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BANGKOK 21 March 2019 11:13
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"Airmail" taking weeks from THA to the USA - is that normal?

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Hi there,

 

seems the post office waits until it has sufficient mail to send to a specific country? 

 

Any idea about how they will handle the X-Mas rush? How many weeks do you expect X-Mas mail to take?

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The other day i sent a very important legal document to Melbourne via express mail, 530 Baht, 8 days they said, 3 weeks later and a card dropped in the recipient mailbox to come and collect the "misdelivered" package" upon inquiring what happened Auspost claim that no one home and they wrongly dropped the misdelivery card in the wrong mailbox, no apologies and no compensations from either Thai Post or Auspost  while we suffered great losses...

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The delay isnt the Thai end its clearing customs.

That can vary dramatically depending on where it lands. If it goes into LA or Chicago different to New York and so on. Thats luck of the draw on which flight it gets put on.

 

 Xmas increase in volumes will exacerbate the situation.

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I sometimes send post to the UK. I find it always gets delivered within 7 days (often less), but in the other direction (UK>TH) it can easily take 3-4 weeks. No idea why.
Strange i order fishing stuff from ebay from uk sellers and its almost always here in 1.5 week.

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Sent an envelope by airmail 2 weeks ago. The post Office staff said it will take 2 weeks to deliver the letter to Europe. In these modern time and frequent flights, mail delivery seems to have worsened from what it was in the 80's and 90's. 

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Unfortunately it has been normal in my experience. However, looking at the tracking it is almost never the case that the issue is on the Thai side. If you want something delivered for sure and quickly do DHL.

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1 hour ago, robblok said:

Strange i order fishing stuff from ebay from uk sellers and its almost always here in 1.5 week.

Things sometimes get here in less than a couple of weeks for me also, but my point was that for me it invariably takes longer for letters to go UK>TH than for letters to go TH>UK.

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3 hours ago, KittenKong said:

I sometimes send post to the UK. I find it always gets delivered within 7 days (often less), but in the other direction (UK>TH) it can easily take 3-4 weeks. No idea why.

Probably depends on your local post office delivery system. I live in central Bangkok and I always receive my Mastercard statements within 7 -10 days of the statement date.

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Magazine from UK average 6 days to Thailand never missed an issue in 20 years.

A4 document envelope last month to New York via EMS took 4 days to LA. It then sat for 18 days in LA. Then three days to New York. Couriers do not deliver to PO boxes.

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Things sometimes get here in less than a couple of weeks for me also, but my point was that for me it invariably takes longer for letters to go UK>TH than for letters to go TH>UK.
For me its not sometimes its always usually 9 or 10 days. Maybe packages have priority over letters. I live in BKK that might make a difference too.

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6 hours ago, mtls2005 said:

For standard airmail (37 baht/oz) I allow 14 calendar days for delivery from Thailand to the U.S. Obviously if there are a boatload of holidays on either end I'd bump that up a bit.

 

Based on my sending stuff THL->USA and USA-->THL, it seems to take ~ 10 calendar days. This is for standard letters, postcards, birthday cards etc.

 

I would think Thai Post dispatches airmail to the U.S.A. each/every (365x) day?

That's about right from my experiences.

From Thailand-to-U.S. * 8-10 days express post [not standard mail]

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I send a lot of stuff to Australia via Airmail, from cartons of shirts to just a letter, last year I had a letter take 5 weeks to be delivered, cartons take anything from 2 1/2 weeks to 4 weeks normally, however the problem is not at this end, I always use tracking and normally it takes no more than 2 days to be put on a flight outbound.

It was suggested to me that Aust Post treats anything coming from Thailand with a degree of suspicion which slows everything down, perhaps US Post does the same.

EMS however is normally delivered in around 7 days, I've seen it on an aircraft out of here on the day I posted it and the flights are overnight, so the parcel is showing as accepted in Sydney the next morning, that means 6 days to deliver it, bloody hopeless.

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