Let me fill you all in on my current move from the US.
Started in March with my Thai wife and I coming over with the two dogs ( one big, one small). Researched all the paperwork, worked with the Vet in hometown to make sure all the shots fell within the required windows, got the health certs from the Vet then sent them to the local USDA office for "wet" stamp.
Arrived on Korean Air (I picked them based on a number of recommendations from this and other forums, glad I used them). Flew from Reno to Seattle to Seoul to Bkk. Inspected dogs and kennels at security at every port, couldn't have believed everything was going so smooth!
Got to Bkk at about 23:00, claimed baggage, then found over sized baggage area where dogs were claimed back wall around carousel 7 as I recall) very near office where we took dogs to clear medical paperwork. Took about 45 minutes but everything went smooth, asked a lot of questions, glad the wife was there!
Left with copies of his reports so if the same dogs travel again we can show the paperwork was all correct and only shots and health are necessary to update.
I thought we were all clear and we proceeded to customs, silly me I thought we could then breeze through the green line, but wait sorry, dogs must go through red line and pay duty fee. For the two dogs it was $2,500 Baht, paid, got receipt and walked out with one Thai wife and two dogs, life was good!
Next adventure is shipping the sea container from Reno. (by the way the wife stayed in March with the dogs at our house in Dolphin Bay) yes that left me to pack alone, which come to think about it might have been the best thing!
20 foot container shipped on June 3rd from my house and sailed on June 10th, I flew in on June 17th. I was told that they would arrive and be ready to clear customs around July 10th. Used a shipper out of San Fran named FCL. Cost $2,700 US from my house to Port of BKK They are currently researching for me as to who will deliver from BKK to Dolphin Bay, estimate to be $1,500 US (seems here as in US longshoreman are paid a significantly higher pay scale than the average working stiff!) Interestingly enough their estimate had a line item called "Misc fee, no receipt available". My assumption is that we all know what that is! (hey look over there!)
More to follow as I get closer and household goods actually arrive.
I did ship everything in the wife's name so we'll see what that might help with.
When the going gets weird the weird turn pro! HST