Baggage allowance, travelling with commercial goods on a carnet

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Jan 5, 2007
2 of us are travelling to Bangkok next month for a trade show. Due to a local partner letting us down at the last minute we are going to need to travel with 2 machines (smallish specialty printers) and other accessories. We will be getting an ATA Carnet for this purpose and the units are small enough, packed weight 10kg ea, to fall under our general baggage allowance.

However, due to tight timings we were forced to book flights we normally wouidn't take and our flight up is QF 35 connecting through to QF4212 (operated by 3K) to Bangkok. We are booked in Y but have upgrade requests in for QF35. All flights are booked on one PNR directly with QF.

I think the QF bagage allowance of 30kg applies to all sectors but I'm unsure. Can anyone confirm? Will they through-check to BKK at MEL for us? Does anyone have any experience using a Carnet for hand carrying commercial goods, especially to Thailand? We haven't had to do it before but I have had a bad experience with BKK customs in the past with getting some goods temporarily in the country for a large training conference. Long story short, there was under the table cash paid to get them out of customs where they were holding them due to some alleged "irregularities" in paperwork. It was basically blackmail as they knew we needed them released urgently so that experience makes me very nervous. Any experiences, advice, tips, things to watch out for that anyone could share would be much appreciated.


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