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Posting to the UK

Post by malc123 » May 19, 2020, 11:58 am

I have two letters that I have been trying to airmail to the UK, post office wants 1000 baht each or overland posting three months. Been trying for the last month now.

I have received five things from the UK post one was a to be signed for came in eight days.

Anyone had luck posting abroad?

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Post by dunroaming » May 19, 2020, 3:59 pm

The post office quote the more expensive air mail option but there is a slightly slower second air mail option at a much reduced cost. We ran into this scenario a few times last year.

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Post by mickojak » May 19, 2020, 4:17 pm

I would get your missus to go into a post office alone and see what they say.

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Post by Bandung_Dero » May 19, 2020, 4:39 pm

If they are only letters you may try:-
Fedex
DHL
or the like.
Most countries post office services use commercial passenger flights to air freight mail. The major freight companys all have their own aircraft fleets with no international restrictions.
Just had 1st hand experience where I had a small package sent to me post express just prior to the virus ---- finished up in a sea freight container taking 2 months.
The post service refused any overseas mail shortly after.
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Post by Niggly » May 19, 2020, 4:55 pm

Mrs N was trying to send a parcel to Belgium last week & got told at the Post Office it was likely to take 5 months.

Funnily enough this is the first time she’s noticed an effect of the worldwide pandemic

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Post by maaka » May 19, 2020, 5:06 pm

funny that..My missus thinks life is normal...
anyway just received a box from old NZ, took two months...thought I had lost it

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Post by jackspratt » May 19, 2020, 5:13 pm

I am waiting for a simple letter from Oz which was sent at the beginning of April.

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Post by Bandung_Dero » May 19, 2020, 6:12 pm

jackspratt wrote:
May 19, 2020, 5:13 pm
I am waiting for a simple letter from Oz which was sent at the beginning of April.
You may get it about 1/2 past June. 5555
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Post by udonfox » May 19, 2020, 7:40 pm

I wanted to a post a letter to the UK. I was told to come back in two months and maybe then there would be a normal service. Only a family letter so it can wait. Bit of a pisser if was an important or financial document.

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Post by pal52 » May 21, 2020, 12:06 pm

Latest update on Thailand Postal service.
Unfortunately UK is still not available for airmail.
Only overland post.

See link from Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/303 ... l_referral

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Post by tamada » May 21, 2020, 5:18 pm

pal52 wrote:
May 21, 2020, 12:06 pm
Latest update on Thailand Postal service.
Unfortunately UK is still not available for airmail.
Only overland post.

See link from Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/303 ... l_referral
Good update, thanks. I doubt if any here are in a rush to get a package away to Bhutan. I really liked the last paragraph,

"Thailand Post, however, cautioned that international services may still be subject to delays and told customers to be prepared for tardiness."

What? You mean their staff and posties can get even more indolent?

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Post by 747man » May 21, 2020, 6:46 pm

I Received a Letter FROM the U.K Today, Posted on 20 April......WOW !!

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Post by minimiglia » May 21, 2020, 7:03 pm

Send with DHL

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Post by vincemunday » May 21, 2020, 7:08 pm

tamada wrote:
May 21, 2020, 5:18 pm
pal52 wrote:
May 21, 2020, 12:06 pm
Latest update on Thailand Postal service.
Unfortunately UK is still not available for airmail.
Only overland post.

See link from Nation

https://www.nationthailand.com/news/303 ... l_referral
Good update, thanks. I doubt if any here are in a rush to get a package away to Bhutan. I really liked the last paragraph,

"Thailand Post, however, cautioned that international services may still be subject to delays and told customers to be prepared for tardiness."

What? You mean their staff and posties can get even more indolent?
I recently sent a document to the Foreign Office and it made it there in just under two weeks, I posted a cheque for my brother to bank for me and it took only 5 days, so despite the predicted Covid delays it was pretty much business as usual and the registered letter charge each time was less than 200 baht.
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Re: Posting to the UK

Post by malc123 » May 21, 2020, 10:14 pm

Bit the bullet today and went to DHL, two letters in one packet 1266 baht that's still £32. For two very small letters. 0.5kg said to take one week. Sent to my daughter who will post them on.

One was for my pension so had to do it.

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Re: Posting to the UK

Post by dunroaming » May 22, 2020, 6:47 am

The following link although to late for you might help others sending mail overseas

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/in ... -countries

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Re: Posting to the UK

Post by tamada » May 22, 2020, 7:29 am

I have my idle US office forwarding personal mail, including new plastic, to my sister in the UK via USPS as the US and UK international postal services are minimally disrupted. My sister will add this to my quarterly UK mail drop (that includes more new plastic) and send via DHL since the UK-Thai inbound mail is a bit of a lottery. Normally the UK mail drop is around 9 quid for international tracked and signed but unless they have hiked their charges, this will be more like 70 quid this time.

The handy thing about both post and courier these days is being able to book and prepay online. All my sister has to do is take my stuff to the Post Office, show the booking bar code and it's all handled by the clerk. With DHL, I arrange a date and time for collection from her house and it's in Thailand 3 days later.

Unless my inbound mail has any more of the UK bank's "Know Your Customer" rigmarole, I don't plan on sending anything there but if it's needed, then DHL will be getting my money.

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Re: Posting to the UK

Post by Airportwo » May 22, 2020, 11:41 am

I had a parcel mailed from the uk last week, took 9 days to delivery at the house, got about the same time for delivery from Iherb. Thats the good news, also have quite a few parcels stuck in the system coming from US and China, totally inconsistent, lucky dip!

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