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Offline Lourens

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Re: Gas
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2010, 08:04:34 pm »
I typed up a nice reply, and then it magically disappeared while I did the spell check.  So here we go again.

Hi Susan,

Thanks for the interest and the advice.  We’re using a spreadsheet to inventory our boxes as we go, which are labelled with a number and the content description, printed directly off the spreadsheet – so it is quite easy.  The boxes containing ‘declareables’ such as wooden curios, shells and sleeper furniture are furthermore marked with a sticker to help us make sure it is placed close to the front.

We expect to be inspected in any case, as we will have office equipment and stuff from the farm in the container in any case.  The cleaning is a nightmare of course, and not something the packers will do for you in any case.

For those debating about the movers:  I approached some of the prestige companies, and got quotes ranging from early thirties to late forty thousand Rand.  That was for collection from one destination, and seeing as we have two collection points, the price would have been even higher.  The suggestion that we might save some money by doing our own packing was frowned upon, with one crowd even telling me that New Zealand Customs and MAF won’t allow our stuff into the country!  Liar, Liar… :tickedoff:

I contacted MAERSK, and if you are willing to do your own paperwork and clearances, they’ll ship your container for you for just over R10k, but then you’ll have to register as an exporter with SA Customs.  No way am I punishing myself like that!  I registered four years ago as an importer (part of the business) and I am still waiting for refunds.  No thank you!  So that option is out for us, but maybe someone would like to try it.

Barry and Maurice from London Logistics on the other hand were friendly, accommodating (they listened to what our needs were and did not try and sell us a pup) and here it comes … quoted us door to door (Johannesburg to Tauranga) for just under R23k.  When I told them that we’ll get back to them closer to the time for an updated quote, the were very understanding.  Try them:  www.lonlog.co.za or freight@lonlog.co.za.  Tell them I referred you, perhaps they’ll discount me when we book.   ;) In the end it is also about how we were treated – like a client off whom to make a fair profit as opposed to an emigrant (honestly, the one rep talked to me like they were doing us a favour).

Susan – for us, the BEST part of packing for ourselves revolves around being able to do it piece-meal as we get ready to go, whilst still running parts of the business and giving some personal attention to all that stuff, and getting rid of some of it (including Ursula’s 80s CAR magazines).  Man have we accumulated a lot of s….uff!  I’ve used movers around South Africa before, and found the whole packing up process quite disruptive, now we’re doing it on our own time, terms and to our own standards, with no worries about losses.  And if anything does break – we wont be angry at  ‘them’.

So for us it works to do our own packing, but I will admit, it is hard work.  Touch wood, we won’t have serious regrets.

Again thank you for the input – please keep it coming.

To everyone reading, have a good day whilst we  get on sleep closer to going.

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Re: Gas
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2010, 10:27:54 pm »
what is the current cost of a 9kg bottle to fill? need to decide if gas heater is coming with.  :confused:

Our 4/5kg Gas cylinder cost around $13 dollars to fill up from completely empty - I assume and my guesstimate would be around $30-$35 to fill up a 9kg bottle.  A brand new 9kg bottle will also cost you around 45-65 dollars on this side, depending on the brand.

@TMPrince...$30-00 it cost me last week...

I filled up my 1 bottle just now seeing it was nearly empty and it cost me $25.50 on the nose. Just thought I will let you guys know. Cheers, SAKB.
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Re: Gas
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2010, 10:27:54 pm »

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Re: Gas
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2010, 12:58:50 pm »
That's cheap compared to SA.  :)

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Re: Gas
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2010, 05:29:20 pm »
Is it more than R150/R160 per fill???
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Re: Gas
« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2010, 07:21:44 am »
Prices vary, due to supply and demand, but have paid over R200 before.

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Re: Gas
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2010, 09:14:47 am »
Eish, that's a bit much. The last I can remember in SA I paid R90 and thought that was a lot.
Cheers, SAKB.
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Re: Gas
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2010, 12:40:26 pm »
our normal price varies with the petrol price? so last tim I paid R175.00
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Re: Gas
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2010, 12:40:26 pm »

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Re: Gas
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2010, 04:03:44 pm »
Ok, that's not too bad. Enjoy, SAKB
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Re: Gas
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2010, 08:33:25 am »
Hi There
Can someone please advise how long it takes from the time the container is packed in Durban to the time it reaches Auckland. Further, what is the approximate cost of taking all our furniture - 4 bedrooms, 1 office, 2 lounges, dining room, patio, etc?

Has anyone taken their car with them? We have a fairly new car and are wondering if the loss we will make when selling it in SA will be greater than the cost of transporting it to NZ. Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks for all the info so far. You guys are great!
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