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General Chat Thread, Has anyone used an international Courier? in General; I need to get documents securely to New Delhi next week. Has anyone had any experience of any of the ...
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    Has anyone used an international Courier?

    I need to get documents securely to New Delhi next week. Has anyone had any experience of any of the big international firms (DHL, UPS, etc) and can recommend (or not recommend) them?

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    DHL...I shipped legal documents (my brothers marriage certificate) out to Singapore (72 hour delivery)...cost me £86 but it got there within 40 hours

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    I shipped a computer from the UK to Australia last year and it got there in just over 3 days. I used FedEx i would use them again. I know they will decure documents etc.

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    They all have drop off/pick up offices in Delhi you might be safer to arrange to ship your documents to a depot for collection in Delhi the place is manic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    They all have drop off/pick up offices in Delhi you might be safer to arrange to ship your documents to a depot for collection in Delhi the place is manic!
    I shall be shipping to my husband's office in Gurgaon. It's a big business district, so delivery there shouldn't be an issue. I just want to find out if anyone had any company they'd recommend or avoid like the plague.

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    Then stick with FedEx and put them in a pouch (Cardboard Document Wallet) it will be the cheapest and safest.
    The smaller UK couriers use local agents to do the drop offs and these can be a nightmare to keep track of. (A bit like the Home Delivery Network here).
    At least with FedEx it will be traceable from end to end.
    I spent 2 days in a Nepalese prison for overstaying my visa due to stuff that got "lost" on its way!

    My FedEx stuff normally gets here from California faster than the Post Office can get a 1st Class letter from Romford to London W12

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    wehn i was doing my visa application here all my importand dox were fedexed to me, birth certificate, uni grades, degree, etc etc, pretty much every bit of paper thats important.. was there less than 48 hours. It was expensive but it was a painless experience.

    however on a separate occasion my old man sent me a credit card in my name linked to his account in a card with a letter and that was it. It was sent fed ex, the contents were declared, yet when it arrived it had been opened and examined and resealed by fedex tape. We cancelled the card just in case they had taken an imprint. There was no reason to open that package as it was sealed only when the fedex guy came to pick it up and signed off as such.

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    UPS were what we used at the independent school I used to work at when we had to send documents to foreign shores, including the far east. Only place that we had trouble with whoever we used was Russia.....

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    Complications I could do without. Inspectors on the Horizon and I discovered today that unsigned credit cards (husband's wallet was stolen) are restricted good and not allowed across Indian border. FedEx, etc won't accept them because the x-rayed package will be held by Indian customs officials and not delivered.

    Alternatives? Speak to the Britsh consulate and see if we can get the cards out there in a diplomatic bag, or find someone flying out there who'd be willing to stick them in their wallet!

    One of the PA's in the UK has tracked someone down, so I'm off to the City of London for 9 o'clock drop off tomorrow morning!

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    Does the bank not provide free cards where ever you are in the world? I know mine does

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Does the bank not provide free cards where ever you are in the world? I know mine does
    It would appear that's "wherever you are in the world as long as the country allows unsigned cards across its borders"

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    It would appear that's "wherever you are in the world as long as the country allows unsigned cards across its borders"
    fair enough!

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    Just sign them?

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Just sign them?

    Ben
    thats a good point - how are they going to prove he didn't sign them

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    thats a good point - how are they going to prove he didn't sign them
    That one fails the minute the chip and pin machine doesn't work

    Anyway... a trip to London and a couple of hours away from pre-inspection chaos will do me good. It's only 40 minutes to Cannon Street from here.

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