need to optimize the query- pls help

SELECT  VH.Carrier_Description AS Carrier, MH.shipped_VIA AS [Service], MH.Country AS CountyShippedTo,
 CONVERT(VARCHAR, PA.[Length]) + ',' + CONVERT(VARCHAR, PA.[Width]) + ',' + CONVERT(VARCHAR, PA.[Height]) AS BoxDimensions, MH.[Weight],  MH.Reference as
 [SaleNumber/BidderNumber], MH.totalvalue AS Value, MH.Customer_No AS CustomerNumber, MH.Shipping_Cost AS ShippingCharges
  FROM DSDEV.He.dbo.Ml_HCC_Ship_Info MH
  INNER JOIN WORLD.wldb.dbo.vw_heCI VH on MH.Tracking_Number = VH.TrackingNumber
  INNER JOIN WORLD.wldb.dbo.Packages PA ON MH.Tracking_Number = PA.TrackingNumber
  WHERE [status] = 'ship' and MH.[TimeStamp] > Dateadd(m, -6, Getdate()) and MH.Country NOT IN('UNITED STATES', 'US', 'USA')
  ORDER BY MH.Customer_No
sqlcuriousAsked:
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OCDanCommented:
The query itself seems perfectly fine, nothing complicated there to cause problems.

What are the indexes on those tables?
Any chance you could post the execution plan?
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lcohanDatabase AnalystCommented:
In my opinion you can't do much as it is accros diferent servers by the statement below from your whole query above:

...
FROM DSDEV.He.dbo.Ml_HCC_Ship_Info MH
  INNER JOIN WORLD.wldb.dbo.vw_heCI VH on MH.Tracking_Number
...

What I would do if possible - bring data set you need into a "staging" working table on eiter side of the linked servers and re-write the code to use that one instead. This way you can add indexes that SQL optimizer can actualy use.
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jogosCommented:
There is not much to optimise in the script itself.

Status theres no table-alias given, The 'not in' for MH.count is something that is not so optimal.
Can you post the execution plan so we can see if there are indexes failing, I think there is the problem.  And tell aprox how many rows per table and the duration of query.
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Are you running the query from "DSDEV" instance or from "WORLD" instance?

[Or, yikes, an entirely different instance.]

Which table is column "[status]" in?
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sqlcuriousAuthor Commented:
thanks
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