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    Doubling of airfreight costs into Australia from UK.

    For those who occasionally get their parts from UK, have been advised that freight companies (Fed Ex and such), are now only accepting freight for Australia and New Zealand at "priority" rates, which effectively doubles airfreight costs.
    Looks like they are selling "first class" only for freight, much as the airlines are doing for human cargo.
    Expect parts to become in short supply locally and become more expensive to source.
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    Been like that most of the year, air freight prices are thru the roof since there are hardly any flights.
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    If you need something you need it.

    Ive spent about $6000 between 3 vendors in US over the last 2 months, Ive given up on cheap freight USPS is taking 4-6 weeks . I pay a premium for DHL Fedex & UPS , since ive been using them the stuff arrives 6-8 days to my door from the midwest. Double is about right but ive only been stung customs once ($270 DHL Ransom) so its even stevens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goingbush View Post
    ive only been stung customs once ($270 DHL Ransom) so its even stevens.
    Why do people still use DHL - they are well know scammers asking for more money (outside Govt fees) when goods are in the country.

    I now ask vendors who they use and if DHL I ask for someone else - if they say they only use DHL I tell them then it is a no sale - then all of a sudden new couriers become available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 101RRS View Post
    Why do people still use DHL - they are well know scammers asking for more money (outside Govt fees) when goods are in the country.

    I now ask vendors who they use and if DHL I ask for someone else - if they say they only use DHL I tell them then it is a no sale - then all of a sudden new couriers become available.

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    Never experienced this with DHL, had a few items sent this year too.
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    Saw an article earlier this year where TNT claimed that up to 75% of airfreight came in on passenger flights. No passenger flights means commercial flights are overbooked.

    The company I work for have seen freight costs from Italy go from $7 per Kilo to $23 per kilo since the beginning of the year
    Airfreight from Singapore used to be a couple of days but now can take up to a week, sometimes longer.

    Freight from the US is coming 'the other way round' to miss Singapore, much quicker at the moment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 101RRS View Post
    Why do people still use DHL - they are well know scammers asking for more money (outside Govt fees) when goods are in the country.

    I now ask vendors who they use and if DHL I ask for someone else - if they say they only use DHL I tell them then it is a no sale - then all of a sudden new couriers become available.

    Garry
    I know, right ! Iv'e warned people off DHL before but this particular Vendor quoted me US$520 via Fedex , US$370 DHL , So I took the risk figuring if I copped the DHL Scam (and thats what it is) I'd be about even, ..,. thats the way the cooking crumbled, but I avoid them by the plague . It was a complete hinged windscreen frame with glass, at least it arrived unscathed.. .

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    Dhl have their own freighter aircraft so they would be the safest bet at the moment if you need parts in a reasonable time frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    Never experienced this with DHL, had a few items sent this year too.
    Ditto - never had a drama with them and they can get a package from England to my door in 4 days - even over the weekend.


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    Quote Originally Posted by goingbush View Post
    If you need something you need it.

    Ive spent about $6000 between 3 vendors in US over the last 2 months, Ive given up on cheap freight USPS is taking 4-6 weeks . I pay a premium for DHL Fedex & UPS , since ive been using them the stuff arrives 6-8 days to my door from the midwest. Double is about right but ive only been stung customs once ($270 DHL Ransom) so its even stevens.
    That is certainly not my experience with USPS. After allowing the US merchants to choose the carriers I eventually insisted they only use USPS and if they would not then I bought elsewhere and told them why. I found FedEx , UPS, DHL to be super expensive. I always requested the vendors use USPS flat rate boxes where applicable.
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