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myusername wrote:The cost was over $550!
Wait..wait.. let me guess.. it was 70 lbs old refrigerator ?
http://ircalc.usps.gov/MailServices.asp ... =0&r=False
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hlbb wrote:People here are just mean, Let me answer your seriously.
USPS personal item, no video game pls, 99% no problem.
UPS & FEDX, big time espically if you ship to a coperate address, you might get very very heavy fine. But it is China, the custom officer MIGHT ACCIDENTLY FORGET to collect the fine.
550 USD worth is really nothing. People ships Tiffany, Bvlgari all the time by USPS.
According to hlbb, on January 13th he was thinking about moving to Shanghai but wanted to know if you needed a gun. Now he is acting like an expert on everything China!
Mail and declare and you are ok. I had stuff sent via USPS and it was opened and intact; I had no fee. $550.00 might incur a customs fee but it is NOT a fine.
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usually shipping to china is not problem. of course, you are subject to taxation and customs duties. just don't make the mistake to "underdeclare" too much in order to save costs. in worst case, customs services will simply assume a value if they deem the declared value too low. usually not a good scenario.
i frequently order amazon from germany. i think they use ups. never any problems. nothing lost, never opened. all shipments go straight to my office, i.e. that would be a corporate address. strange enough i also never paid taxes/duties, coming to think of it....
in a nutshell: you should be fine.
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Other times I had to go to the EMS office in Shanghai to let customs inspect my parcel. Only lost time and it was a pain to find parking, but other than that no problem.
FedEx, though...fuggetaboutit. They're in cahoots with customs and want to charge no matter what.
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i have bought other stuff from the states online which has been sent by ups/fedex, and i've had that stopped in custom several times and two-three times it's taken a couple of weeks to cut through the red tape, and in the end i have to send them a copy of my passport including last date of entry, and there's usually a fee to pay.
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