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Title: Shipping overseas
Post by: Will Sturdy on March 21, 2009, 06:53 AM
I have been trying to figure out how to ship overseas...
Which carrier do you all recommend?
Is there any special packaging required so that the kites survive?


Title: Re: Shipping overseas
Post by: st3307 on March 21, 2009, 07:03 AM
Hey  Will  I  am  looking  to  ship    over  sea  right  now  myself   just  under  a  3  pound  package  is  35.00  to  Malaysia    USPS   that  internation prioty   they  6  to 10 bussinsess  days and I am using  the  38 "  triangle  tube  for  shipment


Title: Re: Shipping overseas
Post by: fworley on March 21, 2009, 07:25 AM

USPS Priority - prices are from about $25 + insurance.

Its a bit of a PITA with customs forms and all ... I always mark the items as
used and gifts so that the recipient isn't slapped with duties and taxes.

I've never had a kite damaged or lost ... and I've sent to the UK, Finland,
Holland, Guam and Singapore.

-Frazer


Title: Re: Shipping overseas
Post by: zippy8 on March 21, 2009, 08:06 AM
I always mark the items as used and gifts so that the recipient isn't slapped with duties and taxes.
Whilst this sounds lovely in practice and usually is no problem... I feel I ought to make everyone aware that the potential downside to this is pretty severe, for both parties. False customs declarations, if discovered, can lead to a world of trouble.

As someone who regularly receives items that attract the attention of my local customs office I always declare it's actual cost (and that it's not a gift).

YCMV*

Mike,
*Your Conscience May Vary


Title: Re: Shipping overseas
Post by: fworley on March 21, 2009, 08:11 AM

Do import duties etc really apply to second hand / used items ?

My conscience is just fine thanks ... I'm not a business ... I'm not selling new items, sales taxes don't apply so I don't see why import duties should be applied either.

-Frazer


Title: Re: Shipping overseas
Post by: zippy8 on March 21, 2009, 08:32 AM
Do import duties etc really apply to second hand / used items ?
Where I live, they do.

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I don't see why import duties should be applied either.
Nevertheless, these people have laws behind them and a nasty habit of using them. As I said it's normally fine but, as I also said, the downside can be ugly. Just so we are all aware of this. Proceed as you see fit.

Mike.


Title: Re: Shipping overseas
Post by: vraun on March 21, 2009, 08:35 AM
I assume it's pretty well the same, but in Canada you pay duty and taxes on used items. I've bought kites on ebay. In the end, there was no duty, but the taxes and brokerage fees (UPS) cost more than the kite (a Gibson girl).

However, most times things go through. From Canada Customs web site, if the article is sent by a commercial enterprise, such as a store, marking it as a gift means nothing and you pay.


Title: Re: Shipping overseas
Post by: pfouts on March 21, 2009, 07:54 PM
Ditto on USPS International Priority Air.   Cheapest, best, easiest.   Never had a problem shipping to UK, France, Italy, Singapore, Australia, NZ, etc ...  I always mark as used kites and merchandise, and insure for full value of the sale, unless buyer doesn't want the value specified - but then the risk is on the buyer.   8)