After my Viet Nam stay, I'll be moving on to China. I'd like to ship a suitcase (about 50 lbs) back to the USA and avoid the extra baggage fees. Any recommendations for a company that will do this? DHL is charging over $400 which is too expensive. I'd like to pay no more than the extra baggage fees I'd have to pay anyway, which will probably be a little over $200.
I ship items from Thailand all the time - using Thai post... sending it by sea which takes two months. It's quite cheap. I'd check the rates at a Vietnam post office, they might be cheaper, but not as cheap as in Thailand. 50 lbs will be costly.
I would second the idea of using Vietnamese Post (or whatever it is called). I'm not sure what options are available (sea or air) or the price.
If however they don't have anything or it is ridiculously expensive you could always take your bag to China and send it by airmail from there. I have had a lot of packages (probably up to 30) sent to me from China by airmail. I have only had one package not arrive and it was actually lost by NZ Post.
Bear in mind that if it was to get lost it is almost impossible to find as both postal services will blame each other and say the claim has to be made with the other. And communicating with will be a problem.
#3 stefanw has been a member since 10/12/2010. Posts: 50
I shipped a package from Hoi An to Oregon - it took over 4 months seamail with VNPT (Vietnamese Postal System) - all posted bags will be opened by US Customs
The only other shipper would be Fedex, and I'm sure the rate would be similar to DHL
You might try United Airlines airfreight if you happen to be in Saigon (they don't fly out of Hanoi)