How to ship a bulky pack to Europe?

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How to ship a bulky pack to Europe?

Postby micheleru » 22 Jun 2012, 18:56

Hi folks,
I have to ship to Italy a bulky pack of about 5 cubic meters (170 x 170 x 170 cm) with clothes, books and Japanese kitchen knifes (10);
don't need express shipment, 3 months deliver by sea on a cargo ship is fine to me. I know I could have some problem with the knifes...
I called FED EX to get a quotation and they told me to go to any Post Office and get a "waybill". What is that? I get no experience at all with this stuff :oops:
Has anybody experienced a similar matter? Can you suggest a shipping company that doesn't charge me over 2500 usd?
Any suggestion is highly appreciate, thank you!
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Re: How to ship a bulky pack to Europe?

Postby ceevee369 » 22 Jun 2012, 19:19

Check with carriers (Eva a-like, Nippon etc)
A bit more expensive but door-to-door might be Crown, Asian Tigers etc. they ship household items for expats
The Japanese knifes should not be a problem if reported as kitchenware.

Think you should find quotes around 400-500 USD per ship only. Weight & cubic cm combined.
for 2500 USD you ship a car...
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Re: How to ship a bulky pack to Europe?

Postby micheleru » 23 Jun 2012, 14:18

Ehy man, thank you so much!
The companies you suggested fits more my need, and Crown looks better than other ones. Now just wait the quotations.
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Re: How to ship a bulky pack to Europe?

Postby Steviebike » 23 Jun 2012, 14:47

Also worth checking is http://www.sevenseasworldwide.com/ I know many people who have used them with no problems.
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Re: How to ship a bulky pack to Europe?

Postby Doraemonster » 25 Jun 2012, 02:21

Sorry, that might be a stupid question, but why not just send it by post with the cheapest option there is (surface or 水陸)?

According to the list here:
http://download.post.gov.tw/post/download/國際包裹資費表完整版(101.06.18).xls

For Italy, your parcel can have up to 20 kg, and the price is 450 TWD for the first 1 kg, and 40 TWD (yeah, that's 40 TWD) for each additional kilogram.

I used this service 3 years ago. Took about 70 days then (also Europe), though the service to my country has been cancelled since (for reasons unknown).
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Re: How to ship a bulky pack to Europe?

Postby Taiwan Luthiers » 03 Jul 2012, 01:13

Please note the OP has 5 cubic meters of stuff to send... that's quite a bit more than what the postal system will allow, unless you send like 20 boxes. 5 cubic meters will take up half of a 3 ping taofan.

I have read shipping companies charge by volume, not weight but last time I asked about this people were telling me figure of around 10,000 USD and that scared me from ever sending anything larger than postal sized packages.
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Re: How to ship a bulky pack to Europe?

Postby Doraemonster » 03 Jul 2012, 10:50

Taiwan Luthiers wrote:Please note the OP has 5 cubic meters of stuff to send...

I realize that, but according to his description he does not seem to have any particularly bulky stuff. He just put everything together, but it can be separated into smaller parcels.

Taiwan Luthiers wrote:[...] unless you send like 20 boxes.

What's wrong with that. :) Three years ago I sent 12 boxes. I even had a postal truck come to pick up the stuff from my apartment, for free. Taiwan post office is great (just don't do any banking with them). I got large boxes in excellent condition for $10 per piece from a fruit shop (you can probably get them for free from places like Wellcome if you go there at the time when deliveries are made).
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Re: How to ship a bulky pack to Europe?

Postby cake » 06 Jul 2012, 22:14

Doraemonster wrote:I used this service 3 years ago. Took about 70 days then (also Europe), though the service to my country has been cancelled since (for reasons unknown).

From what I remember, it was stopped due to the ship from Taiwan docking at a location Royal Mail no longer used for international parcels. Dover - Fexistowe (sp?) or something.
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