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Shipping a large amount of clothing overseas
Has anyone ever sent a large amount of clothing overseas during their travels? How did you send it? How much did it cost?

The reason i am asking is that i am going to Europe for three months in July and i will be backpacking around. It will be mostly summer during that time so i don't want to be carrying too much weight. Most of my clothing will be for the warmer weather. However, i am thinking of staying for the winter and working at a ski resort in Italy. Obviously i cant carry around all my gear for 3 months while trekking through Europe.

How much do you think it would cost to send a big load of winter clothes to Italy or London? I'm thinking i will probably need a couple of hoodies, a few big snowboard jackets, a few pairs of jeans and some ski pants, beanies, gloves and scarves. I can get my parents to send it all over and i will have a fixed address to send it to (an apartment in italy).

Also, how much do you think it would cost to send clothes back to Australia? It would probably just be some t-shirts and shorts mainly, nowhere near as heavy as the winter clothes.
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Depends on weight, size etc.
We have always used UPS for freight from Europe to AU and vice versa. 20kg i think we were charged 349 or thereabouts. Takes about 7 - 12 days depending where your sending to

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A single box sent by sea freight door-to-door will probably set you back around $150 to $200. It'll take a couple of months to arrive (maybe longer) but if that isn't an issue, that's defo the cheapest way.

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i sent a box probably about 20kgs (from memory) from new york to sydney. it was about 200-300 and arrived pretty much spot on the 3 months mark.
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With the powers of hindsight, my recommendation would be to leave your winter clothes at home and buy new ones over there.

It will cost you around $300 to send around 20kgs of stuff to Italy. Sending stuff over to Europe as opposed to sending stuff from Europe to Oz for some reason attracts some hidden costs when you recieve the stuff in Europe. I got stung with some kind of customs fees when I received my stuff in the UK that I sent over from home. It ended up being quite a more costly exercise that I had expected.

Also, I found that my winter clothes from Oz just were not up to a European winter. They weren't anywhere near warm enough. I forked out ú80 for a toasty warm winter jacket in London 2 years ago (Bench brand) which has been an absolute lifesaver. I live in it during winter getting between home and anywhere I am going when the weather is a constant zero degrees every day.

Plus, fashion in Europe is kind different to home and I found that after arriving I hardly wore anything I sent over from home and just wanted to buy new stuff. I think clothing makes quite cool souvenirs anyway, and when you head back home there is a certain kick about saying "Oh I bought this in Italy last ski season".

I think if you weight up the cost of shipping against buying new stuff, new stuff wins hands down.
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^ I agree 100000000000%

When I go back to the UK I pretty much take an empty suitcase. I just buy stuff when I am there because the jumpers and jackets you buy here are just not good enough and you end up wearing 5 of them just to keep warm. 3/4 of my wardrobe is clothes I have bought while in Europe, I hate to sound like a Euro wanker but you will find the fashion there is so much nicer, newer, and alot more 'formal' than Australia, and you will want to increase your clothing standards just to fit in, and shopping in a different county is half the fun of traveling.

Clothing is great keep sake, and the best thing is you can be pretty sure that nobody here will have the same stuff when you get back. And you will find they will have a much larger range of stuff, especially snow gear.

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So i was talking to my dad tonight and he informed me that Qantas Staff can ship an extra bag overseas at very competitive rates.

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www.jettaexpress.com.au

It cost me approx $650 to send 78kgs to Ibiza. $105 in standard fees and $6.50 per kg.

It took 2 weeks to get here though even though they quoted me 6 days but pretty reasonable in the end.
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So i was talking to my dad tonight and he informed me that Qantas Staff can ship an extra bag overseas at very competitive rates.

Oh snap!

Nice, when I came to Japan I shipped a bit of stuff, but I figure I am here for at least a year, and I am gonna want my nice shoes and favourite t shirts, and buying clothes for westeners in japan can be difficult, especially ones with this much, man, I really wanna say junk in their trunk, even though i loathe that expression. Anyways, I was thinking today I am glad I did, but it only cost me $150 bucks. For 4 pairs of shoes, new snowboard pants, goggles, gloves, bindings, and a bunch of clothes (in my suitcase I mostly only brought work clothes, nothing casual), and toiletries it was def worth it.

Generally though, I would buy stuff there rather than ship it over. I was hella jealous of all the people coming over from the states who were allowed a 40kg luggage allowance, I totes wouldnt have needed to ship stuff then.
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Cost me about $300 to ship a box of clothes to the UK. It's a lot cheaper to ship from Sydney than it is to ship the stuff back generally (well, at least from the UK). It cost me about double to ship stuff back.
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UPS is a good choice, in my opinion. It's also my opinion that it's easier to just buy clothes at the destination.
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I just shipped a 15kg bag of clothes with Jetta from Melbourne to Heathrow and it cost $200.
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I'm shipping 5 boxes (can be up to 40kg each) of boy and I's personal effects from sydney to the UK for around $430 using seven seas worldwide. They seem pretty good, sent me a text yesterday giving me a timeslot between 10.15-11.15 to deliver the free boxes to my place today (you get to pick the day too!). The guy turned up at 11.05am and delivered my boxes as well as packing tape, a marker pen and all the instructions. So far I'm pretty happy!
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Hey guys, thanks for the tips. Sorry to dig up an old thread....
But, when shipping home, Lon to Aus, Sevenseas said if not personally returning with box of stuff within 6 months, import tax and duty can be high. Has anyone had experience with this. Is this the case with most companies?
Would it be easier to send a suitcase home with someone?
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FYI sevenseasworldwide = worst choice for movie personal items !!!
The worst choice for movie personal items from country to country.
1. WAY OVER PRICED
2. Extremely slow
3. Bad customer service
4. Bad communication
5. Make mistakes
6. Hidden charges
7. If I had know seven seas was going to waist my time and money I would have used FedEx.
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The worst choice for movie personal items from country to country.
1. WAY OVER PRICED
2. Extremely slow
3. Bad customer service
4. Bad communication
5. Make mistakes
6. Hidden charges
7. If I had know seven seas was going to waist my time and money I would have used FedEx.

I really couldn't fault them at all.
They said it would take 3 months via sea - my things arrived just under 3 months. They stored my things until I found a flat and delivered them when they said they would. I didn't find any hidden charges, I got a few quotes and they were the cheapest. I must say this was all in 2008 so things may have changed!
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Originally Posted by jackreview View Post

The worst choice for movie personal items from country to country.
1. WAY OVER PRICED
2. Extremely slow
3. Bad customer service
4. Bad communication
5. Make mistakes
6. Hidden charges
7. If I had know seven seas was going to waist my time and money I would have used FedEx.

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www.jettaexpress.com.au

It cost me approx $650 to send 78kgs to Ibiza. $105 in standard fees and $6.50 per kg.

It took 2 weeks to get here though even though they quoted me 6 days but pretty reasonable in the end.

I used Jetta when I moved from Sydney to London for shifting the stuff I needed straight away and couldn't wait for my container to arrive.

Can't remember the costs now, but they were the cheapest airfreighters around. My freight went with BA and if I went to BA direct it was about 25% more expensive.
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I found Anglo Pacific pretty good when I shipped my stuff home from the UK. Took under 3 months total. Fella told me to call around and get some prices and he will match them.
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There are a lot of freight forwarders in Mascot who specialise in unaccompanied baggage. Look in the Yellow Pages and ring around. Prices do vary greatly!

Another alternative is try one of the airlines (possibly the one you're flying with) cargo divisions ie Thai Cargo, Etihad Crystal Cargo, Qantas Freight, Alitalia Cargo... you get the idea. Prices do vary with these guys also so it pays to ring around.

I personally used Thai Cargo to ship personal possessions from SE Asia and it was a breezy experience.

I have also used GAC Freight, Allied Pickfords and Crown Relocations for international moving.


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Bad customer service and arrogant to top it off

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The worst choice for movie personal items from country to country.
1. WAY OVER PRICED
2. Extremely slow
3. Bad customer service
4. Bad communication
5. Make mistakes
6. Hidden charges
7. If I had know seven seas was going to waist my time and money I would have used FedEx.

Their customer service is just ridiculous. First the two people I spoke to were arrogant and second they were incompetent. Sent me the wrong forms, behaved as if I am an idiot (patronising attitude), didn't explain things, etc. Also took $70 deposit and didn't want to refund it after I requested a cancellation due to their mistake, plus didn't even respond to my email asking them to speak to someone I can resolve the problem with. They also told me 2 times during the on-boarding process that things like problems with the forms will cost me extra, just like other little issues which could have easily been fixed for free. Just avoid them. And check more reviews - I checked a couple of pages, things looked ok and I lost $70. Don't make the same mistake and research thoroughly.
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I sent about 4kg of clothes from Madrid to Sydney through the Spanish postal service last year and it cost me about 40-50 euros from memory. I speak no Spanish and the dude spoke no English so I kind of just accepted it!
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