Hey, we're sending the bike on Thursday 12th and are leaving tomorrow 11th March 2009. The damage was a lot more then the above quote so be prepared for some extra costs from Kittima and TransAir Cargo.
We got stung heavily by TransAir Cargo today when we went to pay for the air freight to Kathmandu from Bangkok. Our quote from Kittima was incomplete so it seems.
Originally we were quoted 72baht per kilo plus charges for the air freight. Today we were told that because the volume was greater the weight was calculated per volume and this volume weight was 606kgs and not the actual weight of 390kgs when crated. Thai airways charges which ever is more expensive, actual weight or volume weight, for us it was volume weight.
The calculation is as follows:
Volume in cm3 (length x width x height)
_________________________________ = Volume weight in Kgs.
our crate dimensions were 130 x 116 x 145 cm = 3634280 cm3 (or 3.63m3)
Divide this by 6000 = 606kg (NB Actual weight was 390kgs)
The cost is then 606kg x 72baht = 42,420.00 Baht
The other costs are as follows:
Handling Charge = 3000baht
Transport Charge = 1000baht
Dangerous Goods Cert = 700baht
Wooden Crate = 7962baht
Grand Total was 55 282Baht about 25000baht more than we expected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I argued with Kittima but because this is determined by Thai airways is wasn't negotiable and we had to cough up the extra dough. Luckily I was able to get a cash advance on my Mastercard to pay for the damages!
NB. You can try to make the crate as small as possible but you do the calculation if the volume weight is more then you'll pay for that and not the actual weight.
NB2 We packed two panniers, two spare tyres and all parts and tools with the bike thats why its 390kgs when just the bike was 270kgs
NB3. TransAir offices are right next to Pleon Chit BTS (skyrail station) or you can catch the 511 aircon bus from the Democracy Monument near Khao San which will take you all the way. Just tell the bus driver (or ticket person) that you want to get off at the BTS station Pleon Chit.
NB4. We're now in serious savings mode.
NB5 We are in need of
and there are still Nepal port fees to pay!
i've attached a few photos and as you can see there isn't much room to spare but perhaps if we took the front wheel off and the handle bars or crated two bikes together this would've helped, I don't know. The fact is you need to be there to measure and crate the bike, don't let the packing team do it, you must ensure it is measured correctly without excess room to save a few bucks!
Any way I'll be in touch and hope this helps... good luck with your shipments. Let us know if you have any questions.