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Registered Mail to U.S. seems improved
« on: August 27, 2018, 07:25:52 AM »
Registered Mail to U.S. seems improved. In the past, some of you, like me, have experienced frustration sending registered mail to the U.S. Mail seemed to take an inordinate period of time,  the tracking was not very satisfying, and often the final tracking update was that mail had left a certain USPS facility for delivery ...  But no update that the mail was ever delivered.  Very frustrating!  Especially so as registered mail was (traditionally) supposed to be the most secure. In another lifetime, I worked for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, and we used to send thousands of dollars of gold coins to branches throughout California via registered mail.

Happily, I just had an entirely different experience. USPS seems to have revamped their tracking system and it actually seems to work. Tracking updates at every single hop along the delivery route, e-mail updates,  and successful delivery notification.  I sent a package on 15 August, just delivered today, 27 Aug, 12 days, not exactly speedy, but quite acceptable.

I hope this is not just a one-off because registered is a lot cheaper than the EMS.

If you use registered mail to the States, please share your experience with it.





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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2018, 01:11:09 PM »





 Rex,


 What do you tell the post office when you want to send "registered mail"?


 Also, how much cheaper than EMS? An EMS letter costs me about Bt 600!

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Re: Registered Mail to U.S. seems improved
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2018, 04:09:43 PM »

Henry,


I usually go to the main post office on Klang Muang Road.  I tell them Registered Air Mail, cost 120 baht.


I track using Thailand Post until it leaves Thailand, then I follow it using the USPS tracking system (USPS actually notifies me when the registered letter is put into the Thailand Postal system.)  Where everything gets held up is in the New York JFK International Postal Distribution Center.  It enters but doesn't leave for at least a week, AND you never hear anything while it is there.


Once their Customs Center releases it, USPS tracking again follows the letter to its destination.  I haven't done it for about 6-9 months.  If the item is very important, I would send it by International EMS for the 600 BHT.

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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2018, 05:04:13 PM »
I recently sent the annual Social Security form back to let them know no change in my status. Sent it registered mail and it worked like a charm until the very last step. I know it got to a post office within an hours drive of Wilkes-Barre, PA, the final destination, and that it left that post office but no confirmation that it was delivered to the Social Security office.


Unable to get a satisfactory follow up from USPS or SSA. SSA says if they didn't get it they will mail me another form before the end of 2018.

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Re: Registered Mail to U.S. seems improved
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2018, 05:07:44 PM »
The Thai expression for registered is "Long tabien".

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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2018, 10:00:53 PM »
"long tabien" is Not an expression, it's an actual phrase, which i'm sure you will look up in your Thai / English dictionary roll


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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2018, 08:58:42 AM »



 The first time I got the annual form from SS, I told the guy at the post office to send it EMS. I almost shit when he told me Bt 600! I've sent the form back each year since (6 times), but I told them, just regular mail. Regular mail (tamadaa), is stamped "Air Mail" and costs Bt 28.  Never had a problem. I've heard SS will send 2 more times if they don't receive it before they will stop payments, so I figure one of them aught to make it.


 I only use the Thai Post for important stuff, usually legal papers, so I guess I'll stick to EMS. That has always worked. Expensive, but it would be more expensive if it didn't arrive.


 

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Re: Registered Mail to U.S. seems improved
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2018, 06:32:40 PM »
Today I sent my social security form via registered mail,  104 bahtski.  I'll update again when delivery is confirmed or doesn't happen. Hope the results will be as positive as as it was for the package I described earlier.

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UPDATE: Registered Letter Arrived!
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2018, 08:09:48 PM »
UPDATE:  Registered Letter Arrived!

I sent a form via Registered Mail  to Social Security in the U.S. on 29 Aug and tracking confirms it was delivered on 18 Sep. Unlike the past, the delivery was confirmed on both

Thailand Post tracking => http://track.thailandpost.co.th/tracking/default.aspx

as well as

U.S. Post Office tracking => https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction?tLabels=

Not exactly speedy, but proof of delivery in this case was more important than speed, and a bargain at 104 bahtski!

This is good news because my guess is that it was letters to big government agencies such as Social Security were the ones most likely to disappear on their way to delivery or at least not get signed for and recorded in the system as delivered.

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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2018, 08:54:10 AM »
I sent a registered letter to USA on October 10. Arrived to addressee (on east coast) October 22. FYI.

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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2019, 07:42:48 AM »
I sent my annual Social Security form back again this month. Usual registered mail for 104 baht. Dropped off at main KK post office June 4, arrived and processed thru Bangkok airport June 6. Missing in action until arriving at New York processing center June 28. Now waiting for it to leave New York facility.

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Re: Registered Mail to U.S. seems improved
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2019, 10:56:13 AM »
That was always the problem that I had. I thought it was fixed.  Damn!  The tracking would take to to the distribution center and I think "out for delivery." But nothing after that.  I went through the witless motions of asking USPS to trace it, but they had no clue, just a a lot of nice double-talk.  One time, I got a second notice from SSA, which could mean that it was never delivered or that it was lost in the shuffle after delivery.  No proof of deliver means no way to know for sure. I have to send my form this week, so we shall see what we shall see.  When my cash flow was better, I used to just bite the bullet and go for the B600 for EMS (It's probably more now), but I can't justify that right now.

I'll letcha know what happens.

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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2019, 11:03:13 AM »
What is this annual form to SSA of which is mentioned in this thread.  Iíve never submitted anything to the SSA. Am I missing something?

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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2019, 11:39:19 AM »
From https://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/


Form SSA-7161-OCR-SM or Form SSA-7162-OCR-SM (Report to the United States Social Security Administration)
These forms are sent from Wilkes-Barre, PA and must be completed regularly by all beneficiaries or their representative payees.
 
  • Beneficiaries with addresses in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, or APO/FPO/DPO receive the form every two years.
  • Beneficiaries in countries not mentioned above, and all beneficiaries who have a representative payee, receive the form every year.
The form is mailed after May 15th and a follow-up letter is mailed after September 15th. If the completed form is not received in Wilkes-Barre, PA by the end of the year, benefits are suspended beginning with the February payment of the following year.
To avoid the suspension of your benefits, complete the form as soon as you receive it, and mail it back to Wilkes-Barre, PA using the enclosed business reply envelope. Do not submit the completed form to the Federal Benefits Unit in Manila or to a U.S. Embassy/Consulate.
IMPORTANT: If you do not receive the form by NOVEMBER, contact SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in U.S. Embassy in Manila right away.

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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2019, 12:51:36 PM »
In 3 yrs here I have used Registered Mail from the PO which has tracking and is very cheap. I've sent to addresses in Wilkes Barre and elsewhere. Some are just delivered and there is no signature but most get signed. My two most recent ones were to the VA in Pittsburgh and SS  in someplace other than Wilkes Barre.  Total turn around from the PO  to the addressee is right around 14 days
Suggestion: cntc SS in Manila and ask them to check if the form was received.      This e-mail address works: Rosalyn.Dela.Rosa@ssa.gov 
Maybe  they will accept a fax or scan.