We researched various departure points and destinations around the area and this one won in terms of price AND speed.
Kathmandu to Bangkok was pricier on flights for us, and based on other peoples reports pricier for shipping too.
Chennai, Sth India, to Bangkok looked to be about the same price for shipping, maybe a little more on the flight. We were right up north though and when the trip was factored in it made more sense to go to Calcutta.
DHL Lemuir Logistics,
We used a guy called Swapan Dutta, but he wasn’t around much as I’ll explain later.
The phone number for the office is : +91 33 44 00 59 28
We went on a Monday, but as it is India, they were closed for a holiday (National Brother Day...). Returned on Tuesday, and arranged quite efficiently to do the whole thing the next day including bike flight!
Thursday we went back for our meeting at 9.30, and were kept in reception again for 3 hours without any sign of Mr Dutta. When we eventually asked what was happening, we were told Mr Dutta was not actually in the office that day. Another guy told us he would get onto it and do the paperwork (that Mr Dutta hadn't done the night before like he said he would). He told us to go for a walk for a while, and he would call us in an hour. A couple of hours later we called him, and were told nothing would be done that day and to come back Friday.
Our flights we arranged on Saturday, and flew the next morning. They were with Air India, through a travel agent. That bit was easy.
Process in Thailand
Got to the International Cargo Complex at the new airport in Bangkok at about 10am.
Once there and with a security badge (available from the office right at the gate), you have to take the shuttle bus to the Thai Airways Cargo depot down the bottom. Once there, ask for the storage fee payment office, and pay the storage fee, which for us for one day was 600Baht. Then take the receipt and get bus back to near the gates. Go to the customs office, and go upstairs to the 1st floor. Walk around the glass screen into the actual office area, and randomly approach someone. They will point you to the right man, who will do somehting to your forms. We just gave him all of ours, and he did something. Whatever it was, it cost 30 Baht. Then go back downstairs and hand in all your forms plus two photocopies of carnet (if you have a carnet, if not, just the reg docs, just for details of the bike), two copies of main page of passport, and two of the visa entry to Bangkok, and your passport. This all goes to the person in charge of a Temporary Import of Personal Vehicle. In our case she was very nice and smiley. She will take about forty minutes to do something else to the forms, and will bring you a form to sign which holds you liable for a whole load of money should the bike not leave the country within a certain amount of time (Thailand don't use the Carnet system so this is only way to do it).
The freight bill total with all docs and all money at Indian customs came to: 310GBP or 24,000IRP or $490 (USD) depending how you like your money.
The breakdown on the actual bill wasn’t very specific, but the total price was fair, and he put us on the next weight tariff up, meaning we saved money. We didn’t ask for this, he offered.
Crating charge: 6000IRP / 75GBP / 120USD
(crating was high we think, and we’re fairly sure they scammed us on it together. DHL will bring the crate company themselves, meaning lots of room for them to privately negotiate a scammy price. You could probably say you want to make it yourself and save about 2/3rds of this price, easily. Also the crate they made was fairly rubbish.)