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Unaccompanied bagged from Sydney to Hong Kong

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    Unaccompanied bagged from Sydney to Hong Kong

    Has anyboody shipped luggage/bags from Sydney to Hong Kong using unaccompanied baggage?

    What would I need to do on the Hong Kong side to collect the bags?

    I'm assuming that I will get a notice on what day/plane that will be landing and I will need to somehow to get the caurosel at the airport. I would have to cross customs, then come back.

    Has anybody done this and how tricky was it to get to pick up your bags. It will be mainly clothes, kids toys and books and kitchen stuff.

    I got some rough quotes to ship one or two rooms of furniture (mostly toys, books). Some of the bigger pieces (like playtable) we can buy again.

    The door to airport is aud$612 for air-freight to HK airport for 4 bags @ 160kg/172kg
    Or drop off at depot is aud$530. So it's about $3 per kg.

    Or I could do an economy return run and get $60kg for AUD$600, or $10 a kg.

    I got a quote for moving less than a container via sea-freight and it was pretty expensive and I would wait forever. It was aud$7000. It feels like I can ship them all by air for cheaper (but have to make trips to the airport to pick it all up.) So I could do 2300 kg to be around the same price (excluding the hassle of getting the stuff from airport to wherever I'm living in HKG).

    I was expecting that the company was going to organize shipping (it was a line item in the contract), but they said they don't do it and the mobility specialist suggested asking for a higher moving allowance. The relocation package seemed to be either ship goods or take cash. He thinks it was take cash and the cash allowance wont' pay for much furniture to get moved, nor will it pay for much new furniture on the other side. My wife isn't pleased about the extra headache to organise quotes, etc.


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    Maybe things have changed a lot since I moved, but I'm surprised unaccompanied baggage is cheaper than sea freight. For sea freight, you don't need to rent a whole container, don't they charge you by cubic metres and consolidate all your shit with other people's shit into one container? They don't care how much it weights but just the cubic metres. When I moved from Japan to Hong Kong 10 years ago (admittedly a long time ago and closer than Australia so not sure how relevant), I paid HK$12k (AU$2200) for 3 cubic meters door to door including transportation on both end and clearing customs, etc. So around AU$700 per cubic metre.


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    A very looong time since I had to ship Unaccompanied baggage - from Kai Tak to the Sultanate of Oman's Seeb airport.

    I recall that I had to take my baggage - a three element Ham radio antenna to Kai Tai and hand it over at the baggage dept {NOT in the airport check in} ... and several days later I collected it at Seeb airport.

    Soon had it lashed up and used to transmit and receive around the world as A4XGR

    Taking it home a year or so more later, I handed it in at the Seeb cargo terminal & a week or so later - struggled home with it to Causeway Bay to recommence as VS6EZ !!

    Ah, those were the days!

    Now - I've been QRT for many, many years!



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    Aussie friends here in the Philippines who don't want a container just ship sea freight door to door in boxes.


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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balikbayan_box

    The Filipinos have the transportation of shipping boxes down to a fine art!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiona in HKG
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balikbayan_box

    The Filipinos have the transportation of shipping boxes down to a fine art!
    Go to Worldwide House on a Sunday. The amount that can fit in one of those boxes is amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile
    Go to Worldwide House on a Sunday. The amount that can fit in one of those boxes is amazing.
    It really is.

    I have used them to get supplies to pet rescues in The Philippines, and my Australian counterparts have done that too. It is truly an amazing system
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    To answer the OPs actual question, I sent unaccompanied baggage when I moved here. You collect from the freight terminal not the passenger terminal. Just need your paperwork.