How to send parcels home from India?

#31 Mar 25th, 2017, 18:30
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I don't know, but people keep telling me that Air India has the most generous baggage allowance. "People," includes my one-time music teacher, who takes heavy drums back to UK every time he comes here.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I don't know, but people keep telling me that Air India has the most generous baggage allowance. "People," includes my one-time music teacher, who takes heavy drums back to UK every time he comes here.
Could be, I never ever took a flight with AI. There are all kinds of 'systems', some companies that don't officially offer the possibility on their website and charge you by the kilo if you show up carrying too much offer coupons for sale via travel agents that allow one to purchase an extra luggage allowance for a cheap price. On some flights to Africa, 50 or 60 kilo is the norm (economy class).

Since leaving India I usually travel with one case weighing around 10 kg (2 suits, underwear, t-shirt and jeans + my fitness gear and toiletries).
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Since leaving India I usually travel with one case weighing around 10 kg


Good grief, that's not much more than a pocket-full to me!

roughly: one case 23k out, 2 cases 46k back

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10kg would just be my shoes and sandals weight! When (if) I grow up, I too will travel light.

For the past few years I have exclusively flown Air India on the LHR>BOM>LHR sector because they allow 2 x 23kg bags in economy. They give me a six month validity ticket with one free change. I always book the last possible return date and then change the return leg the day before I want to fly back to London over the phone, with no charge, since they do daily flights. I like their service and new planes for this sector. I don't watch anything except the map, so in-flight entertainment is not a concern, but they do have a good selection with large screens.

I also regularly use unaccompanied baggage freight services from Bombay > London. Usually books and/or artefacts which are too heavy/bulky to carry. The paperwork is tedious.
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Dare I ask the cost of unaccompanied baggage freight services..
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Indeed you dare! That will be most useful to Mimimiha and other visiting shoppers
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post Dare I ask the cost of unaccompanied baggage freight services..
I looked up my old paperwork.

In 2012, I shipped (via airfreight) a consignment consisting of 3 pieces (one suitcase with a TSA lock and two cardboard cartons). The gross weight was 72kg (the net weight was 65kg). They were declared as "personal effects" or "household goods".


The documents attached were:
- copy of my BOM>LHR ticket
- 'Departure Certificate' from Kingfisher Airlines, confirming that I had departed
- copy of my passport
- HMRC Customs Declaration ('Form C3' - "Bringing your personal belongings to the United Kingdom from outside the European Community")
- Itemised packing list per package
- 'TSA acceptance statement' from my Bombay freight agents (confirming that the items had been security screened)

I paid Rs.2,200 per piece, so it totalled Rs.6,600 in freight charges, plus a 20 FedEx charge in the UK for home delivery. It arrived approximately two weeks after my departure.
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That's very cheap! Last time I did this (but I didn't need the ticket and they did pick it up at my house in Europe) in 2010 I paid 197 Euro for 32 kg net weight BRU--DEL. It arrived 3 days after I did. Relatively easy, only, it took some time at DEL to go through the clearance process (lots of useless running around at Celebi offices, once it actually got to customs it was done in 10 minutes)
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For goods going the other way, there is a company called Excess Baggage.. At least, there is in UK. Maybe one or two other European locations.

I used them once for stuff London -> Chennai. They were, I thought, amazingly cheap. It took a whole half day to clear and collect the stuff at Chennai Airport cargo depot. Next time, I would certainly get an agent to look after that.
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Originally Posted by dillichaat View Post That's very cheap! Last time I did this (but I didn't need the ticket and they did pick it up at my house in Europe) in 2010 I paid 197 Euro for 32 kg net weight BRU--DEL. It arrived 3 days after I did. Relatively easy, only, it took some time at DEL to go through the clearance process (lots of useless running around at Celebi offices, once it actually got to customs it was done in 10 minutes)
From my info, if it was picked up and shipped to Dilli whilst you were still in Belgium, then it is a different freight rate, usually the normal freight rate. That's probably the reason for the rate disparity.

'Unaccompanied baggage' is for PAX who have departed and then the goods follow, hence the extra paperwork but lower rates.

I shipped stuff (2 x heavy framed paintings) from BOM>LHR>London home whilst I was still at my Bombay home, in 2015, and that cost considerably more. Rs.24,500 for 49kg net weight for 2 paintings. It was shipped as normal air-freight, not as 'unaccompanied baggage', because I was uncertain about my return schedule. (In the event, it took several months after dispatch of the parcel for me to return to the UK). Transit time of the consignment was 3 days.

Many many many years ago (2010), I had shipped a Willi Schillig GmbH 148kg net weight sofa from Germany>UK>Bombay. The air-freight charge LHR>BOM was 900, plus I paid Rs.45,000 customs clearance fees in Bombay. The total spend sending it over was close to half the cost of the sofa. I spent an entire hassled hot day at Bombay customs even though I'd hired an agent, because I refused to pay a bribe. Transit time was under a week.

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The consignment that I shipped by the "Excess Baggage" company was independent of my travel.
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Been there done that at Bombay PO. I did pay 12 Rupees in change to the bearer of my moderate parcel in the end. The look of contempt on his face was priceless. Ah, to be young again..
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