably be a better way to go about it and less hassle

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    Well, I'd like to take everything. As well as my furniture, there's the trappings of life - things that ain't worth anything but I wouldn't part with them and I've nowhere to put them.

    Caller, from what you wrote I presume that your wife had been in the UK with you? Did you import your belongings in her name? Could answer why it went smoothly but as with most things over here, there's the written law and then there's how its actually interpreted (and I guess that could change daily).

    My point was mainly that according to the law you only have 6 months to import your goods from the date of your visa extension - whether they apply that or not could depend on if your 'face fits'. If they are upset for some reason (possibly lack of tea money) and they notice the importer is outside the 6 month limit - they would have the perfect excuse to charge duty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip View Post
    Well, I'd like to take everything. As well as my furniture, there's the trappings of life - things that ain't worth anything but I wouldn't part with them and I've nowhere to put them.

    Caller, from what you wrote I presume that your wife had been in the UK with you? Did you import your belongings in her name? Could answer why it went smoothly but as with most things over here, there's the written law and then there's how its actually interpreted (and I guess that could change daily).
    Girlfriend, not wife. It was sent to her by me and my name was all over the boxes as well as the receipt and so on. If I recall correctly, one box had been opened. She had actually returned to Thailand in January 2013 and I moved here is September 2014. She had returned to the UK for 3/4 times and did come over to help sort the house out before I left, leaving 2/3 weeks before I did.

    To be honest Flip, it was just necessity sending my stuff when I did, I was renting out my house after I left, but managed to get the dates of that wrong and ended up in a hotel in Richmond for my last 5 days!

    I initially planned to take more, there was one piece of furniture that had sentimental value, I have no kids but my nephews politely declined, I discussed it with my sister in Oz and we jointly agreed to just to sell it - but we couldn't even manage that as modern H&S rules got in the way! Otherwise, much of my furniture was old, deliberately so, as I had long planned the move. A friend sold lots of my books and paraphernalia that I would have kept if staying in the UK, but had no real desire to take with me, via ebay. I sold a bookcase, TV stand, lawnmower and trimmer, a chair went to a friend and finally I cleared the house to a man with a van for £50 - him to me - that saw the last of my battered old sofa, 3 beds all with a few years on the clock and other odds and sods.

    My artwork went to an auction in Cornwall and I have since regretted not retaining at least 1 piece by Barns-Graham, but the cost of shipping and insurance was prohibitive.

    A family memento about a great uncle lost in WW1 whilst out sniping was bequeathed to a nephew, who had always shown an interest in it. He's a GP and school Governor with 3-kids of his own and last year he took it all into his school as part of an armistice day exhibition, so I was pleased about that.

    Other stuff went to charity shops and then suddenly, I was left with what I brought with me. It's now with me in Hua Hin and I'm looing forward to getting everything sorted, I have a bookcase costed and ready to be built when I give the go ahead, the artwork will find walls to belong to and the other stuff with find new homes as well.

    As for the ease of getting it here, I put that down to the company I used and their connections.
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    Phil, we send a 20' container (FCL) nearly every month from Nottingham - Laem Chabang then on to Cambodian border. Total cost 'door to door' £1820-£1898.
    Shipping costs have never been this low for several years. The company we use however is strictly commercial and they do other destinations for us so a slight discount may apply.
    If you use a container/ agent I believe the cost Thai side to be circa £160 LC- Sakaeo
    Oh, and ram it full with no empty space for best value.

    Maybe want to try here;
    http://www.movehub.com/uk/internatio...pping/thailand
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    Well this looks interesting post as I was not planning to take anything when I move having got ripped off with tax having shipped some furniture over before we move. So, am I right in saying I will not have to pay any duty on my furniture and tools ( and 8 bicycles) if I get them shipped within 6 months of moving there? Any idea of duty on a 4 year old 4x4 Renault kadjar? :-)

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    You might be right in saying but whether it works out that way without discussion at the Thai end is a different story.

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