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What is strange is that air mail to the USA is only available by parcel post not by letter post. I assume that parcel post is a bit slower the letter post.

 

So have to box up your letters to send to the States?

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On 5/17/2020 at 6:59 PM, Monomial said:

Just spoke with the clerk at Thailand Post while trying to send something surface mail to the USA.

 

She advised me to wait until Wednesday before sending. She says big announcement coming when they are going to be restarting service to several countries.

 

Combined with the announcement from Royal Mail that the UK has just started accepting incoming packages for Thailand again, it sounds like they may have some logistics issues worked out, and we might see postal services to several countries resume within the week.

 

Stand by. This is will be fantastic if true...

 

 

I was told Monday at local PO to come back Tuesday to send airmail to USA,  I did & was told no.  The envelopes I send are 85gm & usually cost me 30 baht postage.  Tuesday I was told 540 baht for surface!  That was a huge surprise.  Why does it go up from 30 to 540 with double delivery time quoted (they said 4 months!) 

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22 hours ago, EvetsKram said:

I was told Monday at local PO to come back Tuesday to send airmail to USA,  I did & was told no.  The envelopes I send are 85gm & usually cost me 30 baht postage.  Tuesday I was told 540 baht for surface!  That was a huge surprise.  Why does it go up from 30 to 540 with double delivery time quoted (they said 4 months!) 

 

They have elimnated surface letter post and surface small parcel. The stated reason is because the USPS raised their prices so dramatically that the services now operate at a loss. It is only cost effective to offer surface mail now on the large packet delivery, with a weight class that begins at 5kg and costs 540 baht.

 

They are doubling the delivery times because they expect a significantly decreased volume with the new pricing. For surface mail, they hold the mail until they received a sufficient volume to fill a container. They are anticipating a dramatic drop in volume, thus increasing the time.

 

There are currently no cost effective services open to the USA for ordinary mail. Worse, recent history has shown Thailand Post is extraordinarily bad at announcing changes in their services. They closed surface letter and surface small packet to the USA with no warning. One day it was available. The next day it simply disappeared from their computers. No announcement was made. The same thing just happened today with airmail to most of the EU and UK. It suddenly became available today. Again, no announcement was made.

 

The staff is never informed. All you can do is ask them to please check in the computer and see if a rate has been opened for the country. Expect that it can change from day to day. If and when airmail is restarted to the USA, do not expect to be told about it from Thailand Post's announcements. You have to manually check at the counter every day.

 

 

 

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On 6/3/2020 at 1:42 PM, rak sa_ngop said:

What is strange is that air mail to the USA is only available by parcel post not by letter post. I assume that parcel post is a bit slower the letter post.

 

So have to box up your letters to send to the States?

Parcel post is for items >500 grams.

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On 6/4/2020 at 9:00 PM, Monomial said:

 

They have elimnated surface letter post and surface small parcel. The stated reason is because the USPS raised their prices so dramatically that the services now operate at a loss. It is only cost effective to offer surface mail now on the large packet delivery, with a weight class that begins at 5kg and costs 540 baht.

 

They are doubling the delivery times because they expect a significantly decreased volume with the new pricing. For surface mail, they hold the mail until they received a sufficient volume to fill a container. They are anticipating a dramatic drop in volume, thus increasing the time.

 

There are currently no cost effective services open to the USA for ordinary mail. Worse, recent history has shown Thailand Post is extraordinarily bad at announcing changes in their services. They closed surface letter and surface small packet to the USA with no warning. One day it was available. The next day it simply disappeared from their computers. No announcement was made. The same thing just happened today with airmail to most of the EU and UK. It suddenly became available today. Again, no announcement was made.

 

The staff is never informed. All you can do is ask them to please check in the computer and see if a rate has been opened for the country. Expect that it can change from day to day. If and when airmail is restarted to the USA, do not expect to be told about it from Thailand Post's announcements. You have to manually check at the counter every day.

 

 

 

Huh? Thai Post always announces changes on their FB page. As for services to USA, currently EMS, Airmail Parcel post (>500 grams) and surface (boat - 3+ months) is available. You can send any weight package by Economy (surface). I sent a book that weighed around 400 grams and it cost about 250 Baht. The lack of Airmail Letter Post and SAL is due to COVID-19 and has nothing to do with prices in America.

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3 hours ago, elektrified said:

Huh? Thai Post always announces changes on their FB page. As for services to USA, currently EMS, Airmail Parcel post (>500 grams) and surface (boat - 3+ months) is available. You can send any weight package by Economy (surface). I sent a book that weighed around 400 grams and it cost about 250 Baht. The lack of Airmail Letter Post and SAL is due to COVID-19 and has nothing to do with prices in America.

 

If true, you didn't do it recently. All letter surface and small parcel surface service to the USA has been suspended. Only large packet surface mail, courier post and EMS remains, unless they have made changes since Thursday.  The minimum fee for large packet surface is 550 baht.

 

I too was able to send code 150 packages with small packet surface to the USA in April and May. That option is now closed. If you claim something is now open, please report the exact date you sent and the specific computer code used in the Thailand Post computer system that allowed you to send. Just ask the clerk at the post. They can tell you the specific code.

 

Thailand Post is horrible at reporting updates. I send things every day, have an excellent relationship with the postal clerks, and have found changes are made to their internal computer systems days before they announce anything to the public.

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Anyone received any air mail parcel(s) from Beijing lately?

Thanks

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