General Discussion: customs fuckers


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Diekeyser
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167 posts since 25/11/11

15 Mar 2014 12:59
I got caught out a month back - haven marked boots down to 40 cad and I still had to pay £10 duties and rip off parcelforce fee of £13 -also took about three weeks from Canada
timmbo
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3406 posts since 9/2/10

15 Mar 2014 13:14
How long does stuff stay stuck in customs for? Got a jacket en route from the US, it's been "awaiting customs clearance" in the UK for 5 days now.
sydneyking
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4533 posts since 26/9/09

15 Mar 2014 13:17
Had something in customs a few week back for about 4-5 days, ring the courier they should be able to tell you when to expect it to be released and the cost more to the point
timmbo
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3406 posts since 9/2/10

17 Mar 2014 14:43
yep, been stung by customs.

this was bought from classifieds on Styleforum. The guy mailed it out without asking what value to mark it as - he marked it gift but full value.

is it unfair that I'm thinking he should be the one covering the import? I would've asked it to be marked low value if he hadn't just mailed it straight away.
deuce
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13665 posts since 21/1/08

17 Mar 2014 14:47
cant blame him for it. it sucks, but putting its real price is a smart thing to do, for insurance reasons

just bite the bullet
swede
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7935 posts since 21/3/09

17 Mar 2014 15:03
yeah he covered his own ass for insurance reasons. this should have been discussed between you beforehand.. when ive had bikes shipped from japan the seller always asks what to mark price down to, but its on my head if it arrives dented and wasnt valued high enough
Rirawin
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9231 posts since 17/7/05

posted 17 Mar 2014 15:06, edited 17 Mar 2014 15:06
Insurance doesn't really matter these days if the item is sent using EMS. It's tracked at every point and in the 10 years of importing from Japan, USA and Europe, I've never had a parcel go missing that was sent via EMS. I'd only bother with insurance if the item was fragile, something that clothing rarely is.

I hate to say it, but you should've made it explicitly clear what you wanted done before any monetary exchange was made. Never presume other people will mark the value down.

Just accept it as an expensive lesson you've learnt.
padawan
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4049 posts since 27/6/03

17 Mar 2014 15:07
So Parcel Force are Cnuts? Ordered Jacket on Thu night (japan) and its at Parcel Force Coventry National Hub. Recon its "snuck" thru?
mAK
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477 posts since 28/4/13

17 Mar 2014 15:47
the worst in my experience
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

posted 17 Mar 2014 16:08, edited 17 Mar 2014 16:08
Yeah, you are safe pads. You should have that tomorrow.
phelen
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6396 posts since 16/8/06

17 Mar 2014 16:32
swede wrote: yeah he covered his own ass for insurance reasons. this should have been discussed between you beforehand.. when ive had bikes shipped from japan the seller always asks what to mark price down to, but its on my head if it arrives dented and wasnt valued high enough

Wouldn't customs get suspicious if a bike being sent from Japan has a low custom value?.
Gizmo
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4256 posts since 20/10/09

posted 11 Apr 2014 10:37, edited 11 Apr 2014 10:37
Just had a delivery from UPS from the states (3 days door to door), paid the delivery chap the customs charge at the door. Cool

USPS/Parcelforce on the other hand - US to UK in 3 days, then been sitting at International Hub for 4 days. Same every bloody time, it's got to be at least 5 days. Can they not speed that whole process up. Evil
Kingmob07
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8949 posts since 11/5/07

11 Apr 2014 10:47
Yeah, same for me. Two days to get to the UK, and 5 to process a charge. Annoying thing is, Parcelforce have known the charge for 2 days and wouldn't take payment to get the parcel before the end of the week. Apparently it has to go to the local depot first.
Gizmo
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4256 posts since 20/10/09

11 Apr 2014 10:50
that's right, it's got to arrive at the local depot before they can accept payment. Wish they could just speed things up by straight delivering it to you first and either asking for the fees at the door or send out a letter instead of their archaic way of doing things.
nasean
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1 posts since 17/4/14

17 Apr 2014 10:36
hello guys quick question if someone can give me some advice for that…
i'm suppose to recieve MY clothe frome canada and i want know if they will ask me to paye some fees for that?
I mean i was there for 1years and when i came back it was impossible to came with all my stuff so i send some clothe by post
Kingmob07
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8949 posts since 11/5/07

6 Nov 2014 13:56
What value to fukers mark parcels for shipping from Japan?
Rirawin
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9231 posts since 17/7/05

6 Nov 2014 14:02
1,500 - 2,000 yen.

No more than that.
Jimmy326
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4554 posts since 22/9/07

6 Nov 2014 14:04
I did 3,000JPY recently and it went through without issue.
abagnale
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653 posts since 6/1/14

posted 6 Nov 2014 14:04, edited 6 Nov 2014 14:04
You shouldn't pay VAT on anything under £15, or £36 if it's marked as a gift (I think)
Rirawin
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9231 posts since 17/7/05

6 Nov 2014 14:12
Custom officers these days appear to ignore the box that is ticked gift.