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From the desk of a customs broker

Discussion in 'Non-Diving Related Stuff' started by Marie13, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

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    Your experience was different because you brought it back to the US yourself. Many people think bringing back something and ordering from overseas are the same thing. They are totally different. And I can’t stress that enough.
     
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  2. guruboy

    guruboy Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have also ordered Santi gear from Europe before. As others have mentioned, it’s much cheaper. Fees were minimal. It was shipped FedEx and FedEx sent me a bill for clearing customs.

    that was an online order direct to customer, so I guess not covered by Marie’s work.

    @Marie13 did the trade war decrease your business traffic from people importing less and “buying American”?
     
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  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

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    Not really. It only applies to China, not anywhere else.
     
  4. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

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    I agree with what you said in your previous post.

    I wouldn't go so far as to never order from overseas, but if I did, I would make a reasonable effort to pay the customs duty rather than actively attempt to avoid it (for example, by shipping via post). But I'm one of those weirdos who just generally believes in following rules, regardless of whether I may disagree with them or the likelihood of not getting caught breaking them--and I disagree with plenty of my government's rules. I hardly drive over the speed limit.
     
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  5. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    The very highest quality boat parts in Stainless Steel are made in Europe, either UK or Norway. I had ordered 2 door locks for external doors from Trioving before the tariffs ($800 each) and was surprised to have DHL charge me an extra $100 on the third one when I needed another. A week later.

    But nothing made in the US even comes close in quality. At least with Santi I can choose to buy from an American dealer or switch to DUI....

    I was very happy the $54,000 heat exchanger for the main engine was purchased before tariffs were even considered.
     
  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

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    It’s not evading duties. There really appears to be a different clearance method. If you go with the express couriers, you get a bill for clearance fees (for them actually doing the clearance). That doesn’t happen on shipments via the postal service. I’ve tried to get a better handle on how the post office handles international clearances and such, but no one I’ve asked has been able to tell me.
     
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  7. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

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    Then you’re stuck.
     
  8. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    I was indeed.
     
  9. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

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    I’m waiting to see how the corona virus thing is going to affect int’l shipping. The CNY holiday was extended three days to Sunday. I. Addition, Shanghai businesses are being told not to reopen until Feb. 10. A lot of the stuff I handle comes out of Shanghai.
     
  10. StefinSB

    StefinSB Manta Ray

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    I order things from Europe for the last 20 years. Never had any more burocratic BS to deal with than eg the DMV.
     
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