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Old 2nd July 2014, 17:46   #16
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We moved back from England after over 13 years last year, but didn't bother bringing back items such as TV's and furniture.

1. What are the options available for this and what will be the approximate cost?

We used a company called Seven Seas Shipping. We decided to pack all the items out selves - The company dropped off the boxes and collected after we were done packing. They were not the cheapest, but we had friends who had used them before and were highly recommended.

2. Will there be any custom to be paid in India separately or the courier / container company will include / manage all expenses?

Most (or all) companies, make you pay the customs. You could take the easy way out and just pay what they demand when the good arrive. This amount will also include any bribes etc. We decided to go and sort the customs out ourselves since we knew someone.

3. Will the courier company deliver to door step in India or should we need to coordinate for delivery from port in India etc

Seven seas will deliver door to door. Most other companies will deliver door to door.

You will have options to ship via sea or air.

Also beware - all the smaller/localised shipping companies (Seven Seas included) have agents in India and these agents are useless!

Hope this helps.

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We moved back from England after over 13 years last year, but didn't bother bringing back items such as TV's and furniture.

1. What are the options available for this and what will be the approximate cost?

We used a company called Seven Seas Shipping. We decided to pack all the items out selves - The company dropped off the boxes and collected after we were done packing. They were not the cheapest, but we had friends who had used them before and were highly recommended.

2. Will there be any custom to be paid in India separately or the courier / container company will include / manage all expenses?

Most (or all) companies, make you pay the customs. You could take the easy way out and just pay what they demand when the good arrive. This amount will also include any bribes etc. We decided to go and sort the customs out ourselves since we knew someone.

3. Will the courier company deliver to door step in India or should we need to coordinate for delivery from port in India etc

Seven seas will deliver door to door. Most other companies will deliver door to door.

You will have options to ship via sea or air.

Also beware - all the smaller/localised shipping companies (Seven Seas included) have agents in India and these agents are useless!

Hope this helps.

Sam.
Thanks for the details.
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I moved to India about 9.5 years ago.

We used a company in India as the project managers. We had a very good manager there, but she has since moved on into commercial shipping and motherhood. The people left are not to recommended, so no names.

They sent several UK companies to my London house to quote for the work that end. The prices vary quite a lot, and some of it may be justified in the packing materials they use. If you have valuable antique furniture, then do take this into consideration. I don't. The chosen UK company was called something like 360-degree relocations.

They, and the Indian company, did door-to-door, including warehousing at both ends.
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My relative is moving back to India after 20 years in UK. They want to bring the used house hold items, mostly furnitures, utensils, TV (no other major electronic). It could be upto full container or part container. They have few questions. If anyone done similar shifting from UK (or from any other country) please help with the below details.

1. What are the options available for this and what will be the approximate cost?
2. Will there be any custom to be paid in India separately or the courier / container company will include / manage all expenses?
3. Will the courier company deliver to door step in India or should we need to coordinate for delivery from port in India etc

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I just moved back in April from South Korea to India. The cheapest option to transfer goods by Ship Container. If professionals moved back to India then there are larger exemption in custom duty.

1. Regarding cost part not very sure as it was handled by my company. They gave me two options a. 300 Kgs from Air Cargo b. One Ship container complete.

2. Well, this is most toughest part. The crooks in customs would make list of every item and even they add some extremely used house hold items. The custom charges is exorbitant @ 36% of the price they fix. I had spent almost 6 hours haggling with them.

3. For me it was door to door delivery.

The bad part was my goods were opened many times and then packed just like garbage back in those carton boxes. Result is many thing got soiled and some items were broken when we finally received it. All, effort to pack properly of your goods gets defeated.
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I have done it twice. The best option is to find a local firm, I used C&G Ayres in Reading. Excellent job. Earlier I had used Pickfords and that was a real pain, huge delay, poor packing, and the rest. Remember you can get the stuff to the nearest ICD.
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@sgiitk, @anujmishra, @Thad: Thanks a lot for the details. I have sufficient details now to start work on this now. I will be speaking to my relative tomorrow and will pass the details.
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