Packing to relocate to India

#16 Jul 8th, 2006, 05:05
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Originally Posted by pundabee Just in case you haven't already seen it:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjrEQaG5jPM

Should be enough to discourage anyone from driving in India.
First of all, thanks to "Pundabee", for the great Youtube link. I laughed out very lound and neighbours from other cubes in my office have to come to my cube to enquire whether " I am alright".

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Some ground rules for bringing stuff to india on relocation.

1. No Car. The foriegn cars will have trouble getting spares if some thing goes wrong.

2. All electrical appliances, BUY IT IN INDIA only. Do not bring any. It is absolutely waste of cost of trasportation and the hassles.

3. Get your good camera, camcorder, photos, personal videos you have recorded, Computer Hard Disk with your current data (Not the computer).

4. You can ship out books, novels any written material by M-Bag in US Postal Service (cheaper and will arrive at the door).

5. A good set of WeareverAir Nonstick cookware will go a long way.

6. Very limited clothing.

7. Toys, soft toys if you have kids of that age.

8. Gold, Jewellary etc.

9. Ofcourse, your certificates, personal art work (which you have done) and Oil and Watercolor paints and Paper if you are an artist.

10. Last but not the least, Your spouse and kids. (Unless your spouse is a real big hassle and trouble maker ).
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I think the traffic in India operates via Chaos Theory.

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It operates on the Destiny Theory.

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If it is not your day to die the it is your day to be at the head of the queue.
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Packing for India

I agree with Webtraveller,

Bring no electronics.

When I made the move this is what I learnt - when using transport company.
* I packed very carefully, bubble wrap, paper and lined all boxes with plastic plus marked the fragile boxes fragile.
* I went with a reputable transport company out of Australia who link with Gati in India, one of the largest transport companies and even though I was very specific and was assured my goods would arrive in a covered truck. They arrived on top of a bus.
* My efforts of packing paid off because most boxes were in ruin, some even wet and nearly falling off though because of the plastic, bubble wrap and paper everything held together. Out of 23 boxes there were only a couple of breakages in one box which was remarkable.
* The duty on electronics is high and the personal allowance is low and by having them in your boxes just encourages them to open them and start looking around.
* I had a detailed list of all the boxes, what was in them and the value of each box. I had a sperate list which had no so much detail which I gave the transport company. Plus I took photos of each box and send copies of the photos and list of goods to both the company in Australia and India. This way they knew you knew what you had and it did seem to do the trick as only one box was opened at customs.
* All electronics I have bought here at about 1/3 - 1/2 of what I would pay in Australia. Known brands like Samsung etc and I bought all funiture here or had it made here for very cheaply and very good quality. All electronics came with warranties and have been working very well.
* Due to power cuts I have had an inverter installed to cover one light and one fan in each room. To run airconditioners or fridges of inverters cost a lot of money and really isn't worth the cost. When the power goes off we avod opening the fridge as much as possible and everything stays cool and we have never had food go off.


When I made the move this is what I learnt - when using air freight.
I had a couple of suitcases air-freighted with an airline and they themselves offered great service. The thing was that in Delhi you have to get it through customs yourself.

The airline gave me fantastic advise to get to customs early ie: 9am so you are first in line because the process to get things through is a 15 step process. This piece of advise alone was worth its wait in gold.

I started the process and I was first in line I was the first at each check post. There are signs posted everywhere that say do not pay bribes or backshesh and if you are asked to please report it. At each point I was asked for money, eventhough I pointed out the signs to them they just laughed. I never paid, I just kept smiling and my goods kept moving through the process. When it came to opening the bags it was a daunting process because they opened all 4 bags at once and there were about 6 men doing this so trying to keep an eye on everything was challenging in the end I just took control and insisted on one bag at a time. They complied and things kept moving through. So after 10 signatures, 15 steps and about 8 forms and a nominal duty fee all my goods were completely through in about 1 1/2 hours.

AS SAID BEFORE; BRING AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. ONLY THINGS THAT YOU REALLY TREASURE AND ARE PERSONAL TO YOU. EVERYTHING ELSE YOU CAN GET HERE.

Hope this helps.
#20 Jul 10th, 2006, 02:44
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The Air Cargo people have the paperwork for the consignment (which they found after an hour of asking them to check again and again and again). Only to be told that, while my baggage is in all probability in the storage area, it doesn't exist because it's not on their computer system! - Effectively they told me 'tough luck' seriously!!

Anyway, after a another hour of coaxing, I managed to convince them to put aside all thoughts (at least for a while) of forms, computers, signatures and little rubber stamps and go back to the cargo area and FIND MY SUITCASES!...

... which they did . However the Indian hat was firmly placed back on and I was told that I must wait for someone to enter the the consignment onto the computer before they could release it. Ok, fair enough. Only the guy who does this has been sat next to her, twiddling his thumbs for the past two hours, watching the pale welshman losing his temper across the counter as if I'm some form of entertainment ... So, why doesn't he jsut do it? Because he only enters consignments on the system in the morning.
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I went to the FRO to register my wife as a resident on Tuesday (1pm) only to be told by the idle kiosk immigration staff that I cannot speak to them until the person who hands out kiosk allocation tickets returns from lunch at 2pm... So, after a trip to Spencer Plaza, we return at 2pm only to be told that applications are only considered during the morning. When asked why she didn't tell me this when we spoke an hour before: "You didn't ask".
is evidence that the new country is getting to you. relax and take a deep breath.

a 1 pm to 2 pm lunch (or beurocratic procedures regarding entering stuff into a computer/ processing forms in the morning) are eminently reasonable delays for a government office anywhere in the world.(show up at the DMV and try to break into the line if you care to).

you typically lose your temper after about a week of vanished/ missing/mangled stuff...or you bribe your way to better service. Losing your temper works too, but remember you're just dramaqueening, and most people know you are.

I hope Crocodile bank /Fish cove went well.
#21 Oct 3rd, 2006, 03:39
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Originally Posted by Anders India uses the PAL standard while US is on NTSC. Don't bring the TV unless it also works on PAL.


I agree with you.....BUT you see if you have a 3 in one TV, plays video tapes and DVDs plus is a TV......

of course the NTSC TV (Canada also has NTSC) will not work there....

If you have a collection of DVDs and video tapes that only work on NTSC system (can't see these on PAL system)....so the choice is throw away all the collection with the TV...or buy a converter, anything above 800watts cost approx $40....

Just an idea.......
Just happy to be here.........
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wow, I am wondering if I just had the easiest time of it or what? I moved to India from the US and I came with like 9 suitcases. I took them all with me on British Airways cause they have the lowest cargo cost, and if you make a reservation ahead of time you can bring up to like 7 extra suitcases with you at $120 per bag. There is a weight requirement, but no customs forms. I just bought some cheap suitcases, rented a van and arrived here 2 days later. I never filled out a customs form here when I arrived and I had one dude check one suitcase upon leaving the customs area in Bangalore. I brought with me cameras, CDs ,you name it. No household appliances, though
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Amazing! Wish I could do that with stuff from UK.
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Originally Posted by smallsquirrel wow, I moved to India from the US and I came with like 9 suitcases. ... and if you make a reservation ahead of time you can bring up to like 7 extra suitcases with you at $120 per bag. I brought with me cameras, CDs ,you name it.


This is no smallsquirrel, is a humongous squirrel, right Nick_H ? dude!!!....What a great idea....I am leaving in 3 weeks on Air Canada...will give it a try...3 suitcases not 9...

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Wink

Eater, did you miss that Nick_H got a container of items from UK Now what are you going to call him?
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Originally Posted by laughingbuddha Eater, did you miss that Nick_H got a container of items from UK Now what are you going to call him?


Now thats a 日本語 (Japanese) - やたらでっかい, ばかでかい

or PortuguÍs - extraordinariamente grande !!
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Maybe I am crazy but why not just rent a storage locker "back home" for all your stuff and bring as little as possible to India? My brother-in-law and sister-in-law have moved back and they just took personal luggage (I think). The rest of their house is in storage until (if?) they return.

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Originally Posted by Penri Driving in India is like participating in a giant, dynamic lateral game of tetris. Gotta fill those gaps
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Originally Posted by PortieOwner Maybe I am crazy but why not just rent a storage locker "back home" for all your stuff and bring as little as possible to India? My brother-in-law and sister-in-law have moved back and they just took personal luggage (I think). The rest of their house is in storage until (if?) they return.

Portie
hey portie.... for some people this is really cost ineffective depending on the amount of time you plan to be away. in the part of the US I am from, I am now having to pay $140/month to house my furniture and winter clothes. After a certain period of time it would make more sense for me to just buy more furniture when I get back instead of collecting dusty crap from a locker!
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...and that would be very cheap compared to UK!

Every month I kept my stuff in a UK warehouse cost me 10 days India-living budget.

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