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I've just moved to Thailand from Australia and intend to stay on a long stay visa (12 months renewable).
Before I left Australia, I had two large trolley cases and a guitar in a case sent by Emirates air cargo because it was way cheaper than having to pay for excess baggage at check in.
When I went to Suvarnabhumi airport cargo to collect my things, I ran into the mire of corruption that is Thai Customs. It may just be the way things are done in Government dealings in Thailand but corruption is corruption is corruption.
I ended up having to pay some little turd $100 to smooth the process of paperwork for me. This of course involved his paying backhanders (out of the money I reluctantly gave him) to every official (and weren't there a lot of them)?
Anyway, after 4 hours, I finally got my things and didn't have to pay the tax that had evidently been assessed at 30,000 baht ($1,000). This was mainly for a used bass guitar that I paid $600 for when new.
In April 2012, I'm having half a shipping container load of other stuff including a mega expensive electronic drum kit, amps, an acoustic drum kit and 20 odd basses, as well as heaps and heaps of new housewares, TV, DVD player, microwave oven etc sent through Allied Pickfords removals and I worry about whether I'm going to get screwed by Thai Customs for that lot. I intend to make the TV, MW oven, DVD etc look used but I'm not sure that'll work.
Any thoughts from you folks about how I'm likely to go with having a container load of stuff, much of it looking new, come through Thai Customs.