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USPS, FEDEX, UPS send a gift?????
Old 23rd September 2006
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Originally Posted by Fletcher View Post
We got popped doing a "transit invoice" for a client a while ago and had that country's customs department so far up our ass you could taste the Brylcreem...
heh heh heh

You certainly have a way with words Fletcher!
Old 26th September 2006
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Originally Posted by Fletcher View Post
If your unit isn't really a "gift" then buck up and pay the GST like a good boy... why you ask? Well the customs departments in several countries have started taking random "package shipments" [we're not talking 'containers' or 'semi-trailors', we're talking about stuff like a single box leaving one country and going to another] and looking up the values on the internet.

At the moment it seems like they're doing like 1 in 100 so the odds are in your favor... but if you're "the one" that gets checked you're in for a not so fun day and so is the shipper.Peace.
Uh, actually here in good ol' Israel, they check *every one*. They sit at computers with internet access and demand to see an eBay invoice which they then check on eBay's website. Same with paying for anything via PayPal. The manager of the customs branch can even call you over and make YOU log in to your PayPal account and prove it.
Old 7th November 2006
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Originally Posted by tonio View Post
guys guys, put this in your black book of addresses!!
use the harmonized tariff /schdule B of 9801.00.0000 (previously imported mechandise) hey your swapping anyway right? ha
Ok if you don't want to cheat, use "gift" with the lowest value possible $1. What are they going to say ? Hey Distressors don't cost $1???
At the very lowest scale(and honest) you can use DDP(delivered duties paid) as a means of paying for the duty/taxes instead of the recipient. FE or OOPs (UPS) mark the block that says shipper pays duties/taxes.

Can you explain a little bit more about how to use the harmonized tariff? And if the shipper checks the box "Delivered Duties Paid" will they be the ones receiving the bill for the duty/taxes?
Old 8th November 2006
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I'll try this instead. Has anyone in Canada had any success using the harmonized tariff /schdule B of 9801.00.0000.
Old 8th November 2006
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Last try. Can anyone help me out here?
Old 11th March 2012
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thank you for this thread, and yes people who said that USPS is the best are right.

And it's not an opinion, it's a fact: the only reason why governments let USPS, FEDEX, DHL and other couriers work is that these companies work for custom and do customs job for free !

So when you ship through USPS, FEDEX, DHL you can be sure to pay tax even when you declare "GIFT" because it's the courier company that charges you for customs duty AUTOMATICALLY and customs o not even see your parcel !

But if you send though USPS or any official public post office service anywhere in the world you will almost never have to pay customs duty.

Hope it helps.
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